Group Retreat

About This Event

Time away is important for our spiritual selves. When we take the time to deepen our faith and our relationship with God, we become better people and a stronger congregation.

A silent retreat is purposeful discipline. Groups that have worked with us have provided a teaching at the introduction of the retreat, released the group to spend time on their own, and ended with a time for sharing experiences.

Consider how silence allows for a heightened sense of intimacy with God, helps the mind rest, settles emotions and lets the body relax.

Explore the uses of silence in everyday life. Learning to be more comfortable with silence brings greater spiritual freedom and better quality relationships.

Learning about a spiritual topic and having an opportunity to share personal experiences can be another way to enrich members of our congregations when they are on retreat.

You are welcome to bring someone to facilitate your guided group retreat or ask for assistance from a staff member of The Priory Spirituality Center for an added fee. If you’d like assistance from The Center, it is helpful to have some choices of topics or you may let the facilitator choose the topic.

We cannot guarantee that there is space available for the dates you wish to hold your group retreat.  Please click register now to fill out an inquiry and someone from our office will contact you soon!

My stay at the Spirituality Center was grounding, peaceful, and rejuvenating. The agreement to unplug from technology and dive into a monastic lifestyle led me to be present. The nature trails are divine from the lush trees to the quiet calls of the birds. Sharing a meal with the community was welcoming and nurturing. I greatly enjoyed my time.

Venue Highlights

The Priory Spirituality Center is an ecumenical Christian ministry that encourages people of all faiths to seek and discern the voice of God in their lives and in the world. We are a ministry of St. Placid Priory that reflects the Benedictine values of peace, hospitality, community, learning and prayerful discernment.

We offer a peaceful and contemplative setting for personal reflection. We encourage and challenge people to know the presence of God in their lives through classes, workshops, retreats and individual spiritual direction. Other offerings include a women’s book group and formation programs.


We have ten retreat bedrooms, most of which are equipped with two twin beds. The rooms may be shared if you are coming with a friend or partner, but generally there is just one person per room. Our building is set back among the trees so the rooms stay fairly cool. There is a heater in each room for the colder nights. Each room has a sink, mirror, chair, desk, and small closet area. Towels and linens are provided, but please bring your own toiletries. Bathrooms are shared and showers are available.

Retreatants are welcome to join the Sisters for Mass, Praise, and meals. There is wi-fi available in the Priory Library from 8:30am-8:00pm everyday. The Priory Store is also open on Fridays and Saturdays. Plenty of walking trails wind around the Priory's property and are open to retreatants.

Spiritual Direction is available upon request at an additional charge.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegetarian
  • Meat
  • Gluten Free


Breakfasts are on your own in our Center Kitchen Monday through Saturday. We provide traditional breakfast items such as eggs, milk, bread, cereals, and fruit. You are welcome to bring supplemental food. On Sundays the Priory provides a delicious brunch usually consisting of eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, fruits, and pastries.

Lunch and dinner are provided at the Priory. These meals consist of one or two main dishes and a salad bar. There are often dairy, gluten and soy-free options. If you need to bring supplemental foods or meals, you may keep them in our Center kitchen, cook them there, and eat there or bring it to community meals.

A silent dining area is also available if you prefer to spend your meals in silence.

Coffee and tea is also available around the clock.


Traveling north from Portland, on I-5:
Take Exit 109
Turn left onto Martin Way at end of exit
Stay in the far right lane
Turn right at second light onto
College Street NE
Turn right at St. Placid sign
(second possible right turn)

Traveling south from Seattle, on I-5:
Take Exit 109
Turn right onto Martin Way at end of exit
Stay in the far right lane
Turn right at the light onto
College Street NE
Turn right at St. Placid sign
(second possible right turn)

  Write a review - tell others about your experience.

  • Linda Lysne   July 19, 2019

      Peaceful haven

    I have been on silent retreats here before, but was blessed this time to be able to take my daughter on our own private retreat. The first full day, I believe we both slept most of the day! We needed that!! The place provides just what I need to rejuvenate my soul and get more solid on my faith walk - every time! It is so very peaceful there, clean and neat, and the people very friendly, but at the same time, providing the space you need. I love the nature setting and trails for walking. Hope to come back, time and again! <3

  • Stuart Scadron-Wattles   June 09, 2019

      As it is, so is it

    The material was as advertised and the leadership (although overly male), was impressive in both experience and humility. The retreat began in a mode that relied too much on power point style presentation, given the level of experience of the participants. It took a few hours of this before it was opened up into more of a shared discussion with a leader at the front. I think I would have benefited more, had there been small group breakouts with more discussion and exchange of experience. Given that it was billed as an intro to CP, it makes sense that this was not planned. It could, however, have been provided for as an optional direction for the leadership to take.

