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Rachel’s Vineyard retreat to be held in early May

Project Rachel, a post-abortion healing program, will be offering its 15th Rachel's Vineyard healing retreat weekend May 1-3 for women struggling with the psychological or spiritual pain of abortion.

According to Theresa Burke, author of the Rachel's Vineyard retreat, many women seek help anywhere from five to 20 years after their abortion, after suffering for years in confusion and silence.

"Rachel's Vineyard offers a chance to get away from all the daily pressures of work and family and focus on this painful time in your life through a supportive and non-judgmental process," said Burke, who added that mothers, and others affected by abortion, have come to Rachel's Vineyard in search of peace and inner healing.

"The weekend is a unique process designed to release deep feelings of anger, ambivalence, grief and guilt that frequently accompany an abortion experience," Burke said. "The process is extremely helpful for those who struggle to forgive themselves or others. The weekend will help your soul find a voice and transform the pain of the past into hope".

Registration for the retreat includes a room, meals and retreat materials, but no one will be turned away based on the ability to pay. All communication is kept strictly confidential. The registration deadline is April 29.

For more information or to register, call Jo Balsamo at 703/841-2504 or e-mail projectrachel@arlingtondiocese.org.

For more information about Rachel's Vineyard go to arlingtondiocese.org/rachel.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2009