Calendar of Retreats

We are happy to announce that the renovation and expansion of the Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center is now complete! In addition to renovating the original building, a new wing offers a parking-level lobby and meeting rooms, a commercial kitchen and dining room, and new retreat rooms for overnight guests.

Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Abbey church will be open for private prayer only during the day and the Guesthouse and Retreat Center is only open for registered guests. Please click here for updates.

Private Retreat Times

Listed below are dates currently available for a self-guided retreat. The guesthouse may be available at other times if space allows. Please check with the guesthouse office for availability and cost as space can fill quickly during the year, and reservations are required. Email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025 for more information and to confirm availability. A non-refundable room deposit and your contact information is needed to complete the reservation.

Please be ready to indicate if you would like to book a private retreat for:

  • single occupancy with 3 meals
  • double occupancy with 3 meals
  • single occupancy lodging only
  • double occupancy lodging only

2020 – 2021 Abbey Sponsored Retreats

The guesthouse is open with limited occupancy and in accord with the guidelines of Oregon State and local health authorities for the COVID-19 pandemic. Please email the retreat master or call 503.845.3025 for further information.

Advent Priest Retreat
Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.
November 30-December 4, 2020

Advent Priest Retreat –
For priests of the Archdiocese of Portland

Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.

A time for busy pastors to enjoy quiet and recollection, shared prayer and plenty of private time. Each day, Abbot Jeremy will “give a word,” a conference to assist one to focus on a different aspect of priestly life and spirituality. Praying the Liturgy of the Hours in the Abbey Church and sharing delicious meals in the Guesthouse refectory fill out each day.

For registration, email the retreat master

$460 private room with bath

FULL Preparing for Christ’s Second Coming and His Coming at Christmas
Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.
December 4-6, 2020

Preparing for Christ’s Second Coming
and His Coming at Christmas

An Advent retreat with Abbot Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.

Please note: This retreat is fully booked as of November 22, 2020.

FRIDAY
3:00 – 5 pm Registration
5:15 pm Vespers (followed by Eucharistic Exposition & Adoration)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation/Conference#1
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:25 am Lauds – Morning Prayer (optional)
7 am Breakfast
7:55 am Bells for Mass
9:15 – 10:15 am Conference #2
Personal time for prayer, sacred reading
11:55 am Noon Prayer
1:15 – 2:15 pm Conference #3
Personal time for prayer, sacred reading or spiritual direction
4 pm Confession (optional)
5:15 pm Vespers
6:00 pm Dinner
7:45 pm Vigils
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
8:55 am Bells for Mass
10:45 – 11:45 am Conference #4
11:55 am Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch (End of silence)

Christmas at the Abbey
December 21-January 1

Christmas at the Abbey

A time of private retreat and celebration of the Holy Incarnation. Sing vespers each evening with the Monks of Mount Angel Abbey, December 17-24, as they give voice to the longing of all creation for the coming of the Lord through the ancient “O Antiphons.”

For registration, email the retreat master

$98 per night with meals (special holiday menus)

Hamlet: Acting 'Nobler'
Fr. Stephen Rowan, Ph.D.
February 26-28, 2021

Hamlet: Acting ‘Nobler’

A Shakespeare’s play retreat with Fr. Stephen Rowan, Ph.D.

Description: Shakespeare’s play Hamlet (performed c.1600) is a window into the England of Elizabeth I and a mirror of our own times. The Prince of Denmark, “the observed of all observers,” is under surveillance and closely watched. As a well-educated Renaissance Prince, Hamlet sees more than others into the rotten state of Denmark, but he does not know how to set it right. How can he achieve justice against the king, his uncle, without endangering himself, hurting his mother (the king’s wife), and throwing the state into confusion?  In this retreat, pondering the tragedy of Hamlet, we will ask, how can a “cognitive minority” – a Christian in the modern world, for example – act morally, authentically, and effectively? How can we act “nobler” when righting wrongs?

Retreat Master: Father Stephen Rowan, S.T.B. and Ph.D., a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle (incardinated in 1981) has served since 1970 as a teacher of English and a college administrator: Dean of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University (1994-1998) and the University of Portland (2007-2012); interim Dean of Arts and Sciences at St. Martin’s University in Lacey (2015-2016); and Interim President of Carroll College in Helena, Montana (2000-01 and 2017-18). Fr. Rowan has served the Archdiocese of Seattle as Vicar for Education and Superintendent for Catholic Schools (2001-04 and 2012-14); as Director of Deacon Formation and Continuing Formation of Clergy; and as Vicar General (2004-2006). In 2002, he assisted Archbishop Brunett in establishing the Fulcrum Foundation (2001-2008) for Catholic Schools. Fr. Rowan received his doctorate in English from the University of British Columbia and an honorary doctorate from St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington, has authored several books and articles, and has presented at conferences, retreats, and convocations. He is presently living in Silverton, Oregon and teaching at Mount Angel Seminary.

