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 mtalverniaretreat@gmail.com. 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.

RATES AND FEES FOR VARIOUS RETREATS

Weekend Retreat

Midweek Retreats

Monthly One-Day Retreat

For Longer Overnight Retreats

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 2018 Spring (April-May) Retreat and Workshop Schedule

Month Dates Description
March 28-Apr. 1 Christ The King Prayer Group
April 6-8 Diaconate Formation Retreat (Bridgeport)
April 6-8 Marriage Encounter. See Marriage Encounter weekend for information.
April 8 MERCY SUNDAY
April 10 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
April 12-15 Tres Dias Men's Retreat
April 20-21 Inter Community Formation Workshop
April 20-22 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend - Marriage Preparation. Registration: 845-298-4772. See Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples for information.
April 22-25 ECCLESIA
April 27-29 Matt Talbot
April 28 One-Day Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana). Call Family Life Office: 212-371-1000. See Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples for information.
May 4-6 Fellowship
May 4-11 Carmelite Retreat
May 8 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
May 17-20 Tres Dias Women's Retreat
May 20-21 Inter Community Formation Workshop
May 21-22 Catechetical Office
May 25-27 St. Joseph Boundbrook, NJ
May 25-27 Penitent Brothers

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The 2018 Summer Retreat and Workshop Schedule

Month Dates Description
June 1-3 Matt Talbot
June 4-8 Carmelite Retreat
June 8-10 St. Matthew Prayer Group
June 12 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
June 15-17 Sisters Guided by Grace
June 16 One-Day Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana). Call Family Life Office: 212-371-1000. See Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples for information.
June 19-20 Carmelite Friars
June 22-24 St. Adalbert SFO
June 20-29 The Oratory of Good Shepherd
June 29-July 1 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend - Marriage Preparation. Registration: 845-298-4772. See Marriage Preparation for Engaged Couples for information.

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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 2018 Descriptions
January 30 New Beginnings: A Study of Evangelium Vitae --The Gospel of Life
Feb. 13 Our Lenten Journey: 40 Days--practices and prayers
March 13 Reflection on the Holy Triduum--preparation and spirituality
April 10 Living Easter Joy: Reflection and study of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium--The Joy of the Gospel
May 8 Preparation for Pentecost: Biblical foundation of the Gifts, Fruits, and blessings of the Holy Spirit
June 12 Spirituality of Retreating with the Lord: Contemplative Prayer

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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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Miscellaneous

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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