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A retreat I attended

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0 posted 11-27-1999 09:48 PM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

Last week, as part of a sophmore 'get to know each other' thing, my high school class attended a respect retreat. We were divided into thirds and each went on a different day. Before we walked into the community center which we were bussed to, many of us disliked one another and were downright nasty to each other.

As soon as we walked through the doors, we were greeted by three energetic, fun people from Youth Frontiers. They started out by having us play silly games in which we had to rely on one another in order to be successful. The day was filled with music, discussions, laughter, and fun.

The part of the day that hit me hardest was at it's close. One of the people from Youth Frontiers lit a single candle in the center of the room and instructed us (about 200 people in total) to be seated around it. He then placed some smaller candles around it and dimmed the lights. He told us to come up one by one if we wished to, light a candle, and say something about someone or something. His only rule was that it must be noble.

It took a while for the first person to finally come forward, but soon after that first girl poured her heart out to us, more and more people started to come forth. I heard stories of lost friendships, deaths of friends, and other things that broke my heart. I also heard people apologize to one another and others thank their friends and family for all they have done for them (which I myself had the courage to do). It was a truly moving experience. Many of us were in tears by the day's close.

I guess I'd like to thank Passions for everything that you guys have done for me also. I'd also like to ask if anyone has experienced something similar and ask what kind of effect it had on you.

*Krista Knutson*

"If my heart had wings, I would fly to you and lie beside you as you dream....." ~Faith Hill: If My Heart Had Wings~

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1 posted 11-29-1999 05:45 PM       View Profile for Jewl_24_1999   Email Jewl_24_1999   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for Jewl_24_1999

I have been out of school for awhile now, however, my senior year we went on a retreat not so different from yours. This was a time for reflection on the past year. At first, everyone wanted to go because it was a day out of school, but as the day went on we played games, laughed, and cried. I made friends with people I didn't get along with for 12 years, a lot of hearts were healed that day. It turned out to be one of my most fondest memories from school. I am so glad you had that experience to share.
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2 posted 11-29-1999 07:09 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

These retreats sound like an excellent idea! I'm glad that you both got so much out of them!


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3 posted 01-21-2000 05:57 PM       View Profile for JOY 14   Email JOY 14   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit JOY 14's Home Page   View IP for JOY 14

Actualy, I have never been to a retreat such as this, but now I think it would be an enjoyable experience that I would definetly take advantage of if the opportunity came along.  Thanks for sharing this.  It sounded like a really uplifting experience.


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