What are retreats?
Campus Ministry retreats offer an excellent opportunity to get away from the hectic pace of life at Villanova University. 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.
Why go on retreat?
To relax and have fun
To meet new people
To share and grow in your spirituality
To strengthen your relationships
To explore and reflect on your life decisions
To come to know yourself better
To encounter God
Who is welcome on retreats and how do I know what retreat to attend?
In general, the Campus Ministry Retreat Program is open to the entire Villanova University community. Students of all faith traditions – or none at all – are welcome and encouraged to look into the retreat program.
We offer a variety of retreat experiences so members of the university community are able to choose the type of retreat they are most comfortable attending. Not every style of retreat works for everyone. Some retreats are quiet and include lots of alone time, while others might emphasize building community through sharing with each other and participating in group activities. The pace of retreats may also vary. Some retreats may be packed with activity while others may move at a more leisurely pace.
There are some retreats designed for specific types of students. For example, First Year Escape weekends are for first-year undergraduates only. If you are a student in your first year of college, we ask that you attend an Escape weekend (held once each semester) before attending any of our other retreats.
For faculty and staff, we 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 retreats we do! If you have some experience in attending retreats in high school and/or college, contact Campus Ministry Retreat Coordinator Michelle Sherman.