Retreats and Workshops

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Mount Alvernia Retreat Center offers retreats throughout the year. All faiths are invited to attend. Over 6500 persons retreat to Mt. Alvernia each year. Retreat and workshop subjects include—but are not limited to—healing for the physically ill, spiritual, marriage enrichment, addictions, and abuse. Individuals, couples, and groups may attend the retreats. Children may also attend the healing retreats. The typical retreat lasts for two-and-half days (Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday).

For  weekend retreat descriptions and scheduling information, see the retreat and workshop schedule.

For information about one-day retreats, see monthly one-day retreats.

All retreats require registration. To register, please telephone the Mount Alvernia Retreat Office at (845) 297-5706, ext. 112 or send e-mail to Please call Mount Alvernia if you have a time-sensitive question. The telephone is the preferred contact method.

If you have special dietetic needs, you must indicate them when you telephone or include them in your e-mail. (For weekend retreats retreatants are also reminded to sign-in upon arrival at 7PM on Friday evenings.) The center is handicap accessible and includes an elevator for those retreatants who are unable to use the stairs. If you use a service dog, please call ahead to make special arrangements; otherwise, no pets or exotic animals are allowed.

If your group is interested in attending a retreat, your group coordinator should contact the Mount Alvernia Retreat Office for registration and accommodation information. Group coordinators must confirm the approximate number of retreatants at least one week prior to the retreat date.


Weekend Retreat

Midweek Retreats

Monthly One-Day Retreat

Please contact Mount Alvernia Retreat Office for the latest rate information. Personal checks are accepted; make checks payable to Mt. Alvernia Retreat Center. Mount Alvernia, a non-profit organization, does not deny attendance because of a person’s lack of financial resources. Deposits will be returned if a scheduled retreat is under-subscribed.

Additional information about accommodations, meal times, dietetic needs, etc. is listed in the Miscellaneous section below. If you have additional questions, please contact the Mount Alvernia Retreat Office at (845) 297-5706 ext. 112.

For travel information, see visitor's information and directions.

For a virtual tour, view the Mount Alvernia Experience topic on YouTube.

The 2020 Spring Retreat and Workshop Schedule

Month Dates Description
Jan. 3-5 Quo Vadis Retreat
Jan. 8-10 Sacred Heart Convent School Retreat
Jan. 14 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
Jan. 17-19 Inter-Community Formation Workshop
Jan. 23-26 Tres Dias
Jan. 27-31 Brothers of St. Gregory Retreat
Jan. 31-Feb.2 St. Denis Men's Group Retreat
Feb. 7-9 NY Deaconate Retreat
Feb. 21-23 AGNA Retreat
Feb. 24-27 Ukranian Eparchy Retreat
Feb. 27-Mar.1 Tres Dias Women's Retreat
Mar. 5-8 Cursillo Retreat (Men's)
Mar. 10 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
Mar. 12-15 St. Joseph Hill Retreat
Mar. 20-22 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend - Marriage Preparation. Registration: 845-298-4772. See Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples for information.
Mar. 20-22 Inter-Community Formation Workshop
Mar. 26-29 Tres Dias Retreat (Men's)
Apr. 1 Live Stations of the Cross at 7PM
Apr. 3-4 ALANON Retreat
Apr. 8-12 Christ the King Retreat
Apr. 14 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
Apr. 16-19 Cursillo Women's Retreat
Apr. 24-26 Matt Talbot Men's Retreat
May 1-3 Fellowship
May 11-12 Catechetical Office
May 12 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
May 14-17 Tres Dias
May 21 St. Joseph Parish
May 22-24 St. Theresa Prayer Group

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One-Day Retreats

Schedule for the Retreat Day: 8:30-9:15AM Breakfast, 9:30AM First Conference, 10:30-11AM Sacrament of Reconciliation, 11:15-11:45AM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 12 Noon Lunch, 1:15PM Second Conference, 2PM Mass and Closing.

Fee: $30 for individuals and $50 for couples. Park in the back of the Retreat Center and enter using the Lower Level ramp door.
Dates 2020 Topic/Description
January 14 New beginning in Faith
February No retreat day due to weather
March 10 Journey through Lent
April 14 Easter
May 12 Mary

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Solitude Days

These days are welcome rest from our busy lives and burdensome schedules. Mt. Alvernia provides a quiet setting to "come away" and be spiritually refreshed by the silence.

Any weekday--From 8AM to 3PM--without a schedule to follow--pray, read, journal, rest. Come for a morning or stay the day. You are welcome to enjoy the grounds, chapel, and facilities of the Retreat Center. Bring a bag lunch or make the day one of fasting from food, talking, and noise! Refreshments are provided. Phone Registration is required, free will offering. Please call (845)297-5706, extension 112. Mass at 8AM is optional.

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Accommodations: Single- and double-occupancy rooms are available. 52 bedrooms are modest in design and each room has a private bath. The entire retreat center has been recently renovated and is air-conditioned. The center is handicap accessible and includes an elevator.

Free parking is available in the back lot.

Retreatants are required to pre-register with a nonrefundable desposit of $25.00 to reserve their places. For information, use the Contact List  to call, fax, or e-mail Mt. Alvernia.

Retreatants need to sign-in upon arrival at 7 PM on Friday evenings. (Departure time is after lunch on Sunday.)

Meals for weekend retreats

Phones in the retreat side of the premises are programmed to handle only local calls.

An elevator is available for those retreatants who are unable to use the stairs. If you use a service dog, please call ahead to make special arrangements; otherwise, no pets or exotic animals are allowed.

The gym is no longer available for sports.

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