Monday, September 28, 2015

4th Annual Festival of Lights - Sat., Nov. 28, 2015

Save the date for our Annual Festival of Lights on Saturday, November 28, 2015!
Open House 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Gift Shop Open and Villa's Baked Goods for Sale
Tours and Over 100 Nativities on Display in Chapel
Concert 7:00 p.m.
Dessert Buffet and Wine Tasting following the Concert in Ursuline Hall
Tickets $25.00
Seating Limited - Call 651-345-4582 for Reservations 


Save the Date for the Villa Maria's Festival of Lights

Friday, August 14, 2015

Reimagining The Villa Maria

Friends, what will the next 125 years bring for Villa Maria? We are re-imagining!  VM is Minnesota's largest retreat center and since 1890 it's been a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters. Religious orders across the world are finding new ways to continue their ministry given the present reality of diminishing numbers and limited finances. To help this process, the Villa Maria Board of Trustees is exploring options for a possible transfer of ownership from the Sisters to a local or regional group. The goal is to find or create an organization with a similar mission. It is an exciting time and we wanted you to know that we are open to ideas and open for business.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

August 28-29, 2015 Dances of Universal Peace Return to the Villa Maria!

 August 28-29, 2015--Come Sing, Dance & Pray
Friday, August 28, 7-9 p.m.
Saturday, August 29, 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sacred circles of dances singing the names of the Divine from world's spiritual traditions. We create a sense of community and retreat in peace, healing and unity.
 Whether it is your 1st or 5th dance retreat at the Villa, we will create a community remembering the spirit of guidance moving within each of us. For info call Marion Coit at 507.398.6028 or For reservations: 651.345.4582 or
Dance Fees:
- For the weekend with an overnight stay: $25
-For commuters on Friday: $10
For Saturday: $20
Villa Lodging Rates (tax is extra):
- Shared room (2 twin beds): $50 per person
- Private room: $65
- Couple or Family: $75 per couple/family
Additional nights and meals can be reserved if you wish; Villa staff is happy to assist you.
Villa Meal rates (per meal):
- Saturday Breakfast or Lunch: $9 per meal
- Sunday Brunch or Dinner: $12 per meal

Monday, February 23, 2015

Programs and Events 2015

Scheduled Events at the Villa - 2015  (Includes On-going and Special Events)
Centering Prayer
Every Monday 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Meets in Garrard Room
For more information call:
Linda Schafer at 651-388-4519

Oil Painting Start to Finish
Every Tuesday  9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Meets in Garrard Room
Instructor: Julie Fjelstad, CRI
Bob Ross Technique
$50 covers everything needed for painting
For more information call:
Julie at 651-345-2311

Yoga - Breathing/Relaxation/Meditation
Instructor: Betsy Witt
Every Wednesday 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Yoga
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Meditation
For more information call:
Betsy at 651-345-3902

Villa Maria Book Club
Third Thursday of the Month
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
For more information call:
Sarah at 651-345-4582 

Life Lessons as Seen Through a Teacup
April 11th
Facilitator: Carol Weisz
9:30 a.m. - Noon
Cost $20
Event Description:
Come for a morning of relaxation and reflection. See how spending a little time recalling the past can give joy to our here and now. Time can give us a renewed sense of the beauty of life and of ourselves. We'll look for God in the ordinary and in so doing find a deeper appreciation of the sacred story of others and   of ourselves. You will be able to experience some different teas in a teacup of your choice and sample some tasty treats. It's not necessary to be a tea drinker. Coffee and water will be available for those who prefer and you will still be able to partake in “life lessons as seen through a teacup”.
Come join me as we celebrate the uniqueness of each of us and give thanks for this season of our life.
For more information call:

Introductory Course on Mindfulness
April 9th and 16th (two night course)
Facilitator: Betsy Witt
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost $30
Event Description:
This course will offer an opportunity to learn the beginnings of understanding mindfulness as a way to approach living with daily stresses, living with anxiety and or depression, loss or chronic pain. There is a wealth of research proving mindfulness to be a lifestyle with less suffering and more happiness. Mindfulness meditation will be introduced and practiced along with poetry and body movement. Discussion will be facilitated in order to make sense of the teachings. Person attending this two session course will leave with suggestions on how to begin to introduce mindfulness skills into their life.
For more information call:
Betsy at 651 -764-1253

Women's Retreat - Come Celebrate Women
Keynote Speaker: Sr. Pauline Lorch, OSU
Theme: We are Walking on Holy Ground 
Weekend of April 24 -26
Register by calling 651-345-4582
Friday 5:30 p.m. - Sunday 1:00 p.m.
April 25, Mass: 7:00 p.m.
Marian Hall Chapel. Louise Jacobs, Sacristy, Fr. Joseph Pete, Celebrant                                   

Journey to Wholeness
Director: Fr. Tony Kilroy
Date: May 1-3
Open to couples and singles

This retreat is an opportunity for people of all faiths to come together for a weekend
of scripture based preaching, sharing, healing prayer, restful silence, relaxation and celebration. For more information or to register,
please contact Jean MacFarland at 952-849-2033.
Mass will be celebrated.

Come Stay at the Villa
100 Mile Garage Sale
Date: May 1, 2015 - May 3                
Event Description:
100 miles of sales, 100 miles of FUN! With garage sales happening all along the Mississippi River, you won't have a problem finding as many sales as you'd like to attend! Sponsored by Mississippi Valley Partners, you're sure to find what you're looking for! Visit to map out your route!

Cosmic Walk and Conversation
With Sr. Margaret Galiardi
May 10th
2:00 p.m.
Register by calling 651-345-4582

Tour de Pepin
June 5th-6th
Special offer to bikers
Friday overnight, dinner & breakfast
Bicycle security
PACKAGE DEAL: $50 for overnight, dinner, breakfast & bike security
Commuters: $15 for meals only
Reserve by calling 651-345-4582

Public Talk: Brother Chan Phap Vu
(Tich Naht Hanh tradition)
Watch for more details
June 26

Day of Mindfulness
Watch for more details
June 27

Villa Maria Academy Homecoming and
Community Open House
August 16th
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
50th Class Reunion Villa Academy

Minnesota Knitters Days
Oct. 23-25
Contact/Register Sheryl Hill at

Rather Bee Quilting Retreat
November 6-8
Contact/Register: Jan Bruce  651-345-3958

Festival of Lights
November 28th
Watch for more details