Private Wellness Retreat in USA USA

Come away and rest awhile. The Franciscan Renewal Center offers a respite away from a busy world where prayer and contemplation are the only agenda of the day. In a serene, 25-acre setting, nestled between Mummy and Camelback mountains in greater Phoenix’s most scenic spot, all are welcome there to discover spiritual growth, healing, and transformation.


  • Daily Eucharist
  • Beautiful and serene surroundings
  • Plenty of time for rest, renewal, and prayer
  • Access to the pool and desert walking paths
  • Fresh and scrumptious meals daily
  • 4 nights’ accommodation


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The Franciscan Renewal Center offers beautifully appointed guest rooms designed without phones or televisions in order to maximize time for quiet, peaceful reflection, and renewal. They offer 70 double-occupancy rooms, eight single-occupancy rooms, and four handicap-accessible rooms, first floor or second floor. All rooms feature private, en-suite baths.

The center has a pool, palm or mountain views, private bath, linens and towels, and individually controlled air-conditioner or heater. They also have a hair dryer or iron available upon request and a complimentary messaging service. The rooms for guests with special needs vary by request and availability.

Franciscan Renewal Center Arizona Retreat Program

Give yourself sacred time in a place of serenity to allow everyday stresses to drift away. A private retreat provides an opportunity to get away from the hectic daily life to seek solitude for rest, renewal, and prayer. There is no set schedule. It is up to you to use this time for prayer, rest, or whatever is needed to rest and renew. Choosing to include a spiritual direction session with your private time can enrich the experience.

Spiritual direction is available upon request during your private retreat to provide you with a path to follow while you are there. The spiritual directors include lay men and women, priests, and religious with experience and training in different styles of direction.

What happens in spiritual direction?

Spiritual direction is really not about being “directed.” Rather, it is very much about being encouraged to draw closer to God through conversation, listening, and prayer. You will talk about what is on your mind.

What is the role of a spiritual director?

A spiritual director or companion is one who is present to the directee through deep listening and personal support. This creates a safe environment where you can openly and prayerfully explore where God’s spirit is leading.

It is encouraged to arrange spiritual direction at least two weeks before your stay. The fee ranges from 45 USD to 65 USD per visit.


This retreat will take place at Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Nearby places

  • Biltmore Fashion Park - 12 minutes
  • Camelback Mountain - 5 minutes
  • Piestewa Peak - 10 minutes
  • McCormick Ranch Golf Club - 8 minutes
  • Old Town Art Walk - 10 minutes
  • Old Town Scottsdale - 10 minutes
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square - 10 minutes
  • Scottsdale Stadium, Spring Training (San Francisco Giants) - 12 minutes
  • Talking Stick Fields, Spring Training (Arizona Diamondbacks) - 10 minutes


Nourishment for wow, that is what Franciscan Renewal Center is aiming for the retreatants. Their executive chef and staff have outstanding training and extensive professional experience. Scrumptious, made-from-scratch meals are sure to keep guests alert, energized, and focused during your meeting or conference. Meals are served in buffet style, depending on the chef’s choice. Beverages are also included.

Other meal times and locations on campus may be arranged, and special dietary requirements can be accommodated by prior arrangement. An additional charge of 1 USD per person is added for groups requesting a vegetarian option be added to the buffet. Please let them know if anyone in your group has any food allergies.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

The campus has some places you might want to go. These will help you nourish your soul and enliven your mind.

  • Blessed sacrament chapel
  • Church
  • Desert walk
  • Gift and book shop
  • Healing garden
  • Jacuzzi
  • Labyrinth
  • Meditation chapel
  • Outdoor barbecue
  • Pool
  • Ramadas

What's included

  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Access to all facilities
  • All meals

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Spiritual direction
  • Transportation

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). Service to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is available with SuperShuttle. Contact SuperShuttle at least 24 hours in advance of your departure to make your reservations. Advance reservations are not required for arrival into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, as curbside representatives are present at all times.

Return reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Please contact SuperShuttle at least 24 hours prior to your departure time. You will be advised by the SuperShuttle representative of the suggested pick-up time from the Franciscan Renewal Center to help ensure you reach the airport on time. Private sedan service is also available through Execucar.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
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