Retreats

Perhaps you're interested in learning how Scripture, prayer, Benedictine wisdom or art can enhance your spirituality.

Saint Meinrad offers a variety of monk-led retreats during the year - on these and other topics at our Guest House and Retreat Center in southern Indiana.

Three-day retreats are held on weekends (Friday evening through Sunday noon) or during the week (Tuesday evening through Thursday noon).

Check-in time for retreats is 2-5 p.m. Vespers in the Archabbey Church is at 5 p.m. followed by supper. The opening conference typically begins at 6:30 or 7:30 p.m. The retreat concludes with lunch on the last day of the program. A complete schedule is provided at registration.

To register online, begin by clicking on the title of the retreat that interests you.

Welcoming In-Laws - 131619

Friday, February 10, 2023 - Sunday, February 12, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Valentine Retreat – Married Couples Only) A crucial part of married couples’ lives are the in-laws. How do we welcome them into our family dynamic? Movies, PowerPoint presentations, and music will...


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Freedom Through Forgiveness - 139035

Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - Thursday, March 2, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat) The Gospel teaches us that forgiveness is at the core of our faith. This retreat addresses the difficulties of forgiveness and ways to move beyond them by looking at how others ha...


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Holy Leisure: Show and Tell for Grownups - 159079

Saturday, March 11, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

As adults, we do a pretty good job of staying busy for the sake of staying busy. We flutter about from activity to activity and commitment to commitment. Are we just moving about, trying to accompl...


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Christian Hospitality: Welcoming One Another as Christ - 139073

Friday, March 17, 2023 - Sunday, March 19, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Christian hospitality is not a “soft” virtue; it is hard! St. Paul believes Christians are called to demonstrate a ready openness to others (whom Jesus calls “neighbor”) and to welcome the neighbor...


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Welcoming In-Laws - 139094

Friday, March 24, 2023 - Sunday, March 26, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Second Valentine Retreat – Married Couples Only) A crucial part of married couples’ lives are the in-laws. How do we welcome them into our family dynamic? Movies, PowerPoint presentations, and mus...


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Celebrating The Paschal Mystery - 139122

Wednesday, April 5, 2023 - Sunday, April 9, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Holy Week Retreat) Entering into the fullness of celebration, each retreatant will be active in the various liturgies of Holy Week. Conferences will examine in detail the various forms of
lit...


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The Sermon on the Mount: Matthew’s Handbook for Living in the Kingdom of Heaven - 139154

Monday, April 17, 2023 - Friday, April 21, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Priests Retreat) This retreat will examine Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount, highlighting challenges for priestly spirituality.


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Marian Music and Art #159761

Saturday, April 29, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Understand Marian art and music across the different artistic eras. Lean how Marian theology and scripture undergird artistic depictions and form. Transcend yourself spiritually in a day filled wit...


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Tea for Two (or More): Nurturing the Mother-Daughter Relationship #161943

Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Workshop for Women)
We are rediscovering the art of tea: making and enjoying a refreshing cup, with all its attendant ceremonies. In this workshop, we will explore how this art can serve as a...


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Contemplative Christianity: God’s Call to Holiness - 139182

Friday, May 19, 2023 - Sunday, May 21, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

All prayer has a contemplative dimension, the experience of God’s presence grounding and supporting our prayer. Retreat conferences will explore prayer as the basis of a conscientious life of servi...


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How Do We Pray? An Introduction to Liturgical and Devotional Prayers - 159768

Saturday, June 3, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

What is prayer? How do we do it? Although they sound like simple questions, oftentimes prayer is anything but easy. This workshop will explore the fundamentals of prayer – in church and in private ...


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Unpacking the Vocation of Marriage through Scripture and Married Saints - 139859

Friday, June 9, 2023 - Sunday, June 11, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Married Couples Only) With all the distractions of the world, children, jobs, volunteering, etc., the vocation aspect of marriage can fall to the wayside. This retreat will provide inspirational e...


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A St. Paul Sampler - 139214

Friday, June 16, 2023 - Sunday, June 18, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat will consider basic questions people ask about St. Paul and his letters: Who was St. Paul? Did he know Jesus of Nazareth? Why and to whom did he write letters? Was he a success or a fa...


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A Step 11 Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanons - 139696

Friday, July 14, 2023 - Sunday, July 16, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Join us as we reflect on and share with each other the meaning of and practical ways to improve our conscious contact, as directed in Step 11. We are not a “glum lot” – so, expect joy and good humo...


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Christian Hospitality: Welcoming One Another as Christ - 139246

Friday, July 21, 2023 - Sunday, July 23, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Christian hospitality is not a “soft” virtue; it is hard! St. Paul believes Christians are called to demonstrate a ready openness to others (whom Jesus calls “neighbor”) and to welcome the neighbor...


