26900 78th Ave NW, PO Box 1002, Stanwood WA 98292  |  360-629-3737












4700 SW Dash Point Road
Federal Way, Washington 98023



Phone: (206) 274-3130
Fax: (206) 382-3482
Email: palisades@seattlearch.org       



From North or South on I-5

  • Take exit 143.
  • Go west on 320th Street past “The Commons” Mall.
  • Stay on 320th until it ends.
  • Take a Right onto 47th Ave SW toward Dash Point Road (WA State 509).
  • At the stop sign, turn Left and then take the first Right into the drive for the Retreat Center.

From the East on Highway 18

  • Take Highway 18 to Federal Way.
  • Highway 18 will become Campus Way and then 336th SW.
  • Turn Right onto Hoyt Road. Hoyt Road becomes 47th SW.
  • Continue on 47th Ave SW toward Dash Point Road (WA State 509).
  • At the stop sign, turn Left and then take the first Right into the drive for the Retreat Center.




The Retreat Center at The Palisades









“Betrothed: A Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage”

A Retreat for Engaged Couples

Led by: Dr. Sarah Bartel, Nathan Bartel

August 3 - 5


$365 per Couple, or $182.50 per Person

Note: This retreat fulfills the diocesan marriage preparation requirement and offers a rich integration of catechesis and theology.

The joy of marriage is the joy of the Church. “Betrothed” invites couples to prepare for a joyful, lifelong marriage. Blending hands-on learning of practical life skills with excellent catechesis and insights from St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, this marriage-prep retreat is designed to impact on the quality of a couples’ communication, conflict resolution, and shared sense of mission.

Dr. Sarah Smith Bartel is an award-winning writer and a dynamic speaker. She earned a doctorate in moral theology and ethics from The Catholic University of America, specializing in marriage, family, sexual ethics, and bioethics. Her column “Your Marriage Matters” appears in Northwest Catholic Magazine. She serves as a marriage and family life consultant for the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Nathan Bartel holds a B.A. in English from Gonzaga University and M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America. With a background in personal finance and technology, he currently works for Amazon. Together with Sarah, he has mentored engaged couples and presented at marriage enrichment retreats. Nathan and Sarah raise their four daughters in Sumner, WA.




“Five Ways to Tune Your Interior and Spiritual Life”

Sponsored by the Lay Carmelites of WA & BC

Led by: Br. James Lindsay, OCD

October 5 - 7


Private Room:
$122.50/night (meals included) - $245 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$102.50/night (meals included) - $205 Total

We must always keep growing in the spiritual life. This retreat presents five ways to grow spiritually, thereby becoming better human beings through a greater participation in the life of God.

Brother James Lindsay, O.C.D., is a member of the retreat team at El Carmelo, the Carmelite Retreat House in Redlands, California. He formerly served as the Director of the Carmelite Institute of Spirituality in Stanwood, Washington. Prior to entering the Carmelite Order he was an attorney. He has served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Brazil. He has a Masters Degree in theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary.

Father Bob Camuso is a senior priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle.  Before retiring from full-time ministry in 2013, he served as pastor at St. Luke Parish in Shoreline, St. Thomas More Parish in Lynnwood and St. Anne Parish in Seattle.  Bob holds a Master of Divinity degree from The Catholic University of America at Washington, D.C.  He is co-founder of SacraMentors, a spirituality program for adult Catholics and was the host for five years of the radio program, Conversations with Father Bob, which was aired on nine radio stations in the United States and Canada.  Prior to being ordained a priest, he worked in the advertising business at Ogilvy & Mather in New York City and was a partner at the Asher & Camuso advertising agency in Seattle.


“Becoming an Ordinary Martyr”

Young Adult Retreat

Led by: Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg

October 12 - 14


$99.50 per Person

Note: This retreat is for young adults ages 18-30.

Come and experience our very own Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg teach on how to translate spiritual ideals into practical realities. Learn how to increase your ability to recognize and respond to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit speaking to you just as the Holy Spirit inspired Bl. Stanley Rother. This retreat will immerse you deeply into the life and faith of this “ordinary martyr” to inspire you in your own Christian discipleship.

In September 2017, Pope Francis beatified Fr. Stanley Rother as a martyr. This was a historical moment for the Church in the United States since Fr. Rother is the first US-born priest to ever be beatified and also the first US-born person to be officially recognized as a martyr. What is most surprising, and encouraging, about Fr. Rother’s life and death is that he was an ordinary person in so many ways. His life and example gives us hope in our daily pursuit of holiness.

