Retreats nourish spiritual health

St. Mary of the Pines
Eight-day retreats –  $640
Five-day retreats –  $400
Weekend directed retreats – $160
Directed Retreats. The resident retreat director is Sister Dorez Mehrtens, SSND. During 2014, she is available for directed retreats on the following dates:  Aug. 18-26, Sept. 2-9, Sept. 24-Oct. 3, Oct. 6-13. To schedule a retreat contact Sister Dorez, 601-783-0411 or 601-810-7758 (cell).
Private Retreats. A private retreat is a retreat without a director and may be scheduled any time space is available. The individual chooses his/her own resources and rhythm of prayer and reflection throughout the day. Suggested donation: $65 per night. Financial assistance for any retreat is available upon request.
Annual Women’s Retreat,” Oct. 24-26. In this retreat participants will explore their inner spiritual journeys through the graces great women of scripture has passed on to them. The presenter, Sister Janet Franklin, CSJ, has a background in literature, chaplaincy and spiritual direction studies. Cost is $135 for single rooms and $115 for double rooms.
Contact: St. Mary of the Pines Retreat Center, 3167 Old Highway 51 South, Osyka, MS, 39657, 601-783-3494,

The Dwelling Place
“Be Still and Know that I am God,” July 31-Aug. 5. Two, three or five day retreat. Come for some time personally adapted to your needs. It is a time of quiet and prayerful reflection primarily using scripture.  Retreats are scheduled at specific times but retreatants  are welcome to come privately any time that is convenient to the person. Three hermitages (small cottages) are available.
“Joy of Coming Home,” Saturday, Sept. 6, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. A reflective journey focusing on our personal connection to God and the wedges that hold us or help us. Presenters will be Karen Hodges and Lee Oswalt from Tupelo who have facilitated outdoor prayer journeys for women for 14 years. Cost is $45.
Contact: The Dwelling Place, 2824 Dwelling Place Road, Brooksville, MS, 39739, 662-738-5348,

Benedictine Center
“Introduction to Centering Prayer,” Aug. 29-31. Centering Prayer is a form of Christian prayer rooted in the ancient Christian contemplative tradition. Its purpose is to foster a deeper intimacy with Christ through the silence and stillness of contemplative prayer. This workshop/retreat is designed for those new to Centering Prayer.  Private rooms and the ability to maintain silence are required. Cost for private rooms is $210. Contact: Benedictine Sisters, 916 Convent Road, Cullman, AL 35055, (256) 734-4622,

Married Couples Retreats, July 19-20, Aug. 23-24, Sept. 20-21, and Nov. 1-2, at Joseph Abbey Christian Life Center in Covington, La.  Contact: Jason Angelette, 504-830-3716,, Suggested donation of $275 per couple is requested but not required.