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.

A Weekend-long AA Meeting in 5 Sessions

Friday, March 29, 2019 - Sunday, March 31, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This is a maximum participation retreat centering on five questions: 1. What brought you to your knees and to surrender? What was your powerlessness and unmanageability like? 2. What made the diffe...


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Spiritual Integration: Fitness, Health and Physical Well-being

Friday, April 12, 2019 - Sunday, April 14, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

With Scripture and the Rule of St. Benedict as our guide, we will explore how a life of physical fitness and healthful eating lead us on a journey of self-knowledge, self-acceptance and se...


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The Leaven of Christ: That in All Things God May be Glorified!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - Sunday, April 21, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Holy Week Retreat) – In the Gospel of Luke we read: To what can I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman mixed into three measures of flour until all of it was leavened. We are ...


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Peace, the Benedictine Way

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - Thursday, April 25, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat) – This retreat will focus on the holy Rule of St. Benedict and how it can apply to living with peace in today’s fast-paced society. Many chapters of the Rule can...


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Reading the Gospel of Luke: Challenges for Contemporary Priestly Ministry

Monday, April 29, 2019 - Friday, May 3, 2019
Archabbey Guest and Retreat Center

(Priests Retreat) $465 single.


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Being Creative, Being Divine: Freedom and an Ethics of Creativity

Friday, May 3, 2019 - Sunday, May 5, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Nicolai Berdyaev was a 20th-century Russian Orthodox philosopher and theologian who provided Christianity with a marvelous way of framing the spiritual life as a journey into freedom. Conferences w...


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The Jesus Prayer

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - Thursday, May 9, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat) – In this retreat, we will explore this treasure from the Eastern Church and look at ways of incorporating it into our own prayer practice. ($255 single, $425 double)


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The King of History: Finding Christ in the Past

Friday, May 17, 2019 - Sunday, May 19, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Theology has often been described as “the Queen of the Sciences,” since all knowledge comes from God. However, human knowledge is contingent upon history, since we are bound by time. The past influ...


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The Image as a Window to the Spiritual: An Artist’s Six-Day Hands-on Workshop and Retreat

Friday, June 14, 2019 - Thursday, June 20, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Retreatants limited) – From the beginning, art has been used as a pathway toward spiritual insight and awareness. On this studio retreat, each participant will work in one of several media. Emphas...


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The Miracle of Chartres: A Close Look at a Gorgeous Gothic Cathedral and the Mysteries Behind It

Friday, June 28, 2019 - Sunday, June 30, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Most Gothic cathedrals took centuries to design and build. Chartres is a great exception – built in only 25 years. Its master builder, along with the talented stone sculptors and stained glass spec...


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Singing the Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist: Basics

Monday, July 1, 2019 - Friday, July 5, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Learn how the practice of Gregorian chant can enhance our experience of Liturgical Prayer. This workshop includes study of the original chant notations as the key to unlocking the spiritual and art...


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Singing the Liturgy of the Hours and Eucharist: Advanced

Monday, July 8, 2019 - Friday, July 12, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

The plan for this week builds on the previous week described above. The presenters will presume familiarity with the basics of chant. It is therefore recommended that participants have substantial ...


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A Step 11 Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanons

Friday, July 12, 2019 - Sunday, July 14, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(AA Retreat) – This retreat is for those seeking, through heartfelt prayer and meditation, to improve their conscious contract with God, as they understand Him, praying only for knowledge of His wi...


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Literature, God and Us

Friday, July 19, 2019 - Sunday, July 21, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Reading can be a great way to explore our relationship with God and with others. In this retreat, we will look at how even our reading of fiction can be used to strengthen and explore our relations...


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Key Themes in the Gospel of Luke

Friday, August 2, 2019 - Sunday, August 4, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Key Themes in the Gospel of Luke. ($255 single, $425 double)


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Peace, the Benedictine Way

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - Thursday, August 22, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat) – This retreat will focus on the holy Rule of St. Benedict and how it can apply to living with peace in today’s fast-paced society. Many chapters of the Rule can be applied and ad...


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The Rosary Zone

Friday, August 23, 2019 - Sunday, August 25, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat looks at the origins and practice of the rosary through history, as well as its place as a magnificent contemporary way of prayer. ($255 single, $425 double)


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The Acts of the Apostles: Luke’s Vision of the Early Church

Friday, September 13, 2019 - Sunday, September 15, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

The Acts of the Apostles: Luke’s Vision of the Early Church ($255 single, $425 double)


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Unpacking the Vocation of Marriage

Friday, September 20, 2019 - Sunday, September 22, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

With the distractions of the world, children, jobs, volunteering, etc., the vocation aspect of marriage sometimes falls to the wayside. This retreat will provide inspirational experiences for coupl...


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Continuing the Mission of Mercy

Monday, September 23, 2019 - Friday, September 27, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Deacons and Wives Retreat) – Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy for 2016. While the jubilee year may be over, the Holy Father wishes that we continue the mission of mercy. Thi...


