Workshops and Retreats

NOTE TO MARYMOUNT ALUMNI: As a special remembrance for all Marymount College alumni, we offer you a special discount. When you register online for weekend and other multi-day retreats and workshops, enter the code MC-1 for a 15 percent discount. For one-day workshops, enter MC-2 for $10 off the registration fee.

2019 Theological Institute: “The Long Struggle to Desegregate Catholic America”

Presenter: Dr. Shannen D. Williams, PhD

July 18-21, 2019

The 2019 Institute will deal directly with the reality of racism. We will explore how white people have learned to rationalize ourselves into being nonracist while actually being racist. We also hope to expose the evil within and among us and begin to expunge it from our language, attitudes and cultural mores. Because racism is an evil with which we subtly cooperate we will weave into our days with Dr. Williams discerning processes through which we might begin to invite God to change us into the inclusive Christian body we are meant to be. Thursday, 5 p.m. – Sunday, noon meal. Cost: $325. CLICK HERE for details and to register.

CSJs Are Apostles of Diversity and Inclusiveness

Retreat Director: Catherine Michaud, CSJ

May 3-5, 2019

Description: Our May retreat is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of “diversity and inclusion” in the present national climate, and how our CSJ charism embodies these values. We will begin by clarifying what we have come to mean by “diversity and inclusion.” Next, we will explore Scripture for the roots of our belief in the justice from which “diversity and inclusion” originate.” Finally, on Sunday, we will let our CSJ heritage speak to our spirits and deepen the belief we share in our call to be the Congregation of the Great Love of God. What is this call asking of us now? Friday, 5 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Registration is $200.

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Grandma’s Memories: Leaving a Legacy

Presenter: Ann Ashwood, CSJ

March 2, 2019

How often do you wish you had asked a loved one a question, and now it’s too late? This workshop will allow you to anticipate those questions and answer them with your own “spin.” Bring a favorite childhood toy, photos, letters, or whatever will jog your memory for a day of reflecting and writing. If you compose better electronically, bring your laptop or tablet. Saturday, March 2, 2019. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $50

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Retreat: Grace! It’s Really Amazing!

Sunday, March 10, 2019 – Wednesday,  March 13, 2019

323 E. 5th St.

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Description: March 10-13, 2019

Director: Father Steve Heina

Our Catholic tradition teaches the primacy of Grace, the amazing help that God gives us to respond to our vocation to become God’s sons and daughters. It is sometimes challenging to trust God to take the initiative in this relationship with God. Through stories of faith and probing reflections, come attend to this loving and merciful presence of Grace in your life experience and in the Sacraments, especially Eucharist and Reconciliation. Retreat is from 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10 through noon meal on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Cost: $275.


Saturday Retreats

Sometimes we just need a day away… to reflect, to study, to pray, or just to be. You’ll also find these workshops and retreats listed under their individual categories, but they’re gathered here for people who have a free Saturday and want to experience something new. CLICK HERE for the list of what’s coming up on a Saturday soon.


Whether you’re experienced or just learning to quilt, a weekend quilting retreat at Manna House is the ideal place to focus. You can spend quality time quilting in a relaxed and enjoyable place. Learn new techniques while creating a new project or working on a UFO (Unfinished Object). CLICK HERE to see what’s on the schedule and then register today!


Bobbin lacemaking takes us back to the earliest history of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 17th century France. And yet as a modern contemplative practice, it creates in us heart-space where our communion with God  may be woven into our lives, as surely as the design of threads and spaces unfolds at our fingertips. CLICK HERE for details on our next offering!

 ‘Have retreat, will travel’

Sister Janet Lander can bring many of our retreats to you — at retirement or retreat centers, motherhouses or other facilities of religious congregations. These weeklong guided retreats generally include morning and evening prayer, creative or contemplative activities and a daily reflection guide. Each of these programs can also be offered as an “Elder Retreat,” a three-day format specifically designed for assisted care and similar facilities. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Sabbaticals & personal retreats

If you’re a Catholic woman religious, we offer some retreats and workshops specifically for you. CLICK HERE to go directly to that section of our website. OR, if you want information on personal directed retreats or just a sabbatical that provides a respite in an otherwise hectic life, CLICK HERE to learn more about what we can offer.