Parish & School Retreats


Retreats that make an impact

What can you do to engage your students in a lifelong faith? You don’t have to do it alone. At Damascus, we partner with educators of middle school, high school, and Confirmation classes to offer your students an experience that will break through distractions and make your teaching come alive.

Each 2-night, 3-day retreat at Damascus follows a program designed to give students a unique, powerful, and joyful experience of the Catholic Church and invite them to take the next step in their faith. 

While the content grows with the students, there are core elements you can expect from any Damascus retreat. Explore the elements and the different programs below!

What to Expect

Adventure

Fun, high-adventure activities and games stretch comfort zones, build trust and break down walls

Encounter

Students recognize God’s presence through Scripture, prayer, praise, and Eucharistic Adoration

A Proven Program

Age-appropriate content is presented in a dynamic, engaging way while small-group discussions help internalize so it goes home with them

Missionary Leadership

Young adults with extensive training and deep passion for youth ministry who provide leadership, encouragement, and a committed witness to each group of students.

Explore Retreats

Middle School Retreats

Explore our Faith and Science Retreat for 6th grade and Leadership Retreat for 7th grade.

High School Retreats

Damascus offers three transformative retreats for high school students at different ages and places in their journey to invite them to encounter Jesus, engage in true discipleship, and be empowered to live out their unique call to leadership.

Confirmation Retreats

Give your Confirmandi an experience where they can explore the meaning of the sacrament and choose to embrace the fullness of life in Christ- a life that is joy-filled, transformative, and anything but boring! For 8th graders or other youth preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation, these retreats are open to individuals as well as groups!

How do I get there?

Retreat planning doesn’t have to be complicated! We’ve taken care of the schedule so your “Road to Damascus” can be as straightforward as possible, and you can focus on what you do best: helping your students in the daily journey of discipleship.

Talk

to our team about how our retreats can serve your needs

Book

your retreat and add it to your class calendar

Bring

your class to campus for 3 days of transformation!

Continue

the adventure at home

We are a community of missionaries who are passionate about reviving the Church and helping young people live the adventure of their faith.

With decades of experience in youth ministry and religious education, we know the challenges of leading young people to an encounter with Jesus with limited resources of time, personnel, and means. For years we dreamed of partnering with Catholic educators to offer world-class retreats that were reliable and impactful, and the founding of Damascus in 2015 made it possible for that dream to become a reality. Our beautiful, 471-acre campus in Centerburg, OH welcomes over 5,000 students each year for transformative retreats.