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The Art of Michelangelo: Sculptor, Painter, Poet

Friday, September 27, 2019 - Sunday, September 29, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

In the history of art, the Renaissance man sought to explore the marvel of the human. Returning to classical Greek and Roman roots, the artists of this age explored human creativity to reflect Divi...


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Gratitude

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - Thursday, October 3, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Gratitude has been called the parent of the virtues. What place does it have in the life of a Christian disciple and how do we practice it? ($255 single, $425 double)


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The “Little Rule” of St. Benedict and the “Little Way” of St. Therese

Friday, October 11, 2019 - Sunday, October 13, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

During this retreat we shall study the two saints, St. Benedict and St. Therese, and see their unique personalities, their similarity to each other, and the way their lives and teachings complement...


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Reading the Gospel of Luke: Challenges for Contemporary Priestly Ministry

Monday, October 14, 2019 - Friday, October 18, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Priests Retreat) Reading the Gospel of Luke: Challenges for Contemporary Priestly Ministry. ($465 single)


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A Weekend-long AA Meeting in 5 Sessions

Friday, November 1, 2019 - Sunday, November 3, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This is a maximum participation retreat centering on five questions: 1. What brought you to your knees and to surrender? What was your powerlessness and unmanageability like? 2. What made the diffe...


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The Leaven of Christ: That in All Things God May be Glorified!

Friday, November 8, 2019 - Sunday, November 10, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

In the Gospel of Luke we read: To what can I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman mixed into three measures of flour until all of it was leavened. We are called and sent by Jes...


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Biblical Wisdom: What is it? Where can it be found?

Friday, November 15, 2019 - Sunday, November 17, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Biblical Wisdom: What is it? Where can it be found? ($255 single, $425 double)


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Spiritual Themes from the Sunday Lectionary in the New Liturgical Year

Monday, November 18, 2019 - Friday, November 22, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

As priests, much of our spirituality comes from the Lectionary. The Sunday Lectionary is always before us as we prepare to minister to the people in our parishes. This retreat will look at broad sp...


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Preparing the Way: An Advent Retreat

Friday, November 29, 2019 - Sunday, December 1, 2019
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat will explore the various themes of this holy season of waiting and preparation by a study of the sacred Scriptures, customs and ritual expressions of our Christian tradition. Various m...


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Together in Christ

Friday, February 14, 2020 - Sunday, February 16, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Valentine Retreat, Married Couples Only)

In the sacrament of marriage, the couple invites Christ into their married life together. This weekend retreat will offer the opportunity to explor...


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Together in Christ

Friday, March 13, 2020 - Sunday, March 15, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Second Valentine Retreat, Married Couples Only)

In the sacrament of marriage, the couple invites Christ into their married life together. This weekend retreat will offer the opportunity to...


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Healing Anger Through Forgiveness

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - Thursday, March 19, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat)

Anger is an unavoidable human feeling and we often have good reasons to be angry. But anger can also be an obstacle to living a fuller life. This retreat aims to ex...


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Living Monastic Values in Everyday Life

Friday, March 27, 2020 - Sunday, March 29, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

The Rule of St. Benedict for monasteries has many valuable lessons for those living outside the monastic setting. Conferences will focus on identifying some of the important aspects of the...


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Lectio Divina Retreat

Friday, April 3, 2020 - Sunday, April 5, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Conferences will focus on biblical passages taken from the Lectionary, the Church’s book of liturgical readings, to demonstrate how praying the scriptures moves one from the literal level of the wr...


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The Easter Triduum: Three Days, One Event

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - Sunday, April 12, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Live the Paschal Mystery through the liturgy with the monastic community. Daily presentations and have time for personal prayer and quiet reflection. ($465 single, $735 double)


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Matthew’s Advice to a Church in Crisis and Distress

Monday, April 27, 2020 - Friday, May 1, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Priests Retreat)

Matthew’s story carries a vision of the human condition that provides us with a stance toward life, a way to view the world and the Church in which we live. We pray and st...


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Contemplative Christianity

Friday, May 1, 2020 - Sunday, May 3, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

The call to holiness is a call to communion with God, for God alone is holy. Our holiness is a participation in God’s holiness through Jesus Christ and his Spirit that dwells in us by baptism. Conf...


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Waystations and Homecomings of Forgiveness

Friday, May 15, 2020 - Sunday, May 17, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat is a time for one’s personal stock-taking, meditation, prayer and decision. Whether the sins against us are from an individual or the community, genuine forgiveness is the path to esca...


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Peace, the Benedictine Way

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - Thursday, June 18, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat)

This retreat will focus on the holy Rule of St. Benedict and how it can apply to living with peace in today’s fast-paced society. Many chapters of the Rule can be...


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The Image as a Window to the Spiritual: An Artist's Six-Day Hands-On Workshop and Retreat

Friday, June 19, 2020 - Thursday, June 25, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Retreatants limited)

From the beginning, art has been used as a pathway toward spiritual insight and awareness. On this studio retreat, each participant will work in one of several media t...


