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What to Bring
Before your retreat, you’ll want to begin praying for your self, your retreat director and your fellow retreatants. Most especially, ask for an open and magnanimous attitude toward God and others.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU:
- Comfortable casual clothes and walking shoes
- A small alarm clock, although the chapel bell rings for rising and all conference and communal prayer times
- Medicines and toiletries
- Your favorite pillow. All other linens, pillows and blankets are provided in your room.
- A coat in winter when the wind is from the North
- A light jacket or sweater in summer if you feel you will need it in the air-conditioned buildings
- If you have an exercise routine, bring your gear and use the on campus exercise room which includes treadmill, bikes, elliptical, stepmaster, and weights.
- Your Bible, though you will find one in your room.
- A journal or special notebook, though in the same way, you'll find a small tablet and pen on your desk in your room
- Bring a desire for peace and quiet with an open heart toward our loving God.
WHAT NOT TO BRING:
A retreat is a time of rest and silence. A time for you to be good to you. Leave your work at home and at the office. We promise it will still be there when you return. Please do not bring--
- iPods or MP3 players
- Work and your agenda, a retreat is a time for God's agenda
ABOUT CELL PHONES:
We highly recommend you do not bring a cell phone. We have found that phones serve as a serious temptation against silence and quiet, first disturbing you, and also disturbing fellow retreatants.
If you keep your cell phone we request that you turn it off for the duration of the retreat. If you leave it home you are less tempted to use it, or you might at least leave it turned off in your car.
If there is an emergency, there are phones on campus to facilitate calls. Leave this number with family members to contact you should an emergency arise: 940-321-6020. Our capable staff will know how to locate you promptly.
THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE
These may seem a lot to ask to leave behind, but remember it is temporary. You’ll find the silence a good gift during the retreat and after the retreat. All will sound better after a few days of silence. You will quickly experience the value of giving this time to your self and to your God.