Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre is pleased to offer a variety of retreats, days of prayer and renewal, and workshops throughout the year. Click on the links below for program information and registration instructions.

Retreats and Workshops

Days of Recollection and Prayer

A Day with Therese of Lisieux—Her Letters

(Part Seven) 

Date: Sat. May 28  (9:30am-3:30pm)

Led by Fr. Chris Kulig, O. Carm.       

Cost: $65 per person


This day of reflection will focus on the correspondence of Therese during the final term of Mother Marie de Gonzague as Prioress (an election which caused come contention in the community).  Time period covered: March 21, 1896 to April 1897. 


A Day with Therese of Lisieux—Her Letters

(Part Eight)  

Date: TBD

Led by Fr. Chris Kulig, O. Carm.                      
Cost: $65 per person

This day of reflection will focus on the correspondence of Therese during the last few months of her life.  It was during this time that her Carmelite sisters, mostly Mother Agnes and Sister Marie (her blood sisters Pauline and Marie), recorded her words, which comprise the book Last Conversations.  Time period covered: April to September 1897. 


A Day with Therese of Lisieux—Her Letters (Part Nine)  


Led by Fr. Chris Kulig, O. Carm.                      
Cost: $65 per person

 What did others have to say of Therese?  This final installment looks at correspondence from family and friends which mention the Little Flower.  Of great interest are the reflections of St. Zelie Martin, her mother, who died when Therese was just 4 years old.  Her early recollections of Therese, along with those of others throughout her life, help us to understand Therese throughout the entirety of her short life. 


Through the Looking Glass

by group appointment

5 person minimum required

Cost: free will offering


Learn the basics about Carmelite Spirituality through the stained glass windows of the Main Chapel.  This program will be a walking tour of the stained glass images of Our Lady and Elijah, the two main archetypes of Carmelite Spirituality.  Time for meditation in the chapel will follow the presentation.  The morning ends with mass .  (Groups can schedule this as a chapel tour during the week).


Lectio Divina Group

by group appointment- please call 905 356 4113 (5 person minimum required)

Looking for a deeper experience of listening to God’s word?  Try our new Lectio Divina Group.  Lectio Divina, or “Sacred Reading,” is a group form of praying with the scriptures.  All one needs is a prayerful desire to know God through God’s word as it speaks to the group.  The structured process of Lectio Divina helps the group to enter deeply into God’s word with the hopes of finding applications for its meaning to life in the 21st century.  The group will pray with the gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday

Ongoing Activities


Mondays at 10am Wednesdays at 10am and Fridays at 10am and 6pm

Hosted by: Fr. Thomas Hakala O. Carm.


Meditation will be held in the Niagara room on the 4th floor.

Cost: Free will offering

You are invited to come and experience meditation as a way of bringing peace, harmony and joy to your life. Meditation is a way to assist you live a mindful life, to enhance your day-to-day awareness by living in the present moment.


​Being is the capacity of our being: and now, in this moment, we recognize, acknowledge , and submit ourselves. We remind ourselves of this each time we live in the moment. This particular moment this is now making us joyous becomes the continuing moment of every day of every year.

“ New to silent meditation?  If you want, plan to arrive 10 minutes before starting time, to receive some simple instruction on the process. It’s really as simple as ‘just sitting there!’ in God’s Presence and listening. “


Monday thru Friday

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated on weekdays at 11:15 AM in the Canadian National Shrine of St. Therese the Little Flower.


All are Welcome!


Monthly Sessions

Spiritual direction sessions are available on a monthly basis. Please call Centre at 905-356-4113 for information.



by group appointment- please call 905 356 4113

Cost: Free Will Offering


Led by: Fr. Chris Kulig O. Carm.



DREAM GROUP :Ever wonder what to make of your dreams?  Attend the bi-monthly Mount Carmel Dream Group to discover how God may be guiding you through your dreams.

Through a structured sharing process, the group will examine dreams brought by its members.  Come with an open mind and a dream or two!  



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A group of separated and divorced Catholics meet every other Monday for prayer, input and sharing. Call the Centre at 905-356-4113 for information. Please note that you do not have to be Catholic to attend. Everyone is welcome!



Sessions by Appointment

Supervision is available for trained spiritual directors and for spiritual directors currently in a training program. Please call Centre at 905-356-4113 for information and session fees.

EMOTIONS ANONYMOUS-- now offered as virutal meeting - call for more info

Tuesday Evenings at 7pm

A twelve-step organization composed of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties.


An EA group meets every Tuesday evening at 7 PM. Call the Centre at 905-356-4113 for information.

Labyrinth Walk

by group appointment

Cost: free will offering



Come and experience the Mount Carmel Labyrinth as a different way to pray!  The Labyrinth as an ancient archetypal form and method of prayer has experienced a resurgence in spiritual circles in the past few decades.  An introductory orientation to the Labyrinth will begin at 9 a.m. with a group walk of the Labyrinth at 10 a.m. (Those who have had the introduction before can join the walk at 10).  Participants are free to stay for mass at 11:15.






Join us for an afternoon of fun, trivia, food and prizes


The Friends of Carmel are a group of supporters and benefactors who assist in the promotion and raising of funds for Mount Carmel.


If you would like information on joining us, please call the Centre 905 356 4113 x4200


All are welcome!

All Sunday events will be as follows:


One Day Workshops 

Anger Iceberg

Led By Anna Racine

Date: Sat. June 11
Cost: $65 (includes lunch)

Getting Angry is only the tip of the Iceberg. Anger is a secondary emotion. Understanding the cause of anger is the first step to managing it. 

