What to Expect
An Introduction to the Cloisters
Watch this video to hear Joe Ricketts describe how you can make a retreat at The Cloisters on the Platte and what you can expect from the experience.
Arrival & Orientation
You have arrived. Plan to wear a mask when you enter the gift shop for registration and when riding the shuttle. Your temperature will be taken upon entry and you will need to sign a liability waiver. After checking in, you are assigned a private room with a bathroom and shower. These initial moments are a time to settle in and make yourself at home. You are able to meet Cloisters on the Platte staff, ask questions, get acquainted with the grounds, and meet others attending the retreat.
All retreatants receive a special “Welcome Packet” containing a schedule of events, map and other information specific to your retreat weekend. At the Welcome table, we provide directions to get you orientated.
Continue reading to learn more about the routines and options for each day.
From Thursday through Sunday, retreatants are given opportunities to worship, receive the sacrament of Reconciliation, pray, reflect, and receive spiritual direction. The days provide a regular routine, while also allowing for flexibility depending on the retreatants’ individual needs.
After check in, there’s a mandatory meeting with your lodge captain followed by dinner. Opportunities for discussion and fellowship are available before and during Thursday evening dinner for those who choose. All meals are served in our beautiful dining hall. We provide a vegetarian option at mealtimes with advanced notice. If you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions, we recommend that you bring your own food. There are microwaves and refrigerators available for use in the lodges.
There are announcements and a welcoming during dinner, after which time silence commences. Silence is key to an Ignatian retreat. In the Spiritual Exercises, you journey with the Lord in a renewal of mind, body and spirit.
Thursday closes with a conference in the chapel led by the Retreat Director.
Each of your two full days at the Cloisters follow the same schedule. Your day begins with morning prayer in the Chapel at 7:15 am, followed by breakfast in the Dining Room.
Throughout the rest of the day, you have the opportunity to participate in various spiritual exercises and meetings with the Retreat Director and Spiritual Director. Twice in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening, the Retreat Director leads conferences in the Chapel. Retreatants enjoy free time when they can explore the library, enjoy the tranquil ambiance of the solarium, walk the Stations of the Cross, visit the other lodge buildings, or discover the beautiful nature trails throughout the extensive the grounds.
Confessions are available in the Chapel at various times throughout the day, and personal spiritual direction is available at assigned times in the morning and afternoon. There is a midday Angelus, afternoon Rosary, evening Liturgy, and evening Benediction in the Chapel.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the dining room.
Your final day at the Cloisters closely resembles Friday and Saturday, until 1:15pm. At that time, retreatants gather in the chapel for evaluations and an opportunity to make a goodwill donation to support The Cloisters on the Platte. At 1:30pm, shuttles pick guests up at their Lodges and return them to the Gatehouse, drawing the retreat to a close.
Try to keep your soul always in peace and quiet, always ready for whatever our Lord may wish to work in you.St. Ignatius