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Preached Retreats

"Preached" retreats are more interactive and less "preachy" than this customary nomenclature suggests! Usually spanning a weekend (sometimes a few weekdays), these retreats are led by a "retreat master" who offers a series of "conferences" or talks following some kind of theme.

You'll find our 2017 offerings below. The requested donation covers room, board, and conferences.

Meet the Presenters

Retreats by Month

January February March April
May June July August
September October November December

2017 Retreats at a Glance

*Day retreats in orange, Spanish and bilingual retreats in italics.*


13-16 Mid-Winter Sacred Dance Workshop: Seeds of Hope

20-22 Contemporary Cinema and Spirituality: Winter Session


17-19 Hospitality: A Virtue Becomes a Way of Life

19 Taller Cuaresmal En Espanol

20-24 Priests' Retreat: "God is Always on Time"

28-3/3 Lenten Silent Retreat


6-10 Priests' Retreat: Healers in Christ


13-16 Sacred Triduum


1-4 Spring Artists' Retreat

5-7 Praying in the Circle of St. John

12-14 In the Spirit of AA: A Twelve-Step Retreat

26-28 The Spirituality of Friendship


2-4 Pentecost Retreat

30-7/2 Discernment of Spirits


5-7 Discernment in Daily Life

7-9 Hildegard of Bingen: Prophet of the Cosmic Christ

10-14 Benedictine Spirituality: St. Benedict's Teaching on Humility

21-23 Summer Sacred Dance Workshop: Discovering the Living Desert and Creator Spirit

24-28 Sophia/Wisdom in the Writings of John of the Cross

28-30 Contemporary Cinema and Spirituality: Summer Session

31-8/4 Women Mystics in the Monastic Tradition: St. Gertrude the Great, St. Hildegard of Bingen, and Julian of Norwich


11-13 A Power Greater Than Ourselves: Reflections on Twelve-Step Spirituality

25-27 Lectio Divina: The Monastic Art of Praying the Scriptures


1-3 The Cloud of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints & Life in the Body of Christ

8-10 "¿Hacia Dónde Apunta tu Brújula Espiritual?"

22-24 Leadership and the Rule of St. Benedict: Stability

29-10/2 Contemplative Prayer in the Early Monastic Tradition


30-11/2 Autumn Artists' Retreat


3-5 Edith Stein: Her Journey from Darkness into Light

13-17 Guess What's Coming for Dinner?: A Cooking Retreat/Workshop

22-24 Thanksgiving at Valyermo

24-26 Mere Spirituality: The Spiritual Life According to Henri Nouwen

27-12/1 Priests' Retreat: Healers in Christ


1-3 Advent Retreat

3 Taller Adviento En Espanol

22-25 Christmas Retreat: The Mystery of the Incarnation

29-1/2 New Year's Retreat: Singing the Music of the Incarnation