Jesuit retreat center high on the bluffs of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO.  Since 1922, thousands of people from around the world make annual three-day silent, guided retreats here to relax, reconnect with God and strengthen their spirituality.  A true gem in the Midwest!  Call 314-416-6400 or 1-800-643-1003.  Email reservations@whretreat.org  7400 Christopher Rd.  St. Louis, MO 63129

Both men's and women's retreats are offered as well as recovery retreats.

Take Spirituality to the Next Level!

White House retreats are silent retreats. This practice helps each retreatant be totally available to the Lord and be free from distractions.

We are located on Christopher Drive, approximately 2.3 miles from Telegraph Rd.  A map can be found on the "CONTACT" page of this website. When you get to the main entrance of White House follow these directions:

  • Upon arrival you may drop off your luggage and passengers at the registration area of Snyder Hall. (Largest Building on right of circle drive)
  • A staff member gives First Timers an  orientation to the retreat after the first meal to make you feel at home and will answer any questions you might have.
  • At check-in you will be given a schedule of events and little blue prayer book.  Keep these two items on you throughout your stay.
  • Conferences, Scripture services and Mass are held in the chapel.
  • Meals are served in Monaghan Hall Dining Room.  If you have medical restrictions, please contact the White House office prior to your retreat.
  • Please, no electronic devices, i.e., cell phones, radios, or anything that might distract you or a fellow retreatant. In the event of an emergency a telephone is available.
  • White House provides towels, bed linens and soap. Each person has a private room with lavatory/shower. There is a Bible in each room.
  • You'll want to be prepared for outside weather -- walking between buildings as well as around the grounds. Bring walking shoes. Also bring your rosary and a pen/pencil to take notes.
  • Items you may have forgotten (comb, toothpaste, etc.) are available for purchase in the bookstore.
  • Dress is generally casual (no tank tops or short shorts).
  • The wake-up bell rings 30 minutes before morning prayer. There are no clocks in the rooms, so you may wish to bring an alarm clock for your own personal use.
  •  Please be prompt to all conferences and meals.
  • If you wish to skip any events on the schedule to allow yourself more personal time, that perfectly ok!
  • No smoking is permitted inside any of the buildings at White House or in common areas.
  • All rooms are pre-assigned.  If you require any special accommodations, please contact our office in advance so that we may best suit your needs.  Call (314) 416-6400.
  • Silence is a big part of the White House Retreat tradition and it is expected that all who attend respect this rule.  Silence begins after the first meal.  There is an optional "fellowship hour" each night immediately following dinner for those who want to visit.
  • There is no set fee or "suggested donation" to attend a retreat at White House.  We operate on a free-will offering basis.  On the final day of your retreat you will be given an envelope.  We simply ask that you give what you can afford.  The only thing we do require is a $50 deposit to reserve a room for you.  If you are coming with a parish group, this fee is waved.
  • White House has a small fitness room with two treadmills and an upright bike available to anyone here on retreat.


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