Personal Retreats

“Lord, teach us to pray…” – Luke 11:1

During your retreat time at Dominican Center at Marywood, you give yourself the gift of uninterrupted thought, transformation, and healing. You can come away closer to yourself and to God.

The spiritual journey of each person is unique, with infinite choices. A retreat is a time to slow down, to be still, and to restore your spirit— a time that allows you to process your deepest needs, feelings, and values away from the voices and needs of others.

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

Personal Retreats

Through retreat, discover new ways of praying, feel the support of others, and go deeper into your relationship with God. Retreating at Dominican Center offers opportunities to intensely focus your spiritual life and to come closer to Holy presence and the promise of the Spirit.

Your retreat includes time to yourself and may include participating in Dominican Sisters’ prayer and liturgy, contemplative walks through the grounds, spiritual direction, and exploring Marywood’s sacred spaces.


A Day Away is special time to use in whatever way will you renew your spirit. On arrival to Dominican Center, you’ll be warmly greeted and shown to a comfortable, private room. You’ll receive a brief tour of the center, chapel, dining area, and grounds, then we’ll let you simply be. Whether you spend your time inside or enjoying the beautiful campus, you’ll find a sacred place for silence, prayer, and quiet reflection.


A self-directed spiritual retreat offers lasting and profound benefits. Your private retreat has no set program or duration. You determine the length of stay and create your own rhythm of prayer, quiet, and rest. Your  retreat provides solitude and time for reflection as well as opportunities to share in Dominican Sisters’ prayer and liturgy.

Learn costs for individual retreats at Dominican Center

To reserve time for a day or overnight retreat, please download, complete, and return the Retreat Room Reservation form:
Retreat Room Reservation Form

Go Deeper with Spiritual Direction

For your retreat, you may wish to spend time in spiritual direction. In this ancient practice, your spiritual director will journey with you in listening for the Holy in the remote recesses of your being. This practice cultivates a closer union with the Divine and invites wholeness, inner unity, and growth.

During your retreat at Dominican Center, spiritual direction can be a one or more session commitment, depending on your need or desire.

Dominican Center’s spiritual directors have received extensive formation (training), come from a variety of faith traditions, and are trained to listen with compassion, to hold space without judgment, and to keep confidential the contents of your heart and mind.

Learn more about Spiritual Direction

Request Spiritual Direction

To help us identify a spiritual director to best meet your needs, we ask that you share preliminary information about yourself. All information is kept strictly confidential and will only be used to ensure an appropriate match with a spiritual director.

Download a Spiritual Direction Request Form



“... Dominican Center is a place of hospitality ... A place for people who are churched and are unchurched and they can just be. It’s a place that offers contemplative space to all of God’s people.”

- Charmaine, Spiritual Director


Retreat Accommodations

Guests staying overnight at Dominican Center enjoy a warm, comfortable respite, free of distraction, in a contemplative and scenic setting.

Dominican Center retreat accommodations include:

  • Serene atmosphere with access to all of Dominican Center’s sacred spaces, including our peaceful chapels
  • Opportunity for prayer with 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
  • Private overnight guest rooms, each with double bed, private bath, towels, bed linens, and blankets

Sacred Spaces

Dominican Chapel, Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, MIDominican Center is located on the serene 34-acre Marywood Campus, home to Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids. Within the walls and grounds of Marywood exist sacred spaces open to Dominican Center guests. Explore these shared spaces to find yourself feeling uplifted, cared for, and connected with the blessings shared by Dominican Sisters.

Meals to Nourish Body and Soul

Nutritious and well-balanced meals and snacks are available on request, for a minimal cost.

Please let us know in advance of your arrival if you have dietary restrictions. We accommodate gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free diets and more.

Book Your Retreat

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