Jesus took time away from the crowds and active ministry for prayer, teaching us how important it is to have time for quiet and solitude. The beautiful grounds and peaceful environment of the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center foster a contemplative atmosphere conducive to prayerful attention to God.
For individuals who seek to deepen their faith life, we offer the following opportunities:
Private or Directed Retreats
A Private Retreat is a time of silence and solitude in order to seek God in prayer. The silence and unstructured time provide an “empty space” in which one can slow down and spend leisure time with our loving Creator. Simple yet comfortable accommodations allow retreatants to rest and pray without the usual distractions of daily life.
In addition to prayer and reflection, private retreat guests often enjoy reading, journaling, strolling our lovely grounds, and visiting the monastic chapel. Retreatants are welcome to join the monastic Community for the Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist. Meals are served cafeteria-style and a silent dining area is provided.
In a Private Directed Retreat the retreat guest has an additional opportunity to meet daily with a spiritual director who may offer suggestions for reading and reflection during the time of retreat.
Please call the Retreat Center office at (256) 734-8302 for more information or to schedule a private retreat.
Private Retreats: $85 first night, $60 each additional night. Meals are included.
Directed Retreats: $125 first night, $100 each additional night. Meals are included.
Spiritual Direction is an opportunity for faith development and spiritual growth under the on-going guidance of an experienced director. Times and sessions are scheduled in consultation with the director. Please call (256) 734-8302 for scheduling information.
Donation: At least $40 per session
Spiritual Directors: Sister Mary McGehee, OSB; Sister Kathleen Gallas, OSB; Sister Priscilla Cohen, OSB
In addition to spiritual direction, Sister Mary McGehee offers massage therapy, healing touch, and craniosacral therapy. Two hour session with spiritual direction and bodywork: $120; One hour bodywork: $70. Call (256) 736-5820 to schedule with Sister Mary.
Subiaco is our accommodations area designated for private retreat guests. Subiaco contains 5 bedrooms, each with one twin bed, a comfortable chair for reading, a small chest of drawers, an open closet, and a private bath. There is also a comfortably furnished living room and kitchenette for making coffee.
Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center
Telephone: (256) 734-8302