What is a retreat?

A retreat is an opportunity step away from our usual daily lives.  It is an invitation to be refreshed in body, mind, and spirit. It is a special time where we seek to find The One who is always seeking us, offering renewal and a refocussed heart.

To learn more about any of these retreats, or retreats in general, or to register, please contact Annette Donovan Panchaud at annette.donovanpanchaud@kings.uwo.ca.   


Being and Belonging: Rooted in Spirit

King's Student Retreat
September 16 to 18, 2022

Journeying together in care, community and centredness - this weekend long retreat takes place at Holy Family Retreat Centre in Oxley ( https://www.hfrh.ca) and includes plenty of time for personal quiet time, group reflection, and a chance to connect with old and new friends alike. Saturday night includes a campfire with smores (weather permitting).

This retreat will be facilitated by Fr. Santo Arrigo, C.Ss.R., a Redemptorist priest serving as the Coordinator of Ignite Youth and Young Adult Ministry Canada.  Students depart from King’s the on Friday September 16, 5:00 PM and return Sunday September 18 at 3 PM.  Cost for the retreat is $60 which includes transportation and accommodations.

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Contemplative Activism Retreat 

September 29 to October 2, 2022

The need for ecological and social activism is evident in the world day. But burn-out and loss of hope and happiness can accompany this work. This retreat will offer skills and nourishment for the body and spirit through meditation, physical exercise, prayer, artistic expression, and intellectual engagement.

This retreat is offered by the Ignatius Retreat Centre in Guelph from September 29, 7:30 PM to October 2 at 1:00 PM. 

The cost is $80 for students registering through Campus Ministry. (The cost is $410 without student bursary).  Transportation is included.  Space is extremely limited.




Ecological Day of Reflection: Reflect, Reconnect, Revitalize

October 15, 2022
(Guelph Old Growth Forest)

Take a day to connect to your spirit, the earth, and others. Spend a day outdoors - rain or shine. Plant trees, sit by the river, explore the forest. Discover new ways of seeing nature, and ourselves in nature.

Students leave from Kings on Saturday October 15th at 8:30 AM and return by 8 PM the same day.

Cost is $20 which includes meals and transportation.   





Lenten Retreat: Busy Person's Retreat 

March 5-9, 2023

This is The Lenten Retreat for Busy People from March 5 to March 9, 2023. Beginning in person with the community meal following Sunday’s 5 pm mass, and a brief one hour gathering immediately following the meal participants will engage in an “at-home” retreat, made within the busyness of your everyday life. A commitment of just one hour a day for five days invites a deeper relationship with God. This includes 30 minutes of personal prayer and 30 minutes spiritual direction per day if desired, based on your availability. Give God one hour a day and give yourself the gift of spiritual strength and peace in your busy life. Closing mass will be help March 9 at 12 PM in the Wemple Chapel. Contact Annette Donovan Panchaud at annette.donovapanchaud@kings.uwo.ca to register.