Most Reverend Daniel H. Mueggenborg was born in Okarche, Oklahoma on April 15, 1962, and was formerly a priest of the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Oklahoma State University in 1984, studied pre-theology at St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana and earned degrees in theology and biblical theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Ordained a priest July 14, 1989, in Tulsa, at Holy Family Cathedral, he served as pastor of three parishes in Tulsa, held several diocesan leadership positions and was a faculty member of the Pontifical North American College in Rome.

He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Seattle by Pope Francis on April 6, 2017, and was ordained by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain on May 31, 2017.


“Pre-Cana: Retiro Pre-Matrimonial de Parejas”

Retiro de Encierro en Español

Led by: Alvaro y Ana De La Cerda, Erika y Mario Gutierrez

October 19 - 21


$365 por pareja, o $182.50 por persona

“Un encuentro de novios con Dios como su centro”

El objetivo es formar parejas saludables con una vida sacramental, para lograr mejores matrimonios y familias y una sociedad educada en valores cristianos. Utilizando catequesis de st. Juan pablo ii ‘la teologia del cuerpo, este retiro pre-matrimonial es disenado a impactar la calidad de comunicación, resolucion de conflictos, administracion del hogar, amor y sexualidad, y compartir un sentido de mision.

Una pareja simple y dedicada a la evangelización de parejas. Alvaro y Ana tienen 31 anos de casados, tienen 3 hijos y dos nietos. Son participantes activos en la Parroquia de St. Stephen’s the Martyr sirviendo como Ministros Extraordinarios de la Eucaristía, y también sirven en la Parroquia de San Antonio como coordinadores del equipo de preparación matrimonial.   Alvaro provee las pláticas de preparación bautismal, al igual que da pláticas del significado de la Misa entre otros temas. Ambos viven en la ciudad de Kent.

Mario y Erika Gutierrez son una pareja comprometida a la formacion y enriqueciemiento de matrimonios. Han dedicado casi 15 anos a la Preparacion Matrimonial con un enfoque a la Planificacion Natural Familiar. Tienen 4 hermosos hijos y participan en diferentes ministerios de la Parroquia de San Antonio entre ellos Catequesis y Preparacion pre-Bautismal.




“'Be Still and Know That I am God:' Discovering the Power of Silence and Contemplation”

Silent Advent Retreat

Led by: Fr. James Northrop

November 30 - December 2


Private Room:
$107.50/night (meals included) - $215 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$90.00/night (meals included) - $180 Total

Note: This retreat is open to both men and women.

Come and join Fr. Jim Northrop for a weekend silent preached retreat to better learn to listen to the voice of the Lord and to sharpen your discernment skills.

We live in an incredibly fast-paced and noisy world, and a recent study pointed out that the average human being has an attention span shorter than a goldfish! We need to unplug from time to time and learn to listen more effectively to the voice of the Lord, who teaches us how to utilize technology in such a way that it uplifts and affirms the dignity of each person.

During this retreat we will learn ways to slow down and appreciate the importance of silence. This will allow us to develop healthier and holier lifestyles that enable us to fulfill the mission God has given us.

Fr. James Northrop was born in Pullman, WA and grew up in Richland, WA. He attended the University of Idaho and obtained a degree in Vocal Music Education. After college he attended St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA for five years. He was ordained on June 7, 1997 by the late Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy. He thoroughly enjoys his ministry as a priest and has been an instructor for the Archdiocesan Catechetical Certification program. He enjoys conducting retreats, working on music, fishing with his family, and helping people discover the wonderful presence of the Holy Spirit.






“Growing in Beauty, Truth, and Goodness”

Women's Advent Retreat

Led by: Sr. Gabriella Yi, OP

December 7 - 9


Private Room:
$107.50/night (meals included) - $215 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$90.00/night (meals included) - $180 Total per person

Is there any woman who doesn’t want to be beautiful? Every woman longs for beauty, and yet a beauty lacking in truth and goodness can leave her feeling empty inside. While growing up, I recall experiencing this at Christmas Eve Mass, sitting in the pew after having spent hours on my appearance, it occurred to me that I hadn’t done a thing to prepare my heart.

