Retreats

Check out Campus Ministry on Engage to learn about upcoming retreat opportunities.

Beginnings First Year Retreat Experiences

First year students are invited to encounter other members of their class as they embark on a journey of self-exploration during quick, day-long experiences at locations like the Louisville Zoo, Speed Art Museum, and Bernheim Forest.

Crossroads Senior Retreat

Join members of your graduating class as we relax, reflect on your years at BU, and renew friendships with others from your class. Senior retreat is typically scheduled in the spring semester.

Virtual/Self-Guided Retreats

Campus Ministry has developed multiple spiritual engagement opportunities that can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, in a “choose your own adventure” style. Click here to access virtual/self-guided retreat opportunities. Our current retreats include:

  • Encounter Interfaith Retreat: Learn more about different faith traditions, discover where faith practices are at work in our daily lives, and take part in some prayer and meditation methods from various traditions.
  • Creative Spirit Retreat: Learn about spiritual and meditative practices that center around the arts and humanities. Activities focus on several artistic disciplines, including creative writing, visual art, music, and even architecture.
  • Racial Justice Retreat: Learn and reflect on the intersections of faith and racial justice from Christian, interfaith, and secular perspectives.

Camping Retreats

Held semesterly or annually, this overnight retreat invites all to reconnect with the beauty of creation and develop a care for our common home. Contact Fr. John or Campus Ministry for information about this year’s camping retreats and how you can get involved.

Gethsemani Retreat

The Gethsemani Retreat is a self-guided day-long retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Bardstown, KY. Typically held in October, the retreat gives retreatants a day for relaxation and an opportunity to focus on what it is that helps them deepen their faith. Activities and reflections on Thomas Merton’s life and writings are also provided.

Most of the faith-based groups sponsor day-long or weekend retreats with other members of their faith traditions. Contact the Office of Campus Ministry for referrals.