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


















“ Living the Carmelite Rule Today ”

Lay Carmelite Retreat

Led by: Fr. Jose Cilia, O. Carm.

October 4 - 6


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

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

Every religious order of the Catholic Church has unique bylaws and particular charisms that they try to exemplify. These things are often put together into a document, aptly called a "Rule" which governs how those in the community live their lives. During the retreat, participants will take a close look at the chapters of the Carmelite Rule of living and reflect on how they can use the rule to help give greater importance to prayer and silence in the noisy world of today.

This is a retreat for lay members of the Carmelite order, but anyone interested in Carmelite spirituality is welcome to attend!

Fr. Jose Cilia, O. Carm., is originally from the Island of Malta. In 1961, he started his Novitiate in the Carmelite Order. He was ordained in 1968 and offered himself to go to the Missions to Bolivia on the high mountains of La Paz, the highest capital city in the world (13,000 ft. above sea level). From there, Father was transferred to Camana, Arequipa and Lima, Peru.   He worked in Peru for 19 years and then he volunteered to come to the United States to work with the Mexican Immigrants since 2003.  Besides celebrating the sacraments, Father does his best to encourage his parishioners in so many ways and to be with them also in difficult moments - especially nowadays, because many of them are in the U.S. illegally, every single day full of fear to drive and go to work. During the retreat, Father will explain more.


“ Beginning Experience: Listen, Accompany, Heal ”

A weekend away to deal with the pain of losing a spouse by death, divorce, or separation

Led by: The Beginning Experience Team of Western Washington

October 11 - 13


$225 per person, private room


There will be no dinner Friday evening.


Check-in for this retreat will be between 5:30-6:30 p.m., the program officially begins at 7 p.m. The retreat will conclude at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The loss of a spouse and the end of a marriage share emotional commonalities - denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance in varying degrees, order, and timelines. You are where you are. We meet you there. Some people feel alone and without hope. Our Weekend Program provides a quiet space for you to share, reflect, and discover your new beginning. Reconciliation and Mass are a part of this healing weekend.

Beginning Experience was founded in 1973 by Sister Josephine Stewart at the Catholic Renewal Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Learn more about the Beginning Experience Program.

Learn more about the Western Washington's Beginning Experience Program.

Read testimonials from participants about their retreat weekend experience.

For questions about this event, please contact either Chris Colyar at 253-223-2645 or Joan Beuscher at 253-820-3066.

Our team consists of trained peer facilitators who have lost their spouse and participated in a Beginning Experience Weekend Retreat.


Beginning Experience, Western WA prays what is commonly known as the Prayer of St. Francis:
Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; and to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

“ Betrothed: A Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage ”

A Retreat for Engaged Couples

Led by: Fred & Anne Janssen

October 18 - 20


$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.

Fred and Anne Janssen mentor engaged couples who are preparing for Sacramental Marriage, and they train other married couples to be mentors as well. They have led Catholic Marriage retreats throughout the Northwest for more than 15 years and served on the 2009 Archdiocesan Commission for Marriage and Family.

Fred and Anne have been married for 25 years, have three children, and are members of St. John Vianney Parish in Kirkland, where they are the lay leaders for Marriage Preparation and Marriage Enrichment.



“ Awaken ”

Young Adult Silent Retreat

Led by: Fr. Jewel Aytona, CPM

November 8 - 10


$99.50 per Person

Notes: This retreat is for young adults ages 18-35, and it is a silent retreat.

You snooze, you lose! Stay awake and keep the faith! This retreat will be an opportunity for young adults to renew their zeal and love for God and the Catholic faith. Filled with teachings of Catholic Truth, spiritual doctrines of the saints, the Eucharist and confession, retreatants will be equipped with the armor of God to fight against the snares of the devil.

This is a SILENT retreat, with the exception of common prayers, Mass, and conference presentations, which will include beatboxing music by the retreat leader. Young adults of all spiritual levels welcomed.

Fr. Jewel Aytona from the Fathers of Mercy is a missionary preacher, beatboxer/songwriter who loves to propagate the faith and dispense the mercy of God through the sacraments.



