Retreat centres offer tranquility and privacy, and an opportunity for spiritual
renewal. Many retreat centres also offer spiritual direction. The list below includes most
of the retreat centres in the four western Canadian provinces. Not all of these centres
are church-sponsored, or Christian. Contact them for further information about their
programmes and facilities.
- Entheos Retreat Centre
Bragg Creek, AB (west of Calgary), ph 403-246-4313.
Entheos is nestled on 55 acres of secluded woodlands bordering the Elbow River, just 20 KM west of Calgary.
- FCJ Christian Life Centre
219-19th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0C8, ph 403-228 4215; fax 403-541-9297; email: .
The FCJ Christian Life Centre is a corporate ministry of the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus.
Welcome to the FCJ Christian Life Centre, a retreat and conference centre where thousands of people have experienced the hospitality and warmth of the FCJ staff and Sisters. The Centre, within walking distance of the busy downtown core of this rapidly growing city, creates a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of our busy world. Once a boarding school for girls, this historic site continues the vision of the FCJ Sisters of education and retreat work.
We invite you to 'discover your centre' by spending a day in quiet, or perhaps taking one of our many progrms in spirituality, personal growth or exploration of scripture. Our resource staff offers these programs at our Centre and are happy to offer them at your location.
We also welcome your group to use our facilities for a staff day, workshop or conference. We look forward to serving you and making you feel at home!
- Kinasao Lutheran Bible Camp
Box 317, Christopher Lake, SK S0J 0N0, ph 306-982-3327; fax 306-982-2095; e-mail: .
Kinasao Lutheran Bible Camp is an independent, inter-Lutheran ministry, committed to serving all Lutheran churches, as well as providing facilities and support to other congregations and groups for the betterment of their own programs.
- King's Fold Retreat & Renewal Centre
Cochrane, AB, ph 403-932-3174.
The King's Fold Community is a unique group of men and women who have committed themselves to the mission of King's Fold. Their diverse life journey, broad educational experience and ministry backgrounds create a rich resource for ministry and relationships.
King's Fold is a Christian retreat centre located in southwestern Alberta. We offer a place for rest, renewal and spiritual discovery in the context of Christian hospitality, as reflected in the life of Christ. We are open to all persons who are on a spiritual quest.
- Light of the Prairies Retreat Centre
22115 Oakgrove Rd, Box 47 Grp 40 RR Rd, Lorette MB, R0A 0Y0, ph 204-878-3647; fax 204-878-3783; email:
Light of the Prairies Retreat Centre is located near Winnipeg on a beautiful 13 acre property in the heart of Manitoba’s prairies.
Our retreat centre is a spiritual home away from home. Its natural environment and intimate home-like setting provides the ideal place to get away, relax, unwind and be inspired.
The centre is an ideal setting for a personal or group retreat, a workshop, a conference, a business gathering, or a social event. We welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds.
- Living Skies Retreat & Conference Centre
Lumsden, SK, ph 306-731-3316.
Beautiful Living Skies Retreat near Lumsden has been a place of spiritual renewal for thousands of people for the past five decades. Founded in 1963 by the Franciscan Friars this 220 acre property was sold to new local owners who are proudly giving the former St. Michael’s a new lease of life– and we invite YOU to be part of it!
The newly renamed Living Skies Retreat & Conference Centre continues to offer retreats and workshops for personal healing and growth, and we are also open to the public for meetings, conferences, team building, weddings, receptions, reunions, art shows, concerts, and much more.
- Martha Retreat Centre
Lethbridge, AB, ph 403-328-3422.
Aware of the human need for spiritual growth and development, Martha Retreat Centre seeks to provide a quiet, welcoming space where people, individually or in groups, can come apart and rest awhile, nourish their spirits and open their hearts to God's call to them in the current reality of their life's circumstances. The natural beauty of our location on the edge of the coulees in Lethbridge, and the presence of the faith community of the Sisters of St. Martha, help to create and environment that is conducive to quiet reflection and dialogue with God. The needs of all who come to the Centre are remembered in the daily prayers of the Sisters.
821 Westwood Drive, Cranbrook, BC.
Marywood is a spiritual growth centre, specializing in retreats, spiritual direction and spirituality programs. We are sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nelson and staffed by the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame. Open year round, we welcome and encourage ecumenical outreach.
- Mount St. Francis Retreat
Cochrane, AB, ph 403-932-2012.
Mount St. Francis Retreat, located on the outskirts of Cochrane overlooking the Big Hill Creek Valley, is a Christian retreat centre. For those wishing time apart in intimacy with God, the Mount offers moments of silence within the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Situated on almost 500 acres, the retreat centre provides occasion for retreatants to enjoy the beauty of the foothills, with a view overlooking the Rocky Mountains. Pathways and the Stations of the Cross allow opportunities for reflection and celebration of God's handiwork.
- Naramata Centre
Naramata, BC, .
Open to people of all ages, Naramata Centre is an inclusive, welcoming place to connect and deepen in mind, body and spirit. Situated on 23 acres of land on the east shore of Lake Okanagan, the Centre provides a peaceful oasis for children, teens, adults, families and elders to play, relax, grow and be authentically themselves, supported in community.
