I went on my first religious retreat this past weekend and stayed at the Serra Retreat Center in Malibu. I didn't know what to expect, but was surprised that it turned out to be a very powerful and emotional experience for me.
I was one of 85 retreatants, and when we weren't in our sessions, I walked around the beautiful grounds and gazed at the nearby Santa Monica mountains and Pacific Ocean. I left the retreat knowing myself better and even said goodbye to some of the issues and insecurities I've held onto for years. I feel so much more at peace now.
Photos by Christine Rose Morente