Art Retreat

September 18-20, 2019

The Art Retreat is a three day, two night, elective retreat whose purpose is to examine the ways that artistic expression can serve as a pathway to increased knowledge about the self, increased knowledge of the transcendent, and a deeper level of participation in the world around us. This retreat welcomes different forms of artistic expression, including the visual arts, poetry, movement, music, and acting. Prerequisite: students to attend the Art Retreat must have a particular interest and/or regular practice in the arts. This retreat fulfills the Junior Retreat Requirement.


In the Fall of 2016 when Chuck Hussung, Addie Akin, Dan Finucane, and Sean Powers led a small group of students on a 24-hour art retreat at White House Retreat Center. The retreat was based loosely on the art retreat sponsored by Regis Jesuit High School in Denver, Colorado. In 2017 the retreat was lengthened to two nights from a Wednesday afternoon to a Friday afternoon. With Finucane gone, Sarah Rebholz joined the team. The retreat is led by faithful, artistically-minded faculty that demonstrate the ability to integrate their religious beliefs with their art and vise versa. With its vast amounts of scheduled free time, the art retreat depends upon the students’ self-discipline and inherent desires to use their time to reflect and to create. The retreat ends with a two-hour “show and tell” at which students demonstrate their artwork and share its spiritual significance with the rest of the group.

Objectives: The Art Retreat seeks the following:

  1. Reveal ways to better know and understand God through the production and appreciation of art.
  2. Expose the students to the life, example, and message of Jesus through a variety of different art forms.
  3. Teach and practice practical ways to pray with art.
  4. Foster a community of faithful, artistically-minded students.
  5. Model what it means to live a vocation as a faithful Christian and artist.
  6. Offer time and space to make and appreciate intentional works of art in a variety of different mediums.
  7. Encourage collaboration among artists and the fruitful exchange of ideas and art forms that comes from that.

This is a retreat open to a small group of juniors and seniors. To register for the Art Retreat, a student should:

  1. Go to:
  2. Log in with his Naviance account information. If he needs help logging in to Naviance, he should click the forgotten password link and follow the prompts. Note: Registration must be done via the each student's own Naviance accounts.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Naviance homepage & click the word X2Vol in the blue box.
  4. Click on “Find Opportunities.” Retreat choices are listed on that next page. To help find the Art Retreat, click the "Modify Search" button and type "Retreat" in the opportunity field to quickly see all the retreat choices.
  5. Click on the Art Retreat link, and on the next page, click the green "Sign Up" button.


"This retreat helped me feel more comfortable expressing myself and getting over my fears of performing in front of my peers. I learned to find beauty in other art forms from others."

"I learned that God does in fact work through me, through my art. That's something I've never really considered."

"The Art Retreat gives you an opportunity to escape from the busy and noisy world and spend time in peace and creativity."