What are retreats?
Campus Ministry retreats offer an excellent opportunity to get away from the hectic pace of life at Villanova. The Retreat Program provides the setting to focus on different aspects of your life and encourages you to discover more about yourself and your deepest values through small and large group discussions, talks given by student leaders, meditation, games, fellowship, and prayer.
What do you do on retreat?
Relax and have fun
Meet new people
Share and grow in your spirituality
Strengthen your relationships
Explore and reflect on your life decisions
Come to know yourself better
Who is welcome on retreats and how do I know which retreat to attend?
In general, the Retreat Program is open to the entire University community. Students of all faith traditions – or none at all – are welcome and encouraged to look into the program.
We offer various experiences so that you can choose the type and style of retreat you are most comfortable attending. Some retreats are quiet and include lots of alone time, while others emphasize building community through sharing and group activities.
The pace of retreats also vary. Some retreats have lots of activity, while others move at a more leisurely pace.
Some retreats are designed for specific students. For example, First Year Escape weekends are for first-year undergraduates only. We ask that first-year students attend an Escape weekend (held once each semester) before attending our other retreats.
We also offer a one-day Faculty/Staff Retreat each semester.
How can I serve on a retreat team as a student leader?
Student leaders are an essential part of most of our retreats! If you have some experience in attending retreats in high school and/or college, contact Campus Ministry Retreat Coordinator Michelle Sherman.