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 one or more 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 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 are 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 Abbey guesthouse is an extension of 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 typically not available). Apart from the exceptions noted here, Sunday is not available for arrival or overnight stays.
A private retreat is typically 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.
The retreat rooms of Benet Hall are without television and air conditioning, and are generally not intended for use as "motel" accommodations. Our Blessed Father Saint 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 of the ability to offer the suggested stipend for food and lodging.
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.-5 p.m. or via e-mail: email@example.com
Cost to the Abbey for Guest Services
Lodging and meals:
Single occupancy per night: $82.00
Double occupancy per night $134.00
All meals follow a prayer service and take place (with other guests) in the *dining room on the first floor of the guesthouse.
*Venue may change without notice depending on events taking place in the Guest House.
7:00 a.m. Monday-Saturday
and 7:30 a.m. Sunday
Lunch 12:15 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m.
Meal times may be different depending on Feast Day and Solemnities.
Single occupancy per night: $49.00
Double occupancy per night $68.00
There is a $35 deposit which will be deducted from the total cost of your retreat. Deposits are non-refundable and cannot be transferred. The deposit may be paid by mailing a check to Mount Angel Abbey Guesthouse, 1 Abbey Drive, Saint Benedict OR 97373. Please note the dates of your stay on your check, or a separate piece of paper. If you wish to use a credit card, you may telephone the guesthouse office at 503-845-3025 during office hours (M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)