“Retreat” is a strange word to signify something very positive: an opening of the heart to quietude and the opportunity to rest in the mystery of one’s inner longing. We welcome persons of all faiths as well as seekers unsure of what they are looking for.
Santa Rita Abbey’s retreat house is beautiful; its surroundings are themselves a prayer. A vast western sky has things to tell us of God, both day and night. Mountains speak in solidity and reassurance. But we are a monastic place, a place in which the sisters’ simple life, their fidelity to silence, the sacred word, and liturgy lend meaning to the retreatants’ experience. Our retreatants are free to attend the sisters’ liturgical services from the guest chapel, or choose to enjoy the peace of the Retreat House chapel, their rooms or the majestic outdoors. They know that they have entered a living tradition in which prayer and laughter, welcome and labor run like a current just beneath the days of solitude they have come to enter.
Our retreats are individual and we do not give spiritual counseling or talks. The retreat is an encounter with God.
On a practical level, the retreat house offers a small kitchen and dining room, in which the guests prepare their meals from food provided. The rooms are simply and attractively furnished. The requested stipend is $40 a night. We ask retreatants to arrive before 6:00 in the evening.
To inquire about reservations call (520)455 5595, or email email@example.com
“I really would like to thank you and the sisters for allowing me to participate in the life of the monastery as a volunteer. As Sr. Kate reminded me in the kitchen the first day on the job–all is grace–which sums up my experience while at Santa Rita Abbey. I felt the experience was balanced in both work and prayer … The quiet of the day-to-day rhythm is something that I hope to continue to foster in my own life back in ‘the world’.”
"It has been an amazing and humbling experience to be able to see your lives of service and love for God ... It has been a huge learning experience for my personal prayer life and the way I view prayer."
"I have never experienced anything like this before, but it has been incredible! I will forever hold it in my heart as a life-changing weekend."
"Having been raised Catholic and gone to a Catholic college, I had heard about monastic life, but I wanted to see it to be able to understand it. It's like putting a face to a name. Now I want to spread the word of the beauty of this special vocation."