IFS Spiritual Retreat, St. Leo Abbey, St. Leo, FL

IFS Informed Ignatian spiritual Retreat

November 7th - 10th, 2024

St. Leo Abbey, St. Leo, FL

Ignatian Inter-Denominational Retreat

An invitation to grow deeper in knowledge and understanding of the person of Jesus Christ, by reading and reflecting on selected Scripture passages, as laid out by St Igancian over 500 years ago.

IFS Informed

Instruction and experience using the Internal Family System model of therapy will help retreatants connect to Jesus in a deeper way.

Benedictine Monk Community

The retreat takes place at a Benedictine Abbey providing a special and sacred context in which to connect our soul to the Divine. Participants will have the opportunity to eat with the monks, as well as attend services.

St. Leo, FL

Located 42 miles north of Tampa Intl Airport, the small town is made up almost entirely of St Leo University and the Abbey – both situated on Lake Jovita .


What to Expect

The retreat will use Ignatian Contemplation, imaginative prayer and the senses to engage in conversations with God.  The focus will be on understanding our interiority using the model of Internal Family Systems (IFS) as a means of intimate prayer with God/Jesus/Spirit.  We all have parts of us that are sad, joyful, anxious, discouraged, happy, funny and many more.  Having such parts is a natural aspect of life and sharing such interior movements in a familiar way with God/Jesus/Spirit us what Igantian prayer helps us to do. In addition to instruction, participants will engage in guided meditations, prayful contemplation and the opportunity for one-on-one guidance throughout the retreat.

Each day is carefully curated to provide a profound spiritual experience, igniting personal growth and a renewed sense of purpose.

Retreat Schedule* 


  • 6pm Dinner
  • 7pm Introduction


  • 7:00 Breakfast
  • 8:30 Opening Prayer
  • 9:00 Instruction/Experiential
  • 11:00 Instruction/Experiential
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 Free Time**
  • 3:00 Instruction/Experiential
  • 4:45 Optional Mass/ Free Time**
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 7:00 Instruction/Experiential
  • 8:30 Candle Prayer Service (Fri)/ Blessing Service (Sat)


  • 7:00 Breakfast
  • 8:30 Opening Prayer
  • 9:00 Instruction/Experiential
  • 11:00 Sharing of Graces
  • 12:00 depart

*Subject to Change

**During free time participants will have the opportunity to take a self-guided tour of the beautiful grounds of St Leo Abbey, the Grotto at St Leo and Lake Jovita. Participants will also have the opportunity to pre-schedule time with a massage therapist


The Abbey is approximately 40 miles north of Tampa International Airport (TPA) and St Petersburg/Clearwater Intl Airport (PIE). Group transportation options to the Abbey will be made available to share costs.

All food and lodging are provided on site and are included in the registration fee. November weather in Florida is temperate (high 78/low 61) and beautiful – outdoor walks along the lake and grounds provide a perfect backdrop for contemplation.

Join the Retreat

Cost for retreat is $515 (double occupancy), $615 (single occupancy) including food, lodging and program. Payment due by September 15. To reserve your space at the retreat please a $200 deposit is required. Payments by Venmo to  Kimberly Lee @Kimberly-lee-218. The deposit is refundable up until September 28. To join the retreat, please click the button below or email Kimberly at