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.

Baking Bread to Satisfy the Soul

Facilitators: Betty Suther, CSJ and Denise Schmitz, CSJ

Feb. 15-17, 2019

Does the smell of baking bread make you smile? Take deep breaths of enjoyment? Do you wish you could learn how to make bread? Or has bread making been a reminder of failure? Come to this weekend and pray with and through the art of bread baking! This weekend combines prayer and reflection with making bread that you can take home at the end of the retreat. We begin on Friday evening, and by Sunday noon we will be enjoying the fruits of our efforts — spiritually and at the dinner table! Friday, 5 p.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Registration is $50. Room and meals: $110.

CLICK HERE for details on how to register.

Exploring Exercising Contemplative Power … Transforming Consciousness

Presenters: Margaret Galiardi, OP and Nancy Sylvester, IHM

Monday February 19, 2018 — Tuesday February 20, 2018

  •  Do you find yourself changing as you deepen your contemplative practice?
  • Are you trying to live out of a consciousness that is more cosmic, global, ecological and communal even in the midst of prevailing worldviews that hold very different values?
  • Do you wonder what kind of a transformative change agent you want to be as you live out of a contemplative way of being?

CLICK HERE for details.

Compass Journaling

Three sessions: January 19-20, 2018, February 2-3, 2018 and February 16-18, 2018

Facilitator: Robert Hull

Participants will complete the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Theory and individual results will be explored. They will learn to recognize the “shadow” side of ourselves (parts of our personality that gets us in trouble or that we don’t like). Each session of this three-part series stands alone, with everyone invited to attend one, two or all three sessions. Friday, 5:30 p.m. – Saturday, 4 p.m. Registration: $50. Testing Materials: $35. Room and Meals: $55.

CLICK HERE for details.

Seasonal Spirituality

Explore the connection between the seasons of the year and the seasons of our lives. Join us for a day of prayer, journaling and contemplation to reflect on the rhythm of the natural world’s cycle. It’s like a mini-vacation. Renew your mind, body and spirit. CLICK HERE to find out more about our next offering and register today.

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.