Do Short Personal Retreats Work?

One of the big deterrents for many people in doing a Personal Retreat is the concern that they just don’t have enough time to do a several day retreat. Usually when you think that way, that’s when you most need to prioritize the retreat, but let’s leave that discussion for another day. The fact of the matter is that a one-day, or even partial day, Personal Retreat can be very meaningful. Don’t let the inability to do the ideal prevent you from entering into the retreat experience at all.

Many times I have done the half to one day Personal Retreats and always been refreshed by the experience. Sometimes you just need to get out of your personal rat race and get away for a few hours. The advantage of a short retreat is that it takes next to no planning — I can just grab my Bible, my journal, my coat and hat and take off. The disadvantage is the depth of the experience. Though you may get some really profound insights on a short retreat, usually longer retreats produce the most fruit.