Healing the pain of abortion, one weekend at a time
1. What is the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat?
A Rachel’s Vineyard retreat is a chance to get away from all the daily pressures of work and family and focus on this painful time in your life through a supportive and non-judgmental process. The time away provides an opportunity to enter deeply into the grieving process and identify all the ways in which the abortion experience may have affected you.
It provides a safe and comforting environment to search the fabric of your life and the innermost depths of the soul to find the lighted path which leads to forgiveness and reconciliation.
2. Who is suitable for this Retreat?
Rachel’s Vineyard’s retreat is suitable for any woman, or man, who have suffered the tragedy and loss of a child through abortion, whether directly or indirectly.
This includes women who have had an abortion; the person who provided the abortion; those who have pressured someone to carry out an abortion.
In many ways, one can be hurt and broken by being involved – either directly or indirectly – in the abortion. And so, this retreat provides the outlet to deal with the grief, the anger, and the sense of responsibility for such a great loss.
3. What are the effects of post-abortion syndrome?
Post Abortion Syndrome or “PAS”, is a proposed and widely used term for emotional problems experienced by women and men after an abortion experience. It is not uncommon for someone suffering from PAS to experience three or more of the following symptoms:
- Uncontrolled Anger
- Marital Problems
- Relationship Problems
- Self-Esteem issues
- Sexual problems
- Drug and/or Alcohol abuse
- Cutting (Self-mutilation)
- Eating Disorders (anorexia, bulimia, food addictions)
- Self-destructive thoughts or behaviors
- Thoughts of suicide
4. How long is the Retreat?
It is a 3-day stay-in retreat. It starts around 2.30pm on the first day and ends by 3 pm on the 3rd day. Retreat are conducted either over 3 weekdays or a weekend from Friday to Sunday.
5. What can I expect during the retreat?
Rachel’s Vineyard has a number of powerful ‘exercises’ that allow your spirit to speak its grief and sorrow. The exercises help to connect participants with their inner voice, to each other (the participants), and to the love and compassion of God. The exercises help participants to accept forgiveness for themselves and for others. There is also an opportunity to re-connect with the child or children who have been aborted on a spiritual level and to give them the honor and dignity through the various special creative spiritual exercises as well as in a memorial service.The weekend is a lot of work. But those who are willing to journey through their grief will experience the power of the ‘resurrection’ in their own lives. They will find meaning in what has happened and allow God to transform the experience into something that gives hope, liberation and peace.
6. Is this retreat suitable for non-Christians?
Yes, the retreat is suitable for anyone who is those struggling with the trauma of an abortion experience, to experience the healing power of God. However, participants are reminded that Rachel’s Vineyard is a Catholic ministry that was designed with the help of Scripture, and a Christian understanding of healing. Non-Christians who are able to accept this aspect of the retreat will find the weekend beneficial and liberating.
7. Will I be preached to?
Rachel’s Vineyard’s retreat is a confidential, non-judgmental, and safe environment to journey through the process of post-abortion healing and self-discovery. You will not be preached to or proselytized. Your personal freedom and beliefs will be respected.
8. What is the cost of this retreat?
The cost of a weekend is estimated at S$450. However, if you would like to discuss about the cost, please contact Rose directly at 98185102 or at [email protected]
9. I would like to help, what can I do?