Welcome to the Silence and Solitude class!
I have a now familiar experience when I take a silent retreat. It takes a while for me to let go of the happenings in my life–my work, my relationships, the problems with which I deal. It typically takes about twenty-four hours to do so. This, along with getting there, has to be intentional on my part. I am intent about carving space out of my life for the retreat and then actually going on retreat. I cannot remember a time that I did not experience multiple hurdles that could have prevented me from going on every retreat. Then, when I get there, I have to be purposeful in being present to the retreat. I take care of any business that cannot wait until after the retreat, I let those at home know I will not be accessible by phone or email, then I settle in to my room, grab my journal and head out onto the property.
It is easy to relate to the previously-mentioned analogy of walking in the river. The mud does not settle until we are still. We have frantic lives that demand much time, energy, and emotion. The idea of being still sounds refreshing. But it does not happen without perseverance and determination. No one will hand us this opportunity. In fact, even those who love us will work against its success. Thus, a class to assist us in incorporating this into our lives. As we will see during our time together it was a frequent discipline of our Lord. Although that is rationale enough, we will explore the reasoning behind silence and solitude and will have various experiences in the practice.
Following are instructions for navigating the class:
- The class begins on the first Monday in January and continues for six weeks.
- The heart of the class is the daily assignments. This is where transformation takes place.
- Each lesson will have a few pages of narrative to lay the groundwork and then you will be given assignments for the week.
- After you register for the class, you will receive a password to access the lessons. Keep this password for access to each lesson. (Email us if you forget the password.)
- On each subsequent Monday of the class, the next lesson and assignments will be made available for download on the course page. The daily assignments will be posted under the lesson text.
- If you have questions, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are no required books for this class, but there will be recommended books with some of the lessons. If you would like the entire list at the start Click here.
We are thrilled that you have joined us for this immersion in silence and solitude. The Executive Director of Selah, Dr. Jackie Halstead, is the instructor for this class. She and the rest of the Selah staff are holding you in prayer throughout the six-week class.