Private Retreats


I am grateful for this serene and welcoming place, a sacred space to slow down and intentionally connect with God and others. Thank you for the comfort and calm in a busy world.

If you are looking for a place of quiet, of prayer, of wonderful waterfalls and bounteous wildflowers, of more wonderful women - this is the place for your sabbatical.  There are also trails in the woods, bountiful flowers here on the grounds, and a view of Lake Superior.  I've been here six weeks; it's going to be sad to leave here soon.

- S. Noella Poinsette, OSF

I give thanks for this sacred space and the gift of hospitality that all the Sisters have.

- Suzanne

Thank you for making this day, evening and morning possible for me for private prayer, reflection and meditation at your monastery and Center.  I'm deeply and prayerfully grateful for your kindness.

- Tom

My spiritual experiences at the McCabe Renewal Center are a significant part of my formation.  Thank you for the support, love and learning.

- Helen


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 Suggested Offerings

St. Scholastica Monastery

  • Single Room: $75/night
    • (Includes Breakfast)
  • Double Room: $100/night
    • (Includes Breakfast)
  • Day Use: $50 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  includes lunch)

McCabe Renewal Center

  • Single Room: $60/night
    • (No meals)
  • Double Room: $80/night
    • (No meals)
  • 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