Individual retreatants are welcome to spend time in one of our four comfortable hermitages. Hermitages may be reserved for a few days or for an extended stay subject to availability. Retreatants are welcome to join the Norbertine Community for chanted Morning and Evening Prayer and contemplative Eucharist in the Church of Santa Maria de la Vid (Our Lady of the Vine). Also available for retreatants is The Norbertine Library, the desert Chapel of the Baptist (open 24/7), and a meditative walking path on our 70-acre site.

The Desert Chapel of the Baptist is always open.

Who comes to the Abbey for retreat time?

All kinds of people find their way to the Abbey.  Over the years, we have welcomed:

  • caregivers who need time and space to rest and be renewed;
  • individuals who are in transition in their lives and discerning the next step in their journeys;
  • people who do not know what they are looking for but know they need more silence and space to discover what they are seeking;
  • religious women and men, lay and ordained ministers, rabbis, people in healing professions, educators, writers and others who need time away from their very busy lives of service;
  • persons who feel something is missing—or are experiencing emptiness—and want to explore ways to live a more creative and fulfilling life.

Reservations and Information

To check on the availability of hermitages or to learn more about the Norbertine Hermitage Retreat, please contact us at the Abbey.

Phone: 505-873-4399

Norbertine Community of NM

Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey

5825 Coors Blvd. SW

Albuquerque, NM 87121-6700

Hermits without Permits

Personal Retreats at the Norbertine Spirituality Center

What might I do on my retreat?

The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!  Here are a few options:

  • discover a book or CD in the library to guide your journey. . .
  • meet with a spiritual director to explore how the Holy One might be inviting you to grow…
  • walk a meditative path—enjoying the beauty of creation —or experience the outdoor Way of the Cross . . .

  • join the Norbertine Community for Morning and/or Evening Prayer and Eucharist, if you like.  (We have no expectations!  We pray for all who come here on retreat whether we meet them or not.)
  • spend time in the chapel, church or great outdoors in reflective stillness & solitude. . .
  • grow in mindfulness of the pace and content of your life—how quickly you move from place to place, what you eat, how much rest you get, etc. . .
  • catch up with your soul!

Thank you for making it possible for me to come on retreat.  It did me a great deal of good to remain mostly in my hermitage, pray the hours, read, walk, eat simply, think a few unfragmented thoughts, listen to the birds and the wind, observe the tiny creatures and the clouds, smell the lilacs . . . to be quiet and awake to the Presence.”

Bethany Guest House and the Hermitages


Bethany Guest House and the Hermitages

What spiritual practices might enrich my retreat experience?

  • allowing the Holy One to lead you into the desert and speak to your heart . . .
  • being attentive to your breathing, and the wisdom of your body . . .
  • listening for the voice of Love/ God in whatever form it comes . . .
  • delighting in a surprise or nature, a poem or scripture passage, a stranger’s comment or a dream . . .
  • relaxing!  There’s absolutely nothing you have to “accomplish” while you are on retreat here . . . 
  • enjoying a slower and simpler way of being than you are used to . . .
  • trusting your own experience, following your intuition . . .
  • experimenting with new ways of praying or conversing with God …
  • embracing the Grace available to you in each and every moment!

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We do not provide meals but each hermitage has a kitchenette where retreatants can prepare the food they bring with them. The kitchenette includes a microwave oven, toaster oven, coffee maker, two-burner electric stovetop, small refrigerator, sink, plates, cups, cooking utensils, etc.

“Anima una et cor unum in Deum.”