Individual Retreats

Guest reading on the dining room porch.

August 11, 2020 – COVID-19 closure update from Sister Elisabeth:

We are looking forward to the time we can reopen!  We really miss welcoming guests and having you here with us.  Although we haven’t set a date for reopening yet, we are in regular conversation about it in light of available data.  When we do re-open, it will be slowly and with great care.

In the meantime, please check out our on-line offerings for this fall.  Also, if you wish spiritual direction (see below), this can be arranged via Zoom.  Email us at 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:

Private Retreat

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.


Directed Retreat

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.

Private Retreats: $85 first night, $65 each additional night. Meals are included.
Directed Retreats: $135 first night, $115 each additional night. 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  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 for scheduling information.

Donation: At least $50 per session
Spiritual Directors: Sister Mary McGehee, OSB; Sister Treva Heinberg, OSB; Sister Priscilla Cohen, OSB


Because of our current closure and our uncertain date of re-opening, we are not currently taking reservations for private retreats. We are continually evaluating the situation and eagerly anticipate the time when we can re-open. Please check back at a later date.



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.