Individual Retreats

Guest reading on the dining room porch.

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



Private Retreat Inquiry Form

If you are interested in making a private retreat, you may contact us by email, telephone, or by submitting this form. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible to answer your questions and/or to confirm a date for your retreat. We typically respond within one business day. Private retreat availability is based on availability of space and dates.
  • If you are seeking specific dates, it is helpful if you can list at least two alternate dates. Please note that our maximum stay is typically 3-4 nights. On occasion, lengthier stays up to 5-6 nights may be available.
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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.