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.

The Popular Polish Pope: The Life and Service of Pope John Paul II -104848

Friday, November 12, 2021 - Sunday, November 14, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

By studying the encyclicals and teachings of this remarkable theologian, we will gain an understanding of his “theology of the body” and the “new evangelization.” His earlier struggles with Nazi an...


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Popular Stories from the Gospel of John - 104912

Friday, November 19, 2021 - Sunday, November 21, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Many great stories are found in the Gospel of John. This retreat will focus on just a few of them and show why they have remained so popular through the centuries. We will consider The Prologue of ...


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Christmas for Adults - 104944

Friday, December 17, 2021 - Sunday, December 19, 2021
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

What do the Gospels have to say about Jesus’ birth?


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Winter Chant Workshop - 117238

Monday, January 24, 2022 - Friday, January 28, 2022

This workshop is designed for directors of parish liturgical music and singers in parish liturgies. Come spend a week immersed in the beauty of liturgical chant. Learn how to incorporate Engl...


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Toward Integration: Reflections on Overcoming Prejudice - 122476

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

What assumptions do we make about others based on their race and cultural background and, more importantly, why do we make them? How do these assumptions affect our behavior in an unconscious manne...


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Beyond the Fantastic! - 116243

Friday, February 11, 2022 - Sunday, February 13, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Valentine Retreat – Married Couples Only) This weekend retreat will discuss the various phases of our relationships and how we can grow in true love with one another. Together we will explore the ...


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Get It Together! How Bullet Journaling Can Organize Your Life and Spiritual Practices - 122477

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT

The requirements and responsibilities of everyday living and work obligations can quickly overwhelm you. Finding solutions can be as easy as using pen and paper. In this workshop, learn the basics ...


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Freedom Through Forgiveness - 116275

Tuesday, March 1, 2022 - Thursday, March 3, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat) Life’s hurts can leave us feeling angry and holding grudges. Sometimes we become prisoners of these feelings. This retreat explores the process of forgiveness to which Jesus invit...


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Beyond the Fantastic! - 116307

Friday, March 11, 2022 - Sunday, March 13, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Second Valentine Retreat – Married Couples Only) This weekend retreat will discuss the various phases of our relationships and how we can grow in true love with one another. Together we will explo...


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St. Catherine of Siena: Honoring God, Sanctifying Souls - 116339

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

Reflect on the character and spiritual teaching of this medieval woman and Doctor of the Church. Learn from her example of what it means to be faithful to Christ and his gospel in these uncertain t...


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Soul Healing with Julian Of Norwich - 122478

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT

In this retreat, you will journey with Church mystic Julian of Norwich and taste the transformational redemptive power of Christ’s passion and the healing available to you through it. You will also...


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Thomas Merton and Christian Nonviolence - 116435

Friday, April 8, 2022 - Sunday, April 10, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Reflect on the teachings of the famous Trappist monk Thomas Merton and glean some important insights for today’s challenging times. Conferences will focus on what Merton had to say about our call t...


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The Easter Triduum: Three Days, One Event - 116403

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - Sunday, April 17, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Live the Paschal Mystery through the liturgy with the monastic community, daily presentations, and time for personal prayer and quiet reflection.


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Great Stories from the Gospel of Luke: Challenges for Preaching and Spiritual Growth - 116371

Monday, April 25, 2022 - Friday, April 29, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Priests Retreat)


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The Ghent Altarpiece - 116464

Friday, May 6, 2022 - Sunday, May 8, 2022
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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TLC: Timing, Light and Composition - 122479

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT

This hands-on workshop is designed for beginner photographers who want to increase basic photo knowledge and skills and become more comfortable with their DSLR cameras. The workshop will include ti...


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Gratitude -116989

Friday, May 20, 2022 - Sunday, May 22, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

God has poured gifts into our lives but sometimes we lose track of them or stop noticing. This retreat explores how and why gratitude can be a helpful spiritual practice.


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Parables of Jesus for the Present Day - 117120

Friday, June 10, 2022 - Sunday, June 12, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This retreat focuses on five parables of Jesus: on the reign of God among us; living according to the reign of God; in the world but not of the world; loss and gain; vigilance.


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Cultivating the Virtues of Presence, Hospitality and Community in our Busy Lives - 122480

Saturday, June 11, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT

The practicalities of our busy lives can leave us tired, burned out and wanting more. Join us on a one-day journey where we will explore how to cultivate the virtues of presence, hospitality and co...


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The Image as a Window to the Spiritual: An Artist’s Six-Day Hands-on Workshop and Retreat - 102103

Friday, June 17, 2022 - Thursday, June 23, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

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 throughout the week. Emphasis w...


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Deepening Prayer through Music - 116957

Friday, June 24, 2022 - Sunday, June 26, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Music is an expressive art form employed in the liturgies of the Church across the ages. Understanding notable sacred musical compositions from the medieval period to the 21st century reinforces th...


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Living Monastic Values in Everyday Life - 117382

Friday, July 1, 2022 - Sunday, July 3, 2022
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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Summer Chant Workshop - 117261

Monday, July 11, 2022 - Friday, July 15, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

This workshop is designed for directors of parish liturgical music and singers in parish liturgies. Come spend a week immersed in the beauty of liturgical chant. Learn how to incorporate English an...


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A Step 11 Retreat for Recovering Alcoholics and Alanons - 116510

Friday, July 15, 2022 - Sunday, July 17, 2022
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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Bible Bootcamp - 117088

Friday, July 22, 2022 - Sunday, July 24, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

We live in a time of Biblical illiteracy. Catholics and other Christians often remark that they feel a bit lost when approaching the Bible. This retreat aims to help Christians approach the Bible m...


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Devotional Dispatch: How to Create a Parish Publication - 122481

Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join us in this workshop that is designed to illustrate how to create a traditional newsletter, including helping you gather appropriate content and applying basic layout skills. In addition, the w...


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Praise and Worship in the Fine Arts - 117152

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - Thursday, August 18, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

(Midweek Retreat)

Music, painting, sculpture, and other notable artworks across the ages show how artists present praise and prayer in their masterpieces. Through a deeper understanding of ...


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The Power of Intercession - 116649

Friday, September 2, 2022 - Sunday, September 4, 2022
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 others in prayer in their illnesses and struggles is a ...


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Being Humble, Being Holy - 116681

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

Reflect on the spiritual teachings of St. Benedict and his Rule for monks. The Rule has much to teach monks, nuns and laity alike, about the true nature of humility and obedience,...


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Listening to the Great Stories of Luke’s Gospel Again for the First Time - 116809

Friday, September 23, 2022 - Sunday, September 25, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

A retreat that offers challenges for faith and spiritual growth.


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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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Contemplative Christianity: God’s Call to Holiness -116745

Friday, October 21, 2022 - Sunday, October 23, 2022
Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center

Reflect on life with God and how, through deep prayer and generous service, we can learn to recognize the Christ present in the circumstances of ordinary daily life and respond to the “demands of c...


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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


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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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