FRIDAY
3:00 – 5 pm Registration
5:15 pm Vespers (followed by Eucharistic Exposition & Adoration)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation/Conference #1 (silence begins)
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:25 am Lauds – Morning Prayer (optional)
7 am Breakfast
7:55 am Bells for Mass
9:15 – 10:15 am Conference #2
10:45 – 11:45 am Conference #3
Personal time for prayer, sacred reading
11:55 am Noon Prayer
1:15 – 2:15 pm Conference #4
2:45 – 3:45 pm Conference #5
Personal time for prayer, sacred reading or spiritual direction
4 pm Confession (optional)
5:15 pm Vespers
6:00 pm Dinner
7:15 – 8:15 pm Film: “Shakespeare Uncovered: Hamlet”
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
8:55 am Bells for Mass
10:45 – 11:45 am Conference #6
11:55 am Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch (End of silence)

Mary’s Fiat: Our Model for Mental Health and Spiritual Warfare
Dr. Christin McIntyre, MD, Ph.D.
February 12-14, 2021

Mary’s Fiat:
Our Model for Mental Health and Spiritual Warfare

Dr. Christin McIntyre, MD, Ph.D.

A psychiatrist in clinical practice, and devout believer in the power of God’s grace, Dr. McIntyre shares powerful insights into spiritual healing by conforming one’s will to that of the God who loves and cares for his people.

Retreat: February 12-14, 2021

For registration, email the retreat master.

$267 single & $425 double occupancy

Lenten Priest Retreat
Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.
March 8-12, 2021

Lenten Priest Retreat –
For priests of the Archdiocese of Portland

Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B.

A time for busy pastors to enjoy quiet and recollection, and plenty of private time for Lectio Divina. Each day, Abbot Jeremy will “give a word,” a conference to assist one to focus on a different aspect of priestly life and spirituality. This Lenten retreat provides more of a “desert” experience: apart from the celebration of the Holy Eucharist (Individual celebration of the Mass can be accommodated in the Guesthouse chapel), most of the day provides quiet time for adoration, spiritual reading, devotions, or long walks or other exercise. Meals in the Guest refectory are silent, accompanied with reading. The Liturgy of the Hours may be celebrated with the monastic community, or in your own quiet space, however you like.

For registration, email the retreat master.

$460 private room with bath

Holy Week, the Sacred Triduum & Easter at the Abbey
April 6-12, 2021

Holy Week, the Sacred Triduum & Easter at the Abbey

A time of private retreat and celebration of the Sacred Mysteries of our Christian faith along with the monks of Mount Angel Abbey, including the great Paschal Vigil celebrating Christ’s definitive victory of sin and death.

For registration, email the retreat master.

$94 per night with meals, including the Easter Sunday Banquet.

Divine Mercy Retreat
A monk
April 9-11, 2021

Divine Mercy Retreat

Given by a monk

For registration, email the retreat master.

$247 single & $405 double occupancy

 2020 Oblate Retreats

(You must be an oblate to attend these retreats.)

Oblates of Saint Benedict are Christians who have experienced in some way a call to embrace Benedictine spirituality. After a time of prayer and discernment they have desired a more formal, permanent commitment to a monastic community. By making this formal self-giving to Christ in communion with a monastic community, the oblate embraces the time-tested traditions and values of the Benedictine way. Oblates are united to the prayer and good works of the monastery to which they are associated while they continue to live out their Christian vocation in the world.

For more information on becoming on oblate, please contact LaVern Hayworth, Associate Director of Oblates, at 541.567.9708.


February 5-7, 2021: Fr Odo Recker, O.S.B.
($200 single / $330 double / $60 commuter + selected meals)

July 6-11, 2021: Benedictine Oblate Study Days + Festival Weekend (6 nights with meals)
($553 single / $896 double occupancy (includes SBF ticket) / $144 commuter)

July 6-9, 2021: Study Days Only (4 nights with meals)
($368 single / $596 double occupancy / $96 commuter)

July 9-11, 2021: Festival Weekend Only (2 nights with meals)
($184 single / $298 double occupancy (includes SBF ticket) / $48 commuter)