I.D. Retreats are the specifically outdoor retreats that are offered through Into the Deep. Infusing outdoor adventures with Theology of the Body insight, I.D. Retreats bring the unique mission and vision of Into the Deep out to a setting we were made for.
Though Into the Deep also offers indoor retreats, bringing the Theology of the Body discussion outside has an impact that is hard to parallel. In our culture, beauty has been twisted and silence is all too rare. For many, there is a gap between the physical and spiritual realms – one is attended to while the other is brushed aside. I.D. Retreats are about interior and exterior adventures. That means exercising our minds and hearts by asking the big questions – but not leaving our bodies unchallenged on the sidelines.
Encountering God through Mass, Eucharistic adoration, and the original cathedral of the outdoors is an ideal way to engage, challenge, and integrate body and soul. Into the Deep invites you to learn your story and ask the big questions of life in a space that allows for contemplation, listening to God, and learning to make a gift of yourself. Take the time and space to absorb Theology of the Body insights through an unrepeatable experience that will engage your mind, heart, and body.
Each year, several standard trip-retreats will be offered (see the CALENDAR!), but they can also be customized for individual Churches or groups. Check out the sample trip-retreats and call or inquire for more information!
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This retreat is geared for men and women (age 18 and up) who want the challenge of trusting in the Lord and receiving all that He offers – be it through circumstances of life, daily weather, the people around us, or even the gift of forgiveness. Our conversations and prayer time on this trip-retreat will center around a baseline understanding of the Theology of the Body, our individual unrepeatability
If you have ever wanted to try canoe camping without having to carry gear on your back, this is the entry level trip for you! We will be driving from Minneapolis to Crane Lake (Minnesota), then canoeing to a basecamp from which we will explore nearby areas. The group will canoe a few hours each day, with very light hiking over rocky terrain at our destinations. Fishing (& thus fish dinners!) is encouraged!
Participants should have a desire to enter into an understanding of the Theology of the Body and how to apply it in everyday life; discussions will be started by Jen but fueled by your questions and God’s promptings through our natural surroundings. We will be accompanied by a priest in order to participate in daily Mass and Eucharistic adoration. This trip is open to young men and women, entering 9th through 12th grade; limit of 20 participants.
Middle School Ladies’ Hiking Retreats:
- June 15 – 19: Gooseberry State Park (for ladies entering 7th or 8th grade)
- August 10 – 14: Jay Cooke State Park (for ladies entering 6th or 7th grade)
Middle school ladies are invited to explore camping, hiking, and how great it is to be a girl! We will spend time by the falls, walk among the rocks, hike the trails, and may spend time at the beach in Duluth. We will attend daily Mass at the local Catholic Church, learn to have personal prayer time each day, and have an experience of Eucharistic adoration. Discussions will include the beauty of being a girl (femininity), being an unrepeatable person, learning how to love as God loves, giving and receiving love, and receptivity to the Lord. Each retreat will be limited to 15 participants.
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2014 SUMMER I.D. RETREAT DESCRIPTIONS:
Hiking the Adirondacks with Christopher West & Jen Messing, July 11-15 (PDF flyer):
Following the TOB Congress in Philadelphia, Christopher and Jen will be driving to a basecamp hiking trip in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Participants should have a desire to sharpen their understanding of the Theology of the Body and how to explain it to others; discussions will be started by Christopher and Jen but fueled by your questions and God’s promptings through our natural surroundings. Hikes will vary from 5 to 10 miles per day and we will be accompanied by a priest in order to participate in daily Mass and Eucharistic adoration.
Roam & Receive… I.D. Retreat to Michigan, July 26 – Aug. 3:
Geared for men and women in their 20’s and 30’s (plus or minus a couple years), the conversations and prayer time on this trip-retreat will center around a baseline understanding of the Theology of the Body, our individual unrepeatability
Starter I.D. Retreat: Jay Cooke State Park, MN
June 23-27, 2014: Young ladies entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grade – CANCELED
August 11-15, 2014: Young ladies entering 5th, 6th, and 7th grade (limit of 13 girls)
You are invited to explore camping, hiking, and how great it is to be a girl! We will spend time by the falls, walk along the rocks, hike the trails, and spend an afternoon at the beach in Duluth. We will attend daily Mass at the local Catholic Church, learn to have personal prayer time each day, and stop in at a Eucharistic adoration chapel. Discussions will include the beauty of being a girl (femininity), being an unrepeatable person, learning how to love as God loves, giving and receiving love, and receptivity to the Lord.