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Holidays and Retreats - Francis McCrickard, June 2010
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Stopping what you normally do.

Getting away from it all, from the everyday.

Going on a journey.

Going somewhere different; new surroundings; somewhere fresh and exciting.

Doing different things.

Finding out about new places, new people.

Finding out about different ways of living.

Opening up to new places, new experiences, new ideas.

Getting time to think about yourself; maybe finding out more about yourself.

Seeing people differently.

Meeting new people; forming new relationships.

Getting to know friends and family better; making old relationships stronger.

Leaving problems behind for a while; seeing them in a new light.

Switching off.

Relaxing.

Having fun.

Enjoying yourself.

Recreation.

Re-creation.

 

For a holiday to be really special, we need to re-create. We need to renew ourselves, get rid of the rubbish that clutters up our lives, open ourselves to something new (people, experiences, landscapes, thoughts) that will change our lives, perhaps not in a huge way, but, nevertheless, significantly. Maybe we will re-create relationships with parents, friends or with ourselves. Maybe we will re-create our attitude to home, school or the future; be happier, more positive.

We think, first and foremost, of doing things on holiday: sun-bathing, swimming; mountain biking; clubbing, etc. but often it’s what goes on inside us that really makes or breaks the experience. It’s the changes that happen there that make all the difference when the holiday’s over.

It’s all very like a retreat.

No mention of God, eh, even though we’re talking about holidays/ HOLYdays? Well, he’s there whether we name him or not. He’s at the heart of every sincere effort we make to try do better; to focus on what we really should be doing with our lives and in particular, how we should be relating to the people around us. Holidays (and retreats) are great times for that focusing.

SO, IF YOU HAVEN’T SIGNED UP AT SCHOOL FOR A HOLIDAY (sorry, RETREAT) AT COSTA DEL ILKLEY (sorry, Myddelton Grange) FOR THE COMING YEAR, DO IT AS SOON AS YOU CAN. COME AND RELAX WITH US ON THE SUN-KISSED, NORTHERN SLOPES OF WHARFEDALE. 

PLEASE CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COURSES:

1. HOSTAGE RELEASE TRAINING - led by an S.A.S trained Sister of Mercy;

2. LOOKING AT MOTHS TILL YOUR EYES HURT;

3. TREATING CARPET BURNS;

4. WHISTLING WITH SHELLS – led by the inventor of the winkle-whistle;

5. A THREE-DAY LONG (two nights) PROGRAMME OF REFLECTION, GAMES, OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, DISCUSSION, FUN, PRAYER, FREE-TIME DESIGNED WITH YOU IN MIND.

 

***** With regret, we have to inform you that all the places available on courses 1 to 4 have already been taken. Please sign up for Number 5. You won’t be disappointed.

 

Francis McCrickard

 

 

 

Myddelton Grange Catholic Retreat Centre
Langbar Road, Ilkley, LS29 0EB