Episcopal Diocese of Washington

To draw people to Jesus and embody his love
for the world by equipping faith communities,
promoting spiritual growth, and striving for justice

Making a Retreat

The diocese offers two opportunities a year for a silent weekend retreat at the peaceful 300-acre Bon Secours retreat center near Marriottsville, MD. Beginning on a Friday evening through to noon on Sunday, these retreats are designed to be an opening for individuals to deepen their relationship with the Divine, in an environment that is peaceful, quiet and relaxing. 

For further information on these and other retreats, consult the event listing on this page or contact Lesley Krauland at edowsilentretreat@gmail.com 

Retreat Centers

The following is a directory of retreat centers within driving distance of the Washington Metro Area including Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.


Benedictine at Innis fall Retreat/Conference Center
Hockessin, DE

Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center
Wilmington, DE
The mission of Jesus House Center is to offer:

  • Retreats, seminars, Bible study, and prayer groups
  • Prayer support and spiritual direction
  • Hospitality -- a welcoming, inclusive, attitude toward all God's people
  • A quiet and reflective atmosphere where people can refresh themselves spiritually, emotionally, physically
  • A place of reconciliation for those who have been separated form church or society

Renewal Center
Contact Fr. Thomas at the number below for availability. (no website available at present)
Wilmington, DE

Virden Retreat and Conference Center
Lewes, DE
For those wishing to lead their own retreats, this facility is available for rental


Center for Continuing Formation, St. Mary's Seminary & University
5400 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210-1994

National 4-H Conference Center
7100 Connecticut Avenue
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Dayspring Retreat Center
11301 Neelsville Church Road
Germantown, MD 20876-4147
Our retreats are designed to provide you with a broad range of choices, both in content and time frame, to deepen your spiritual journey. Our leaders are men and women of mature personal faith who are experienced and skillful in guiding others into silence and meditation. The setting of woods and fields, the quiet of Merton's Pond, and the warmth of the Lodge and Inn are here to welcome you in your search for silence. Numerous free mini-retreats are available throughout the year.

Wellspring Retreat and Conference Center
11411 Neelsville Church Road
Germantown, MD 20876
A sanctuary for silence and prayer, earth and creatures, for nurturing Christian community, for seeking justice and peace. Sharing a call to Christian community lived in a dynamic balance between the inward journey and the outward journey.
A ministry in the tradition of The Church of the Saviour

Loyola Retreat House
Faulkner, MD
Loyola's Mission is to serve men and women who are striving to be conscious of God's action in their lives and world. Inspired by the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius, Loyola's ministry focuses on deepening faith and commitment to justice.

All Saints Episcopal Convent (women only)
Catonsville, MD
All Saints Convent is run by very traditional Episcopal Sisters, located between Washington and Baltimore. There is a guest wing for women who would come as individuals seeking silent retreat. Programmed retreats come through other venues. Not available for groups.

Bon Secours Spiritual Center
Marriottsville, MD
Ministering to Mind, Body, and Spirit, the retreat team provides a variety of experiences including workshops, seminars and days of prayer for both individuals and groups. Spiritual directors are available by prior arrangement, and ongoing individual and group spiritual direction are significant ministries of the Bon Secours Spiritual Center. Individuals come to the Center to simply pray in the beautiful chapel, walk the Labyrinth, use the meditation garden, sit by the pond with its Japanese Zen Garden island or enjoy the extensive grounds and nature at its finest.

Bishop Claggett Center
Adamstown MD
Owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, the center encompasses a 277 acre Frederick County working farm situated on a bluff overlooking Sugarloaf Mt. and the scenic Monocacy River Valley. Claggett is in operation throughout the year, hosting retreats and conferences for a wide variety of guests. The Claggett Center also offers youth programs, including summer camps, year round conferences, and a variety of programs for adults. Claggett is less than an hour from the Washington or Baltimore Beltways.


Pendle Hill (Quaker community)
Wallingford, PA
Pendle Hill, founded by Quakers in 1930 offers spiritually renewing programs for people of all faiths throughout the year. Themes include spiritual life, Quaker faith and practice, religious study, social concerns, bodywork, literature and the creative arts. Every program includes opportunities for spiritual refreshment, relaxation in a lovely setting, intellectual stimulation, participation in a vibrant community, and good conversation with people from around the country and world.
Our campus is located about 12 miles southwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center
2495 Fox Gap Road, Bangor, PA
This ecumenical retreat house has a long tradition of integrating spirituality and action for social justice. Located just over the gorgeous Delaware Water Gap, the site boasts comfortable accommodations and beautiful vistas. $57-78 per night per person. Programmed as well as private retreats.

The Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth
Wernersville, PA
The Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth offers a variety of retreats and programs, including training programs for spiritual directors, all based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. These retreats and programs are offered to individuals and groups from around the globe both at our own facility, which is a place of natural beauty and welcoming quiet, and at other locations determined by the changing needs of our clientele and of the contemporary church. All of our services help people to find the way of Jesus Christ in our world.
Today women comprise a large percentage of the spiritual directors as well as the retreat participants. Over the past 30 years, female colleagues have collaborated with the Jesuits as full time staff members. Their unique contribution to the spirit and ministry of the center is greatly appreciated.
We welcome Catholic and other ecumenical groups who are looking for a beautiful setting to conduct their own group meetings.

