Loyola Sponsored Retreats


Why make a retreat?

A retreat is a time to come away from our ordinary activities, to rest, pray, and invite God to renew our spirits. It is an opportunity to gain perspective and to find new meaning for our lives. Loyola on the Potomac offers a variety of retreat experiences: Individually Directed Retreats, Private Retreats, Days of Prayer, Holy Week Triduum Retreat, New Year’s Eve Retreat and Special Ignatian Retreats on Specific Ignatian Themes. Loyola is also available to host other retreats.

Directed & Private Retreats

A directed or a private retreat offers a person time for prayer in silence.

In a directed retreat, a spiritual director is assigned to meet with the person daily. Together they explore the person’s experience of God. The spiritual director will offer encouragement and suggestions for prayer to help the person to enjoy God’s friendship and grow in it.  Mass is celebrated daily (except for the opening night).  Retreatants should arrive between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm on the first day of the retreat for orientation and dinner.

In a private retreat, the person embraces the silence and serenity of Loyola to enjoy and to deepen his or her relationship with God, without the assistance of a spiritual director.

2018 – 2019

May 30 – June 7, 2019
Fee:  $625 Directed/$575 Private

June 18 – 26, 2019
Fee:  $625 Directed/$575 Private

July 18 – 26, 2019
Fee:  $625 Directed/$575 Private

July 29 – August 6, 2019
Fee:  $625 Directed/$575 Private

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
June 16 – July 21, 2019
This thirty-day retreat offers a personal experience of the Spiritual Exercises of
St. Ignatius. The Exercises invite a retreatant to grow in union with God as a disciple of Jesus Christ.  The retreat is well-suited to a person who is able to maintain silence, who has made one or more directed retreats, and who has recent experience of  ongoing spiritual direction. During the Exercises, a retreatant prays four or five times a day and sees a spiritual director once a day. Mass is celebrated daily.  Fee:  $2,300

 Days of Prayer 

Days of Prayer 

Lenten Day of Prayer

April 15, 2019
The Lord Hears Our Cry
Celebrate Mary
May 6, 2019
Mary: Simple Woman, Seat of Wisdom

 Each Day of Prayer begins at 9:00am and includes:
Continental Breakfast, Lunch and Mass.  Fee:  $40


To register click here.
To review Centering Retreat Schedule click here

Triduum & Holy Week Retreat
He Loved Us to the End

April 18-21, 2019

Celebrate the Passion and Resurrection of our Savior with us.  Our Triduum Retreat begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, and culminates with the Easter Vigil.   This silent retreat will include four invitations to prayer.  Fee:  $295
Retreatants may also make a Private Retreat in silence during Holy Week (April 15-21). 
Fee:  $510   To register click here.

Living the Fourth Retreat July 5 – 7, 2019

This is a YOUNG ADULT retreat for men and women aged 18 – 30 who have experienced a Kairos Retreat while in High School or College. The weekend will be a powerful and prayerful reminder of our life’s journey of faith.   Fee $195  To register click here.

Ignatian Leadership for MissionJuly 8 – 12, 2019

ILM retreats focus on the graces of gratitude, healing, call, and co-laboring.  The retreat format combines presentations, time for silent prayer and reflection, and group faith sharing.  The retreat is open to anyone who seeks personal and spiritual growth in the Ignatian tradition.  Fee $480  To register click here.


Contemplative Retreat
June 18-26, 2019

Facilitated by Marilyn Merikangas, Martina O’Shea, Thomas Gavin, S.J.

The Contemplative Retreat offers you an opportunity to learn about quiet prayer and to understand what God is doing when nothing seems to be happening.  It is helpful for people who already have a relationship with God and are just beginning to feel called to let God take the lead.  It is also beneficial for anyone who has been doing some form of quiet prayer for a short or long time.  Space is limited to 15 participants. 

There is an application process for this retreat–Click on application.

Spiritual Directors’ Institute
July 26 – 28, 2018
Continuing formation and peer conversations are essential to spiritual directors’ growth in their ministry of accompanying others in their practice of faith. The Institute will treat identified topics of directors’ interest and concern, and will provide an opportunity for reflection and sharing in groups. This program is intended for spiritual directors and requires completion of an application.  Fee:  $245  To register click here.



All things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know him better, love him more surely and serve him more faithfully.        St. Ignatius of Loyola