Services and Retreat Options

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St. Paul's Monastery Bell Tower

Services In Any Combination

No two journeys are alike.

Some guests make use of one service at a time, dropping in for prayer, some quiet, or an event. Some make a personal retreat, meet with a spiritual director, or host their group or conference at the Benedictine Center. Others prefer to take advantage of more than one service at a time. Our staff remains ready to help you decide which services or which combinations best meet your unique needs.

Personal Retreats, Spiritual Direction, and Group Conferencing

Personal Retreats

Over the centuries, women and men have looked to monasteries as places where the spirit of hospitality helps them regain their bearings. Seekers have always come from all walks of life to find solitude within community, beauty that stirs the soul, and teachings about prayer and spiritual practice that they can trust and apply in their daily lives.


Spiritual Direction & Guidance

Spiritual direction provides a non-judgmental environment for honest sharing about spiritual matters. Whether in one-on-one sessions or in a group, participants in spiritual direction describe an improved sense of how God is working in their everyday lives.


Group Retreats & Conferencing

The Benedictine Center is an ideal setting for small conferences, meetings, training workshops, or planning sessions. Our facilities provide an attractive, hospitable environment for groups seeking a serene place to think, carry on conversation, and accomplish their work.



“When I see all these people sharing their souls, I can’t help but wonder what mine has to say.”

Anonymous Patron

“Returning for the juried show each year helps me stay at my practice all year long.”

Anonymous Artist

“It’s so peaceful here. Even my body feels it when I walk through the door.”


“Wow. What can I say? I cannot thank you enough for the way that you helped me. This was a wonderful experience—one of a lifetime.”


“I am moved every time I walk in these doors and encounter a new exhibit.”


“I am an artist who just moved to town. I have found my people.”


“We found the spiritual atmosphere, architecture and interaction with the community of St. Paul's Monastery as asset to our work . . . the Benedictine Center keeps our focus on the spiritual dimension of life as it unfolds.”

Dr. Mel Kimble

“As a staff we were amazed at the quality of our experience together.”

Fr. Chuck Brambilla

“God has breathed empowering courage into my life and ministry through times of silence in this beautiful center.”

Pastor Ruth Conrad

“The Benedictine Center made our retreat with college students nothing less than spectacular. What we encountered was a true sense of Benedictine hospitality and prayerfulness.”

Aaron Miller, Campus Minister

“I can’t believe I slept for twelve hours straight. It must have been what my body needed.”


"Our time was peaceful and beautiful and blessed."


“I’ve been in spiritual direction for a long time. I wouldn't be without it.”


“My spiritual director helps me be me. I appreciate the way she encourages me as I sort through my relationship with God.”


“Sometimes I come and have no idea what I’m going to talk about. I am amazed to see what surfaces every time.”


“I’m not sure exactly why, but it just seemed like it was time to go on retreat.”


“I have had just the right balance of solitude and community. What a blessing to be able to be apart without feeling alone on my journey.”


"Thank you for the retreat. It was refreshing, renewing, restful, and helpful."


"The Center has been an immense contributor to my spiritual development . . . and I am on the path Home.”


"My first time at the Benedictine Center was a most wonderful experience! It was a time of quiet, solitude, and peace. I am coming back!"