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Georgetown offers a variety of retreats throughout the academic year.
 
Join a Georgetown tradition that has attracted more than 8,000 students over the past two decades! This overnight experience is designed as an “escape” from the Hilltop. For 27 hours, take the opportunity to meet new people, eat lots of good food, enjoy great music, and take a step back from the pressures of school.

ESCAPE is a non-denominational experience, open to students of all faith backgrounds and those who may not profess any particular faith. We are rooted in the Ignatian tradition of contemplation and care of the whole person, which animates the ESCAPE experience. ESCAPE’s Ignatian spirit invites students to reflect on where they are coming from, what gives meaning to their lives, and where they want to go during their years at Georgetown and beyond.
 
reFRESHMENt
reFRESHMENt is a Catholic retreat for first-year students. This fun weekend will bring you together with other students who want to explore their faith and have a great time while doing it! We understand the transition to college brings with it an invigorating sense of independence and a plethora of new issues and challenges. reFRESHMENt is designed specifically as an opportunity to explore this transition in a dynamic of faith and spirituality. The various forms of meditation, reflection and prayer used are meant to familiarize students with Ignatian spirituality and the Ignatian ideals on which Georgetown is founded, especially that of cura personalis or “care for the whole person.” The retreat is also a fantastic occasion for students to meet new friends and form/strengthen a community bond by collectively navigating the issues surrounding this time of transition. reFRESHMENt helps students find their place among the Georgetown community.
 
Companions’ Dinner happens where the students are – in their dorm rooms and houses, and will be built around their schedule and interests. The host (student) supplies the location, invites his or her friends, picks the time and picks the topic. The retreat team takes care of the rest: provides a great meal, facilitates conversation on the students chosen subject, allows quiet time for reflection and guides the group in a closing prayer.
 
Prayer in Daily Life is a weeklong on-campus individual retreat in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition. All undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, staff and faculty are welcome to participate, regardless of his or her faith tradition or retreat experience. Retreatants commit to a brief period of prayer each day in addition to meeting with a Chaplain or Jesuit for spiritual direction. The retreat opens and closes with a dinner at the Jesuit Residence. This retreat is ideal for individuals seeking prayer and reflection amidst the business of daily life. 

Agape
Agape (ah’-gah-pay) welcomes sophomores, juniors and seniors who have not previously made an Agape retreat at Georgetown. Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the meaning of the greek word agape, the theme of this retreat is love – unconditional, unbounded and freely given to us by God.

We invite you to join us on this weekend retreat and explore yourself and the relationships in your life. You will gift yourself with space to grow, connect, and transform by reflecting on your identity, your relationship with God, the question of love, brokenness, healing and how to live an Agape life.

Since its founding in 1987, Agape has been led by past retreatants. We often hear, “Agape is one of, if not the best experience of my time at Georgetown.” No previous retreat experience necessary. If you are Catholic, Christian, questioning, spiritual but not religious – it’s for YOU.
 
Crossroads is a weekend retreat that uses Ignatian discernment principles to encourage students to reflect on their past, present, and future to make a connection between their talents, their dreams, and the world's greatest needs. Crossroads encourages students to find answers to questions like: Who am I? What am I passionate about? What am I good at? Will what i do make a difference in the world? What resources do I need? Through talks given by students and esteemed faculty and staff, small group activities and time for quiet reflection, Crossroads hopes to provide students with an opportunity to discover their God-given vocation.
 
 The Weekend Ignatian Retreat is a silent retreat based on the Examen, a prayerful reflection tool utilized by the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola. Retreatants are given the opportunity to reflect on God’s presence in their everyday lives through Chaplain reflections, optional spiritual direction, celebration of the Mass and moments for personal prayer and reflection. This retreat, in the Christian and Catholic tradition, is open to Georgetown graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, faculty and staff of all faiths.
 
The Five-Day Ignatian Retreat is a silent directed retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. A silent directed retreat is one in which retreatants maintain a prayerful silence and are accompanied by a spiritual director throughout the retreat. Each day retreatants meet one-on-one with a spiritual director, engage in personal prayer periods and listen to presentations on prayer from the spiritual directors. Additionally, Mass and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation are offered daily. Georgetown offers this retreat over winter and spring break for undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff.
 
