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Relax, Heal & Rejuvenate Your Soul at Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, Kerela

Human existence is basically an integration of Body, Mind & Soul. A minor disbalance in the three can lead to a lot of physical, mental & emotional problems. Bodily discomforts can be treated but what happens in the mind stays in the mind only. While what goes on at the Soul level is even darker. There is all sort of negativity in there, that doesn’t really come out in public but breaks the person bit by bit. This ultimately leads to a pool full of guilt, angst jealousy & hatred. Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, Kerela is a holistic and Christian religious centre where the focus is only on the ever wandering Mind & Soul.

But it being a Christian center shouldn’t really stop you from visiting this place. Simply because sometimes in life certain situations come our way, where one feels trapped and science, our education, high paying jobs and more seem to fail. The only hope that is left is a divine intervention. Every year thousands of non- Christians from different religions, from different states and different countries, visit this Divine Retreat Centre in Muringoor, Kerela to devote quality time to soul healing and seeking divine help for special intentions like for child, for financial stability, for mental peace, for deaddiction from bad habits, marriage counselling and more.

Location:

For people coming from metropolitan cities, Kerala may seem to be an environmental shock as it may seem like one big garden or park with so much of greenery around. The nearest airport to Divine Retreat Centre in Muringoor, Kerela is the Kochi airport. After landing here a short half an hour to forty-five minutes drive is all it takes to reach the retreat centre. Muringoor is a small town outside Kochi city. There shouldn’t be any problem while coming by car as Divine Retreat Centre Muringoor Kerela is very famous.

Ambiance & Accommodation:

Seating Area before and after sessions

Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, Kerala is situated in a vast area of land. The locals here refer to this area as Divine Nagar. So on one side of the road is the Divine Retreat Centre where the inner healing and couple retreats are held in Malayalam. It is said that on any day the Malayalam area of the centre is packed to its full limit with people from different backgrounds attending the holistic retreats.

Jesus Christ’ body in arms of Mother Mary

On the other side of the road is the fairly new portion of Divine Retreat Centre where retreats are held in English, Hindi, Konkani, Kannada and other languages. For attending the week long retreats, it is mandatory for all to stay on the same campus and follow the rules set by the authorities there.  So no one is allowed to leave the premise before the retreat ends. Hence, apart from rooms and retreat halls, there is a big food mess, few shops having daily need items, clinic, a small food restaurant, cab assistance room etc.

 The rooms are generally allotted on first come first basis and there are different levels of room available. So one can choose to live in a dormitory to luxury A/C rooms which are priced very nominally as compared to any hotel accommodations. A basic non-AC room which is well cleaned and with attached washroom costs about Rs. 1300 for six days where two people can stay.

However, it is advisable to carry a mosquito net, mosquito repellent skin creams and a bedsheet or two along.

Food:

Mess Area

The food at Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, Kerela, is pretty basic but tasty and filling. For the first day, each meal is given at Rs. 30. Fixed time is there for each food meal starting with a black coffee at 5.30 A.M. in the morning. If you have children along then milk etc. are available at a nominal fee. After the first session, there is breakfast break around 9.30 A.M. followed by lunch at 1 P.M. The evening tea is generally served around 4 P.M. post that at 9 P.M. the dinner is served. Here one needs to wash their own plates and glasses.

Activities To Do at Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, Kerela:

Session Hall Podium

Once a person enters the retreat centre, there is nothing else to do but to connect with the divine power and surrendering yourself to the supreme power. So generally the day at Divine Retreat Centre in Muringoor, Kerela begins at 5.30 A.M.  when coffee is served post that the multiple sessions of prayerful adoration begin. There is a counseling session held in one of the days where you can share your problem with the counselor and get valuable insights.The last day sessions including the testimony session are not to miss ones!


Our Opinion:

First thing first, anyone planning to visit Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor, Kerela shouldn’t misconstrue it to be holistic (like NIMBA) or an ayurvedic resort apt for relaxing holiday. It is a religious retreat centre promoted by Vincentian fathers under Christian religion. Only on a visit personally, would one believe that even the non-Christians and foreigners attend it. In no way, the place promotes anyone to change his or her religion. But until the time a person is at the retreat centre, an active involvement in the sessions is required. Sessions see different speakers telling mostly about practical life. There are certain words that are time and again repeated in sessions. Take these words as a ‘Mool Mantra’ and not a thing related to a particular religion.

It is not only for elderly people but also for teenagers, young couples & children. There are different retreats that are held all year long and one can pre-book as per his or her convenience by calling or emailing them. People from all walks of life come to this place and so expectations of luxury holiday would fail here; though the retreat centre is well kept. Teenagers and young couples might feel out of place here for the first one or two days but once you let go yourself and become a part of the encaptivating sessions, one is bound to become more and more interested in it. Just keep it positive and being receptive to what is being said here with an open heart is the mantra of getting benefitted most out of the week long retreat at Divine retreat Centre, Muringoor, Kerela.

Many say that they have received ‘Miraculous blessing/healing’ here after all

“Miracles only happen when you Believe.”


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