Almost Heaven Retreat

“You called me from the sleep of nothingness merely because in your tremendous love you want to make good and beautiful beings…You have given me breath and light and movement and walked with me every moment of my existence…Create in me the faithfulness that moves you, and I will trust you and yearn for you all my days.” – Joseph Tetlow, SJ

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Is God inviting you to a deeper relationship at this moment in your life? Are you discerning an important decision in your life or a deepening and renewal of a choice already made?

In 2021 WVIS will offer our Almost Heaven Retreats between April 16th and August 13th. These retreats are 3-day, 5-day, or 8-day silent directed retreats. That means that if you choose to do a 3-day retreat, you will have a day of arrival/preparation, three full days of retreat, and a leaving day. This means your 3-day retreat will be four nights.

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What to expect

Your director will provide you with a schedule for each day of your retreat that includes prayer time (with scriptures assigned), exercise, rest, mealtime, and two 30-minute direction sessions each day. Your director will spend time on your first evening of retreat listening to better understand your current relationship with God, what graces you hope for on the retreat, and why you felt called to make this retreat at this time. They will walk you through a typical time of prayer which includes four scripture passages each day and different ways you might enter into them.

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Choose your location

When considering making your Almost Heaven Retreat, you have a variety of options. For those fully vaccinated, you can choose to come to WVIS and stay at the Retreat House. In addition to the Retreat House, you have the option of staying in the Hermitage (private with individual bath) or if you would prefer, you can also experience your retreat from the comfort of your own home via Zoom. For those coming to WVIS, you can be assured that Covid protocols are in place to protect both our retreatants and the members of the retreat house.

If you would like to come to WVIS, reservations are taken on a first-come basis. Please DOWNLOAD the application, select the dates you’d like to attend submit your request as indicated on the application. We look forward to seeing you.

Questions: If you have a question about WVIS’ Almost Heaven Retreats, please call 304.345.0926 or email

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