Manresa Retreat

Step back from your busy life to think about how your major and future career fit in with who you really are. It is an opportunity to have real conversations with other students about finding and pursuing passions, relax and discover meaning and purpose in your life.

Manresa by the Sea Retreat

Spring 2023 Retreat

Friday, February 10–Saturday February 11, 2023

Sisters of St. Joseph House
85 Maolis Road, Nahant, MA 01908

Open to Woods College undergraduate students only. Space is limited to 15 students.

Registration is now open!

  • Overnight bag with toiletries
  • Participants are expected to arrive on Friday any time after 6 p.m. and depart on Saturday after 6 p.m.


  • 6:00 p.m: Arrive, tour, drop bags
  • 7:00 p.m.: Dinner
  • 8-8:30 p.m.: How do you show up? Examen
  • 9:00 p.m.: Downtime, Ice breakers, board games
  • 11:00 p.m.: Bedtime


  • 8–9:00 a.m.: Breakfast available - self-service
  • 9–10:00 a.m.: Gather, Discernment discussion What’s my purpose ..what are my gifts/talents…share with generosity?
  • Quiet time to self reflect
  • 10:15-11:00 a.m.: Large Group Share
  • 11:15-12:15/12:30 p.m.: Walkabout
  • 12:15/12:30–1:00 p.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00/1:15 p.m.–2:00 p.m.: Boston College is rooted in a worldview that calls us to learn, search for truth, and to live in service to others. What do these values mean to you?
  • 2–3:00 p.m.: Emmaus Walk Reflection—we are part of a community called BC
  • 3-3:45 p.m.: Large group sharing
  • 4:00 p.m.: Mass
  • 5:00 p.m.: Dinner
  • 6:00 p.m.: DEPART

The retreat is free for Woods undergraduate students. 

Memories of the Manresa Retreat Fall 2022

Friday, October 28– 29, 2022 | Sisters of St. Joseph House, Nahant, MA