“The house occupies a serene position overlooking the lake, the double verandahs a reminder of its life as a summer residence. Surrounded by tall trees, lilac bushes, and a grand expanse of lawn, it remains slightly removed from the town.”

– Peggy Wright, Cobourg Daily Star

The information on this page explains the types of retreats available at Villa St. Joseph. For specific dates and to register, please visit these links (available under the menu item Retreats in the menu above).

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is a process of journeying with another to assist him/her discern, discover and follow the path that is most life-giving. Experienced directors may be contacted by phone or mail.

Suggested Fee $30.00/hr. – Weekend Retreats with direction $140.00

Retreat Centre Team

  • Linda Gregg, csi
  • Mary Rowell, csi
  • Teresa Ryan, csi
  • Christine Carbotte, csi
  • Nettie Castelyns (nutritional services)

Sabbath Retreats

Come away and embrace the gift of silence in the spiritual journey. The stillness and beauty of nature offer inner harmony and new life. (Spiritual direction available when requested in advance.)

Days of Stillness

A gathering prayer invites you into silence and solitude. This unstructured day offers an opportunity for personal prayer and relaxation.

Times: 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fee: $30.00 per day (lunch, snacks included)

Retreat Day

In-put, guided reflection, personal prayer. (Refreshments and lunch included.)

Directed Retreats

A time to “Be still and know that I am God”. The retreatant participates in a daily rhythm of direction, prayer, reflection, rest in order to discover more deeply the God within.

Personal Retreat Day(s)

A time to spend a day or days in reflection and quiet.

Weekend Retreats

Friday 7:30 p.m. (registration after 7:00 p.m.) and end Sunday after lunch.

What to Bring:

  • Comfortable shoes, warm, casual clothing, personal toilet articles, soap, etc.
  • Bedding and towels are provided.
  • Registration may be made by mail or telephone.

Please Note: Retreats are NOT available during July and August.

Financial Considerations

Although the suggested rates for retreats do not meet our expenses we do not wish lack of financial means to be a deterrent. Please call and negotiate fees, if needed.

An income tax receipt is available for those who wish to make donations of $20.00 beyond the suggested fee.

Gift certificates for Villa St. Joseph Ecology & Spirituality Centre are available on request.


A labyrinth is located on the east field of the Villa overlooking the lake. This ancient symbol reflect our path of life and our journey home to God.


Our Retreat Centre is a smoke-free environment. Also, please avoid perfumes and shaving lotions.

Please Note: Retreats are NOT available during July and August.