I was skeptic at first about the schedule of our retreat last February since we all know that it’s Hell Month for graduating students! During the first day, my attention is still focused on our thesis and other academic requirements. But since, the retreat facilitator, Father (sorry I forgot the name hehe) told us that we should rest our mind first and let go of all the worries of academics, I did let go of all school stuff and diverted my attention to God and to getting to know more of myself and others. Truly, I was able to be rejuvenated from all the stress of school and it built stronger bonds among my blockmates and batchmates!
Photo(above) by: Ana Morales
Caleruega is really a good place to reflect. You get to appreciate nature. They have this tagline: “Close to Nature, closer to God” and it was actually true!
Caleruega is even more magical at night!
Photo(above) by: Katrina Sison
We had different activities during the 3-day retreat. We attended sessions, had bonfire night and talent show, and during our free time we get to roam around the place and hiked our way to the other chapel.
The funny story here that I will never forget was that I get to stay in a room instead of a dormitory! When we got there first day in the afternoon, all the girls went haywire with getting bed once the dorm has been opened and despite acting very fast to get to have one, I still ended up with nothing lol. Another cool thing was that, my labor groupmates for CBA Kat, Aya, and China were left with nothing too! Only 4 of us did not have a place to sleep. What a coincidence. Hahaha. To make the long story short, we got a private room with our own toilet & bath! Yaay! :)
Sayang I didn’t get to take a picture of our room! But here’s our key as a remembrance.
In the end, I get to enjoy the retreat more than I expected. Bonding at its finest with my college loves 4BES’13! Caleruega is truly breathtaking and I promise to go back there to have some “Me Time” soon! :)