Ignatian Experiments are activities designed to show you the meaning of teamwork, give you a sense of community and provide some food for thought. They are envisioned as valuable teaching moments on your way towards discovering the truth about yourself and becoming closer with Christ as well as your neighbor.
It is a well-known fact that people learn best through experience. Why not apply the same principle in individual and spiritual growth?
The Experiments are a group effort. You will have some 25 fellow Experimenters of three or four nationalities in your group. Even if your English is not perfect, there’s no need to worry –each language group will have an animator fluent in English who will be responsible for his or her compatriots. Besides the animators, each Experiment will have a leader and an assigned Jesuit priest, who will watch over the course of the entire endeavor.
MAGIS offers a number of different experiments to choose from, grouped in several categories. Upon registration, you can specify the one that appeals most to you.
A bike, a kayak, or your own two feet – whatever the means, you are sure to enjoy the challenge and the reward of hitting the road and reaching your destination. When a heavy backpack weighs you down and the comforts of your everyday life seem like a distant memory, you might be surprised to find how the things you thought you could never do without are actually unimportant.
If your wish is to plunge deep into prayer and contemplation and learn about different traditions in Christian spirituality, this is the category for you. These Experiments aim to further your spiritual growth.
This category is all about helping others. And helping others also entails helping the natural environment. By bringing you closer to nature, these Experiments will give you an opportunity to delight in the beauty of God’s creation and to learn to contemplate His presence in all living things.
This category will give you an opportunity to meet other religious, cultural and social groups. You will get to know people from different congregations and learn about the local traditions in Poland or another country where the Experiment will be held.
Are you into the arts? This category comprises painting, architecture, graphics, folk art, icon painting, acting, singing and many other Experiments. It’s time to get creative!
Whatever your experiment of choice, there will be some fixed points of your day:
- Individual prayer
- Activation/Action/Apostolic experience
- Holy Mass
- The MAGIS Circle (sharing in small groups)
- Ignatian Daily Examen (a personal reflection on the events of the day)