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RESPITE RETREAT

22-24 May 2020

at Ballycanal Guesthouse.

5 Station Rd, Moira BT67 0NE

RESPITE is a weekend for married couples to spend unhurried time with other couples who understand the devastation of losing a child. We gather to learn from each other, encourage each other, and experience renewed hope for the future.

RESPITE RETREAT

RESPITE is a weekend for married couples to spend unhurried time with other couples who understand the devastation of losing a child. We gather to learn from each other, encourage each other, and experience renewed hope for the future.
Respite is for couples with strong marriages, and for those whose marriages are struggling under the load of grief. It’s for those whose faith has grown through this loss, and for those who have hard questions. It’s for those who want to talk about their experience and their child, and for those who are tired of talking. It’s for couples whose loss is fresh, and for those who’ve been walking down this road for a while.

WHAT DO YOU DO AT THE RETREAT?

 

We share our stories with each other and pray for each other. Over the weekend, we talk about:

  • grieving together though we may be grieving very differently

  • helping our other children through grief

  • dealing with fractured friendships and family relationships

  • finding meaning and purpose in our loss, and joy in spite of our loss

  • coming to terms with lingering questions about God’s role in our loss

The weekend is not a conference or workshop. It’s not a group therapy session or a secular support group. It's a mixture of directed large-group conversation, enjoying meals together, and opening up God's Word together in search of perspective and hope that can only be found in Christ.

WHO COMES TO RESPITE RETREAT?

David And Nancy Guthrie have been hosting four to five retreats per year since 2009 in Nashville. In that time, they've had couples come from all over the country, as well as from outside the U.S. This includes couples who lost a child only a month prior to attending, couples whose loss was fifteen years prior, and everywhere in between.

 

In June 2019, Colin and Suzanne Cooper attended the retreat in Nashville. Following the retreat David and Nancy agreed to come to Ireland to host the first Irish Respite Retreat.

Our goal is to help you take steps toward healing from wherever you are. We usually have a wide range of ages represented in the children who have died, from infants born still to young adults in their twenties or thirties, as well as a wide range of causes of death.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Registration for Respite Retreat is £300 per couple, which includes all of the sessions as well as all meals and snacks from dinner on Friday night through breakfast on Sunday. Registration is non-refundable.  Respite Retreat is limited to 10 couples.

Ray of Light

WHERE IS IT HELD?

All meals and sessions will be at Ballycanal Guesthouse.

5 Station Rd, Moira BT67 0NE

4-star boutique Guest House situated on the airport road at M1Junction9 Moira Roundabout and close to Moira Railway Station.

The recently refurbished Manor house and cottages offer boutique accommodation with friendly service and warm ambiance. The contemporary bright and airy guest rooms are elegantly furnished with en-suite bathrooms..

From M1 Junction 9 Moira Roundabout…take the turn off signposted for A26 Airport/Antrim. Start indicating as soon as you leave the roundabout. We are the first entrance located on the left hand side…500 yards from the roundabout. The house is painted grey and has a white balcony.

WHEN IS THE RETREAT?

This is the first respite retreat in Ireland. 
Our retreat run from 22-24 May 2020.

Lover's Shadows
Laptop & Coffee

HOW DO WE REGISTER?

To ask for information or to gain access to the online registration form, send us a message via the contact button below. Registration for each retreat is limited to the first 10 couples that complete the online registration application, send the requested photographs, and pay the £100 registration fee.

Once we have received all three—completed application, requested photographs, and registration payment—we will send you a confirmation.

PLEASE NOTE:- Because this is our first retreat in Ireland and  we don’t really know the uptake. We need at least 8 couples to register by February 1, 2020 for the retreat to go ahead. If eight couples are not registered by that time we will refund the deposits to couples who have registered. 
 

MORE ABOUT RESPITE RETREAT:

David and Nancy speak about what to expect at the Respite Retreat,

helping to answer some more of your questions

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