Private Retreats, also known as personal or desert retreats, provide opportunities to spend some time in quiet solitude for reflection and prayer. A Private Retreat is usually short period of time (e.g. beginning Friday evening and lasting until Sunday afternoon). Trained, experienced Spiritual Directors are available to accompany you on your spiritual journey for an additional fee.
QUIET DAY OF PERSONAL PRAYER
Many have discovered what a special place the FCJ Centre is, however their schedules don't permit them to return as often as their souls yearn to. So, fit in personal time of retreat based on your schedule. Many weekends and weekend days are available for you to come to the FCJ Centre on your own and enjoy the sacred space, inside and outside.
The cost for a Daytime Retreat is $35.00. Enjoy the peace and quiet of a private room, delicious healthy meals, the tranquility of our gardens, riverbanks, Chapel, and easy access to nearby Repsol Sport Centre. For 1-Overnight Retreat (24-hour) the cost is $97.00 (includes meals). Rates are available for a stay longer than two (2) nights. Group rates are also available.
To book your time away or for more information, please contact our Booking Coordinator, at (403) 228-4215, or EMAIL. We require a minimum of three (3) day's advance notice to book a private retreat in order to provide meals.
SOME SUGGESTIONS AS YOU APPROACH YOUR RETREAT DAY
Enter the day, leaving yesterday and the future trustfully in God's care.
Plan to have a day of restful relaxation.
Enter the experiences presented to you of quiet space, nature, walking, praying, etc...
Enjoy the day. use your five senses to open and appreciate the perception around you - colours, shapes, trees, birds, sounds, textures, warmth, food, and more...
Take time to savour this in ways not usually possible in a busy life. This is helpful means leading into attentiveness and presence; a means of centering oneself into prayerfulness and openness of heart.
During a Private Retreat of six to eight days or longer, retreatants are encouraged to have a daily meeting with a Spiritual Director.