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Rachel's Vineyard Retreat


 

Rachel mourns her children. She refuses to be consoled because her children are no more. Thus says the Lord: Cease your cries of mourning. Wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward. There is hope for your future.


Jeremiah 31: 15-17

 

 

About Rachel's Vineyard Retreats

 

From Friday evening, beginning with a light meal, through to mid-Sunday afternoon.

  • a beautiful opportunity for healing for any woman or man who has struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion

  • a chance to get away from the daily pressures of work and family, to focus on a painful time in life, and to begin healing through a supportive and non-judgemental process

Many women unexpectedly find that their abortion affects them on a spiritual level, giving rise to feelings of guilt and shame. Through the retreat -

  • preconceived fears of condemnation are transformed into blessings

  • memories of abandonment, pain and confusion are replaced by peace and reconciliation.

While Christian-based, the retreat is open to individuals from any faith and denomination, and those with no formal faith connections.

 

Comments from past participant

 

“At first I hesitated because I am not really a churchy person but the retreat far surpassed all my expectations. The spiritual and psychological healing was immeasurable - a wonderful feeling of release. I felt so safe in sharing my experience and emotions in such a warm, loving environment where I did not feel like I was being judged. Each person there was brought for a reason and touched me in some way. This is exactly what I needed.”

 

For further details contact

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Neville


Phone - 03 9870 7044

Freecall (outside Melb)

1800 647 995
Email - anne@opendoors.com.au

 

 

 



Open Doors gratefully acknowledges the financial support of The Lord Mayor's Charitable Fund for the Rachel's Vineyard Retreat Program.

For more information about the international Rachel's Vineyard Ministries go to www.rachelsvineyard.org .

Updated February 2008

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