February 11, 2021 – COVID-19 update from Sister Elisabeth:
The winter rise in COVID-19 cases in our state and region has impacted our ability to be continuously open to receive private retreatants. Paramount is the need to protect both retreat guests and the resident monastic community for whom this is home. However we have been able to host private retreatants at intermittent periods this fall and winter. If you are interested in making a private retreat, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (256) 734-8302 for information on our current status.
During this time when our ability to receive private retreat guests is intermittent, please check out our on-line offerings. Also, if you wish spiritual direction (see below), this can be arranged via Zoom. Email us at email@example.com or give us a call at (256) 734-8302 for more information.
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 wish to take some time apart for quiet and prayer, we offer the following opportunities:
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.
New rates effective October 19, 2020:
Private Retreats: $75 first night, $60 each additional night. No meals are included.
Directed Retreats: $125 first night, $110 each additional night. No meals are included.
To schedule a private or directed retreat, please inquire using the form below, or contact the Retreat Center office at (256) 734-8302 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please suggest preferred dates and alternate dates.
Ongoing spiritual direction
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 or email email@example.com for scheduling information. Spiritual Direction via Zoom may be arranged.
Donation: At least $50 per session
Spiritual Directors: Sister Mary McGehee, OSB; Sister Treva Heinberg, OSB; Sister Priscilla Cohen, OSB
Accommodations for private retreat guests are in Subiaco, a five-bedroom area set aside for this purpose. Subiaco contains five 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 shared by Subiaco guests. A small refrigerator in the kitchenette can accommodate limited refreshments brought by guests. (COVID-19 Update: We are currently using facilities other than Subiaco for private retreats during the pandemic.)