Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught the apostles to retire
to a desert place and rest a while.
I am taking this time to follow your example.
As I prepare for this retreat,
I offer you these intentions
to do with as you will:
[list your intentions out loud or in your heart].
Grant that I may obtain all
the fruits that I can from this retreat.
Enable me to make it in union with you,
to know you better so that I may know myself better.
Help me to listen attentively,
to ponder prayerfully,
and to speak wisely.
Let me emerge from this spiritual renewal
as a more committed disciple,
better equipped to advance along the path
that you have laid out for me.