“ He Put a New Song in My Mouth: Celebrating Our Faith Through the Gift of Music ”

Silent Advent Retreat

Led by: Fr. James Northrop

December 6 - 8


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

Music is an incredible gift from God that has the power to bring us into an encounter with His beauty, goodness, and truth. Saint Augustine said, "He who sings well prays twice." Sacred music has a long and beautiful history in the Catholic Church and is an important part of our liturgical celebrations.

Come and join Fr. Northrop for a silent preached retreat that will show us how music can help us on our spiritual journey to celebrate the beauty of our Catholic faith.

Saturday evening, we will have a time of prayer with music and Adoration to lift our souls to God, and to offer a gift of praise for all the goodness we have received.

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.

“ Advent Silent, Self-Directed Retreat ”

Men's & Women's Weekday Retreat

Led by: Mass, Adoration, & Confession Available

December 16 - 18


Private Room: $195 per person
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $160 per person

This silent weekday Advent retreat is an opportunity for men and women to pray, read, and rest at their own leisure as they prepare their hearts for the great Feast of Christmas. Guests are encouraged to spend time with spiritual reading in our library, enjoy a hot cup of coffee and cookies while journaling, or pray the rosary while walking the nature trails on the Retreat Center's grounds.

A priest will be available for Mass, Adoration, and to hear confessions in our chapel.

“ Silent Advent Retreat ”

Men's & Women's Retreat

Led by: Fr. Caleb Insco, FSSP

December 20 - 22


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


Retreat Description Coming Soon

I was raised in the small town of Page, Arizona. My parents moved there from Michigan before I was born, and so I am the only Arizonan in my family. I am the youngest of three, my sister is 14 years older and my brother 10. When I was old enough, I worked at a Chinese restaurant that my best friend's family owned. I then started working full time in an Italian restaurant when I was 16. Since high school, it was my dream to eventually have a family-owned Italian restaurant. When I moved to Phoenix, I looked into culinary school and after I discovered that the tuition was way out of my range, I followed my father's suggestion to go into nursing. I earned my CNA license and worked at the Veterans Hospital for 4 years before I ended up at the seminary.

I do not have a spectacular vocation story. I never wanted to be an altar server growing up and I, unfortunately, left the Church during High School when I got into all the things a teenager shouldn't be getting into. I believed in God and the Church, but I was by no means living a good life. When I turned 21, by the grace of God, I was inspired to attend Mass on Easter and only by His grace did I begin and continue to practice the faith. Our Lord waited for me patiently and continues to be patient with me, despite my sins, defects and struggles. One day, I was visiting a friend at her house and when I was helping her dad move something out of the car, he dropped something and said a curse word. When she heard him, she said to him, "be careful in what you say because Caleb is going to be a priest." It shocked us both, since I had never thought about the priesthood and consequently never spoke about it. So the idea was sowed, and I began to cultivate it with prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. As the years went by, I regularly attended daily Mass, spent time with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and entrusted myself to Our Blessed Mother and gave Her my vocation. I put myself completely in Her hands and asked Her to help me do God's will. In 2005 I applied to Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Lincoln, Nebraska and asked Our Lady to let me in. I don't think I would have been accepted to the seminary in 2007 had She not interceded.

I decided to join the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter because it is an order that offers the Extraordinary Form of the Mass exclusively. All the Sacraments are done according to the Liturgical Rites of 1962, which was before Pope Paul VI approved the current Ordinary Roman Rite of the Mass. The prayers and traditions contained in the Mass were so beautiful that I was drawn closer to God and was willing to devote my life to His service in this way. So after 7 years of studies and time spent in a parish, I was ordained a priest in 2016, the Year of Mercy, by Bishop Bruskewitz at my seminary, on the feast day of Pope St. John Paul II. I am very grateful for all the Lord has given and taken away. I am truly unworthy of what I have received but I am mindful too that it is only by the goodness and wisdom of God that I am what I am, nothing more, nothing less. I recommend to anyone seeking God's will, to go to Our Lady, and spend a lot of time before Christ in the Eucharist and He will draw you closer to Him. In your charity, please pray for me and my brother priests.

Ite ad Ioseph!

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