Group Retreats

Sponsored Group Retreats

The Mariandale Center offers group retreats for those looking to break out of a daily routine and find time to think, contemplate, pray, walk the grounds, or enjoy the peace and serenity of our environment.

Along with the peaceful space of our natural setting along the Hudson River, Mariandale is privileged to offer a variety of paths to inner growth through the arts, eco-spirituality, religion, philosophy, theology, personal development, and meditation. Read more about our group retreat offerings in our Program Calendar.

Types of retreats include private, directed, guided, or silent. Read more about the different kinds of retreats, below, in our Retreat FAQs.

Hold a Group Retreat

Mariandale also welcomes nonprofit groups that want to gather to discuss goals and opportunities, or to develop strategic planning for an organization. You can plan your own retreat, making use of our conference space, meeting technology, dining services, and accommodations to re-examine organizational mission, structure, and goals. Visit our Planning pages on meetings, retreats and conferences.

What is a retreat?

A retreat is an opportunity to stop what one is doing in a normally busy life and come away to a quiet place to be with God. This quiet place, called Mariandale, offers retreatants a private room, three delicious meals, beautiful wooded areas, trails and pathways for walking, and magnificent views of the Hudson River to contemplate.

What is a private retreat?

A private retreat of one or several days allows a person to take some peaceful time away from everyday activities. This time can be spent in praying, reading, journaling, walking, resting, and other quiet activities that restore the soul. Spiritual direction can also be included, if desired. Persons can come for a personal or private retreat on a space-available basis. Reservations for a private retreat, with or without spiritual direction, must be made several days in advance of arrival. Please visit our private retreat page.

What is a silent retreat?

A silent retreat is an invitation to a contemplative experience, the opportunity to quiet our minds, hearts and bodies so that we might better hear what God is saying to us.  Concretely this means there is thoughtful attention to avoiding noise of any sort, no speaking or otherwise communication with others including silence at meals (soft music provided) in order to maintain the contemplative atmosphere.

What is a directed retreat?

A directed retreat gives participants the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a qualified spiritual director for individually guided prayer. Except for meeting with one’s director and liturgy, the time is spent in silence and prayer.

What is a guided retreat?

A guided retreat is the opportunity for retreatants to meet at least once, usually twice a day, with the presenters for input on a particular theme. The presenters make suggestions for the retreatants’ prayer during the course of the day, usually Scripture passages. Presenters decide whether or not the retreat will be silent.

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