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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 2018 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


Retreats by Month

July August

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

2018 Preached Retreats

21-23 An Adult Christ at Christmas
24-26 Christmas at Valyermo
31-1/2 New Year, New Beginnings

2019 Preached Retreats

11-13 Contemporary Cinema & Spirituality: Winter Session
14-18 Four Spanish Mystics: Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, & Maria de Agreda
16 Take Charge of Your Life

18-21 Mid-Winter Dance Workshop: The Sacred Dance Into Divine Love
26 Beginning Again

9 Experiencing God's Love
20 Take Charge of Your Life

MARCH 2019

5-8 Lenten Silent Retreat
20 Take Charge of Your Life
25-29 Priests' Retreat: Walking the Way of the Heart Through the Gospel of John . . .
31 Taller Cuaresmal en EspaƱol

APRIL 2019
1-3 Extraordinary Time: Spiritual Reflections from a Season with Cancer, Death, & Transition
10 Take Charge of Your Life
15-17 Holy Week Silent Retreat

18-21 Sacred Triduum
26-28 Everything Ablaze: Teilhard's Mystical Vision
29-5/2 Spring Artists' Retreat

MAY 2019
6-10 Priests' Retreat: Walking the Way of the Heart Through the Gospel of John . . .
10-12 The Healing Power of Faith: Jesus as Our Therapist
13-15 The First Christian Mystics: The Spirituality of Mary Magdalene & Paul
15 Take Charge of Your Life
24-26 Divinization in the Rule & Life of Benedict
27-31 God Is Love At The Heart of Creation

31-6/2 Discerning Spirits

JUNE 2019
7-9 Pentecost Retreat
19 Take Charge of Your Life
26-28 Discernment in Daily Life

28-30 In the Spirit of AA: A Twelve-Step Retreat

JULY 2019
5-7 Humility
8-12 Benedictine Spirituality: Monastic Virtues in the Rule of St. Benedict
12-14 Spiritual Gifts Workshop
17 Take Charge of Your Life
19-21 Summer Dance Workshop: Dancing the Psalms & Songs of Creation

26-28 Contemporary Cinema & Spirituality: Summer Session
29-8/2 Getting to Know You: An Exploration into the Lives & Teachings of Lesser Known Benedictines

9-11 Leadership & the Rule: The Wisdom of Community
16-18 Praying in the Circle of St. John
21 Take Charge of Your Life
23-25 Who Am I? Meeting the Self in the Prodigal Son

26-30 Sophia/Wisdom in the Writings of John of the Cross
30-9/1 My Neighbor's Faith: Interfaith Cooperation in an Age of Religious Diversity

6-8 The Monkhood of All Believers
18 Take Charge of Your Life
23-27 Becoming the Praise of His Glory: The Spirituality of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

27-29 Accepting the Embrace of God: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina
28 Hearing the Voice of God

16 Take Charge of Your Life
21-24 Still Full of Sap, Still Green: A Spirituality of Aging

1-3 Edith Stein: Her Journey from Darkness into Light
4-7 Autumn Artists' Retreat

11-15 Priests' Retreat: Ministry & Priesthood Inspired by the Writings of Pope Francis
20 Take Charge of Your Life
22-24 Praying in the Cave of the Heart: The Spirituality of Bede Griffiths

27-29 Thanksgiving at Valyermo

29-12/1 Advent Retreat
30 Taller Adviento En Espanol

4-6 Lectio for Advent
9-13 Hildegard of Bingen: Prophet of the Cosmic Christ
18 Take Charge of Your Life
20-22 The Psalter, Mirror of the Soul

24-26 Christmas at Valyermo
31-1/2 New Year's Retreat: "Behold, I make all things new!" (Rev. 21:5)