Our Holy Mother Church knows our hearts as women and that our longing for beauty goes deeper than mere appearances. This is why she gives us the season of Advent so that we have the time and the space to prepare our hearts in union with the Blessed Mother. Join us in this Advent Retreat for Women, to allow the Holy Spirit to beautify your heart for the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, He who is beauty, truth, and goodness incarnate.

Sister Gabriella Yi, OP, is a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia from Nashville, Tennessee. Originally from Seoul, Korea, she grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She received a Bachelor of Arts in the Great Books Program at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and teacher certification from Aquinas College in Nashville. After teaching in Catholic schools and studying in the Master of Arts Program at the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, she was sent to Rome to complete her graduate studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). Her doctoral dissertation was on spiritual motherhood according to St. Catherine of Siena.







“Lord, Teach Us to Pray: The Life of Prayer for Catholic Young Adults”

Young Adult Retreat

Led by: Fr. Kyle Mangloña, Sr. Mary Vianney, MSSR

February 1 - 3


$99.50 per Person

Note: This retreat is for young adults ages 18-30.

St. Therese of Lisieux called prayer "a surge of the heart."  In the Christian tradition, prayer is a conversation with the Beloved and the foundation of friendship with God, which begins in the deepest part of our souls. This retreat will focus on the life of prayer for the young adult Catholic. It will not simply be a time to learn about prayer, but to pray; both privately and communally, spoken and unspoken.

Our aim is to take time to step away from the chaos of daily life to focus more closely on the voice of God who tells us: "Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things you have not known" (Jer. 33:3). Prayer is not simply an aspect to plug into our lives but should be a constant practice and ongoing conversation. The purpose of this retreat is to provide the climate for a deepening of one's prayer life and learning how to listen and follow the Good Shepherd more closely.

Fr. Kyle C. Mangloña is a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle currently serving at St. Bridget Parish in Laurelhurst. He was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and entered the seminary at Gonzaga University in 2008. Fr. Kyle completed theological studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. His graduate thesis focused on the gift of priestly celibacy in the context of today's world. He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Sartain in 2016. He previously served as associate pastor of St. Charles Borromeo in Tacoma.

Fr. Kyle's favorite saint is St. Ignatius of Loyola and his favorite spiritual writer is Fr. Thomas Merton. In his spare time, Fr. Kyle enjoys skiing, watching Mariner's baseball, posting on Instagram, and drinking cold beer. Fr. Kyle has been friends with Sister Mary Vianney since they discovered their mutual love for Jesus Christ and the Pacific Northwest many years ago.

Sister Mary Vianney, MSSR, is a Professed member of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa, a diocesan Religious community in Santa Rosa, California. The charism of the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa is to magnify Jesus Christ, in union with Our Lady, by communicating the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Catholic faith in a spirit of joyful evangelization while living the fullness of the Church's liturgical life.

Sister entered the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa in 2014 and renewed her Holy Vows in November of 2017. Sister is originally from Olympia, received her bachelor's degree from Western Washington University, and lived in Sumner before entering the convent. Sister's current apostolates include a catechetical group for college-aged women, assisting with the Marian Sodality for high school girls, assisting with the Diocesan Tribunal, and pursuing a Masters degree in Psychology from Divine Mercy University. She enjoys teaching the faith, singing in the choir, and hand crafts.

Sister is grateful to God for her friendship with Fr. Kyle and for her holy vocation, and asks for prayers for her continued fidelity and perseverance.


“Angels to One Another: Messengers of Love and Guides to God”

Married Couples' Retreat

Led by: Fr. John Marie Bingham, OP

February 15 - 17


$360 Per Couple

Note: This retreat is intended for already married couples. It is not a marriage preparation retreat.

The creatures of God that we call angels have two primary functions: 1) they stand before God in eternal, joyful worship and 2) they open the way to heaven as messengers of God's light and love.

In both roles, they give insight into marriage as a vocation by which the spouses heal, guide and exalt each other and thus open the way to heaven.  In particular, by looking at the Holy Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael we discover powerful ways married men and women can serve one another as “angels.”

Themes for this retreat include:
- Angels and their role in orienting human persons to God
- St. Michael: Fighting for Truth and Unity in Marriage
- St. Raphael: Healing the Wounds in Marriage
- St. Gabriel: Feasting on the Divine Presence in Marriage

Fr. John Marie Bingham, OP, grew up the son of an Episcopal priest. He and his family entered the Catholic Church in the summer of 1993. He has always enjoyed studying the truths of the faith and sharing them with others, so after college, he entered the Western Province of the Dominican Order, and was ordained a priest in 2010. He currently serves as Pastor at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Seattle, Washington. He enjoys the major four vices: coffee, wine, chocolate and bacon!


