Almost Heaven Retreat

“You called me from the sleep of nothingness merely because in your tremendous love you want to make good and beautiful beings…You have given me breath and light and movement and walked with me every moment of my existence…Create in me the faithfulness that moves you, and I will trust you and yearn for you all my days.” – Joseph Tetlow, SJ

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Is God inviting you to a deeper relationship at this moment in your life? Are you discerning an important decision in your life or a deepening and renewal of a choice already made?

WVIS offers our Almost Heaven Retreats throughout the year. Almost Heaven Retreats are 3-day, 5-day, or 8-day silent directed retreats. For example, if you choose to do a 3-day retreat, you will have a day of arrival/preparation, three full days of retreat, and a leaving day. This means your 3-day retreat will be four nights.

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What to expect

Your director will provide you with a schedule for each day of your retreat that includes prayer time (with scriptures assigned), exercise, rest, mealtime, and two 30-minute direction sessions each day. Your director will spend time on your first evening of retreat listening to better understand your current relationship with God, what graces you hope for on the retreat, and why you felt called to make this retreat at this time. They will walk you through a typical time of prayer which includes four scripture passages each day and different ways you might enter into them.

During each direction session, your director will listen and sometimes ask a question that invites you to reflect more deeply on what you are hearing during prayer. These conversations are about the questions you bring and focus on whatever it is that you wish to discern together. Your director serves as a reflector or mirror to help you see more clearly what you are already seeing.

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Choose your location

Even during this time of pandemic, you can choose to come to WVIS and stay safely in the Hermitage onsite or complete your retreat from the comfort of your own home via Zoom. If you would like to come to WVIS, select the dates you’d like to attend and email or call Sister Carole ( or 304.345.0926) to make sure those dates are available. WVIS has Covid protocols in place to protect both our retreatants and the members of the retreat house. If you prefer to do your retreat from home, all aspects of the retreat remain the same except that you will meet online with a spiritual director via Zoom.

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