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Group/Parish Retreats

Group/Parish retreats are usually conducted from Thursday or Friday afternoon through the Sunday midday meal. Occasionally a group can book a longer retreat. The monastery in Cambridge accommodates 12 retreatants and the monastery at Emery House accommodates 10 retreatants. If you are a group of more than 6, we ask you to bring as many people as the location will hold as we will close this time to other individual retreatants.

In addition to joining the brothers in the house’s regular round of worship, silence, and meals, guests may meet to explore a retreat theme, offered by the brother who is the retreat director. Sometimes the group will decide to be self-led without facilitation by a brother. Time is set apart to encourage prayer, reflection, and recreation. Customarily, all on the retreat will observe silence.

Please note: During group retreats individual spiritual direction is normally not available.

How to request a Group/Parish Retreat:
Out next retreat season runs from September 2018 through July 2019. If you have interest in booking a group retreat within this time frame, we must receive your request before Easter 2018. Please contact the Guesthouse Manager by email at guesthouse@ssje.org or by telephone at (617) 876-3037 extension 10. The guesthouse office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM.

Fees for a Group/Parish Retreat

$135.00 per person per night
$75.00 for students/young adults

There will be one point-of-contact representing the entire group, and this person will be responsible for collecting the individual payments, and paying the total amount for the group to the guesthouse.

Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit equal to 50% of the total group fee.