Today, June 4th, the deaconesses at Zendings-Diaconessenhuis Bethanië (the Netherlands) will be holding a day of quiet reflection, which they call ‘Oasis Day’. It is a special day to be quiet and look for what God has to say. There are some group times, alternated with time to be alone. It is open to anyone who wants to enjoy the silence and tranquillity. Leading deaconess Sr. Greet Verhoeven says, "Quiet Days constitute a break in the busy everyday life. People can focus on God and their own self. This is often a healing and soothing time. We hope that people go away after an Oasis Day really different than when they came. "
Oasis Day began as an initiative in 2015, adapted from the deaconess community in Switzerland. Each Oasis Day has a biblical theme. Some thoughts are shared, after which participants can retreat into a private space. In the afternoon there is an opportunity to respond creatively, through painting, writing, walking or otherwise.
Participants can link to a spiritual guide, and also enjoy one or more quiet days in the guesthouse. Oasis Days begin at 9:30 and end at 5pm, and cost € 40, all inclusive. Email for more information.