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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 2020 offerings below. The requested donation covers room, board, and conferences.

To make reservations, click on the links below, or call 661 944-2178, or email


2020 Retreats by Month

July August

*Day retreats in orange, Spanish and bilingual retreats in

2020 Preached Retreats

Retreats Brochure Link 2020

10-12 Leadership and the Rule of Benedict: Purity of Heart
17-20 Mid-Winter Dance Workshop: Moving to Bridge the Gap
25 Beginning Again


25-28 Lenten Silent Retreat


CANCELLED 23-27 Priests' Retreat: Walking in the Way of the Heart Through the Gospel of John
CANCELADO 29 Taller Cuaresmal en Español


CANCELLED 6-8 Holy Week Silent Retreat
CANCELLED 8 Take Charge of Your Life
CANCELLED 9-12 Sacred Triduum
24-26 Transformation For A New Creation
27-30 Spring Artists' Retreat


6-8 The Reality of the Unseen: Looking at Mysticism and Religious Experience as a Gift of Being Human
8-10 Poverty of Spirit
11-15 Priests' Retreat: Walking in the Way of the Heart Through the Gospel of John
22-24 Early Monastic Spirituality
29-31 Pentecost Retreat


1-5 Everything Ablaze: Teilhard's Mystical Vision
5-7 Faith and the Human Condition: A Look into the Writings and Relationships between Adrienne von Speyr and Hans Urs von Balthasar
24-26 Discernment in Daily Life
26-28 Marriage Enrichment
27 God in America: Judeo-Christian Values in American History


3-5 Caring for our Common Home
8-12 Benedictine Spirituality: The Rule of St. Benedict as a Wisdom Document to be Implemented in Every Age
23-26 Summer Dance Workshop: Moving Physically to be Everywhere Spiritually
27-31 The Call of the Beatitudes: Living the Call of Jesus

7-9 Who Am I? Meeting the Self in the Prodigal Son
10-14 Hildegard of Bingen: Prophet of the Cosmic Christ
14-16 Thomas à Kempis as Spiritual Guide
21-23 In the Spirit of AA: A Twelve-Step Retreat
28-30 Praying in the Circle of St. John


4-6 Henri Nouwen: Master of Soul Care
7-11 God is Love at the Heart of All Creation
9 Take Charge of Your Life
18-20 Christ at the End of Life: Catholic Teaching on Palliative Care and Physician-Assisted Suicide


14 Take Charge of Your Life
19-22 Still Full of Sap, Still Green: A Spirituality of Aging
30-11/1 Love Was His Meaning: The Spirituality of Julian of Norwich


2-5 Autumn Artists' Retreat
9-12 Guess What's Coming For Dinner!: A Cooking Retreat/Workshop
11 Take Charge of Your Life
12-15 Edith Stein: Her Journey from Darkness into Light
16-20 Priests' Retreat: Thriving in the Call of God
21 God in America: Judeo-Christian Values in American History
25-27 Thanksgiving at Valyermo
27-29 Advent Retreat
28 Taller Adviento en Español


7-11 Ammas, Monks, & Archetypes
9 Take Charge of Your Life
11-13 Preparing Within Ourselves a Place for the Lord
18-20 Augustine & His Confessions
24-26 Christmas at Valyermo
31-1/2 New Year Retreat: "Behold, I make all things new!" (Rev. 21:5)