Tired? Find a place in the mountains and go on a retreat!
Going on a spiritual retreat is always a good way to escape the chaos of work and city life. As the term suggests, it is a moment that we surrender ourselves, and leave the grind, even for a while.
Before the beginning of the academic year, the faculty and staff of St. Paul University Manila had a 3-day retreat in Mt. St. Paul Retreat House in Pico, La Trinidad, Benguet. La Trinidad, of course, is the neighboring town of Baguio City, the Philippines’ summer capital.
The retreat we underwent was called a “silent retreat”; where participants are mostly given prayer instructions and are left to contemplate and meditate on their own for most of the day.
The place was truly instrumental in praying. A mountainside surrounded by pine trees and adorned with flowers. The cool mountain breeze and the chirping of the birds are equally soothing to the ears.
There is also a small, but beautiful chapel that is ideal for praying.
More than just serving the needs of the spirit, the Sisters of Mt. St. Paul also cater to the needs of the body; serving us with sumptuous meals and snacks during breaks.