The project begins with a reflection on prayer. It includes
descriptions and examples of a variety of prayer styles and methods as
well as suggestions for enhancing prayer with symbols, movement, music
and reading. The descriptions and suggestions are the resources from
which four model retreats are designed. Each model is created for a
specific group of participants: an individual adult, several adults,
developmentally disabled adults and a combination of developmentally
disabled and able adults.
The goals of the retreats are to help the retreatants become
mindful of God's presence and discover how they best can be in
communion with God. The retreats have been designed to provide
opportunities for participants to hear God and to speak to God through
a variety of prayer forms or exercises. The project's resources are
extensive enough and the exercises varied enough to address the needs
of people across several stages of faith and human development. A
description of each retreat design is included followed by a summary
of its implementation by the leader.
The appendices contain the four retreat models and an outline of
the stages of faith and human development. These will continue to
serve as foundations from which to lead others in prayer.