This Workshop will identify the causes of anger and explore our own beliefs and patterns of response. Learn how to respond to anger on a day-to-day basis in a healthy, constructive, and creative ways.

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Finding God in the Everyday


Led by: Anna Racine

Sat. Aug. 27 

Cost: $65 (includes lunch)


Do you feel like you can't find God? What if he is waiting for you right where you are? The most amazing thing happens when we decide to search for God in the everyday. We find Him in the most unexpected places. God is always there, waiting for us to seek Him.

In this Workshop learn how to search for God in the little things, the small moments, the everyday. Be amazed what you will find when you commit to search for God in your everyday life.

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Overnight Retreats

Directed and Private Retreats

Call the Centre Office for availability

Accommodation and meals included.

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 Date: June  3-5, 2022

Led by: Cathy A.J. Hardy

Cost: $450

A weekend of Soul Care at the beautiful Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls.  This year’s theme will be Love Restores My Soul

A sacred time for the soul, this retreat will offer time for reflection, meditation, music & rest. 


 Each woman will have their own private room/bathroom & access to the beautiful Mt Carmel grounds, labyrinth walk, stone church, and more.  Meals are included.


The retreat will be guided by Cathy AJ Hardy with group times (rooted in the Christian Mystical Tradition), of reflection, teaching, song, and stillness and personal time for individual reflection.  Cathy will provide journaling exercises, art meditations, and stations for personal prayer and reflection.  


You can read more about Soul Care Retreats here.

Some of Cathy's most recent musical recordings can be heard here: 


or through spotify


ICON WRITING WORKSHOP                               

Room & Board: $815

July 1-7 (Friday check-in before 8PM to Thursday morning)


Master Iconographer Philip Zimmerman will guide students through creating one complete icon of St. Ignatius of Antioch with lions.  Any level of experience is accepted.  Each step is demonstrated to students, followed by time to copy what has been taught.  Students will learn: filling in, rendering clothes and flesh, 23 carat gold leafing, and varnishing.  In addition, students will gain familiarity with ruling pens and ruling pen compasses, and information on preparation of panels for painting.  Students will need to pre-order their art boards and supplies directly with Phil Zimmerman at



Date: July 19 from 5:30 supper to July 22

Led by: Kathryn McMorrow



 Self-image and self-awareness change and develop over time if we are open to letting go of beliefs, attitudes and behaviours that no longer serve us, that were often imposed by others and that are now preventing us from moving forward and creating an environment of meaning and purpose in our lives.


 Give yourself some time away to nourish body, mind and spirit as you gently explore your strengths, challenges and resources to determine  how you are being called to live out your uniqueness in a way that will be the most deeply satisfying and fulfilling for you in this next stage of your journey. Be ready for some surprises!


 The contents of this retreat can also be helpful as a preparation or an ongoing     accompaniment to inner child work, befriending your shadow, anger and forgiveness or decision making and discernment.


THIS IS NOT A SILENT RETREAT. Mornings will consist of opening prayer, mini-presentations, group work and personal reflection. Afternoons can be spent in quiet time or participating in meditative and prayerful activities. You may wish to bring a journal, some spiritual reading and material for artwork.

For more information email questions to Kathryn at:




If You’re Happy and You Know It…

A Gratitude Retreat

Led by: Anna Racine

Date: Aug 5-7 

Cost: $300

True happiness is an internal job. It's a conscious choice to focus on the positive and free ourselves from negative thinking. Follow your heart to a weekend at Mount Carmel and take yourself on a life journey to nourish, embrace and celebrate all that you are.  Learn how to strengthen your foundation of happiness, and how it can help to build a lifetime of laughter and joy.

When we search for the path to happiness we find that gratitude and happiness are closely linked. Discover how the simple practice of gratitude allows us to reclaim our inner happiness so we can be our best self.

“Be grateful for the big things, the little things, and everything in between, and happiness will follow.”

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A Retreat for Women


Date: August 14 from 5:30 supper to August 18

Led by: Kathryn McMorrow


Relax, renew and re-energize in the tranquil and welcoming environment of Mount Carmel. This year’s theme is HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS. We will explore the surprising findings concerning the heart-brain connection, the incredible energy that radiates from the heart centre to enrich our lives, and the role of intuition as a way of knowing and its use in decision-making. What is YOUR heart’s desire?

 THIS IS NOT A SILENT RETREAT. Input sessions will be balanced with meditative activities and periods of silence for prayer and reflection. Meals can be taken in silence or conversation. If you wish, bring materials for artwork, spiritual reading, and a journal, and perhaps some heart symbols or a favourite valentine.


For more information email questions to Kathryn at




Kathryn McMorrow has Masters degrees in Clinical Psychology and in Religious Studies and a graduate diploma in Human Relations and Family Life. She is also trained in Spiritual Direction. Based in Montreal, she has done social justice work throughout the Americas, Australia, Korea and South Africa, giving workshops and retreats in English, French and Spanish.

Marc Chagall Paints the Bible

Presenter:  Fr. Craig E. Morrison, O.Carm.

September 2-4 (Friday check in before 5:30 pm dinner to Sunday departing after lunch)

Cost: $350

Born into poverty in Belarus, Marc Chagall endured a most turbulent time with the violent collapse of czarist Russia and two world wars.  In 1941, he and his wife, Bella, fled for their lives to New York escaping the Shoah while carrying with them the White Crucifixion (a Chagall masterpiece now part of Chicago’s Art Institute).  During these insane 20th Century years, Chagall created over 100 paintings and etchings of the Bible, his luminous brush casting dreamy, radiant, mystical, and magical biblical themes onto the canvas. We will mediate on his art and enter into the biblical world as Chagall imagined it.