“'The Winter's Tale' by William Shakespeare: Love Lost and Found”

Shakespeare Retreat

Led by: Fr. Stephen Rowan, Ph.D.

February 15 - 17


Private Room:
$107.50/night (meals included) - $215 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$90.00/night (meals included) - $180 Total per person

As one of Shakespeare's "romances," The Winter's Tale explores deep mysteries with faith and wonder: the easy slide from love to jealousy, the irrational demands of tyranny and the power to resist it, and the possibility of moving in time from death to resurrection through the power of forgiveness.

The play is about King Leontes of Sicily, who wrongly accuses his wife Hermione of adultery with his best friend, Polixenes, and who repents his rashness with sorrow for 16 years until - in a marvelous way and beyond all reason - his losses are restored.

As always with Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale is also about the ways of the human heart; it provides a rich meditation on love and forgiveness in the days following Valentine's Day and in preparation for the feast of Easter.


Fr. Stephen Rowan, Ph.D. is the former superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Seattle. He received his bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of British Columbia. He also holds a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University and was ordained in 1970. He has served in various academic positions, as professor and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University and the University of Portland and as president of Carroll College in Montana.

Outside the classroom, Fr. Rowan is a published author of books and articles on the Nicene Creed, on spirituality, and on Shakespeare. In 2001, while serving as vicar for education and superintendent of Catholic schools, Fr. Rowan assisted the Archbishop in establishing the Fulcrum Foundation as a funding source for the K-12 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese.




“Our Call to Holiness”

Men's Lenten Retreat

Led by: Fr. Cal Christiansen

March 29 - 31


Private Room:
$107.50/night (meals included) - $215 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$90.00/night (meals included) - $180 Total per person

This Lenten retreat for men will focus on the universal call to holiness, a call which is rooted in our baptisms. Each of us has a Heavenly Father who has lovingly adopted us as his sons and personally calls each of us to heroic and courageous levels of holiness and sanctity. Over the course of the weekend, we will explore this fundamental theme of our Catholic Christian lives, how we can generously grow in our response to this call and become the faithful husbands, fathers, and men that our families and world desperately need today. A special focus for the retreat will be on Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et ExsultateOn the Call to Holiness in Today's World.

Fr. Cal Christiansen was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is a convert to the Catholic Church, becoming Catholic in high school. He graduated from St. Martin’s University and studied at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA. He is a current STL student at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI. He served as vicar for the SE Tacoma parish cluster, priest administrator of St. Rose in Longview, and is currently serving as Pastor of St. Pius X in Mountlake Terrace. He is also a member of the core team for the permanent diaconal formation program for the Archdiocese of Seattle. He enjoys outdoor endurance sports (skiing, running, biking).




“A Spiritual Awakening: The Grace and Mystery of Working the 12 Steps!”

12 Step Retreat for Men & Women

Led by: Dr. Mary Cross, Fr. Jim Harbaugh, SJ

June 28 - 30


Private Room:
$107.50/night (meals included) - $215 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$90.00/night (meals included) - $180 Total per person

Literally millions of people have been transformed through the experience of “working the 12 Steps."  Working the 12 Steps means the reading, studying, and ultimately living the lessons of each Step in the context of fellowship. There is a grace to each step, and individuals develop a wide variety of ways that “the Steps” move from being a program to becoming a way of life.

This retreat will focus on the meaning and development of the “spiritual awakenings” that open hearts, heal wounds, restore and recover us. What is spiritual discernment?  How do we come to know our “higher power” working in our lives? How do the 12 Steps offer ongoing sustenance to our spiritual development?

Dr. Mary Cross is the former Director of the Office of Catholic Faith Formation. She has directed 12 Step retreats for over 25 years. Currently, she is on the Board of the Sacred Story Institute and member of St. Matthew's Parish in Seattle.

Jim Harbaugh, S.J., has been a Jesuit for 54 years and a priest for 41. He has been active in addictions recovery since 1983, has been an addictions counselor, and taught Addiction Studies at Seattle University from 1993 to 2002. He has been giving retreats, mostly 12 Step, since 1991. Currently, he does parish work in the Seattle Archdiocese. He is the author of two books, including A 12 Step Approach to the Spiritual Exercises.



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