“Retreat weekends are a spiritual and emotional journey of healing after abortion loss.”
NEXT RETREAT: October 2016
The Rachel’s Vineyard team in Melbourne have put together this YouTube clip. Listen to what they – and others – say about what to expect from a Retreat weekend and what the Rachel’s Vineyard experience was like for them.
A spiritual and emotional journey – open to all
The grief of an abortion is unlike any other and for many the complicated effects that ripple through their life as a result of an abortion decision become impossible to resolve.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats offer a beautiful opportunity for healing to anyone who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of abortion.
Forgiveness and healing, including the Catholic sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, are at the heart of these Retreats and they are open to everyone – those of any faith or denomination, as well as those with no formal faith connection.
Spiritually directed exercises focus on God’s forgiveness, compassion and mercy. These help participants acknowledge and work through all their feelings related to the losses around their abortion and come to a new experience of peace and reconciliation.
Professional Guidance & Compassionate Support
The Retreat Team includes professional counsellors, Spiritual Directors and those whose lives have been touched by abortion. The formation of the Retreat Team involves personal mentoring and clinical supervision to ensure that participants are treated with dignity, integrity and safety – at every moment.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats – international network
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats (RVR) is an international network of counselling and retreats specifically for post-abortion healing.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats are held at locations throughout New Zealand and Australia by Teams approved by the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats leadership team.
New Zealand Retreats
Each Retreat Weekend begins on Friday evening with a light meal and concludes after lunch on Sunday.
Wellington: The Retreat location is approximately 1.5 hours from Wellington in a spacious rural setting. Retreat facilities are comfortable and private and Retreat weekends include all meals and accommodation.
For more information, please contact:
[email protected] or ph 027 254 9222 (Wendy)
Information on the international network of Rachel’s Vineyard can be found at: www.rachelsvineyard.org
Feedback received from Retreat Participants is strictly confidential. We are therefore very grateful to those who have allowed their comments to be made public.
“Thanks for this amazing work. I haven’t been able to get on top of this before and to put things in some sort of order. Since the Retreat, everything’s changed. The guilt is gone, the shame is gone and the baggage is gone. It is still difficult for me to think about my “secret family” but at least I can think about it a bit and know that it is real. Not like before.”
The experience of abortion can be very isolating. Among the comments most frequently made by Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat participants, is they found themselves in ‘safe hands.’
“The Retreat was like reaching safe ground …now I feel settled.”
The weeks leading up to a Retreat are particularly difficult for everyone involved and participants are especially fragile. The prospect of truly acknowledging and resolving the loss of a child through abortion can be deeply unsettling.
What awaits the Retreat participants is a truly beautiful experience of God’s grace and the reality of their lives made whole again. “The result is more than being free of the symptoms of post-abortion trauma or an unresolved, unspecified sense of grief. It is the experience of Christ-centred healing of all the wounds they carry,” says Retreat Facilitator Wendy Hill.
A ‘Safe Place’ to look at the past
According to a recent participant, “The Retreat was like reaching safe ground. I found that I could stand up straight and let people look me in the eye again and that no one was judging me – not even myself. Since the Retreat, I can honestly say that I am happy. I feel settled. There are two additional members of our family that not everyone knows about, but that’s OK. We are all in safe hands. At last.”