The idea of a religious retreat has taken off in the last few years as the number of people who attend such events has increased.
However, it remains largely a taboo subject, despite the fact that many of these events are being organised by non-religious organisations such as faith-based organisations, Christian charities and faith-owned businesses.
While these types of organisations have been able to raise money for religious causes, they often have to rely on volunteers.
Now there are plans to offer a way to offer religious retreats free of charge, but that could prove controversial, given the ongoing debates about Islam and Muslims.
If the plan goes ahead, it could mean a major change in how people attend religious retreat, according to Dr Ramesh Bhattacharya, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Queensland.
“The retreats we’ve seen are really for people to relax and to recharge and to explore, and we don’t want to encourage people to stay for longer periods,” he said.
He said there were a number of reasons why the idea was being considered.
One was the increasing number of Muslim and Christian groups and organisations wanting to take part in such events.
Another was the idea of offering the retreats for free, but offering them as a “ministerial retreat”, or for people who are at the point where they are considering becoming religious.
The retreat, called a “religious retreat”, would be offered free of cost to anyone who wanted to take a break from their work and get away from their families.
But Dr Bhattbachary said there would be some significant restrictions placed on people taking part in the retreat.
Dr Bhattay said that people would not be allowed to bring alcohol, food or other items that could attract attention.
For example, people would have to be accompanied by a guardian and they would not have access to internet access, as well as a room where they could have meetings and gatherings, he said