Avila Retreat Center

Avila Retreat Center
Durham, North Carolina


Avila Retreat Center, sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, is a nonprofit, religious, ecumenical center providing a unique retreat environment.

In God we live and move and have our being.

Avila Retreat Center offers a variety of retreats including: couples retreats, preached retreats, conference retreats, spiritual retreats, engaged couples retreats, guided retreats, directed retreats, individual retreats, weekend retreats, personal retreats, religious retreats, special program retreats, group retreats, private retreats, and hosted retreats.

Every retreat includes our “southern hospitality,” home-cooked meals, competent staff, and many amenities to make your stay rewarding and successful.

Groups, couples, and individuals of all denominations seeking a peaceful and reflective setting are welcome.

Our retreat center provides a quiet, reflective environment most suitable for parish meetings, workshops, business seminars, and renewal programs.

The day I awakened,
I saw all things
in God and God in all things (Mechtild)

About Avila

Avila Retreat Center exists to provide a relished experience, centuries old, of withdrawing to a quiet place to gain new insights into life and living. Retreats and programs for personal and group enrichment are provided to deepen your awareness of God through scripture, prayer, reflection, and spiritual companionship.

We welcome and respect all persons and groups of goodwill, differing backgrounds and religious traditions who seek peace, joy, and healing.

Reconnect with yourself
Reconnect with a friend
Reconnect with God

Discover Avila for yourself!  Avila offers a unique retreat environment for groups, couples and individuals seeking a peaceful and reflective setting.  The kind of retreat you are searching for depends on your own personal journey through life.  At times we feel a need for solitude and the chance to be alone. At other times, discussion and reflection with a group would be more suitable. Sometimes a day or a weekend is all the time needed for retreating.  Again, others may need a week or more!

Bring your group to Avila Retreat Center!  Looking for a quiet setting for parish meetings, workshops, business seminars or renewal programs?  You will find the reflective environment of a retreat center is most suitable for adult education and organizational development work.  Convenient and productive – midweek dates and evening programs are available.

When have you gifted yourself / your group to some time away from your everyday concerns to relax and care for your soul? A gift to yourself/your group at Avila Retreat Center will include:

  • Acres of unique, quiet space affording you the peace and quiet you seek
  • Long meditation trail, paths, labyrinth for reflecting walks and unique outdoor beauty
  • Gazebos, hammocks, and comfortable rooms with patios
  • Physical rest, time to enrich your faith and personal growth
  • Time to discover the presence of God in and around you
  • An opportunity to walk on holy ground
  • Delicious home-style meals served in our dining rooms

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