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Rest: Retreats and Days of Reflection

Saint Louis University's retreats and days of reflection offer you a chance to pause and take a deep breath. For just a day or two, you can step away from your hectic life on SLU's campus to reflect on who you are, who God is, how God knows and loves you, and how to respond to that love.

Four people seen from behind rowing a canoe along a waterway

Explore the wonders of God’s creation while hiking, stargazing and sitting around a campfire with friends during the weekend nature retreat.

Retreats and days of reflection are also opportunities to meet new people and find support for living a spiritual, faith-filled life. Diverse in focus, setting and length, Campus Ministry retreats are spiritually refreshing and rooted in the teachings of St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits.

A Fresh Look Retreat

Friday, September 1-Sunday, September 3, 2023
Manresa Retreat Center
Cost: $25

If you're new to SLU as a first-year student, this retreat is specifically created and designed for you. Through community-building activities and story-sharing, this retreat provides a chance to take a fresh look at your life: who you have been, and who God desires you to be in your future. Within this retreat community, you will also explore the concept of gratitude and the ways that you — through a variety of approaches to prayer — can encounter and converse with God in everyday life.

A team of selected sophomore leaders leads this retreat. These leaders will draw upon their faith journeys, personal experiences, insights and lessons they've learned to help you make sense of the early moments of your life as a college student.

Contact Jim Roach at jim.roach@slu.edu for more information.

Back 2 Nature: Graduate Health Care Day of Reflection

Saturday, September 9, 2023
Shaw Nature Reserve
Cost: $10

All graduate students interested in health care fields (medical students, students in their professional years in Doisy College, M.P.H., P.A., etc.) are invited to a day of wellness, community and rest. This day of reflection will be held at Shaw Nature Reserve (Maritz Trail Classroom) located just off 1-44 in Gray Summit, Missouri. It will consist of a morning session on personal values and resiliency, and an afternoon session on creating a wellness plan to be proactive about your mind, body and spirit wellness this academic year. Each session will include a presentation, some personal reflection time, walks in nature and group discussion. Cost is $10 and includes lunch and admission to the nature reserve. If you have questions, please contact Assistant Director Erin at erin.fitzpatrick@slu.edu.  Register at Grad Nature Day of Reflection

Java with the Jesuits (On Retreat)

Saturday, September 9, 2023
Saturday, October 7, 2023
Saturday, November 11, 2023
Saturday, January 202, 2024
Saturday, February 24, 2024
Saturday, April 6, 2024

Seeking a moment of rest and reflection? Join the Jesuits from Java for a day of reflection and contemplation. Throughout the day, there will be insightful talks, interactive discussions, and guided meditations that aim to deepen your understanding of faith, self-awareness, and social responsibility. You will engage with fellow students and form new connections while exploring your values and beliefs. Whether you want to strengthen your spiritual life or simply take a break from the stresses of college life, this day of reflection with the Jesuits is an experience not to be missed.

For more information, contact Nick Leeper, S.J., at nkleeper@gmail.com.

Choir Retreat

Friday, November 3-Saturday, November 4, 2023
Manresa Retreat Center

Grow in community and in faith through sharing your love of music. Open to members of SLU’s Sunday Evening Student Mass choir, this day of reflection will offer times for shared prayer, conversation in small groups, recreation, and of course, song.

For more information, contact Sally Iocca at sally.iocca@slu.edu.

Connections Retreat

Friday, November 17-Sunday, November 19, 2023
Manresa Retreat Center
Cost: $25

Interested in building healthier, deeper and more authentic relationships in your life? The Connections Retreat invites you to explore how God calls you into greater vulnerability, courage and authenticity in your relationships with your friends, family, romantic partners and yourself. Through small groups and reflection activities, you will dive into the themes of identity, vulnerability, shame, loneliness, attraction, sexuality, boundaries and intimacy through a lens of faith.

For more information, contact Becca Muder at becca.muder@slu.edu.

Ignatian Silent Retreat

Tuesday, January 9-Saturday, January 13, 2024
Manresa Retreat Center
Cost: $50

The Ignatian Silent Retreat introduces the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. During the retreat, you will be invited to explore the Ignatian style of prayer by reflecting inward and taking a closer look at your own experience of God through imagination and scripture. You will meet with a spiritual director individually to reflect on and discuss your prayer experiences.

For more information, contact Becca Muder at becca.muder@slu.edu.

"Ignite" Ignatian Group Retreat

Friday, January 26-Saturday, January 27, 2024
Manresa Retreat Center
Cost: $25

This one-night retreat offers an introduction/deepening to some of the key aspects of Ignatian Spirituality in a group setting. During the retreat, participants will be invited to explore the Ignatian pillars of prayer, discernment, reconciliation and “Finding God in All Things” through talks, large group activities, small group discussions and time for personal reflection.

For more information, contact Erin Fitzpatrick at erin.fitzpatrick@slu.edu.

Imago DeiLGBTQ+ Retreat   

Friday, February 2-Saturday, February 4, 2024
Manresa Retreat Center
Cost: $25

This retreat centers on the LGBTQ+ experience, particularly how LGBTQ+ identities interact with religion and spirituality. It is primarily for LGBTQ+-identifying and questioning students, but we welcome heterosexual, cisgender-identifying people engaged in accomplice/ally work with the LGBTQ+ community. The retreat will include talks, small groups, solo time, reflections and activities. Students from SLU's Rainbow Alliance and staff members will lead this retreat.

For more information, contact Julia Erdlen at julia.erdlen@slu.edu.

Senior Evening of Reflection

Sunday, May 5, 2024
Saint Francis Xavier College Church

Come for an evening of reflection on your SLU experience and what is next. Enjoy a meal and an opportunity to connect with fellow seniors.