Senior Retreat
As Senior Week and graduation approach, Senior Retreat has become a unique and rewarding tradition at Georgetown. On Senior Retreat students are given the space to process the past four years, the memories, the challenges and the changes of moving forward. Reflections are given by seniors and young alums to help provide the basis for group discussions and individual reflection/meditation. Social time and relaxation (like the wine & cheese and bonfire gatherings) are important parts of this retreat. This Catholic retreat is rooted in the universally applicable spirituality of St. Ignatius, making this retreat open to and easily enjoyed by students of any or of no proclaimed faith and by newcomers and veterans alike. The celebration of Mass and the opportunity for Reconciliation is available for all those who are interested.

Protestant Retreats
Protestant students at Georgetown may find ample opportunity for retreats within Campus Ministry. Currently, Protestant Ministry hosts nearby, overnight retreats in the local DC area, Retreating from campus temporarily allows students to refresh and revitalize their spiritual life, while still remaining in community with others. Students are encouraged to take part in the various other retreats offered at Georgetown, including ESCAPE, Agape, reFRESHMENt, Interfaith, Senior retreat, etc.
Please contact protestantministry@georgetown.edu for more information.

Jewish Retreats
Students RAVE about our bi-annual Shabbat retreats!
Leaving campus for a retreat center in the woods breathes new energy into everyone who participates. Retreats offers time for rest, reflection, and reconnection. Over delicious meals, s’mores on an open fire, torah study and hikes in the woods, our retreats build our community and foster strong new friendships. Shabbat retreats give students much-desired opportunities to take time out of their busy schedules to get to know one another, and perhaps themselves, a little better.
 
Muslim Retreats
The Muslim life organizes the following retreats for its students:
Fall and Spring Retreats: These are overnight retreats for those who want a time away from the Hiltop hoping to meet new friends, eat great food grilled by the Imam, and have a quality time to reflect, and grow in their faith. This retreat usually includes campfire, two talks, Qiyamul-lail and time to make friends. This retreat usually includes campfire, two talks, Qiyamul-lail and time to make friends.
 
Thanksgiving Retreat: This retreat is organized during Thanksgiving break by the Graduate MSA in the spirit of putting our faith into action. About 10 students participate in this retreat raising funds for shelters that offer food for the homeless or reconnect with the Non-Muslim neighbors.
 
Two retreats are held during the academic year, one an overnight retreat, the other a day retreat. In the fall, a retreat is held at the Bishop Clagett Center near Frederick, MD about an hour from campus on the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving. The Clagett Center is the retreat center for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and provides a rural setting, giving everyone an opportunity to truly retreat. The retreat is meant to give the attendees a chance to relax and reflect on a rather intense time of the year on campus. We celebrate a Divine Liturgy on Saturday morning, and still have ample time for other activities. During Lent we hold a day long retreat on campus, also with a Divine Liturgy, a fellowship meal and a short excursion to a location of interest to Orthodox. All are welcome to attend our retreats and other activities throughout the year.
 
The HSA retreat is a valuable opportunity for students to escape from busy Georgetown lives and reflect on faith and community. Through an open and inclusive environment, it fosters new friendships while promoting spiritual and personal growth. Please join HSA as we venture into the heart of DC and learn more about our community, our faith, and ourselves! 
 
The Georgetown Buddhist Meditatoin Sangha retreats are a great oppurtunity to for students to re-center themselves, or to learn more about what Buddhism and meditation are about, especially in context of a busy student life at Georgetown. They typically include spending time connecting with nature during multiple outdoor meditation sessions, connecting with our bodies during walking meditation and mindful meals, as well as reflecting on what roles Buddhism and meditation can play in our lives through group discussions. We explore a variety of meditative and spiritual practices during the retreat, and invite participants to share their knowledge and experiences with the group. The retreats are open to all regardless of past meditation experience or religious tradition!
 
An off-campus weekend experience for students to learn about the religious backgrounds and experiences of others through presentations, conversations, and opportunities for reflection.

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