Private Retreats

Guesthouse private prayer

A popular form of retreat available at Mount Angel Abbey is the personal retreat (guests are welcome to be silent). Many people long to rest with the Lord in their own “monastic cell” while being nourished by the daily celebrations of the Divine Office and the Holy Eucharist in which they participate with the monks in the Abbey church.

One may wish to make a private retreat for a variety of reasons, such as: a time of rest from the hectic pace of the world, for quiet in order to better listen to God, for a time of reflection and discernment regarding situations and important decisions, to study, to seek God's healing grace, or simply to be with God.

Private retreats typically take place Monday to Thursday as availability permits, since most weekends the guesthouse and retreat center is occupied with group retreats. There are exceptions, such as the Sacred Triduum (Easter) and Christmas, and a few other times throughout the year. These openings will be posted on the guesthouse calendar, so please check back often. 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. It helps us arrange your stay if reservations are made in advance (same day reservations are often not available). Sunday is not typically available for arrival or overnight stays.

A private retreat is generally two or three days, but may be as brief as an overnight stay. The guesthouse office will do what is possible to accommodate your needs. A private retreat can be made individually or with a companion or even a small group of friends.

Our Blessed Father St. Benedict teaches in the Holy Rule that monks should have a special concern for "pilgrims" and for the poor. Following this counsel, the monks of Mount Angel Abbey welcome all who truly seek God, even if they are simply passing through or do not have the ability to offer the suggested stipend for food and lodging. 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 Calendar of Retreats on this website you may contact the guesthouse office at 503-845-3025 during office hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or via email at retreat@mtangel.edu.

Please note, due to construction and renovation of the guesthouse and retreat center, the facility will be closed from June through December 2018 while the new building is tied into the existing structure and necessary upgrades are complete. 

The turnaround and elevator from the south side parking level to the Abbey mall and church level will be closed from June 11 through the summer months. There are spaces reserved on the mall level on the north side of the Damian Center, #14 on this Walking Tour map, for vehicles with disabled parking permits.

Keep track of construction progress on the Guesthouse Renovation webcam.