We invite you to join us for one retreat or consider creating an ongoing rhythm of solitude retreats. We will prepare the space so you can just come and be with God, the only One who can show you how to live freely and lightly.

TO REGISTER FOR one of our upcoming RETREATs


DescrIption of a Typical Retreat Day

During each retreat day, we will gather at the beginning of our time to prepare our hearts for what God might have for us and to explain several guided solitude options. You can decide to follow the guided solitude options or follow your own promptings from God. We will come back together at the end of the day for conversation about your experience. Lunch, snacks, beverages and optional experience materials will be provided. Optional spiritual direction sessions will also be available.

All retreats are day-long experiences beginning at 8:30am and ending at 4:30pm. Registration will begin at 8am.

Retreat Location

Retreats will be held at the beautiful campus of University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center in Mundelein, IL. The moment you enter through the arch to the 930 acre campus, the tranquil natural surroundings will allow you to easily let go of the distractions of everyday life. Take a walk through the woods, along the three mile road circling the St. Mary’s Lake, or simply enjoy the quiet serenity of this beautiful setting.

1000 East Maple Avenue
Mundelein, Illinois 60060




Retreat Cost

$129 includes lunch and materials. $109 early bird rate available until 4 weeks before the retreat. Use Discount Code EARLYBIRD. You can also sign up for spiritual direction on the day of your retreat for an additional $60.


$550 includes 6 retreats for the price of 5 (an overall savings of $230). Must be used within a 15-month period and non-transferable.



Six individual spiritual direction sessions will be offered at each day retreat (approximately 50 minute sessions with either Gail or Joan). These sessions will be available on a first-come first-serve basis for an additional fee. The cost is $60. Please be sure to choose the option for the same retreat day you are planning to attend. To learn more about spiritual direction, go to that tab on this website..


Rooms can be reserved at St. Mary’s for an additional cost of $62 plus room tax depending on availability before or after the retreats. If you would like to stay, please call St. Mary’s directly at 847-566-8290 to make reservations. Coming early and spending the night allows you an extended time with God and a slow start to your day and the beautiful campus of St. Mary’s.


Bible, journal and comfortable clothing and walking shoes to walk the grounds or path around the lake.


Full refund will be given for cancellations made 2 weeks prior to the event. Cancellations within the two week period will be refunded except for $50 non-refundable charge upon written request. Refunds within this two week window must be requested via email and include your mailing address.

Gift Certificates

A day of retreat is a unique personal gift of set apart space with God. The fruit of the day will be a rich gift well beyond the actual retreat day.

Click below to sign up your friend and pay. All you need is their name, address and email. You do NOT need to know when they can go. Once you sign up and pay, we will send you a gift certificate you can print and wrap. The gift certificate gives your friend instructions on how to register online so we know when they are coming and at that point they can decide if they would like to add spiritual direction. They can also go to our website for more information or contact St. Mary’s if they would like to book a room to stay before or after the retreat.

Thanks for giving this precious gift. We promise to set the table well for them to meet with God. We join you in prayer for their time.

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Upcoming Retreat Schedule and Registration

Our upcoming Sacred. Retreats are scheduled for these dates at University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL unless otherwise noted (*). See below for a calendar view.

  • November 15 OR November 16, 2019

  • January 10 OR January 11, 2020

  • March 13 OR March 14, 2020

  • May 15 OR May 16, 2020

  • July 17 OR July 18, 2020

  • September 11 OR September 12, 2020

  • November 6 OR November 7, 2020

Each Friday and Saturday of any session are identical themes and experiences. But every other month we change the theme so you are always coming back to a new piece of content and experiences. The rhythm of the day and the location will have a comfortable feel if you return.

Register up to four weeks before the retreat and use discount code EARLYBIRD to save $20.


  • Advent Retreat of Silence (Overnight) at Joseph and Mary House (Mundelein, IL) December 8-9. 2019 (Registration will open after Labor Day)

To register for one of our upcoming retreats

Retreat Calendar


Past Retreat Themes

Here’s a sampling of our past retreat themes if you are interested in us bringing Sacred. to you, your organization or your church.

  • March 6 OR March 7, 2015: “Coming Home”

  • May 1 OR May 2,  2015: “God Sized Questions”

  • July 10 OR July 11, 2015: “Simplicity”

  • August 28 OR August 29, 2015:  “Unforced Rhythms of Prayer”

  • November 6 OR November 7, 2015: “Peace in the Midst”

  • January 8 OR January 9, 2016: “Lord, Tune My Heart”

  • March 11 OR March 12, 2016 “Walking with God”

  • May 6 OR May 7, 2016 “Awaken My Soul”

  • July 15 OR July 16, 2016 “Just Breathe!”

  • September 16 OR September 17, 2016  “Stand Firm”

  • November 18 OR November 19, 2016  “Come Away with Me”

  • January 13 OR January 14, 2017 “A Time to Pause”

  • March 3 OR March 4, 2017 “Held by God”

  • May 12 OR May 13, 2017 “Beloved By God”

  • July 21 OR July 22, 2017 – “Trusting God”

  • September 8 OR September 9, 2017  “Knowing God”

  • November 3 OR November 4, 2017 “Navigating Transitions with God”

  • January 12 OR January 13, 2018 “Rooted and Grounded in Love”

  • March 9 OR March 10, 2018 – “The Sower and The Seed”

  • May 18 OR May 19, 2018 – “Seeking His Wisdom”

  • July 27 OR July 28, 2018 – “My Heart Christ’s Home”

  • September 21 OR September 22, 2018 – “Invitation to Pray”

  • November 16 OR November 17, 2018 – “A Time for Gratitude”

  • January 11 OR January 12, 2019 “Yet Will I Hope!”

  • March 8 OR March 9, 2019 “New Morning Mercies”

  • May 18 OR May 19, 2019 “Listening to God”

  • July 26 OR July 27, 2019 “Pursuing God”

  • September 20 OR September 21, 2019 “Resting in God”