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Summer Chant Workshop: Praying with Chant - 147042

Monday, August 7, 2023 - Friday, August 11, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This workshop is designed for directors of liturgical music and singers in parish liturgies. In addition to covering some of the fundamentals of chant, the focus of the week will be on the spiritua...


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Contributing to a Depolarized World: A Benedictine Project - 160374

Saturday, August 12, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Extreme polarization can lead to deep divisions in our country, our Church, and even our families. Join Br. John Mark as he explores how the main tenets of Benedictine spirituality provide many of ...


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Bible Bootcamp - 139309

Friday, August 18, 2023 - Sunday, August 20, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

When discussing the Bible, it is common to hear people, even Christians, admit to not knowing much about it. This retreat is an opportunity to spend a weekend becoming familiar with the Bible as pr...


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Experience of Prayer in the Bible - 139341

Friday, August 25, 2023 - Sunday, August 27, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat will highlight a wide variety of people at prayer in the Bible. The challenge will be to see how diverse their praying is and what we can learn from their experiences. Among those we w...


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Contemplative Christianity: God’s Call to Holiness - 139374

Friday, September 1, 2023 - Sunday, September 3, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

All prayer has a contemplative dimension, the experience of God’s presence grounding and supporting our prayer. Retreat conferences explore prayer as the basis of a conscientious life of service by...


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Benedictine Spirituality as Lived in Marriage - 139896

Friday, September 8, 2023 - Sunday, September 10, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Married Couples Only) This retreat explores the Benedictine vows of obedience, stability, and conversion as they can be applied in marriage, with humility as the thread that binds these three vows...


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The Miracle of Chartres - 139406

Friday, September 15, 2023 - Sunday, September 17, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

A close look at a gorgeous Gothic cathedral and the mysteries behind it. Most Gothic cathedrals took centuries to design and build. Chartres is a great exception – built in only 25 years. Its maste...


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The Eucharist: What Did Jesus Have in Mind? - 139438

Friday, September 29, 2023 - Sunday, October 1, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

What do the scriptures (both Old and New Testaments) contain that can help us to understand what was in the mind of Christ as He celebrated the Last Supper? How do these scriptures give insight to ...


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Revisiting the Rosary - 139502

Friday, October 6, 2023 - Sunday, October 8, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Offered during Mary’s month of October, this retreat is designed to introduce the rosary to beginners and to help others deepen their existing prayer practice.


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Leadership for Catholic Laity - 161944

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

The laity are instructed in Lumen Gentium to contribute to the sanctification of the world through the witness of their lives. We are called to use our gifts and expertise to transform our...


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Christian Hospitality: Welcoming One Another as Christ - 139536

Friday, October 20, 2023 - Sunday, October 22, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Christian hospitality is not a “soft” virtue; it is hard! St. Paul believes Christians are called to demonstrate a ready openness to others (whom Jesus calls “neighbor”) and to welcome the neighbor...


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The Sermon on the Mount: Matthew’s Handbook for Living in the Kingdom of Heaven - 139568

Monday, October 23, 2023 - Friday, October 27, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Priests Retreat) This retreat will examine Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount, highlighting challenges for priestly spirituality.


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The Art of Michelangelo: Sculptor, Painter, Poet - 139625

Friday, November 3, 2023 - Sunday, November 5, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

In the history of art, the Renaissance person sought to explore the marvel of the human. Returning to classical Greek and Roman roots, the artists of this age explored the marvel of the human. This...


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Hymns to the Mother of God - 139664

Friday, November 17, 2023 - Sunday, November 19, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat will consider five hymns/antiphons that honor Mary. We will listen to the chant versions and then elaborate further our understanding of what the Church’s faith proclaims about Mary.
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Advent Workshop: “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” - 161945

Tuesday, November 21, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Sessions will cover the following topics: the Scriptures of Advent, Advent is not Lent, and Keeping Advent surrounded by Christmas (9 a.m.-3 p.m. Central Time, $55 per guest)


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Organ Workshop and Concert - 157403

Saturday, December 16, 2023
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This one-day workshop for organists will focus on preparing for the Christmas season. The day will include demonstrations, handouts, discussions, and tours of the Archabbey Church and organ and the...


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Winter Chant Workshop #146977

Monday, January 22, 2024 - Friday, January 26, 2024
Saint Meinrad Archabbey

Workshop description coming!


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Summer Chant Workshop - 147121

Monday, July 29, 2024 - Friday, August 2, 2024
Saint Meinrad Archabbey

Workshop description coming!


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