New retreat format offers "Taste of Silence"


If you've ever wondered if a silent retreat is right for you, there's an opportunity to find out at Sumatanga's new retreat, A Taste of Silence.

"It's for those who are fearful of silence but would like to try," says Rev. Judy Shepherd, retreat leader. "It's for those who want to experience a silent retreat but don't have time, or for extroverts who hate silence but crave time with the Lord."

A 24-hour experience, A Taste of Silence offers the same amenities as the full silent retreats offered at Camp Sumatanga—private room at the Retreat Center, three meals and guided activity options during the silence. Participants should bring Bible, clothes for the weather and a seeking heart. "It's $99, which is a great deal!" says Rev. Shepherd.

A Taste of Silence events are scheduled to piggyback the end of longer silent retreats. "While new attendees are trying A Taste of Silence, others have an opportunity to extend their experience by another full day," Rev. Shepherd explains.

The shortened silent retreats are scheduled monthly from August through November. Participants may arrive by 4 p.m. and will leave after silence is broken at 4 p.m. the following day. Dates are August 18-19, September 6-7, October 19-20 and November 19-20. Register for the event by calling Camp Sumatanga at 256-538-9860.

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