Alabama Retreat Centers

Benedictine Spirituality and Conference Center of Sacred Heart Monastery
P.O. Box 488
Cullman, AL 35056
(205) 734-8302

The Benedictine Spirituality and Conference Center is a ministry of Sacred Heart Monastery. The Center responds to the needs of the local church and all the people of God by providing space and services for a variety of retreats and diocesan programs. It also develops and implements special programs in prayer, spirituality, and human development, all of which encourage people to deepen their relationship with  God. The Center is a channel through which the Monastic Community shares with the people of God its particular charism which includes praying the Liturgy of the House, celebrating the Eucharistic Liturgy in a Monastic setting, and witnessing the value of community living. Individual and group retreats are available including an emphasis on the Christian practice of Centering Prayer, Yoga, 12 step programs, Holy Land Scripture Seminar and Study tour. Ecumenical groups welcome. Dorms can accommodate over 65 people. 200 acres with original gardens. Buffet-style meals. Rates vary depending on group size and length of stay. 

Hawkwind Earth Renewal Cooperative
P.O. Box 11
Valley Head, AL 35989
(256) 635-6304  fax (256) 629-9848

With a Native American focus Hawkwind offers a teacher center, ceremonial ground, meeting rooms for rent.  It is run by Reverand John Tarwater (craftsman, drum maker, ceremonial leader of Lakota/Scottish heritage) and Reverand Charla Hermann.  Some of the focus is on rite-of-passage ceremonies, bodywork, massage, spiritual counseling and healing, drumming and dancing.  60 acres of campgrounds with a 77-acre estate with Trading Post, barter co-op, artists’ co-op, Moon Lodge, organic garden, food co-op, tepee circle with fire pits.  Guests contribute to potluck meals.  Some events require 90 day advance registration.  Daycare available. 

Mystic Journey Retreat Center
P.O. Box 1021
Guntersville, AL 35976
(205) 582-5745

Mystic Journey was established in 1989 and offers beginning and advanced meditators a small, self-contained wooded setting for private and sustained solitary sitting meditation practice of five to thirty day periods. The retreat center and the spiritual guidance offered is grounded in the schools of Soto and Shingen Zen Buddhism, though the center is non-sectarian
accepting applications from meditators of various spiritual traditions.  

Visitation Monastery
2300 Spring Hill Ave.
Mobile, AL 36607
(334) 473-2321

The Visitation Monastery is an historic brick building originally founded in 1832 by Bishop Michael the first bishop of Mobile.  The monastery went through a series of several restorations between 1985 and late 1991.  Retreat programs presently exist for both men and women.  Individual retreats are available, though most retreats focus on weekends including marriage encounters
through the Catholic Engaged Encounter, and separate men’s and women’s retreats. Silent retreats are also available for 2 – 8 days. 
Accommodations include 42 single rooms with shared bathroom facilities, buffet style dining.