Product# SCRI201023


October 20, 2023 -
October 22, 2023
Arrival time:  4:00pm
Departure time:  1:00pm

A spiritual conversation retreat facilitated by members of the Ignatian Spirituality Centre team. Join us for an exploration of the challenges and gifts of loneliness.


Should your financial situation be an obstacle to booking a retreat or if you are required to pay by cheque, please contact the ISCM at [email protected] or at 438 377-1597 to further discuss how we can help you get the support you need.

Being lonely is a reality that most of us face at one point in our lives. Perhaps you may recognize yourself in one of the following:

  • I was married. I lost my spouse …
  • I belonged to a religious community, and I left …
  • I always consciously or unconsciously sought the ideal soulmate but …
  • I’ve been in relationships, but they never seemed to work …
  • I have made a decision to live life on my own but sometimes I get lonely…


But what if there were a hidden gift in befriending our aloneness? Could being alone, whatever form it may take be a positive and distinctive calling from God and not just a state one falls into because living a partnership has not been possible or even an option?  Can loneliness be transformed into fruitful solitude? What is the difference? Is there a way to make deep sense out of being alone?

Our ‘Place to Belong’ retreats bring together people who are challenged in a similar type of journey. These are silent retreats in which we present four (4) scripture or relevant spiritual texts as a basis for reflection. We conclude each meditation with a voluntary sharing on your experience of the silent directed personal meditation.

Living your aloneness in a Christian context can be a challenge. You may find it difficult to find your place, deep wounds may come to the surface and leave you in a painful space. You may feel a wide range of emotions, such as … loneliness, abandonment, guilt, not belonging, exclusion to name but a few. Your role in community might remain ill-defined, and you may be wondering how to live your aloneness in an authentic way.

This retreat aims to cultivate and strengthen a spirituality that allows you to live a deeply intimate and personal relationship with God. You will explore Ignatian contemplative prayer together and will be able, if you wish, to share in spiritual conversation. Rather than finding a solution to what weighs you down in your loneliness, we will explore together the fruitfulness of solitude.


Once you have clicked on the button indicating you have read and agreed to the Cancellation policy then clicked on the Register button, you will automatically be transferred to our Hotello payment platform. Here you will be able to enter all your billing information and choose a payment method that will allow us to automatically process your deposit and final balance and confirm your retreat reservation.

Once your deposit payment is confirmed by our team, you will receive an email from the ISCM with your receipt and a link to the Prepare for your retreat form. We ask you to please complete this questionnaire for us as soon as possible as it will help us ensure you enjoy a quality retreat at the Villa Saint-Martin and receive appropriate spiritual accompaniment. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ISCM at [email protected] or at 438 377-1597.