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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

Please note: The registration process has changed this year. Please scroll down to the Registration section to view.

For more information, or to register, email Debbie Moore  or call (508) 942-8953. 


Saint Barnabas on the Desert Silent Directed Retreat

With Rev. Jim Clark

March 19-22, 2020

Redemptorist Renewal Center, Tucson, AZ

Registration opens January. 23, 2020

Over the course of four days, refresh your soul through three periods of shared silence each day, plus the morning and afternoon group conferences with Rev. Jim on a topic of his choice.

Spiritual direction and massage are available by appointment.


Saint Barnabas on the Desert Centering Prayer Retreat


With Liza bell

May 7-10, 2020

Redemptorist Renewal Center, Tucson, AZ

 Registration opens on March 12, 2020

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, 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. The retreat design is ideal for those who have yet to experience a silent retreat, as well as for those desiring a detailed “refresher’ on their practice of centering prayer. A labyrinth is available, as well as massage and hiking trails. Three healthy and delectable meals a day are included, and the dining room is always open for coffee/tea, water bottle refills, and fresh fruit.

Both single and shared room options are available.

Fall intensive Silent Retreat *

With Liza Bell

Solitude and silence in community.

November 12-15, 2020

Redemptorist Renewal Center, Tucson, AZ

* Previous silent retreat attendance is a prerequisite for registration.

Registration opens Sept. 18, 2020

The fall intensive retreat is designed for those with a well-established daily practice of Centering Prayer, or a similar daily practice of silence/meditation. Each day includes three 1 hour periods of Centering Prayer and walking meditation. Silence is honored throughout each day, including mealtime, giving participants a sacred place to attend to the longings of their hearts and welcome God’s healing presence A time for joy and renewal, the retreat includes ample time to walk the labyrinth, explore the beauty of the desert, read, journal, or simply rest. Note: Unlike our other silent retreats, there will be no evening compline or sharing. The sharing will be a joyful part of our closing ceremonies on Sunday.

Three healthy and delectable meals a day are offered, and the dining room is always open for coffee/tea, water bottle refills, and fresh fruit. Both single and shared room options are available. Spiritual direction and massage are available by appointment.



Before you attend a retreat you might consider:

  • Having a daily practice of silence for a few months prior to the Spring Silent Retreats is highly recommended but not required. (exception: The Fall retreat has this prerequisite).
  • 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 prayercentering 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.





 * Our registration process has changed

How can we make it easier for others to experience our wonderful retreats?

  • Our retreats have become a yearly tradition for many of us and their popularity has grown over time. When registration opens, they are often booked up within days! This has been disappointing to many. We are looking for ways to share retreat experience with those who have yet to attend a silent retreat; while continuing to gratefully serve those who join us faithfully each year. Thank you for helping us to make this possible.
  • Our three-yearly retreats each have their own design and schedule. (details above) The description of each retreat makes it easy for you to find the retreat that best fits your needs and dates that work or you. We suggest you look over the descriptions and dates and make a note when registration opens for that 1st choice retreat. This process may open the opportunity for those who have not yet experienced one of our retreats have a better chance to register.

Registrations will be made available 8 weeks prior to each retreat.

  •  If you hope to attend more than 1 retreat a year, there are options to do so. When registrations are open, you can ask to have your name on a wait list for that 2nd or 3rd choice of retreats.  Four weeks prior to the retreat, registrations will open for ALL.  If space is still available at that time, those on the waiting list will be the first to be offered an opportunity to ‘‘hop aboard’! (There are always cancellations).