Upcoming Programs


General Information

  • Room, meals, and linens are included in program cost.
  • Unless noted otherwise, weekend programs begin Friday at 7:30 pm and end Sunday after the noon meal.
  • Programs may be cancelled for insufficient registration.
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Would  you like more information about any of our programs?  We can be reached at (256) 734-8302 or retreats@shmon.org.


Lenten Day of Reflection

March 26, 2014  ~  9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

During the season of Lent, we are called to learn to see "as God sees" and to live as "children of light."  The scriptural images of blindness and sight, light and darkness used in the readings for the Fourth Sunday in Lent will be the basis for this day of spiritual renewal.   The day will include prayer, presentations, private reflection, and discussion.

Retreat Director: Sister Marie Leonard, OSB

Cost:  $30, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

The Sacred Triduum

April 17-20, 2014

Experience Holy Week immersed in the beautiful setting of Sacred Heart Monastery.  Join the monastic community for the solemn liturgies of the Triduum as we commemorate the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ

Cost: Private Room $210; Shared Room $185/person

Limited enrollment; silence

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

Intensive Centering Prayer

May 2-4, 2014

Centering Prayer is a method of Christian prayer rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition. For those who have already attended an Introduction to Centering Prayer Retreat, this weekend will allow you to further deepen your relationship with God.  There will be extended periods of Centering Prayer and shared Lectio Divina.  The weekend will be spent in silence.  Limited enrollment.

Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $210

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Centering Prayer

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

Still Green with Fruit: Flourishing in One's Older Years

May 21, 2014  ~  9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

What are the hidden graces of old age that prepare us for the final surrender of our life on earth?  How might we, as the psalmist writes (92:15), continue to "bear fruit even in old age."  This retreat will be based on teh book by Emilie Griffin, Green Leaves for Older Years.

Retreat Director: Sister Kathleen Gallas, OSB

Cost:  $30, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


Finding God in Every Nook and Cranny

June 7, 2014  ~  9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Based on her popular books, Everyday Epiphanies and When the Rain Speaks, Sr. Melannie's retreat will focus on finding God in our everyday lives: in relationships, nature, work play, joy, suffering and prayer.  Using scripture,  music, stories, and humor, Sister will lead prayerful reflection on discovering God in the particular circumstances of our lives.

Retreat Director: Sister Melannie Svoboda, SND

Cost:  $30, includes lunch

Printable Registration Form (pdf)

8-Day Intensive / Post - Intensive Centering Prayer

June 24-July 1, 2014

Intensive: An in-depth retreat for those experienced in Centering Prayer.  The retreat will facilitate entrance into a more profound level of spiritual practice in an atmosphere of silence, solitude, and community, designed to assist participants in entering a more intimate relationship with God.  Videotapes of Fr. Thomas Keating's Spiritual Journey course will be viewed.

Post-Intensive: A next step into a profound silence and stillness to facilitate a more intimate union with

God.  An Intensive Centering Prayer experience is a prerequisite of the Post-Intensive.

Arrival is between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm on June 25, with departure after breakfast on the final day.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

For cost and registration information: Please contact Diana Tschache at (205) 991-6964 or tschached [at] bellsouth [dot] net for registration information.  A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required for the 8-day retreat. 


Introduction to Centering Prayer

August 29-31, 2014

Centering Prayer is a form of Christian prayer rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition.  Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. 

This workshop/retreat is designed for those new to Centering Prayer.  Private rooms and the ability to maintain silence are required.

Retreat Directors: Contemplative Outreach Birmingham Staff

Cost: Private Room $210

Printable Registration Form (pdf)


For additional information about our programs, please contact:

Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center

Telephone: (256) 734-8302
E-mail: retreats @ shmon.org