Manresa: A Retreat in the Ignatian Tradition

Five students standing among the trees at the Contemplative Center in the fall

Manresa Registration

What to Bring

For comfort: A sleeping bag and pillow -OR- sheets, blanket, and pillow; you can rent sleeping bags for $9.00 through Outdoor Ed.

For cleanliness: A towel, soap, shampoo, a change of clothes, and whatever else you need to get ready.

For unpredictable weather: Durable shoes, socks, and a sweatshirt or jacket.

For fun: A good book, cards, frisbees, games, or your journal for free time (unless you want to romp outside, hang out by the fire, or take a nap).

For reflection: A journal if you like to use one.

For hydration: A reusable water bottle or mug for coffee/tea.

For everyone’s listening pleasure: guitars or other musical instruments if you play any!

Manresa: A Retreat in the Ignatian Tradition

Manresa is a small town in Spain where St. Ignatius spent ten months of his life spending hours in prayer and working at a hospice. While there, he began to notice which thoughts and feelings were leading him towards greater love of God and service to others, and which were distractions to his spiritual growth.

Inspired by this part of St. Ignatius’ story, Manresa is a Catholic weekend retreat designed to help undergraduates discern their feelings, thoughts, and desires and to learn and/or deepen habits of prayer.

As with all of our Catholic retreats, all are welcome no matter where you may be on your own spiritual journey. St. Ignatius’ story applies to everyone! No prior retreat experience is necessary.

Who: First Years, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

When: TBD

For the weekend retreat, we will depart by bus from Healy Gates at 4pm on Friday and we will return by bus to Georgetown by 3pm on Sunday.

Where: Georgetown’s beautiful Calcagnini Contemplative Center located on 55 acres in Bluemont, VA overlooking the picturesque Shenandoah Valley.

Cost: $80.00

Financial assistance is available upon request. Please contact Michelle Siemietkowski at to find out more.

Frequently Asked Question:

Do I have to be Catholic to come on this retreat?  

While this is a Catholic retreat, you don’t have to be Catholic to join. The community environment on all our retreats is always welcoming, reverent, loving and fun! So no matter where you are on your own faith journey, you are always welcome. We will offer opportunities for bonding with friends, reflection, conversations with chaplains, the sacrament of reconciliation, and Mass.