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Retreat Programs

University Ministry wants to support students of any and all faith backgrounds in their desire to grow with God and with their faith community. Our retreat programs offer a wonderful space for personal faith exploration and growth as well as the opportunity to connect with other students and create lasting friendships and bonds. 

Becoming Balanced Retreat

October 2023

Register Here for the Becoming Balanced Retreat!

Who: All Students
When: Friday Oct. 13 - Saturday Oct. 14
Where: Holley Family Village (1142 DeSales Dr., Brooklyn, Michigan 49230)

What is it?

The Becoming Balanced Retreat is an opportunity to get off campus, make new connections, and learn tools and skills to create balance in your life through: reflection, meditation, art, and yoga. There will be opportunities to reflect with fellow classmates and time for personal reflection. This retreat is focused on personal balance, but many activities will be done as a group. 

Cost: $20 (This can be paid by check or cash to the Ministry Office located in the lower level of the Student Union, across from the University Bookstore)

Questions? Contact: or 313-992-1925

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Busy Persons Retreat

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    Video: What is the Busy Persons Retreat?



    What is a retreat?

    Taking time for yourself-- to rest, to reflect, to pray, to be renewed, to think, for self-care. Often a retreat is held at a different location than you normally occupy, like a retreat house, or a cabin, or quiet place away from distractions. The Busy Persons Retreat, because it's designed for people like you who may not be able to physically get away from your life/work for a few days, is held wherever you are. At your desk, in your car, in your dorm room, in your office, outside, etc.

    How much time will this take?

    The Busy Persons Retreat is five weeks long, and begins the week of February 22nd and finishes the week of March 22nd. Participants are expected to take some time for prayer and reflection several days per week (every day if it's possible, but we encourage you to do it at least 3 days each week.) You will have a spiritual guide/director assigned to you that you will be expected to meet with once per week during the five weeks. This person will help to guide you personally on the retreat. Their primary goal is to get to know you, and to help you in your spiritual walk, deepening your relationship with God.

    What if I've never prayed, or spent much time thinking about God/religion?

    The retreat will meet you wherever you are in your spiritual journey. If you didn't grow up practicing any religion, no problem. If you have disassociated yourself with a religion, but still consider yourself spiritual-- no problem. If you are a devout Catholic, or Muslim, or Jew, and want to go deeper-- no problem. If you have some experience with retreats but not a lot-- no problem. If you are unsure if you believe in God, but are curious as to what this retreat has to offer-- no problem. If you attend church every week and want to ask some questions to a trusted spiritual guide-- no problem. In other words- everyone is welcome, no matter where you are in your journey.

    How can I get more info if have more questions, or if I want to talk to someone more before I sign up?

    Drop by the ministry office, ground level of the Student Union or email a minister:, or call our office (313) 993-1925. We are happy to talk to you more about the Busy Persons Retreat and answer any questions you might have about it.

    Is there a cost for the Busy Persons Retreat?

    No, there is no cost for participants.

    I think I'm ready to sign up. What do I do?

    Click here to sign-up.

    I signed up-- now what?

    You will be contacted by University Ministry with more information, as the retreat draws closer. You will also be assigned a spiritual director/guide and will be given their contact info so you can set up your one-hour sessions. 



    Registration for BPR Fall 2023 is now open! Sign Up Here

*New* Study Retreat

We are offering a new retreat program the strikes the balance of giving students the opportunity to study and find space to breathe and have retreat experiences. 

Spring Retreats TBA