n HTS : Theological Studies - Monastic retreat and pastoral care in the Dutch Reformed tradition

Volume 62, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



Of late, there has been a growing interest in retreat among clergy and members of congregations in the Dutch Reformed tradition in South Africa. The article investigates the relevance of the monastic traditions for this growing interest in Reformed circles. It focuses on aspects of retreat such as the role of holy places in the monastic traditions (e.g., monasteries, cathedrals, retreat centers) and the experience of silence, solitude, regeneration, divine presence and spiritual formation. Proceeding from an epistemological reflection on the subject as described in a previous article, the aim of this article is to explore the "action of retreat" as a narrative research journey and pilgrimage in order to investigate the relevance of the Benedictine, Franciscan and Taizé monastic-mystic traditions (seen as an associative / mystic spirituality) for retreat in the Dutch Reformed tradition (which is seen as a disassociative / rational / dogmatic spirituality).

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