Programs & Retreats

Event Details

Land Retreat-A New Series
Location: Mother Madelaine Room
Category: Weekend Opportunities
Date: Friday August 10, 2018 through Saturday August 11, 2018
Cost: $75.00 per session
Minimum Deposit: $0.00


7:00 p.m. Friday, August 10, 2018 through
3:00 p.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018


 with Barbara O’Donnell, HM and Frank Romeo


The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be in awe with the diversity of trees. Walk the
nature trails and listen to the voices of creation.
Be still and experience Divine Presence. Share
personal stories of favorite trees. Discuss the
devastation, the destruction of forests, and
consider new ways to participate in forest

The Villa Land Retreat began in 1999 and evolves into a new format in 2018. Five weekend opportunities are offered in a contemplative spirit as we explore specific Villa acreage based on the theme of the day presented by Frank Romeo and Sister Barbara O’Donnell. Time for personal prayer, walks, ritual, and creativity are included. Although shorter in time, the heart of the retreat calls us to celebrate God’s gift of creation and to reflect on our relationship with Earth - locally and globally.
All are welcome to participate in one or all of the sessions.

Frank RomeoFrank Romeo is Director of Land Management Emeritus at Villa Maria. He serves as a Director of the Lawrence County Conservation District and is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture and the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association. Frank offers presentations and classes related to spirituality and organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, Farm-Based Environmental Education and other land topics.



Sr. BarbaraSr. Barbara is an educator with youth and adults who offers presentations, workshops, retreats, and rituals integrating spirituality and ecological sustainability. She serves as an Ambassador for the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change. Sister Barbara holds an MA in Religious Education and an MA in Earth Literacy.                                                                                                          



If you would like to register for this or any of our programs, there are several easy ways to do so.
You may:
• click the "Register" link located at the bottom of this page
• call 724-964-8886 to speak with a member of our friendly staff
• complete and mail the printable registration form along with your payment to:
     Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center
     2067 Evergreen Road
     P.O. Box 424
     Villa Maria, PA 16155

 Refund Policy

Registration due by July 31,2018

(Includes: Retreat, Lodging, and Meals from
Light Supper on Friday to Lunch on Saturday); $60.00 for Second Night, Supper and Breakfast

For more information
Phone: 724-964-8886
March 2019