Contemplative Retreats

“Lord, teach us to pray…” – Luke 11:1

Whether you are seeking a time to think; a time for silence and solitude; or a time for reflective study and prayer, Dominican Center offers you a holy space where the ordinary rhythms of life are stilled into the simplicity of a retreat.

Read more about directed and self-directed retreats, accommodations, and more below. Or, view and register for upcoming directed retreats now.

Independent Individual Retreats

A self-directed individual spiritual retreat offers lasting and profound benefits. During your retreat time at Dominican Center, you give yourself the gift of uninterrupted thought, transformation, and healing. You can come away closer to yourself and to God.

Dominican Center’s day or overnight self-directed retreats are independent experiences designed by you. Your retreat includes time to yourself and may include participating in the Dominican Sisters’ prayer and liturgy, contemplative walks through the grounds, and exploring Marywood’s sacred spaces. Companioning with a spiritual director is optional.

People of diverse faith traditions are welcome to retreat at Dominican Center.

Retreat Accommodations

Dominican Center retreat accommodations include:

  • Serene and contemplative atmosphere with access to all of Dominican Center’s sacred spaces, including our peaceful chapels
  • Spiritual direction time — appointments arranged at time of registration
  • Opportunity for prayer with the Dominican Sisters
  • Quiet reading and reflection time and spaces
  • Tranquil campus grounds and safe walking in a quiet residential area
  • Simple, nourishing meals with accommodation for dietary restrictions
  • Limited overnight guest rooms

Directed Retreats

Through retreat, discover new ways of praying, feel the support of others, and go deeper into your relationship with God. Dominican Center’s retreats offer opportunities to intensely focus on an aspect of your spiritual life. Each retreatant goes deeper into the presence of the Holy and the promise of the Spirit with a spiritual director. View and register for upcoming directed retreats.

Thirty-Three Day Retreat Experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Experience the full four weeks of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. These days are an invitation to intimate encounter with Christ in silence, solitude, and prayer. An excellent opportunity for those engaged in the ministry of spiritual direction and formation or pastoral ministry. Experience includes a Disposition Day prior to the retreat and Appropriate Days after the retreat for a total of thirty-three days. Open to limited number.

  • Location: Dominican Center at Marywood
  • Dates: TBD
  • $1,925.00 room and board/33 days
  • $150 non-refundable deposit
  • Director: Diane Zerfas OP.

For an application, please call the Dominican Center at Marywood Receptionist at 616-514-3325 or click here.

Questions and Information

To schedule your retreat or for more information, please contact: