Virtual Retreats

Virtual Retreats

Experience an Ignatian-style retreat from the comfort of your own home!

We are pleased to offer our Ignatian Spiritual Exercises in an on-line format.  While unconventional, we whole-heartedly believe that a virtual retreat is better than no retreat at all. With that said, we want to make this process as simple as possible for you. 

Stay tuned for possible virtual retreats to be scheduled.

Please note: All times are Eastern US Time.

Day 1 Evening

  • 7:00 PM Introductory Talk
  • 8:00 Meditation 

Day 2 All Day

  • 9:00 Morning Offering & Meditation 
  • 10:30 Conference
  • 11:15 Mass 
  • Lunch/Rest
  • 2:15 Stations of the Cross
  • 3:30 Meditation 
  • 5:00 Meditation
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 7:00 Conference
  • 8:15 Meditation 

Day 3 Morning

  • Morning Offering on your own
  • 9:00 Meditation 
  • 10:00 Mass

Minimum Contribution: $75
for Spiritual Exercises Weekend Retreats

Minimum Contribution: $225
for Spiritual Exercises Week-Long Retreats


In addition to registering for this event, you can donate in three ways:  

  • Venmo to @OLBinDC
  • Credit card on our donation page
  • Check addressed and mailed to :
    Our Lady of Bethesda
    attn: President
    7007 Bradley Blvd
    Bethesda, MD 20817

Tips for finding silence. Virtual Prayer Corner

  • Create a spot in your home where you can be away from any other activity. Here are some ideas for Creating a Prayer Corner in your home.
  • Discuss with other family members your desire to spend this quiet time in prayer. If appropriate, invite them to join you on this journey. 
  • Plan your mealtimes to allow you to continue your prayer time. Make something ahead of time, or make the task of preparing the meal a prayer itself. 

Technical preparations

  • If you don't have ZOOM installed on your computer, download the app and try to familiarize yourself with the controls.
  • Watch the Pre-Retreat Technical Orientation Video.


Virtual Retreat Etiquette and Suggestions for Success

Watching a retreat from home is a new experience for many of us. Here are some suggestions, requests and reminders to help us all stay focused: 

  • Troubleshoot your ZOOM connection early
    Make sure you have the most recent ZOOM download.  Even if you are a pro at video conferencing, it never hurts to double-check your settings and make sure your audio and camera are correctly configured. 

    If you are new to ZOOM, please familiarize yourself with the controls and options of your version. We have prepared a short “Tech Orientation Video” to help walk you through some common problems; please take the time to review this video. After all of this, if you still have questions or concerns, please contact the Tech Manager assigned to your retreat. 


  • Please keep your camera on during the retreat
    Your camera will be turned on upon entering the ZOOM meeting room. It is helpful to our priests and other speakers for everyone’s video to remain on during each talk. Presenting a talk to an empty room can be difficult for anyone, even our priests! They have requested that your camera remain on because having the ability to see your responses and body language while they are preaching encourages them as they strive to be instruments of the Holy Spirit. Of course, if you prefer the privacy, you may turn your camera off.


  • Eliminate distractions from your computer to help you focus on the retreat
    Notifications from messaging applications, ringtones, and applications running on your desktop can be distracting to you, which can make your speaker feel disrespected and undervalued. Mitigating these distractions helps keep you focused on the content.


  • Remember: we can see you
    As mentioned above, we are asking everyone to leave their cameras on. To avoid becoming a distraction for the speaker and other participants, please try to attend the retreat from a quiet area that has minimal background noise and movement. 


  • Maintaining common courtesies
    Though this may seem obvious, video conferencing is just like an in-person interaction, therefore it is important to use the same courtesy you would use if you were in the same room. This includes being on time, paying attention to the speaker, minimizing multitasking and background noises, and refraining from interrupting.