Weekend Retreats

- For Men

- For Women

- For Couples

- For Members of the

12 Step Programs

Individually Directed Retreats

Monday to Friday

by arrangement

Ongoing Spiritual


Theme Retreats In The Jesuit Tradition


Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre in Pickering
2325 Liverpool Road
Pickering, Ontario L1X 1V4
Tel: (905) 839-2864
Fax: (905) 839-7289


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)


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Where is Manresa?

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Who leads the weekend retreats?

Invited Directors with experience in the Ignatian tradition, assisted by trained counsellors.

Does it include liturgies?

Manresa offers retreatants a time for personal reflection and growth. There are four input sessions focusing on a faith theme for personal meditation. Individual one-on-one consultations if desired, reconciliation service and Eucharistic celebration. Please plan to arrive on Friday evening between 7:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.. The first conference is at 8:30 P.M.. The retreat closes with lunch at 12:30 P.M. on Sunday.

Is it Ignatian?

Manresa offers three kinds of spiritual renewal programs, all in the Ignatian tradition of desiring, seeking and finding God in the reality of our daily lives.

What is the setting like?

Manresa sits on 21 beautiful acres of land featuring open fields, cultivated gardens and forest areas that foster reflection and renewal. There are three outdoor walking meditations: The Way of the Cross, Rosary Lane and the Manresa Labyrinth. The facilities include large and small conference rooms; a dining room that seats 80; 66 individual bedrooms (75 beds); a bookstore; a chapel and meditation areas.

Will there be an opportunity to talk with a counselor?

Each weekend members of Manresa staff are available for consultation. Retreatants who wish to take advantage of the opportunity are invited to reserve a 30 minute slot for themselves. If additional time is required it is usually possible to meet such a request, either during the retreat or later by appointment.

Is Manresa ecumenical in outreach?

Yes! many non-catholic spiritual groups book the facility or participate in weekend retreats.

Is silence observed throughout the weekend?

Retreatants in great numbers affirm each year that the single most important part of their retreat is the silence, the serene and peaceful atmosphere at Manresa. The stillness provides an opportunity for retreatants to get in touch with their true self, to reflect on what is happening in their life, to renew their spirit.

For Ignatian Retreats: Silence begins Friday evening and lasts until the closing lunch Sunday on weekend retreats.

For 12 step retreats, silence is observed Saturday from 10:00 a.m. till lunch, Saturday afternoon from 3:30 p.m. till dinner, and Sunday from 10:00 till lunch -- approximately six hours total.

What is the suggested offering?

Retreatants are invited to consider that the basic cost to Manresa for a weekend is $220. Those who can are invited to make a larger donation which will help those who are unable to meet the basic cost. The basic offering for spiritual direction ranges between $30.00 and $40.00 per session.

Is the weekend geared to meet my needs here and now?

Each weekend has a theme which has practical applications. Often the best personal application will occur to a retreatant in the SILENT periods after a presentation.

How do I pass through the front gate?

Upon arrival, drive up to the gate and wait for it to open.

What is the availability for groups interested in coming to Manresa?

Weekdays/overnights are available for conference/workshops. For more information contact the office at 905-839-2864; Extension 110 between 8:30 am and 4:30  pm Monday to Friday.

What about intimacy with God!?

That's what spiritual renewal is all about! It's time out from the anxieties of daily living! It's a graced period in our faith history where we reflect on what is important in our lives! It's a time above all to develop our relationship with a God who loves us very much just as we are! It's a time for spiritual growth!

What is the 12 step renewal?

The 12 step renewal is for members of AA and other groups that use the 12 Step Program. The theme of the input sessions concentrates on the spirituality of the 12 Steps. The retreat begins Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. and closes with lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

What is an individually directed retreat?

An individually directed retreat offers a different approach to prayer. Retreatants meet individually with a director once daily. There is a Eucharistic Celebration daily and private time for prayer and reflection. Reservations for these retreats are possible Monday to Friday depending on the availability of directors at any given time.

What are days of recollection?

Manresa offers a day of recollection for individuals and groups. These days are designed to offer an opportunity for reflection and renewal, to strengthen and deepen one's personal experience of faith and prayer. Please contact the office at 905-839-2864 ext. 110 between 8:30 am and 4:30  pm Monday to Friday.

What is the smoking policy?

Manresa is now a smoke free facility. One room, separate from the main building is a designated smoking area. Smoking is also permitted outdoors.


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