Welcome to Dominican Retreat

A Ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace

Dominican Retreat Is Closing

Last Retreat in August 2015

After careful study and considerable struggle, the Board of Directors of the Dominican Retreat, with the leadership team of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, made a decision to close the retreat house. The retreats that are currently scheduled will be held up to August, 2015, when they will end.

We celebrate the legacy of the Dominican Sisters who have served here over 53 years and are grateful to all the staff, the Dominican Associates, promoters, benefactors, volunteers and friends who made this ministry possible.

Information about upcoming retreats can be found here.

More on the Closing Closure FAQs

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

with Fr. Michael Hann, CICM

Registration 5:45 p.m.
Dinner 6:15 p.m.
Talk by Fr. Hann: “Living God’s Love For Us In Marriage
Renewal of Vows


Welcome to Dominican Retreat!

We are located in McLean, Virginia and some have described the house as “one of McLean’s hidden treasures.” Rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition, we also welcome those of other faiths or those still searching for one.

Whether you are planning your first retreat with us, or one of many, we hope that your experience at Dominican Retreat will be all that you want it to be. Retreat is a time to listen to the voice of God within and around you. It is a time to nourish and strengthen your relationship with God. We have prepared the house so that the environment here will enhance and support your faith journey.

More than 2,000 people come here each year for spiritual growth and renewal. Since 1962, we have been responding to the community we serve and we continue to expand our programs to accommodate a broad range of spiritual needs. Browse our calendar and individual retreat listings to find the retreat that appeals to you. We pray that the peace you experience here will sustain your spirit long after you leave Dominican Retreat.

In addition to our retreat offerings, we welcome groups that bring their own retreat program and organizations that use the facility for staff and business meetings.

Thank you for visiting – we hope to see you soon!

Experience Peace


We offer weekend retreats for women and men.


List of Retreats

Other Programs

We also offer day and evening programs.
Day and Evening Events

Find Solitude

This is my first weekend and I already know I will be coming back. The quiet gave me the solitude that I needed to step away from the world and its demands. I felt safe and cared for by the ‘family’ that has been created here. I loved the peace of the chapel and time for reflection. Retreatant

I came to escape a lonely place and found an infinite amount of love, hope, and peace.  Thank you God for leading me to you through Dominican Retreat. Retreatant

I feel privileged to be part of a ministry that transforms lives and brings peace, forgiveness, healing, courage, strength, and hope amid the chaos and violence of our times.

Sr. Agnes

Ministry Program Director

dove w. olive 2014 House Theme Peace, the Promised Gift – Accepted and Shared

As we prayerfully discerned a possible theme for 2014, we reflected on our world of chaos, confusion, violence and war and the stresses of people’s daily lives. We chose Peace as the gift given but also, accepted and shared.Peace is not a destination, it is a journey taken one step at a time.

Retreat can be a time to come away and de-clutter, to re-visit the gift of God, (and more importantly, the God of the gift!), allowing God’s Peace to speak in our hearts and teach us how to claim it for ourselves, and to move toward implementing its practice in our lives. For it is only in ACCEPTING, and USING this treasured gift of Peace that it will become part of our daily action and interaction.

Download the current version of the Dominican Retreat newsletter, The Flame.

Winter 2014-15

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