Villa Desiderata Retreat Center


Welcome to the Villa Desiderata Retreat House. The minute you step through our doors, you feel the warmth and will want to return again and again. Our desire at the Villa Desiderata is to provide low-cost retreats in a safe, caring environment which are lovingly prepared and presented and that, in all ways, are a living witness to the love of God. We are located in McHenry, Illinois on seven beautiful acres of serene woods on the shores of Pistakee Bay.

The Villa Desiderata, with a special affection for 12-step programs, has been offering weekends of a spiritual nature for over 50 years. We currently provide retreats for members of AA, ALANON, OA, NA and ACOA, but we are open to any type of spiritual retreat if you'd like to schedule it at our retreat house. Retreats generally begin on Friday and conclude following lunch on Sunday.

Our desire at the Villa Desiderata is to provide low-cost retreats in a safe, caring environment and are a living witness to God.


Each Retreat has its own theme or focus for the weekend.
- We Use music, movie clips, and small group activities to shape our retreats.
- Enjoy your time with us. Share our home and enjoy our delicious catered family style       meals.
- You will have opportunity for quality fellowship and sharing, as well as time for personal reflection.
-We even have a labyrinth for meditation for you to enjoy.

We invite you to visit the Villa Desiderata, our home for retreats, workshops, days of recollection, and special groups. Our facilities are also available for rent for your own spiritual programs.  If you are considering scheduling a retreat at the Villa, please call even if the date you need is listed. We schedule groups in each of our two buildings. Also, there are occasional schedule changes. To confirm a weekend, please call Art or Chris at 847-772-4927 or email villaretreats@att.net, or for more information.

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