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If you are seeking time away from the busyness and demands of everyday life or if you are wishing for a space that allows your mind, body, and spirit to surrender to God’s presence, we hope you’ll make time to attend a retreat. A common practice in many spiritual traditions, retreats offer us a peaceful environment free of daily distractions so that we might open ourselves to a deeper communion with God…

Saint Barnabas also partners with the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona to offer three transformative retreats every year, each with a different design.

Upcoming Retreats


Saint Barnabas on the Desert Centering Prayer Retreat


MAY 9 – 12, 2019

Redemptorist Renewal Center, Tucson, AZ

Imagine giving yourself the time to just BE

Facilitated by Liza Bell, this silent directed retreat will offer participants the opportunity to explore and develop a greater understanding of the benefits and nuances of the practice of centering prayer. The first day offers an in-depth look at the practice itself, utilizing selected teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating, the Rev. Jim Clark, and James Finley. The remaining time involves the experiential nature of group silence which facilitates a gentle interior silence, opening our hearts to God’s divine therapy. There will be spacious time to rest, read, and regenerate. A labyrinth is available, as well as massage and hiking trails. Three healthy and beautiful meals a day are offered, and the dining room is always open for coffee/tea, water bottle refills, and fresh fruit.

Please note: This retreat is not only for those seeking to experience the benefits of a silent retreat for the first time. It is also for those with a dedicated prayer practice who look to renew, refresh, or strengthen their practice of silence. Recommended reading prior to attending the retreat is Open Mind, Open Heart by Fr. Thomas Keating. To register contact Debbie Moore,  or 508-942-8953

Interior silence is one of the most strengthening and affirming of human experiences. There is nothing more affirming, in fact, than the experience of God’s presence. That revelation says as nothing else can, “You are a good person. I created you and I love you.” Divine love brings us into being in the fullest sense of the word. It heals the negative feelings we have about ourselves.  –Fr. Thomas Keating


November 14-17, 2019
Redemptorist Renewal Center, Tucson, AZ
   Fall Silent Retreat
with Liza Bell

The purpose of this retreat, facilitated by Liza Bell, is to assist participants to enter into a more intimate silence in a nurturing, supportive environment that combines both solitude and community. It is designed for those with some experience of Centering Prayer, or a similar daily practice of silence/meditation. Each day includes three periods of Centering Prayer and walking meditation. Silence is honored throughout each day, giving participants a sacred place to attend to the longings of their hearts and welcome God’s healing presence. In a place for joy and renewal, the retreat includes ample time to walk the labyrinth, explore the beauty of the desert, read, journal, or simply rest.

Spiritual direction and massage are available by appointment.

For more information, contact Debbie Moore at (508) 942-8953 or


Before you attend a retreat you might consider:

  • Having a daily practice of silence for a few months prior to the Fall Silent Retreat is highly recommended but not required.
  • Those who have never had a practice of silence may find the May spring retreat a good starting place.
  • To enhance your experience and understanding of the Centering Prayer process and the language used, we recommend reading Open Mind, Open Heart by Thomas Keating before attending our retreats.
  • Attending a workshop on centering prayer, centering prayer weekly groups, and/or Quiet Days will offer valuable understanding of a practice of silence and its fruits, which would enhance your retreat experience immeasurably.