Ignatian Retreat

A time of silence and reflection, away from usual external demands, responsibilities and expectations.
  • Date: 03.12.2018 - 08.12.2018

‘I have come that they might have life, and have it in abundance’. John 10:10


Ignatius of Loyola (1491 – 1556) was a Basque nobleman who found himself called to the service of Christ and his Kingdom. He was led by God’s way with him by being given the grace to observe the different moods and thoughts which came to him and to explore their effect upon him. What he learnt has come down to us in his writings and we may discover the helpfulness of this approach.

Daily meeting with a retreat 'companion'

Each day a meeting of up to about half-an-hour is offered with one of the team of retreat companions. The companion is there as neither a therapist, counselor, judge or guru. So also, the retreatant need not bring the whole of their life’s story and there is no requirement to ‘bare one’s soul’. Rather, the meeting is an opportunity for the retreatant to speak of how the day has been, with its various thoughts and feelings. The companion seeks to help the retreatant observe what seems helpful and what seems less helpful in their journey with God, so as to continue to explore in the day ahead. Many people find Scripture an obvious help for this; others use other means, according to what seems helpful at the time. We use many different spiritual directors, sometimes also from England.


The one agreed convention is that the eight days are spent in silence from the first evening until the final morning. During the eight days, all meals are taken in silence, with music being played at dinner and supper.


The most obvious feature of this retreat is the sense of freedom. The formal program, as you see above, consists almost entirely of meals. And this is a good image, for people are invited here to be fed by God. Even the Eucharist is offered daily.

Different people are nourished by God in different ways, and so they pray in different ways. What matters is the unique relationship that each has with God. The retreat seeks to allow each person to grow in awareness of this unique relationship, and in appreciation of its opportunities and invitations.

The program of the retreat is merely a framework within which to explore this freedom. Therefore, everything on the program is optional, at the service of this exploration, so that each may discover and make use of what helps.

Practical information

Each of the retreatants will be accommodated in a single bedroom with towels, soap and bedding provided. If there are any special needs or circumstances we should know of, like allergies, special diets, handicaps, psychological problems etc., we kindly ask you to let us know about this.

There will be plenty of time to take walks in the beautiful area surrounding Lia Ga rd, so bring suitable clothing and good walking shoes. If you do art or craft work of any kind and can bring it with you that is often very helpful. Also remember to bring a Bible and something to write on.

The retreats begin the first day at 19:00 with supper and later information, and end the last day after breakfast, at about 9 am or after lunch 13:00 pm.


08:00-09:30 Breakfast (in silence)
10:30-11:30 Coffee/tea in the sitting room
13:00-14:00 Lunch (with music)
16:00-17.00 Coffee/tea in the sitting room
18:00 Service with Holy Communion in Lia Church
18.45-19.45 Supper (with music)
20:00 Silent prayer in Lia Church Daily meeting with a retreat companion

Prices, Ignatian Retreats:

NOK 6700,- FOR 8 DAYS

NOK 5000,- FOR 6 DAYS

NOK 4200,- FOR 5 DAYS

NOK 2800,- FOR 3 DAYS


Thank you for your booking this retreat! You will recieve a confirmation from us within some days. If the retreat is fully booked we may put you on a waiting list.

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Contact us

Address: Postal Box 106, 2481 Koppang, NORWAY
Tel: (+47) 62 46 65 00
E-mail: retreat@liagard.no

61.56402, 11.17756
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