A Koinonia weekend begins about 8:00 p.m. Friday evening and concludes about 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening. The typical day begins at 7:00 a.m. with a chapel meditation. After breakfast follows a series of “talks” given both by lay and clergy leaders. After each talk a period of discussion and sharing by small groups is provided. This is where much of the lasting effect of Koinonia develops. The same schedule holds after lunch and dinner. The day usually ends about 10:00 p.m. There is ample time provided in each day for “breathers” and casual sharing.
The whole weekend is rooted in joy and prayer, and in a holy orientation that is both natural and deepening. Each weekend has its own character, though each is well planned before it comes together. Overall, the schedule is demanding, though far from rigid, and each person is important to the weekend, whether one of the leaders or one of the candidates. Usually 30 candidates are accepted to each weekend and they will be accompanied on the weekend by about 20 team members.
The talks presented on the weekend do not present a comprehensive review of Christian theology – even of the topics which are mentioned. They intend to present only what is essential to Christian living in ways which can be particularly meaningful to the participants.
It is clear from what has been described that persons who cannot physically or emotionally give themselves to the weekend probably should not make an application. However, if you feel you need further clarification or direction on the matter, please feel free to consult with one of the Koinonia Spiritual Directors.