Make a Retreat
The Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center welcomes people of all faiths to come, seek peace, take time for prayer, and make space for quiet reflection. Whether you come alone or in a group, we welcome you as Christ!
The guesthouse is a destination for those who seek respite from worldly pressures and who seek to reconnect with God on a deeper and more personal level. At the heart of our lives is the worship and praise we give to God. The daily prayer schedule for the celebration of the Eucharist (Mass) and the Liturgy of the Hours (Prayer) can be found here. We invite you to be part of our Benedictine tradition of prayer.
Retreats, workshops, and special events at the Abbey bring together people of different cultures and backgrounds from around the world.
Abbey Organized and Sponsored Retreats
The monks of Mount Angel Abbey sponsor a number of spiritual retreats throughout the year at the guesthouse. Abbey-sponsored retreats provide opportunities for personal faith renewal, spiritual reflection, refreshment, and fellowship. Be sure to see the retreat calendar for an up-to-date list of retreats. Retreat costs include lodging and meals unless otherwise noted.
Private Group Hosted Retreats
The guesthouse is an ideal venue for small faith-based groups to hold meetings, workshops, or overnight retreats. We offer a beautiful and comfortable space for meetings and workshops, meals, and overnight accommodations for your organized group retreat.
Please contact the guesthouse office for further information, including pricing and availability, as well as policies specific to private groups hosting retreats. Please email us email@example.com (preferred communication) or call 503.845.3025 during office hours, Monday through Friday. (In the email, please tell us your name and the group, proposed dates for your retreat, need for conference areas and media, and any special needs.) For groups new to the Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center, a form to fill out will be mailed to you for more details about your retreat. Special speakers, reserving additional spaces, making copies, and media assistance are additional costs.
Expanded Options for Group Retreats and Conferences
The community of Mount Angel Abbey recently completed a two-year renovation and expansion project of the Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center. The facility now has an added 5,000 square feet of conference and meeting rooms. This is ideal for groups of up to 80, with plenty of room for quiet space, small break-out groups, and receptions or conferences.
Many more people have come to realize the need for quiet time alone with the Lord away from usual routines. At Mount Angel Abbey a person can have his or her own space while being nourished by the daily celebrations of the Divine Office and the Holy Eucharist with the monks in the Abbey church. There is also time for rest and quiet walks. This type of personal, silent retreat has gained popularity in recent years. Contact us for current pricing which is inclusive of meals: dinner on the arrival night through breakfast of the day departing. Please note: private weekend retreats require both Friday and Saturday night reservations.
Some reasons to make a private retreat include time for the following:
- rest from the hectic pace of the world
- quiet in order to be with and listen better to God
- discernment regarding situations and important decisions
- reading, study, or writing
- seek God’s healing graces
Private retreats are scheduled as availability permits. Private retreats are generally scheduled during the week – Tuesday through Thursday – and not over the weekend. If it happens that a weekend group retreat is not completely filled, private retreats are possible.
The Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center is an extension of Mount Angel Abbey, our monastery home. The monks appreciate your understanding for those times when we are not available to receive guests.
St. Benedict teaches in the Holy Rule that monks should have a special concern for “pilgrims” and the poor. Following this counsel, the monks of Mount Angel Abbey welcome all who truly seek God. The retreat rooms of the guesthouse do not have television or air conditioning and are not intended for use as “motel” accommodations.
After checking the retreat calendar, please contact the guesthouse office for pricing and availability. Please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred communication) or call 503.845.3025 during office hours, Monday through Friday. (In the email, please tell us your name, address, proposed dates for your retreat, and any special needs.)