Individual Retreats

individual retreat

Private Retreat

A private retreat gives one time and space for finding peace and relaxation, prayer and contemplation. Take time for private prayer, spiritual reading, journaling. 

Directed Retreat

A directed retreat provides quiet space for prayer, as well as the opportunity to meet with a spiritual companion/guide.


*For both of these retreats, you may join the monastic community for prayer and meals. Check out books from our library. Walk our beautiful grounds. Stay in a private room at St Catherine's or St. Cecilia's. These retreats may extend for several days, over a weekend or for a week.

Just Bee Hermitage

individual retreat

The Just Bee Hermitage at Sophia Center offers hospitality to adults of any faith who are seeking quiet time with God. It is situated on the northwest corner of our property. The house is set apart from our other buildings to encourage a time of silence and prayer.

Availability: The hermitage may be reserved for as little time as a day. An ordinary stay is 3 nights. Longer stays are possible based on availability. No check-ins between noon on Sunday and 4:00 p.m. on Monday.

Reservations: All reservations are made through Sophia Center. Inquiries may be sent to or made by calling 913.360.6173.

Accommodations: We offer one single occupancy hermitage with a bedroom, bathroom with shower, and a living area.  A small patio is attached. There is a kitchenette with sink, refrigerator, a small stove, small coffee pot, microwave, toaster, and crockpot. All dishes and utensils, bedding and linens are provided. The bathroom has a blow-dryer. The building is handicapped- friendly with grab bars in the bathroom. Because the purpose of the hermitage is to enjoy complete silence and time away from dstractions, there is no TV, phone or internet service. A phone that can be used for emergencies will be provided for those who wish to leave their smart phones in the sophia office.

Meals: Guests must provide their own food. The noon meal (except Monday) may be taken in silence in the monastery dining room. (Reservations must be made in advance and an extra charge applies.) All food must be taken or disposed of when guests leave.

Prayer: Guests are invited to join the monastic community for liturgy of the hours and daily Eucharist. Our chapels may be used for private prayer.

Amenities: Guests may use our libraries and have access to walking on our grounds. An outdoor Marian grotto and Stations of the Cross may enhance private prayer.

Fees/Deposits/Cancellation fees:  

  • $30.00 for a single day with no noon meal and no overnight  
  • $40.00 for a single day with noon meal and no overnight
  • $60.00 per night with no noon meal
  • $70.00 per night with a noon meal included
  • $65.00 per night for more than 3 nights with a noon meal; $55.00 for more than 3 nights without a noon meal (20% non-refundable deposit on all registrations).
  • Spiritual direction is available by appointment. Extra fee applies.
  • An additional fee may be charged for extra cleanup, removal of left-over food, etc.

Other: The hermitage is part of our smoke-free campus. No firearms, excessive use of alcohol, or use of illegal substances are allowed. NO pets

Contact us to make arrangements:

call: 913.360.6173
or write: 
Sophia Center 
751 South 8th St. 
Atchison, KS 66002