Retreats at the Franciscan Institute

Tropical Retreats

Get away to relax, reflect and renew on a Tropical Retreat, held at the Franciscan Institute, a picturesque setting on the beautiful island of St. Lucia. A Tropical Retreat is a wonderful way to combine rest, relaxation & adventure with spiritual renewal.

We offer a variety of retreats to singles, couples and families to help them get away to a peaceful, serene location and spend time rejuvenating and reconnecting. A weekend retreat begins on Friday at 7pm and ends Sunday noon with lunch. A one-day retreat begins at 9am and ends at 3pm.

Also see our Sabbaticals offerings and Spirituality, Healthy & Wellness activities:

Choose from one of our many Tropical Retreat offerings, or create a custom retreat.
Meditative Holiday: Discover a slower way of life–step outside the frantic everyday routine; reclaim your life by nourishing your mind, body & spirit. Be greeted every morning by the most breathtaking sunrise. The environment will naturally make you meditate and arouse in you your own inner quiet and peace. This retreat is self designed, if you so wish, you can have a spiritual companion to walk with you during your time of replenishing. Arranged at your convenience.
Chill Out Adventure Retreat: Adventure is here! In this retreat, you can choose an adventure every day, fishing, cycling, hiking, swimming or walking. Discover St. Lucia’s beaches, waterfalls, rain forest and lush countryside. Year-round except 2nd week in August.
Winter Break Retreat: as you bask in the Caribbean Sun, nurture and recognize again your own inner warmth. Rediscover your divine spark. Rest, read, & participate in this directed retreat. November-February.
Caribbean 3Rs Self-Care Retreat: Being on retreat doesn’t have to mean you want activities every day. Sometimes you just want your own space to Relax, Reflect and Rest. Arranged at your convenience.
Personal Holiday Retreat: Are you stuck or stagnant? This retreat is for you! Immerse yourself in a 7-day reawakening of your inner spirit, your passion, your creativity and your desire to live the life you have always dreamed about and still want. This retreat includes six nights accommodations at the Franciscan Institute, healthy meals, and daily meetings with a Therapist or Spiritual Director. Complete with guided imagery and guided meditation. Last 7 days of May, June & July – call to register by the 1st of the month you wish to attend.
Tropical Sabbatical: Unwind & release winter stress. For singles, couples, men only, retirees and those experiencing any type of transition. November-March.
Missionary Sanctuary: We offer a bed-and-breakfast arrangement while you care for others. Arranged at your convenience. Learn more about our Missionary Program here
Family Retreats: Family Retreats offer a unique experience that allows parents and children to come together, reflect on family and spiritual values and spend time playing, deepening relationships and growing in faith.
Family Healing Retreat: This retreat is an opportunity to put the past behind you; to embrace forgiveness and start building authentic relationships with your self, spouse and children. What to expect: for a weekend or a week, your family will pray together, sing together and join in family-centered activities, such as role play or skits, to empower communication, facilitate forgiveness and nurture commitment.
Directed Retreats: A Directed Retreat is a silent retreat given on a one-to-one basis, planned with and for you. It includes a daily meeting with your spiritual director to reflect on your retreat experience and what is happening in your prayer; to receive guidance in ways to proceed and help in prayer and discernment. Scripture is the chief source of prayer (other sources also may be used). The needs of the individual are foremost. Each directed retreat is personally scheduled.
Silent Retreats: In this silent weekend, we will prayerfully look at how to be more fully present to the way that the Eucharist is the Center of our lives. We will ponder how we receive life from the Eucharist, so that we can be Eucharist for others.
Couples Retreats: for those preparing for marriage.
Post-Confirmation Retreats: for those who have been recently confirmed.
Scheduled Retreats: Specific retreats for couples, grief and loss support, youth, peace training, life events and more.


BA, AA, United & West Jet fly to Hewanorra Airport, Vieux Fort, 5 mins. away from the Franciscan Institute. Liat, AA and Caribbean Airlines fly to George Charles airport, Castries. Wireless-enabled & air-conditioned rooms available.




View our Retreats Brochure as a PDF Here:

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View our Grief & Loss Retreats Flyer here as a PDF:

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August 13-20, 2017: Re-Creation Sabbatical: A holistic weeklong experience for those seeking a break to reflect, relax and renew mind, body and spirit – VIEW PDF HERE



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