Retreats

Seattle University Campus Ministry has a variety of retreat offerings for students' diverse interests and backgrounds. From retreats for students of particular faith backgrounds to retreats focusing on specific interest areas, we hope you are able to find a retreat that meets your needs among our offerings. Many of our retreats depend on student leadership. If you are interested in serving as a leader on a particular retreat, please see our Retreat Leadership page.

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New Student Retreat

New Student Retreat is an exciting opportunity midway through your first quarter at SU to get away from campus, to meet new people, and to mix reflection with fun, all in the beautiful setting of Camp Indianola across the Puget Sound. You can expect to hear talks from fellow SU students, to spend time in personal reflection, and to build community through small group sharing. You’ll be invited to reflect on themes like community, discernment, spirituality, and love for self and others. Plus, between opportunities for bonfires, hikes, games, and free time, there’ll be no shortage of fun!

You can choose to attend New Student Retreat during the weekend of November 3-5 or November 10-12. Click here for more information and to register.

Contact Anna Robertson with any questions.

Students gathered into a hug on the waterfront on New Student Retreat.

 

Search Retreat

Registration for Winter Search 2018 is open now! Visit our registration page on ConnectSU to complete your registration by February 4, 2018.

The Search Retreat is an ideal retreat for sophomores and juniors (though first-years and seniors are welcome to attend) focused on self-discovery in the context of community. The retreat’s themes of love, community, and spirituality are propelled by narratives shared by students throughout the weekend. Search comes from Christian roots but embraces the experiences and perspectives of students of all faith and non-faith backgrounds as it seeks to promote a broad understanding of spirituality. The weekend is a unique opportunity for you to better understand where you are in your life, to develop closer relationships with people across the SU community, and to deepen your own journey of self-exploration.

This year, Search will be offered during the weekends of February 23-25 and May 11-13. In order to ensure you are notified when registration opens, click the respective link for the weekend that interests you and RSVP on ConnectSU.

Contact Anna Robertson with any questions.

A student reads their journal during Search.

 

Agape Retreat

The Agape Retreat is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to get away together and have those real conversations. It is designed to help students pay attention to the movement of the Spirit in order to discern choices and actions. Inspired by Ignatian Spirituality, the retreat talks and activities are developed and offered by your peers. The retreat is a nice balance of rest and play, as well as meaningful small group conversation and personal reflection  – all in a beautiful northwest wooded setting. Students of all faith traditions and perspectives are welcome.

This year, Agape is scheduled for May 4-6 at Camp Burton on Vashon Island. The registration fee is $45. Applications will be available in early March.

Contact Marilyn Nash with any questions.

A stone with a heart inscribed on it sits amidst other stones and pebbles.

 

Ignatian Silent Retreats

Ignatian Silent Retreats are based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, these retreats are accessible to students of all traditions. Including thematic talks, daily liturgy, quiet time for prayer and rest, and sessions with your own director, these retreats are an opportunity to more deeply discover God’s profound love and great desires in your life. The Ignatian Silent Retreats are located in beautiful, waterfront settings and offer private rooms that invite you to deeper beauty and contemplation.

The Ignatian Silent Retreats are three days long and are offered twice per academic year, one the very beginning of Winter Break in December and one over Martin Luther King weekend in January. Applications will be available on Campus Ministry’s ConnectSU portal early in Fall Quarter and applicants may be asked to have a brief interview with the retreat director in advance. Attendance will be confirmed after a full application and $25 initial deposit are received. 

Contact Erin Beary Andersen with any questions.

A stained glass representation of St. Ignatius

 

Catholic Students’ Retreat

The Catholic Students’ Retreat is an opportunity for all current SU students who identify as Catholic to get away from campus, to build community with one another, and to explore their faith. The retreat will be held at beautiful Camp Burton on Vashon Island and will include opportunities for reflection, sharing, laughter, mass on the beach, and relaxation in a supportive community of peers.

This year’s Catholic Students’ Retreat will take place the weekend of February 16-18. We will leave campus after Friday classes and return Sunday afternoon. Registration will be available as the retreat date approaches.

Contact JoAnn Lopez with any questions.

A group of students reflect next to the water on a retreat.

 

Interfaith Retreat

The Interfaith Retreat is a weekend away to connect with others from different faith backgrounds, share in the rich diversity of our traditions and experiences, and have a lot of fun along the way. All are welcome to participate in this student-led weekend.

The 2017-2018 retreat has not yet been scheduled. Stay tuned for detailed registration information.

Contact Victoria Carr-Ware with any questions.

 

Christian Students’ Retreat

The Christian Students’ Retreat is an opportunity for all current SU students who identify as Christian to get away from campus; to build community with one another; and to explore their faith. The retreat will be held at beautiful Camp Burton on Vashon Island and will include opportunities for reflection, sharing, laughter, mass on the beach, and relaxation in a supportive community of peers.

The 2017-2018 retreat has not yet been scheduled. Stay tuned for detailed registration information.

Contact Rev. Victoria Carr-Ware with any questions.

A group of students sit together and reflect during a retreat.

 

Outdoor Retreat

Outdoor Retreat is a collaborative retreat offered with University Recreation’s Outdoor Program. Set on stunning Orcas Island in the Puget Sound, Outdoor Retreat offers participants the opportunity to reflect on their relationship to the rest of nature during a time when our web of life faces increasing and complex threats.

Outdoor Retreat will be offered the weekend of April 6-8. RSVP on ConnectSU to ensure that you are notified when registration opens.

Contact Anna Robertson with any questions.

Students hike during a retreat.

 

Women’s Retreat

Women’s Retreat is an opportunity for students who identify as women to get away from campus, to build community with one another, and to explore the intersection of their experiences as women in the world and their spirituality. Women’s Retreat is open to students of all faith backgrounds, as well as students who do not claim a faith identity. The theme of Women’s Retreat changes from year to year.

This year, Campus Ministry is co-sponsoring a Womxn of Color Student Retreat with the Gender Justice Center. The Revolutionary Love Womxn of Color Student Retreat is an exciting opportunity to get away from campus and connect with other womxn of color through story-telling and culture-sharing! The theme for the retreat is revolutionary love and topics of exploration include self-care, healing and growth, and empowerment.

The Womxn of Color Student Retreat will be offered the weekend of April 13-15Register today on ConnectSU.

Contact Victoria Carr-Ware with any questions.

Four students pose for a photo on Women's Retreat.