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.

Beauty as a Pathway to God: Religious Art and Symbol in the Spiritual Life - 117184

Friday, September 30, 2022 - Sunday, October 2, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat will explore how beauty in nature and art reveals God’s presence and action in the world and examines the strength and power of religious imagery, art and architecture through the ages...


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Growing in the Love of Christ - 117414

Friday, October 7, 2022 - Sunday, October 9, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat tackles the topics of God’s love for us in Christ, the gift of the Spirit in prayer and in life, and our friendship with Christ.


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Praying All Ways: Exploring Prayer through the Multiple Intelligences - 122482

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

What does the brain have to do with the way we pray? Why do some forms of prayer feel more comfortable? How can we expand our prayer repertoire? Come, get out of your comfort zone and you might dis...


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Great Stories from the Gospel of Luke: Challenges for Preaching and Spiritual Growth - 117446

Monday, October 24, 2022 - Friday, October 28, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Priests Retreat

Online registration has closed. You can call the Guest House at 812-357-6611 to see if there are any openings.


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Mozart’s Main Masses - 116841

Friday, November 4, 2022 - Sunday, November 6, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This merry retreat will focus on the life and times of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; in particular, his two main Masses will be considered spiritually. Audio-visual materials will enhance the program. C...


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Growing in Friendship with God - 122483

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Come spend a day exploring what it means to be a friend of God. With Scripture and spiritual writers as our guides, we will hear the call to be friends of God and consider how that friendship shape...


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Lectio Divina: Praying with the Bible - 117478

Friday, November 18, 2022 - Sunday, November 20, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Reflect on how prayerful reading of the holy scriptures, and lovingly meditating on the sacred word, anchors our prayer and leads us to the deep interior still point of God’s presence within. Lecti...


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Soul Collage: Imaging Our Inner Life - 122484

Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Sometimes it is hard to balance all the pieces of our lives, or even to be aware of what really needs our attention. Creating a visual of a coherent whole, and reflecting on its meaning, can help u...


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Benedictine Spirituality as Lived in Marriage - 116777

Friday, December 16, 2022 - Sunday, December 18, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

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 together. This retreat ...


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Winter Chant Workshop: Singing and Conducting Chant - 147009

Monday, January 9, 2023 - Friday, January 13, 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 vocal pedago...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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