Center for Marianist Spirituality and Communities
1431 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia, PA
(215) 634-4116
Offers a parish retreat aimed at families with young children. Themes for the family retreat are: affirmation, communication, reconciliation, and commitment.

Franciscan Spiritual Center
609 S. Convent Road
Aston, PA 19014
(610) 558-6152
This retreat center partners with a local young adult group to host their Advent and Lent young adult afternoons of reflection. According to a friend of the site, theSisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, who run the center, have excellent relationships with young adults.

Precious Blood Spiritual Center
Columbia, PA
Close to Lancaster, PA

Dominican Retreat House
Elkins Park, PA
Retreats and a hermitage are available on the grounds of the Dominican Retreat House.


Benedictine Pastoral Center
9535 Linton Hall Road
Bristow, VA 20136-1217
The work of the Pastoral Center (BPC) is to help individuals as well as groups who are seeking greater spiritual identity and who want to actively find and nurture a meaningful spiritual aspect within daily life.

The Diocese of Virginia Retreat center at Roslyn
Richmond, VA
A Retreat Center of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia , this center is located on 150 scenic acres in Henrico County, Virginia, two miles west of the City of Richmond on the James River. Roslyn welcomes more than 400 churches and non-profit organizations every year for residential conferences, retreats and seminars, day-only meetings and picnics. Individuals can often find space Monday-Thursday.

Dominican Retreat House
McLean, VA
Dominican Retreat is open to anyone seeking spiritual renewal and prayer. The programs are available to individuals of all ages, faiths, and from all walks of life. Young and old, married and single, Catholics, as well as those of other religious faiths, all attend our programs.
The Retreat House offers a variety of retreat programs designed to nurture the spiritual needs of women and men in today's all too busy world. Through a retreat experience, you can gain a new perspective on God's presence in your life.

Meadowkirk Camp & Retreat Center
38012 Delta Farm Lane
Middleburg, VA 20117
Open year-round to all types of groups - from churches of all denominations to non-profits, schools, and corporations - Meadowkirk provides meeting, sleeping and eating space for overnight and day retreats, meetings, seminars and workshops.
Groups may also want to consider Meadowkirk for picnics, holiday parties, awards ceremonies, family reunions or other special events!

Richmond Hill
Richmond, VA

Shrine Mont
The Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration and a Conference Center for the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
221 Shrine Mont Circle
Orkney Springs, VA 22845
Shrine Mont is a Diocese of Virginia conference and retreat center and home of the diocesan cathedral. Located about 2 hours from the capital beltway, the facility is in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and can accommodate up to 550 people on 1,200 acres. Shrine Mont is open from the beginning of April through early November and serves a diversity of groups from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region including parish retreats/weekends, diocesan camps, numerous conferences and families on vacation.

The Well Retreat Center
Smithfield, VA
Available to individuals and groups, The Well provides programs and available space for groups who desire to meet their own programmatic needs on retreat.

Washington, DC

St. Anselm's Abbey
Do not offer organized retreats for groups - bring your own leader. "Directed retreats" in the Ignatian style can be arranged. Limited availability for women to stay overnight. Call for details.

Episcopal Diocese of Washington Retreat Committee

Washington Retreat House
A Franciscan Sisters of Atonement Retreat House, the WRH, is located on Harewood, across from Catholic University/next to John Paul II Cultural Center, groups would be welcome during the week. No private retreats available.

West Virginia

Friends Wilderness Center
305 Friends Way
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
(304) 728-4820
>On the western side of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Friends Wilderness Center is a 1400 acre wilderness preserve supported by the Quakers. It offers a place to "relax, renew, and recharge" through outdoor activities such as stargazing, hiking, meditation, or campfires. The center includes a tree house, ponds, yurt, accomodations for camping, and cabin.

Good Counsel Friary
493 Tyrone Rd
Morgantown, WV 26508

Peterkin Camp and Conference Center
P.O. Box 853, River Road
Romney, WV 26757
Nestled in a valley near historic Romney, West Virginia, Peterkin Camp and Conference Center boasts 1,400 acres of unsurpassed natural beauty, with clean mountain streams and miles of hiking trails. Peterkin offers a refuge of serenity amid the stress and hectic pace of our everyday lives, a place that encourages us to relax and reconnect with nature by enjoying outdoor activities such as trout fishing, hiking, swimming and tennis. The quiet wooded coves are perfect for quiet times of meditation and relaxation. Taking a ‘time out’ at Peterkin is sure to bring regeneration to body, mind and spirit."

Priestfield Pastoral Center
Kearneysville, WV
Supported by the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling and Charleston, these facilities are available for ecumenical educational, formational , spiritual experiences. Situated on a large wooded property along the Opequon Creek, the overall serenity of the property is complimented with well-maintained walking trails through the woods and along the creek, water gardens, outdoor decks and patios providing many choice places for quiet reflection. Rooms with private baths and hermitages are part of the facilities.

St. Joseph Center
137 Mount St. Joseph Road
Wheeling, WV 26003
A hundred-acre rural setting is the backdrop of Saint Joseph Center. The Center offers a comfortable and homelike atmosphere marked by hospitality, simplicity, and quiet. The Center provides a restful and peace-filled environment for an unstructured retreat.

A web site that may be helpful in finding a broader selection of retreat facilities and programs is: www.findthedivine.com