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The Ghent Altarpiece

Friday, June 26, 2020 - Sunday, June 28, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Following in a series of art retreats that explore the spirituality expressed beautifully in a series of masterpieces by great artists, this retreat will focus on this didactic masterpiece by the B...


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A Step 11 Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanons

Friday, July 10, 2020 - Sunday, July 12, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Join us for a fun-filled journey through Steps 3, 11 and 12. Happy, joyous and free will dispel any glumness. An atmosphere couched in Benedictine hospitality will enable you to take stock of where...


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The “Little Rule” of St. Benedict and the “Little Way” of St. Thérèse

Friday, July 17, 2020 - Sunday, July 19, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

During this retreat, we will study the two saints, St. Benedict and St. Thérèse, and see their unique personalities, their similarity to each other, and the way their lives and teachings complement...


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Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song

Monday, July 20, 2020 - Friday, July 24, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Retreat give by Saint Meinrad liturgical musicians

Learn the Word of God in song, and study the intimate relationship between the proclaimed Word of God and its melodic setting. Learn a new...


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Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song

Monday, July 27, 2020 - Friday, July 31, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Retreat given by Saint Meinrad Liturgical Musicians 

Learn the Word of God in song, and study the intimate relationship between the proclaimed Word of God and its melodic setting. In this a...


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

Friday, July 31, 2020 - Sunday, August 2, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

According to Matthew’s Gospel, the good news is that the kingdom of heaven has drawn near and is now available to all who desire to follow the teachings of Jesus. The demands of kingdom living, how...


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The Rosary Zone

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - Thursday, August 20, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat looks at the origins and practice of the rosary through history, as well as its place as a magnificent contemporary way of prayer. ($255 single, $425 double)


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Benedictine Spirituality as Lived in Marriage

Friday, August 21, 2020 - Sunday, August 23, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Married Couples Only)

This retreat focuses on exploring the Benedictine vows of obedience, stability and conversion as they can be applied in marriage, with humility as the thread that bin...


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Beauty as a Pathway to God: Religious Art and Symbol in the Spiritual Life, Part 1

Friday, August 28, 2020 - Sunday, August 30, 2020
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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St. Catherine of Siena: Witness for Our Times

Friday, September 11, 2020 - Sunday, September 13, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Conferences will speak to the character and spiritual teaching of this Doctor of the Church and how we can use her example and her spiritual doctrine in our times of incertitude. ($255 single, $425...


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St. Paul and the Challenges of Living Christian Life Day by Day

Friday, September 18, 2020 - Sunday, September 20, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Next to Jesus, St. Paul has been the most influential figure in the history of Christianity. The depth of his thought and the passion of his involvement have meant that, since his letters became pa...


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Living Monastic Values in Everyday Life

Friday, September 25, 2020 - Sunday, September 27, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

The Rule of St. Benedict for monasteries has many valuable lessons for those living outside the monastic setting. Conferences will focus on identifying some of the important aspects of the...


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Peace, the Benedictine Way

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - Thursday, October 1, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Midweek Retreat

This retreat will focus on the Rule of St. Benedict and how it can apply to living with peace in today’s fast-paced society. Many chapters of the Rule can ...


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Lectio Divina Retreat

Friday, October 9, 2020 - Sunday, October 11, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Conferences will focus on biblical passages taken from the Lectionary, the Church’s book of liturgical readings, to demonstrate how praying the scriptures moves one from the literal level of the wr...


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Matthew’s Advice to a Church in Crisis and Distress

Monday, October 12, 2020 - Friday, October 16, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Priests Retreat)

Matthew’s story carries a vision of the human condition that provides us with a stance toward life, a way to view the world and the Church in which we live. We pray and st...


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The Power of Intercession

Friday, November 6, 2020 - Sunday, November 8, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

In the communion of saints triumphant and militant (us), prayer is an important and crucial aspect of the committed Christian’s life. Lifting up others in prayer in their illnesses and struggles is...


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Christian Non-Violence: A Comprehensive Pro-Life Spirituality

Friday, November 13, 2020 - Sunday, November 15, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Conferences will focus on the teaching and writings of Thomas Merton, the famous Trappist monk and spiritual author from Gethsemane Abbey in Kentucky. Reflections will focus especially on what Mert...


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The Call of Pope Francis: Doctrine, Discernment and Pastoral Outreach

Monday, November 16, 2020 - Friday, November 20, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Priests Retreat)

This retreat offers time for prayer, reflection, and direction for the ministry of priests as urged by Pope Francis. The specific topic is prompted by the continuing criti...


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Anonymous: The Nameless Dames in Distress in the Gospel according to Mark

Friday, November 27, 2020 - Sunday, November 29, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat will feature a series of reflections on four episodes in the Gospel according to Mark in which Jesus healed four females whose names are never mentioned in the Gospel: Simon’s mother-i...


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Silence: An Invitation

Friday, December 18, 2020 - Sunday, December 20, 2020
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

It is difficult to give ourselves permission to be silent in our go, go, go culture. Give yourself permission this weekend to “retreat” from the noise and learn about the importance of silence, rec...


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