Private Retreats


When was the last time that you were able to escape the noise of daily life long enough to hear the still, small voice of the Spirit? Does your soul crave a time of quiet, reflection and prayer?


“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Jesus, Matthew 11:28-30  (The Message)

What is a Private Retreat?

A private retreat is a time to slow down, to set aside the need to be productive, and to simply be.  It is time to be alone with God, and to allow your soul to breathe deeply once again.


In a noisy world, silence is air to the soul.  It creates a space for the truest part of our lives to come to the surface where we can welcome the good, true and beautiful and release the negative and harmful.

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How can I spend my time?

There are a variety of ways that you can spend your time while on a private retreat or sabbatical.  The most important, however, is to simply rest!

Here are some activities that others have found helpful while on retreat:

  • Walk the trails in the woods
  • Pray in one of our chapels
  • Visit the college library
  • Pray the Stations of the Cross
  • Journey through the labyrinth
  • Practice Lectio Divina (reflective reading of Scripture)
  • Journal
  • Read a good book
  • Request Spiritual Direction
  • Daily prayers with the Sisters
  • Visit some of the natural areas within a short drive


One of our Spiritual Directors would be happy to help you plan your time away if you would like.


Guest Room Prices (2017)

St. Scholastica Monastery

  • Single Room: $70/night
    • (Includes Breakfast)
  • Double Room: $90/night
    • (Includes Breakfast)
  • Day Use: $50 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  includes lunch)

McCabe Renewal Center

  • Single Room: $70/night
    • (Includes Breakfast)
  • Double Room: $90/night
    • (Includes Breakfast)
  • Day use: $30 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  does not include lunch)

Package prices are available for extended private retreats!

Culinary Services

Nutritious and delicious meals are available, as well as snack and beverage options throughout the day.  Arrangements will be made through the reservation process.  Prices vary.

"One Mission, Two Locations"

St. Scholastica Monastery
1001 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811


McCabe Renewal Center
2125 Abbotsford Avenue
Duluth, MN 55803