Living the Beatitudes

Two Nights
ALL NEW DATES: January 26-28, 2024

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

The Secret to True Happiness

One day 2,000 years ago, Jesus climbed a mountain followed by “large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.” (Mt 4:25) He looks at the multitude and utters one word that completely changed their lives: Blessed.

Known as the “Beatitudes” or blessings, Jesus offered the crowds and offers you today the secret to true and everlasting happiness. He began his Sermon on the Mount with eight simple yet paradoxical promises of hope. Contrary to the message of the world, the secret to true happiness can be found in hungering, thirsting, being persecuted, living meekly, mourning, and being merciful.

This retreat is an invitation to ponder this paradox in your own life and experience how you can use these beatitudes to receive God’s blessing, immerse your life in God’s blessing, and become a blessing to the world.

Thoughtful Meditations

The Beatitudes: A Journey through Scripture, the Church, and the Saints


Setting the Foundation: Being Poor in Spirit and Mourning Our Sins


A Deeper Way to View Meekness, Hunger, Thirst, and Mercy 


Purity of Heart, Real Peacemaking, and Persecution

Practical Applications

Living the Beatitudes Today


Beatitudes and My Life Map


Beatitudes as Life’s Building Blocks


Practicing a Daily Examen Based on the Beatitudes

A Retreat Schedule Just for You *

Friday, January 26
2:00 PMArrive, explore the grounds, visit the chapel
5:30 PMEvening Prayer
6:00 PMDrop-in Reception
6:30 PMDinner
7:00 PM1st Meditation: Introduction, journey, and blessed are the poor in spirit
8:30 PMNight Prayer
Saturday, January 27
7:00 AMAdoration and Morning Prayer
8:00 AMBreakfast
9:00 AM2nd Meditation: Mourning and meekness
10:00 AMPrivate reflection and prayer time
11:00 AM3rd Meditation: Hunger, thirst, and mercy 
12:00 PMLunch
12:45 PM4th Meditation: Purity and peacemaking
1:45 PMPrivate reflection and discussion
2:45 PM5th Meditation: Persecution and living the Beatitudes today
3:45 PMPrivate Reflection
5:15 PMVigil Mass
6:00 PMDinner
7:00 PM6th Meditation: Life Map based on the Beatitudes
8:30 PMEvening Prayer
Sunday, January 28
7:00 AMAdoration and Morning Prayer
8:00 AMBreakfast
9:00 AMAn Examen based on the Beatitudes
10:00 AMResolutions

* schedule subject to change

Exceptional Retreat Atmosphere

Indoor and outdoor reflection areas

In addition to the thoughtful meditation, there will be plenty of time to pray and reflect upon the words and upon God’s plan for you. For those who prefer doing this in a sacred space, there is a beautiful chapel and several indoor and outdoor reflection places. For those who are more active, there are trails cut through our 180 acres. The more ambitious can take a short drive or a long hike to Baker Mountain Park. Added to the outdoor space are a horseshoe pit, a bonfire, and even some corn-hole boards.

Nicely appointed rooms and fine dining

The lodging rooms were fully renovated in 2015. Each room has two full-sized beds and a private bath. Our dining area has an exceptionally qualified full-time chef with a wide range of culinary expertise. The dining room has also been recently renovated and has a 100% sanitation rating. The meeting room has cathedral ceilings and spectacular views.

Grace-filled encounters

For those who want to immerse themselves in the retreat, there will be several hours of Adoration. The chapel is open all night for those who want to have a more intimate encounter with the Lord. Some delight in the thought of sleeping under the same roof as the Blessed Sacrament, and many are known to make late-night visits to the chapel.

Meet your Retreat Masters

Natalie and Cameron Jackson

Dr. Cameron Jackson, KM, is a Knight of Magistral Grace in the Order of Malta, a 900-year-old Catholic lay religious order. He has an impressive career as an executive leadership coach, behavior analyst, master business practitioner, and author.  Natalie Jackson, MA, DM, is a Dame of Magistral Grace in the Order of Malta. Among her extensive experience with parishes and non-profits, Natalie was invited to participate in the Expanded Reason Congress sponsored by the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Foundation and the University of Francisco di Vitoria, in Rome.  Natalie is a certified spiritual director and in 2023 was appointed to the Spirituality Committee of the Order of Malta Federal Association in Washington DC.  Cameron and his wife, Natalie, founded The Eremos Group, blending their passion and diverse talents to help others grow as individuals, in their careers, and in their faith. (see full bios)

Deacon Scott Gilfillan

Ordained as a Catholic deacon in 2001, he has a wide range of experience facilitating groups and leading retreats for parishes, RCIA programs, and deacon candidates. For many years, he was the director of the deacon formation for the Diocese of Charlotte, assisting and guiding deacon candidates and their wives in discernment and formation. Most recently he has become the director of the Catholic Catholic Center in Hickory and has devoted much of his time to spiritual direction, facilitating workshops, and leading retreats (see comments on past retreats)


Registration for the retreat includes two nights, all retreat fees, and full-course meals from Friday through Sunday morning, The retreat price is as follows:

  • Shared room (two persons per room): $275 per person ($250 with “Early Bird” discount).
  • Single, one person per room: $345 ($295 with “Early Bird” discount).

The retreat is sold out. If you’d like to be added to a waiting list, please call 828.327.7441 or email

Cancellation Policy: A full refund will be granted up to two weeks before the retreat.