Retreats may be an answer to modern living giving us time away from the daily routine in order that we can find peace, calm and restored balance in life. But this idea of finding space to reflect is not new, it has ancient roots. We see Jesus finding space to be with his Father and to teach his disciples. The practice of retreating for spiritual growth developed with the Desert Fathers and much later St Ignatius introduced us to spiritual exercises. From this has developed the modern retreat with its emphasis on contemplative, creative and inspirational prayer and reflection.