Mount Carmel Center is open to anyone with a desire to grow and learn from the rich Carmelite tradition of prayer and contemplation. Come experience the Center through a private retreat or with your own small group. The Center is available Monday through Saturday afternoon. The Center is closed and not open to retreats of any kind on Sundays.
Private retreatants and small groups are welcome at Mount Carmel Center, one of the few retreat facilities in the Diocese of Dallas. Advance notice is required. Individuals may come to spend a few hours or a number of days in private prayer and reflection. We schedule only a few private retreats at a time due to maintain the silence of the monastery. Your retreat does not have to be directed by a friar. We do not pick people up from the airport. Certain days such as Sundays, holidays, and the first Monday of the month are not available for retreats.
For group use, we have simple, rustic accommodations for up to 20. The setting is dormitory style with partitions between each room. A small chapel and a larger contemporary chapel are at hand for group and individual use, and the wooded grounds are spacious. Meal service is available upon request.
Groups may bring in their own retreat masters or arrange with the friars for a directed retreat. If you schedule to have one of the fathers speak at your group retreat, the customary stipend is $100 per hour long conference.
The library, pool, lounge, dining hall and meeting rooms (for 40) are available. Our prayer chapel is an inviting, intimate space. Join in daily Mass at 7am during the week and at 8am during the weekends.
NOTICE: The Center will not be available in 2017 during: April 3-23, or after May 20th until the Chapter meeting closes and new assignments are known.
Individuals: Per person with lunch is $45* a night. Lunch will be provided for you. For breakfast and dinner you are welcome to the pantry and fridge or you may bring some food items with you. A refrigerator and microwave are available for your use.
Groups: $45* per person a night. To add meals for groups is $10 additional per person per meal.
Individuals: Less than 8 hrs with one meal is $25*.
Groups: $25* per person. To add additional meals for groups is $10 additional per person per meal.
What to Bring: Casual clothing, toiletries, a hair dryer, any medications you might need, as well as a hat of you plan to walk outside.
Towels and linens are provided.
In an effort to be more efficient, reduce waste, and stress on limited staff, Mount Carmel Center now requires that groups and individuals reserving our facility send 50% of their total due at least 72 hours in advance of their event. For groups this includes sending your total number of attendees and your retreat schedule. The deposit is non refundable.
Mount Carmel Center reserves the right to cancel your event should this requirement not be met.
Groups arriving on Saturday must arrive no earlier than 9am.
Individual retreatants must arrive during office hours: Monday-Friday between 10am and 4pm.