I have an issue that has been weighing on my heart. Yesterday it dawned on me that perhaps a way to get closer to a resolution was to spend time alone with God. I searched out several retreats in my area, and they offered a few two night woman's retreats in the middle of the week. However, there were also some seminars attached to these, and what I had in mind was a few days of nothing but silence, prayer, meditation on the Word and some journaling. I feel like I need to devote a few days to the Lord to focus on his presence and listen to anything he may want me to hear. I am struggling with terrible guilt and trauma surrounding things I did the day my mother died, and I need God's help in sorting through right thinking from wrong thinking. Only God can truly help me with this one and I want to really devote time and focus to this issue Then is dawned on me - my husband is attending a reunion this summer of a group of people who decades ago were chosen by their churches to spend a month in seminars, the Word, and exploring their challenges as at-risk youth. This seems like a perfect time to commune with the Lord in the manner that I want. I will have the guaranteed uninterrupted silence that I require, and still be able to take care of the house and animals while my husband is away. It's a perfect solution. I strongly feel that a few days of fasting and focusing on the Lord will help me tremendously, whether I resolve my issue or not. It is yet to be seen if I can resist all the electronic entertainment temptations. As is usually the case, whenever I embark on something this ambitious, obstacles I never dreamed of seem to pop up in my path, so this should be interesting. I was also wondering if anyone here has ever participated in a retreat and what your experience was like. For those who opt to share, I thank you in advance.