Thursday, December 11, 2014

Women's Retreat April 24-26, 2015

You Are Invited to Join Us!

2nd Annual "Celebrate Women" Retreat

April 24-26, 2015

THEME: We Are Standing on Holy Ground

Keynote Speaker: Pauline Lorch, OSU

Held at Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center

Frontenac, MN


Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 1, 2015

Call today to make your reservation at 651.345.4582



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Festival of Lights

You Are Invited...

 to Villa Maria's

Festival of Lights

Saturday, November 29, 2014
View the International Nativity Collection 

1-5 p.m.

 Over 1,200 Luminaries Lit

 Concert 7:00 p.m. followed by Dessert Buffet

Tickets $25 (for Concert & Buffet)


29847 County 2 Blvd., Frontenac, MN 55026


Friday, May 30, 2014

You Are Invited to…

Villa Maria’s First Annual
Homecoming Open House

August 17, 2014 
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The first annual Villa Maria Homecoming Open House is being planned for Sunday afternoon, August 17, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. We are excited to welcome back Alumnae and their families, to come renew old acquaintances, share stories, make new friends, and celebrate the history that holds fond memories for so many.  We welcome anyone who has not had the opportunity to visit the Villa Maria, to take this opportunity to come and share in the fun.

Everyone is Welcome!

The agenda for the day includes a welcoming presentation by our Director, Sarah McClellan, open time for memory sharing and viewing displays of Villa Maria memorabilia. Please bring your photos to share. We would also love to have a copy of anything you would like to leave at the Villa to add to our archives. The grounds and buildings will be open for Self Guided Walking Tours to experience the beauty and tranquility of our environment. Root beer floats and musical entertainment will be
offered throughout the day.

Please mark your calendar for Sunday, August 17, and plan to come, relax, and enjoy a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center.

Friday, April 25, 2014

A "Woman's Journey with God" is Considered a Success! 

A date for next year's retreat is already set - April 24-26, 2015.  If you enjoyed this year's retreat, plan to return again next year and bring a friend or two!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Woman's Journey With God

Friday, April 11-Sunday, April 13, 2014

Friday 5:30 p.m. Arrive and Welcome thru Sunday 11:30 a.m. Depart and Farewell
Villa Maria's first annual women's spirituality weekend.  This retreat will bring space into your life to focus on your own personal faith journey, with dynamic presentations, introduction to contemplation, and outdoor experiences and rituals.  This weekend could be a time for you to explore personal journaling, silent meditation, massage and spiritual direction.  It is a time and space devoted to women of all ages and to women of all faiths.  Featured presenter-Sr. Pauline Lorch, OSU.  "I am an Ursuline Sister in the very core of my being, eager to share where the Lord is leading me."
Cost: $180 includes lodging and meals. Rooms are shared; for a private room add $35. Commuter fee $95. Optional massage available at additional cost.  To register call Linda at Villa Maria 651-345-4582.
Retreat Outline:
Friday, April 11
     5:30 Arrive and Welcome
     7:00 What is your Journey with God?
     Evening bonfire
Saturday, April 12
    Guided Walks offered throughout the Day
     8:00  Breakfast and Free Time
     9:30  Finding God in Silence
     11:00 Guided Meditation and Free Time with Electives
     Noon Lunch and Free Time with Electives
     3:00  Who is your God?
              How do you relate to God?
     4:30  Cosmic Walk at Labyrinth
     6:00  Dinner
     7:00  Catholic Mass in Villa Chapel (Fr. Joseph Pete-celebrant)
     8:00  Evening bonfire and free time for walking, journaling, massage
Sunday, April 13
     9:00   Breakfast
     10:00 Letting go. Journaling Ritual

Breathing, Moving, Silence: Cultivating a Mindfulness Practice

Wednesdays-a weekly program

Yoga: 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Walking Meditation: 6:15-6:45 p.m.
Sitting Mediation: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
This evening series invites you to cultivate mindfulness into your daily living through the practice of yoga, walking meditations and/or sitting meditation.  You can choose one, two or all segments of this course.  For more information or to join please contact the instructor Betsy Witt at or 651-764-1253.

Reading the Spiritual Classics...(and Best-sellers) Book Club

Second Thursday of the month-on going

Open to anyone who wants to explore Spiritual Fiction and Non-Fiction.

Centering Prayer

Mondays-on going

 9 p.m.-10:30p.m.
Open to all - meets in Garrard Room in Marian Hall.  Free for more information, contact Linda Schafer at 651-388-4519


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Villa Granola

Homemade Granola is a favorite at the Villa, we thought you all would enjoy the recipe to make it at home.


9 cups of old fashioned oats
4 cups of coconut
1 1/2 cups slivered almonds
3/4 cup of honey
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of craisins
1/2 cup of dates
Preheat oven to 375. Toss oats, coconut, and nuts together. Whisk honey and oil together in separate bowl, pour over oat mixture and stir until coated. Bake 35-45 minutes, stirring occasionally until mixture turns golden. When is done toss in dried fruit.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Weddings at the Villa Maria Retreat & Conference Center

The Villa Maria Retreat & Conference Center offers unique and beautiful spaces for wedding ceremonies.

Our chapel in Marian Hall has intricate stained glass windows and a spacious area for your wedding party to stand with you on your special day. There is comfortable seating for up to 60 and a piano and sound system available for use.

Ursuline Hall is a unique octagon-shaped building with wide open space. It can be arranged specifically for your wedding group and guests, with seating for up to 100. This space also has a piano and sound system.

The grounds at the Villa are beautiful during any season. Our acres have areas with woods, flower gardens and meadows. The grounds at the Villa also provide the backdrop for outstanding outdoor wedding photos.

Please review our wedding policies and let us know if the Villa Maria would fit your needs for your special day. Site visits can be arranged by appointment.
• Weddings may be booked either for outside, in the chapel or Ursuline Hall.
• Wedding ceremony may be held between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
• Receptions may not be held at the Villa Maria.
• Chapel is available for wedding ceremonies of all faiths.
    - For Catholic weddings church policy must be followed.
• Couple may use outside vendors for flowers, food, photography, etc., but all vendors must
arrange site visits through Villa Maria staff.
• Fee for use of the Villa Maria for weddings is $900.
     - Includes location for rehearsal and groom’s dinner (meals extra).
     - Indoor or outdoor space for wedding.
     - Three guest rooms (one-night) in Marian Hall and one meeting room.
     - Ability to reserve block of rooms or cabins for guests.
     - The couple is responsible for the general picking up or cleaning of the ceremony 

       space, so a $200 refundable deposit is to be held for this purpose.

For more details and dozens of pictures of our lovely facility and campus, visit our homepage!