  • Bill Lindekugel   May 31, 2019

      Introduction to 11th Step Silent Centering Prayer

    It was very helpful to have a room full of people, from a variety of addiction backgrounds, who use the 12 Steps. I have never had anyone in AA able to talk about the 11th Step using the Centering Prayer method. It was especially helpful to have two 12 Steppers, with years of experience, to share how they have used CP to deepen 12 Step Spirituality. Finally, I was able to get some language and ways of talking about CP to my fellow 12 Steppers. Sitting in Silence, Bill Lindekugel

  • Pauline Erera   May 30, 2019

      interesting ideas

    The retreat / workshop at the Priory Spirituality Center was a lovely experience. The topic and the presenters were interesting and the locations was magnificent. From my perspective, there was one problem:more than half of the retreat addressed meditation 101, assuming none of us meditates. Only a small part of the retreat focused on the Centering Prayer. I suggest that in the future you be clear about that and that you devote the morning to meditation 101, and invite experienced meditators to join in the afternoon for the Centering Prayer. Thank you! Pauline

  • Tony   May 23, 2019

      Retreat Experience

    I appreciated the initial warm welcome of Janice, sharing Mass and morning/evening meditation. I was fortunate to have Total privacy during my stay. My Spiritual direction sessions with Sr. Monica helped framed my visit; I appreciated how she gave me space to draw my own revelations and conclusions. I have special memories with a few nuns I had meals with. I am Grateful I came.

  • Maria Slizys   May 16, 2019

      Priory Art Show

    This was my third time at St. Placid for an extended retreat stay. All times I have spent there have been restful, regenerating and wonderful! The Spirituality Center Staff attended to comfort and logistics in the most gracious way. I look forward to my next experience soon!

  • Gail Shurgot   April 17, 2019

      Beauty, silence, big trees

    St. Placid Priory near Olympia, Washington, is located in a large quiet setting of fir trees and native plants. The monastery houses a community of Benedictine nuns along with its Spirituality Center for retreat guests. The Priory has a beautiful chapel and a good library and dining hall which are also available to the guests. The Spirituality Center has comfortable, private rooms and several areas for meetings or for individual prayer.

  • Robert Alan Rife   April 08, 2019

      "A human being, fully alive."

    The best part of a deepening spirituality is just how "normal" it is. We may come expecting divine fireworks. Instead, we get light ocean breezes rustling old trees who have heard it all before. We get the fun and energetic conversations at tables and the promise of more of the same. In the words of Iraeneus, "the glory of God is a human being fully alive." St. Placid helps me become just that! Many thanks, as always...Robert Rife

  • Michele McCall   April 05, 2019

      Silent Centering Prayer Retreat

    This was my first extended Centering Prayer Retreat. I truly went without any agenda, just wanting to sit in God’s presence silently as much as possible. The time felt deep, peaceful, and I know God met me there. The weather was amazing and allowed time for silent reflection outside. Even eating in silence with other people was a pleasant experience! I undoubtedly will attend another-like retreat sometime in the future if at all possible.

  • Suzanne Johnson   February 03, 2019

      Vocation Retreat

    The quiet, the kindly conversations, the fresh food, the natural beauty, the generous and hearty laughter, the gracious fun, and the meaningful fellowship, each add to the sense of a need to return again, soon. The veil is thin in this place, the distance between heaven and earth seems nearly transparent. The lived expression of fidelity to Christ's Way of Love seems evident in interactions between visitors and those who invite them. Gracious reminders of His Life, His Love, and His Resurrection radiate in the people of this place.

  • Hillary B. Kimsey   December 01, 2018

      A lovely place for quiet reflection

    I very much enjoyed my private retreat at St. Placid's Priory. I went for one night, arriving around noon the first day and leaving around 8am the next morning. The sisters and the staff received me with hospitality and explained everything I might need to know about services, meals, and available resources. I very much look forward to going again.

  • Laura Tenisci   November 27, 2018

      Soul Nourishment

    For this personal retreat, I combined a weekend of quiet time at the Priory Spirituality Center with a day workshop on Soul Collage by Pamela Bradburn. Though there was already a retreat happening at the Spirituality Center, but a room was available. It was perfect, AND quiet. The retreat group were also very kind and welcoming to a stranger in their midst. There was a hostess on site for the weekend to help with questions and needs. I attended Mass at the Priory that evening and then joined the Sisters for dinner. Bonus! At the end of the evening prayer service, Camille the postulant became Camille the novice! There is a profound sense of peace, warm hospitality and caring at St. Placid's. The bookstore and area near the front desk are full of treasures waiting to be discovered. I didn't get a chance to walk the woods this time as I forgot my sneakers, but they (nature, woods, and trails) too are a welcome invitation to deepen the spiritual journey. Check out their website for program offerings. Benedictine spirituality rocks!

