What should I expect?

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by a staff member who will answer any questions you may have and invite you to share any special prayer requests (The Pacem staff prays for all our guests during their stay). You then will be taken, with a food basket and your belongings to your hermitage.

Once nestled in your hermitage, your holy time begins. Pray with Scripture. Read your Bible and spend time just talking to God and listening for His Word. Don’t be anxious. Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Many hermits arrive tired and weary, and need to begin their retreat with rest for the body as well as the soul. Sleep is an important part of God’s healing plan for “Holy Rest.” Long nights to sleep, as well as “naps,” are gifts to be enjoyed. During your stay, you will probably spend most of your time inside the hermitage or on the attached screen porch. You may choose to walk in the woods along moss-covered paths, in the wildflower prairie, or sit on the boardwalk that extends over Lake Tamarack.

You will not be disturbed except at your request or in the case of an emergency. There is a mailbox on each hermitage for daily communication with Pacem staff. A Pacem staff member is always available if you need assistance or someone to talk with.

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