Private Retreats

Two locations for private retreats are available through St. Scholastica Monastery.  During private retreats, guests are welcome to participate in the prayer life of the sisters, receive spiritual direction, and use the resources of our print and media libraries.

Retreat Center

The Retreat Center offers the opportunity for guests to walk through 66 acres of partially wooded grounds, to walk the labyrinth, meditate on the seven sorrows of Mary or at the different statues, altars, and gazebos along the walking paths.  An extensive library of religious books is available in the Chapter room; a periodical, audio, and video library is located on the second floor of the monastery.  An indoor swimming pool, open during the warmer months, is open to guests. Individual spiritual direction is available; we have six spiritual directors on staff.

Guests are welcome to pray the Liturgy of the Hours with the sisters at morning, noon, and evening, to attend daily Mass, to spend time in Adoration preceding noon praise, and to join the sisters in the Rosary at mid-afternoon.

It is requested that reservations be made at least one week in advance by calling the Center at (479) 783-1135.  Fees for room and board are $60 per day.  Spiritual direction is available at $40 a session.

Hesychia House of Prayer

Hesychia House of Prayer is located in New Blaine, Arkansas, about ten miles east of Subiaco on Highway 22. It is in a rural area amid pastures of grazing cattle, surrounded by mountain ranges of exquisite beauty. The quiet and the natural beauty create a peaceful atmosphere conducive to prayer. Each guest has a fully-equipped hermitage for his/her use, including cooking and refrigeration facilities, a full bath, air conditioning and electric heating in addition to a wood-burning stove. Linens are provided. No pets are allowed.

Retreatants prepare their own breakfast and lunch in their hermitages and provide their own food. Short-term guests, i.e. those staying up to one week, are invited to share the evening meal with the core community, or if they choose, they may prepare that meal for themselves in the hermitage also, in which case, they will need to provide that food as well. All guests, if they wish, may join the sisters for community prayer which consists of Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. 

The suggested donation for the hermitages is $50/night for the first week; $35/night thereafter; and $20 for a day only. However, if someone is unable to pay the requested amount, a lesser amount for short-term guests can be arranged, as we do not want anyone wishing to spend time with God here to stay away because of lack of money. If you are interested in making a reservation or want additional information, please contact the House of Prayer directly at [email protected] or call (479) 938-7375.

The staff at St. Scholastica Retreat Center and Hesychia House of Prayer will pick up guests at the airport. Because of distance, the sisters are unable to pick retreatants up at Fort Smith Regional Airport.

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