  • Mary Helmer Grant   November 15, 2018

      Peaceful place to regroup

    I spent 4 days with my sister at St. Placid Priory. We met there to share some time together in a beautiful, spiritual place. We walked the trails through the surrounding woods, ate dinner with the nuns and attended a few of their services. The nuns were warm and embracing, and very open minded, truly interested in talking with us and sharing stories. However, if you choose not to partake in any of the dining or service activities, that is an option also. The rooms were small, but comfortable with the bathroom down the hall. They provided all the basic necessities. I would highly recommend a visit to the priory if you are looking for a peaceful, safe, friendly place to be.

  • Kat Duck   November 11, 2018

      Cinema Divina

    This retreat was excellent in several ways. First, participants were able to employ the stages of lectio divina in a new and very meaningful way; second, the short films were beautifully done; and last, the experience of sharing with others was enlightening and helpful. The retreat leader was knowledgable and talented both as a film maker and as a lectio divina guide.

  • Terry Murray   November 07, 2018

      Clergy Retreat

    Thanks so much for holding the container for time in personal reflection, prayer and connection with other clergy. It's a blessing to me.

  • Robert Alan Rife   October 10, 2018

      Sister Act...

    My most recent incursion into the peaceable, but lively existence of the dear folks at St. Placid Priory was, as ever, transformative. I haven't a great deal to say here since I wrote more extensively about a previous experience on my blog ( I say simply this. I am uncertain how the Desert Mothers and Fathers might react to the reality of my weight gain at a spiritual retreat center, but I think they'd offer me leash when I tell them it came at the cost of deeper, less visible interior growth! I love this place. I think it's coming to love me too. Come for the food. Stay for the peace! Robert

  • Melody Adams-Forsstrom   October 10, 2018


    Nice area. Accommodations sufficient. Location access hard for Friday traffic.

  • Rebecca DeShaw   October 07, 2018

      Lovely grounds. Peaceful surroundings

    We held our Fall retreat at The Priory for Daughters of the King. The folks are helpful and the grounds and other facilities are lovely. There was a minor issue of what a volunteer knew regarding my Canine Companions for Independence puppy being present and the acceptance by the people I talked to when making the arrangements. My time would have been calmer if they had been in sync.

  • Darcy Cline   September 04, 2018

      A Wonderful Experience!

    I attended the Iconography Workshop at St. Placid Priory with Fr. Damien from the Monks of Mt. Tabor Monastery in August 2018. This workshop was wonderful. It provided me with an opportunity to reflect and meditate on the process of painting holy icons for worship. I left feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and excited about my faith and a future in the Catholic experience. This positive experience in art and religion is not for everyone. It is about the process of our faith and creating art that is given over to a higher power. I am already looking forward to next year's workshop. 5 stars for this experinece!

  • carol gabbert   September 04, 2018

      Iconography Workshop

    St. Placid Priory is far and above, one of the most welcoming places I have ever visited. The Sisters, the volunteers, and the staff responded to my every question, concern and need, both in preparing for my visit and during my stay, with an attitude of gracious hospitality. This was my first experience with Icon writing and I cannot recommend Fr. Damien Higgens more highly! Wonderful, wonderful week, I look forward to returning!

  • Judy Delong-Rittman   August 17, 2018

      A warm, welcoming oasis of peace and quiet.

    I love everything about The Priory. The sisters and staff are so welcoming. The absolute only thing I'd change is this cheesy platform. All of the 'canned' emails I've received since you started the on line registration process detract from what I know you really are. It is so not you. Is there any other vendor you could use? You are all about being personable and the emails though computer generated with my name are clearly not written by anything but a template pre programmed....except of course when I go directly to your website and leave a personal email....then I get a lovely, warm response.

  • Angela Ensminger   August 14, 2018

      Private Retreat

    I have been coming here for years and once again, it was a relaxing and restorative time for me. The rooms are just enough to keep my mind and heart focused without being distracting. They supply towels and all bedding. There are private walking trails with plenty of benches and nooks to spend private time in prayer and comtemplation. You can attend prayer and Mass with the sisters or use the chapel on your own. Breakfast foods are available in the retreat center and lunch and dinner are supplied in the main building. There is a basic selection of food but it is all wonderful. You won't go hungry. Lots of books and art supplies are available if you need those.

  • Jennifer Garrison Brownell   July 17, 2018


    This retreat was so inspiring and God was so present. Beautiful hospitality, delicious food, comfortable bed, and lovely setting. I was especially grateful for permission to rest!

  • Sidney Barthell   June 30, 2018

      Silent Retreat

    My weekend at St Placid Priory was so restful! It was my first visit to the Priory and I enjoyed the people and the woods. Mass on Sunday was a special treat.

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