Calendar of Events

Contact: To register for any retreats or to find out more information, contact Avila Retreat Center


(Event details change…please check back frequently to see updates!)



Retreat Exploring St. Francis’ Canticle of the Creatures 

Franciscan Retreat (open to anyone interested in knowing more about St. Francis) 

Overnight Retreat Fri Oct 6, 7 pm through Sun Oct 8, 11 am or commute each day 

Theme “Exploring the Canticle of the Creatures” Talks: (1) St. Francis and the Creatures, (2) Writing the Canticle and (3) Praying with the Canticle and Creation

Cost: $170 includes 2 nights lodging and 4 meals. Check in 7 pm Friday. Check out 11 am Sunday. To register call Avila at (919) 477-1285 or email Please inform us of any dietary restrictions.

Presenter: Joanita Nellenbach, OFS, a professed Secular Franciscan since 1998.

She is a member and former minister of St. Francis of the Hills Fraternity in Hendersonville, NC. Since February, 2010 she has served as spiritual assistant to a Franciscan fraternity in Blairsville, GA. and is a member of the spiritual assistant teaching team for Brothers and Sisters of St. Francis Secular Franciscan Order Southeast Region, USA. Joanita is also editor of Communio, the region’s quarterly newsletter.

Costs: A $30 non-refundable registration deposit required by Sept. 22 to confirm overnight reservation. Send check to Avila Retreat Center, 7111 Mason Rd., Durham, NC 27712. Commuters need to register by Sept. 22 as well. Pay $90 for attending the entire program, $50 for Saturday only, and $25 for Sunday only)


EDGEBROOK: Life, Loss, & Healing Workshop

 Thurs Oct 26, 3 pm through Sun Oct 29, 11 am

We have all lost someone or something. In addition to the death of loved ones, we may lose health, relationships, pets, jobs, homes and even our childhood. This ecumenical workshop is an opportunity to explore the losses in our lives in a safe, confidential and accepting setting. This is not a weekend for quiet reflection, but rather an opportunity to experience the intensity of our feelings and learn safe ways to express them.   For many, it is the first step in recovering from old, deep seated wounds, as well as from current traumas and loss. Underlying this process is a belief in unconditional love and acceptance. For more information about this retreat please visit or contact Mike Yow (336) 392-8017 or email: 


Serenity Retreat for All in Recovery

Fri Jan 5,2018 7 pm through Sun Jan 7, 2018 11 am

The serenity retreat is open to men and women. The 12 steps assist us in improving our spiritual health – seeking through prayer, meditation, and fellowship.

Presenter: Retreat Master, Suzi Donohue, is a retired Chemical Dependency Counselor from the Seattle area who raised her family in the Cary NC area. She has been a member in good standing of a 12 step Fellowship for the last 30 years. She currently works at a local Women’s Shelter and the Women’s Correctional Facility in Raleigh.

Donation $160 ($30 non-refundable registration deposit required by Dec. 23 to confirm reservation. Send check to Avila Retreat Center, 7111 Mason Rd., Durham, NC 27712. Call 919-477-1285 to register)



Fri Jan 12,2018 7 pm through Sun Jan 14, 2018 11 am

Three things we don’t get enough of! Welcome YOUR New Year by giving yourself a weekend to consciously immerse in all three: Art, Spirituality and Rest. Have you felt the Spirit’s presence while engaged in creating art? While at rest? Does peace sneak up and surprise you? Has your spirit been moved while doodling, staring out a window, being in a group of like-minded souls? This weekend allows the time and space to experience all these.  

No art experience is required for this guided and exploratory retreat! All art materials provided.

Presenter: Claudia Fulshaw – a Durham graphic designer, entrepreneur, artist and art retreat/workshop facilitator. Please contact Claudia at or 919-306-2919 for more information and registration.

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