- Providence Renewal Centre
3005 119 St., Edmonton, AB, ph 780-430-9491.
Providence Renewal Centre offers a wide variety of programs and retreats for men, women,
couples, mothers-daughters, people in 12-step programs. Silent retreats, weekend and day
retreats offered. Conference, meeting and retreat space available to church groups
- Qu'Appelle House of Prayer
Box 1978, Fort Qu'Appelle, SK S0G 1S0, ph 306-332-6765; fax 306-332-5648.
The dream for a House of Prayer, initiated by members of the Saskatchewan Oblates and others, began in 1993. The vision was to offer a place for silence, solitude and simplicity, which was first and foremost a way of life for a small community who in turn could offer hospitality to guests seeking the same. It offered the gift of presence and space, both sacred and safe to any and to all. In part, the concept for the Qu'Appelle House of Prayer came about to respond to people's needs and longings for solitude and prayer and was also inspired by other Houses of Prayer.
Qu'Appelle House of Prayer (QHP) is nestled in the verdant southside hills above Echo Lake in the Qu'Appelle Valley near Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan. In this valley, that names itself with the question, "Who calls?," the house of prayer responds, providing a sacred and beautiful space for contemplative community and prayer within silence, solitude and hospitality.
- Queen's House of Retreats
601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon, SK S7M 0C9, ph 306-242-1916; fax 306-653-5941.
A home away from home. Queen's House is a gathering place and oasis in an ever changing world. We are nestled in a quiet corner of Saskatoon on the bank of the South Saskatchewan River.
Our facility is bright, spacious and flexible enough to accommodate a variety of groups for different types of programs. Your business, organization or service group will appreciate the atmosphere of quiet, away from daily distractions. Caring staff will endeavour to serve your individual &/or group needs.
- Rosemary Heights Retreat Centre
3690 152nd Street, Surrey, BC V3S 1W2, ph 604-576-8802; fax 604-574-4787; email: .
We are close to beaches, USA borders, parks, fine dining – all the modern amenities you could want but may not need while on sabbatical at Rosemary Heights. WiFi is available and only guaranteed in all meeting rooms, although we encourage our guests to ‘un-plug’. Vancouver is a mere 45-60 minutes away. The Vancouver International Airport is only 30 minutes away. We are within minutes of the BC Ferries, fully equipped hospitals and emergency services. But come into the property and marvel at the seclusion and serenity.
- Shekinah Retreat Centre
Box 490, Waldheim, SK S0K 4R0, ph 306-945-4929; email: .
"Shekinah is a beautiful section of land located on the North Saskatchewan River.
This setting provides unique and memorable outdoor experiences. Summer camp, group
retreats and worship are a few of the activities that take place. Shekinah is owned
and operated by Mennonite Church Saskatchewan."
- Sorrento Retreat & Conference Centre
Sorrento, BC, ph: 250-675-2421 or 1-866-694-2409; email: .
"A year-round natural setting on the shores of the beautiful Shuswap Lake, B.C. - a place of inspiration, gathering, and growth - Sorrento offers a year-round program of workshops, youth leadership training, public lectures and performances as well hosting booked events at our excellent conference, meeting & retreat facilities."
- St. Benedict's Retreat & Conference Centre
225 Master Ave. Winnipeg, MB.
St. Ben's offers city convenience in a rural setting along the Red River. St. Benedict's Monastery and Centre is located on 72 acres of wooded grounds. There are bicycle and walking paths and acres of land to roam. We are pleased to offer a space where you can find rest and renewal.
- St. Michael's Retreat
St. Michael's was sold and is under new management. It is now called the Living Skies Retreat & Conference Centre.
- St. Peter's Abbey
Box 10, Muenster, SK S0K 3C0, ph 306-682-1788; fax 306-682-1766.
St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster, Saskatchewan, Canada is home to 20 Benedictine monks. This includes 13 priests, and 6 brothers, and one novice. We do not at present have a monk in simple vows--a junior. The abbot of St. Peter's is Peter Novecosky. We follow the monastic rule of St. Benedict. He wrote a rule for Christian life known for its balance and moderation; this life provides a balance between prayer, work and study.
St. Peter's Guest House has 35 rooms for single and double occupancy. There is also an open area dormitory which can accomodate 100 people. Advance bookings should be made with the guestmaster. We invite people to come and spend time in our guesthouse to be renewed spiritually and physically. We have a beautiful setting on the Canadian prairies and lots of quiet spaces and quiet time. Guests are invited to join the monks in our daily prayer. Guests come for a day or for several days.
- Star of the North Retreat Centre
St. Albert, AB (north-east corner of Edmonton), ph 780-459-5511.
Star of the North Retreat Centre is a peaceful oasis in the midst of a busy world. Whether you want time out from a hectic schedule, nurturing during a time of crisis, an opportunity to explore your inner life, or a place to meet with others, Star of the North may be the place for you.
Star of the North strives to be "a place apart" where people can come to be refreshed, gain a fresh perspective on things and rediscover the sacred dimension of life.
"The Star" is an ecumenical, non-profit centre sponsored by OMI Lacombe Canada.