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. 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:

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 2017 Spring Retreat and Workshop Schedule

Month Dates Description
Jan 4-6 Convent School of Sacred Heart Kairos Retreat, NY
Jan 7 One-Day Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana/Session I) 9AM-4PM. Registration: 212-371-1000, ext.3185. See also marriage preparation.
Jan 6-8 Young Adult Retreat - Quo Vadis (silent)
Jan 8-11 Ecclesia Retreat
Jan 13-15 Men's Retreat
Jan 17 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
Jan 19-21 Tres Dias Men's Retreat. See the Tres Dias website for information.
Jan 23-27 Brothers of St. Gregory Convocation
Jan 23 Ultreya
Jan 26 Franciscan Secular Order (FSO) Monthly Gathering
Jan 27-29 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend - Marriage Preparation. Registration: 845-298-4772. See engaged encounter for information.
Feb 3-5 Diaconate Formation Retreat, Archdiocese of NY
Feb 7 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
Feb 10-12 St. Francis NYC Young Adult Retreat
Feb 11 One-Day Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana/Session II) 9AM-4PM. Registration: 212-371-1000, ext.3185. See also marriage preparation.
Feb 17-19 AGNA Men's 12 Step Retreat
Feb 23 Franciscan Secular Order (FSO) Monthly Gathering
Feb 23-26 Tres Dias Women's Retreat.
Feb 27 Ultreya
Feb 27-Mar 3 Clergy Retreat, Diocese of Stamford
Mar 3-5 Al-Anon / Women's 12 Step Retreat
Mar 4 One-Day Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana/Session I) 9AM-4PM. Registration: 212-371-1000, ext.3185. See also marriage preparation.
Mar 9-12 St. Joseph Hill Kairos Retreat, Staten Island, NY
Mar 14 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
Mar 17-18 Women's Kairos outside prison ministry
Mar 17-19 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend - Marriage Preparation. Registration: 845-298-4772. See engaged encounter for information.
Mar 17-19 Penitent Brothers retreat
Mar 23-26 Cursillo Men's retreat
Mar 23 Franciscan Secular Order (FSO) Monthly Gathering
Mar 27 Ultreya
Mar 30-Apr 2 Tres Dias Men's Retreat
Apr 2-5 Ecclesia Retreat
Apr 6 Lenten Catechist Evening Retreat
Apr 8 One-Day Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana/Session I) 9AM-4PM. Registration: 212-371-1000, ext.3185. See also marriage preparation.
Apr 7-9 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend - Marriage Preparation. Registration: 845-298-4772. See engaged encounter for information.
Apr 13-16 Easter Triduum, Christ the King Church, Bronx, NY
Apr 17-20 Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn Convocation
Apr 20-23 Cursillo Women's retreat
Apr 24-27 Inter Community Formation Convocation
Apr 24 Ultreya
Apr 25 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
Apr 27 Franciscan Secular Order (FSO) Monthly Gathering
Apr 28-30 Matt Talbot Men's 12 Step Retreat
May 5-7 Fellowship Retreat Men's 12 Step
May 11-14 Cursillo - Chinese, Archdiocese of NY
May 16 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
May 18-21 Tres Dias Women's Retreat
May 22 Ultreya
May 19-26 Carmelite Novice Retreat (Friary)
May 25 Franciscan Secular Order (FSO) Monthly Gathering
May 26-28 St. Therese Prayer Group, Brooklyn, NY
May 30-31 Catechetical Office Staff

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The 2017 Summer Retreat and Workshop Schedule

Month Dates Description
June 2-4 Matt Talbot Women's 12 Step Retreat
June 2-4 Neo Catechumenal Way
June 3 One-Day Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana/Session I) 9AM-4PM. Registration: 212-371-1000, ext.3185. See also marriage preparation.
June 5-9 Carmelite Novice Retreat
June 16-18 Guided by Grace Women's Retreat
June 20 Monthly Retreat Day (9AM-3PM). See one-day retreats.
June 22 Franciscan Secular Order (FSO) Monthly Gathering
June 23-25 St. Adalbert FSO Retreat
June 26 Ultreya
June 26-30 Holy Redeemer Post Confirmation Retreat Camp WNY, NJ
June 30-July 2 St. Matthew Prayer Group, Brooklyn, NY
July 1 One-Day Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana/Session II) 9AM-4PM. Registration: 212-371-1000, ext.3185. See also marriage preparation.
July 7-9 Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend - Marriage Preparation. Registration: 845-298-4772. See engaged encounter for information.
July 9-14 Inter Congregation Sisters Retreat
July 14-16 12 Step Men's / NA.AA Retreat
July 17-22 Brothers of St. Gregory
July 23-29 Icon Writers Retreat
Aug 4-6 O. L. Angels FSO Retreat
Aug 7-10 Franciscans Living in Community F.L.I.C Retreat
Aug 11-13 Deacons and Wives, Bridgeport Diocese
Aug 18-20 12 Step Men's AGNA Retreat
Aug 20-23 Ecclesia
Aug 25-27 Holy Innocents Church, Brooklyn, NY

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One-Day Retreats

The morning session of our Retreat Days this year will screen a film each month on the theme of Gospel life or the life of a particular saint in the "great cloud of witnesses to Christ and the Gospel" (Heb:12:1). The afternoon session will consist of a discussion on how Christians are called to image Christ in the world today: "You are the salt of the earth, you are the light of the world" (Matt 5:13-16).

More about the Retreat Day: 9AM Continental breakfast, 9:30AM Film, 11AM "Soaking Prayer" and Adoration, opportunity for Reconciliation, 12PM Lunch, 1:15PM discussion, 2PM Mass and Closing. Donation of $30 for an individual, $50 for spouses or family members. Park in the back of the Retreat Center and enter using the Lower Level ramp door.
 
Dates Spring 2017 Descriptions
January 17 St. Teresa of Kolkata
February 7 Jerzy Popielusko
March 14 The Scarlet and the Black
April 25 St. Maximilan Kolbe
May 16 St. Junipero Serra
June 20 St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein)

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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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