26900 78th Ave NW, PO Box 1002, Stanwood WA 98292  |  360-629-3737












4700 SW Dash Point Road
Federal Way, Washington 98023



Phone: (206) 274-3130
Fax: (206) 382-3482
Email: palisades@seattlearch.org       



From North or South on I-5

  • Take exit 143.
  • Go west on 320th Street past “The Commons” Mall.
  • Stay on 320th until it ends.
  • Take a Right onto 47th Ave SW toward Dash Point Road (WA State 509).
  • At the stop sign, turn Left and then take the first Right into the drive for the Retreat Center.

From the East on Highway 18

  • Take Highway 18 to Federal Way.
  • Highway 18 will become Campus Way and then 336th SW.
  • Turn Right onto Hoyt Road. Hoyt Road becomes 47th SW.
  • Continue on 47th Ave SW toward Dash Point Road (WA State 509).
  • At the stop sign, turn Left and then take the first Right into the drive for the Retreat Center.




The Retreat Center at The Palisades











“Experiencing the Living Church: Liturgy for the People or the People for the Liturgy?”

Young Adult Retreat

Led by: Fr. Marcin Szymanski, OP

May 4 - 6


$99.50 per Person

Note: This retreat is for young adults ages 21-35.

During this retreat, we will explore the place of the human person within the Church and within the liturgy. We will look into the documents of the Second Vatican Council and the thoughts of John Paul II for guidance. We will also immerse ourselves in the liturgy: The Liturgy of the Hours, the Eucharist, the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and the Sacrament of Penance.

Read our Q&A with Fr. Marcin here!

Fr. Marcin Szymański O.P. (both name and surname are rather unpronounceable, but you can try with “Mar-chin”) is a native of Poland.
During high school he started attending Dominican Youth Ministry in his native Warsaw. He liked it so much that he joined the Dominican Friars just after high school at the age of 19. During his studies, Fr. Marcin lived in Dublin, Ireland for a year. He returned to Ireland after his ordination, serving the Polish community in Ireland for two years. In 2013 he was moved to Seattle, where he served as Associate Pastor at our Blessed Sacrament Parish. From 2015-2017, he served at Prince of Peace Catholic Newman Center at the University of Washington. Presently, he lives in Salt Lake City ministering at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Newman Center and Parish. In his spare time, Fr. Marcin likes hiking, books, and games (computer, board, card etc.).

“Having a Mary Spirit in a Martha World”

Women's Retreat

Led by: Donna Cori Gibson

May 11 - 13


Private Room:
$107.50/night (meals included) - $215 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$90.00/night (meals included) - $180 Total

Prayer is the most important thing we can do this side of eternity. Without it we can do nothing. Donna will offer insights and help for increasing one's prayer life and making it more fruitful to all who have a desire to be closer to the Lord. With prayer as a foundation, we can thrive in any apostolate, that includes being the best woman, wife, and mother, God has created us to be. Within the parameters of prayer, and with a few related sung prayers thrown in from time to time, Donna shares from personal experience that the unique abilities and even power of women to be effective is only possible with the help of God, which we get, of course, from prayer and living in His Will.

Martha, who is called out for being "ANXIOUS about many things" teaches us the lesson that work only has a limited place and needs to be mingled with prayer in order to be fruitful and not bring about bitterness. A woman's effectiveness comes from her ability to be quiet (if she can - if not, to learn how to be), patient (which means suffering without complaining -oh, who wants that? We'd rather DO something!) and prayerful (trusting the Lord to do the heavy lifting, being persistent until He does). Our Lady, her life and example, a few of the saints and the Mass (how to get the most out of it by bringing more to it) are also shared over the weekend.

The Lord shows us the way if we will just listen and be humble and obedient. A woman's strength IS in the joy of following the Lord. We should look forward eagerly and with longing to our meditation time or "date" with the Lord, our true lover, provider, friend and God with us, with whom nothing else matters. Donna shares her love for the Lord with others to inspire a greater desire in their hearts to grow ever closer to our Lord and change the world.

Read our Q&A with Donna Cori here!

Donna Cori Gibson, has been sharing her songs, sung Catholic prayers, and meditations via Golden Arrow Catholic Music in Catholic churches and prayer groups, on TV and at many conferences and events internationally. A Lay Carmelite since 1999, she can be heard in interview and song on Catholic radio stations across the nation and worldwide on Mother Angelica's EWTN Global Catholic Network, and sister short-wave station WEWN.

After years of working in New York as a professional singer, songwriter, and studio musician, Donna's music is now focused on prayer, sharing the Faith with stories from the Bible, and spreading a desire and means to come closer to Jesus. Songs include word for word prayers from the Bible (as singing makes for easy memorization) and well known prayers of the Church and saints. Setting prayers to music is Donna's way of helping brothers and sisters in the Lord to "Pray to the Spirit on all occasions with all kind of prayers and requests" (Phil 6:18).

“Anointed: Priest, Prophet, King”

Men's Retreat

Led by: David Charboneau

May 25 - 27


Private Room:
$107.50/night (meals included) - $215 Total

Shared Room (with family member):
$90.00/night (meals included) - $180 Total per Person

“As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as members of his body, sharing everlasting life.” - Rite of Baptism, Anointing after Baptism

In our Baptism and Confirmation, we are anointed into the mission of Christ as Priest, Prophet, & King. In our vocations as husbands, fathers, brothers, and sons, we are called to take on the role of priest, prophet, and king in our families and in society.

During our retreat we will pray the Liturgy of the Hours, immerse ourselves in Scripture and Tradition, and have some time for quiet reflection. We will start by looking at the Old Testament roots of the priests, prophets, and kings. Then we will see these three offices are united and perfected in Jesus and how we become participants in the three-fold mission of Christ. Finally, we will reflect how God is calling us to live out each of these roles in our daily life.

Read our Q&A with David here!

David grew up in Tacoma. He studied at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he earned a BA in Catechetics and an MA in Theology. He has served the church in various roles for about 15 years, including as a Youth Minister, RCIA & Adult Faith Formation coordinator, Camp Director and Catechist Certification instructor. He is currently the Director of Evangelization at St. Nicholas in Gig Harbor. He lives in Gig Harbor with his wife and three children.



“And the Desert will Bloom: Experiencing More of God's Grace in Everyday Life”

Men's & Women's Retreat

Led by: Fr. James Northrop

June 22 - 24


Private Room:
$107.50/night (meals included) - $215 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$90.00/night (meals included) - $180 Total

Come and join Fr. James Northrop for a weekend of talks and prayer experiences to help you encounter more of God’s abundant grace in your everyday life. We will examine the challenges and joys of discipleship and pray for the ability to develop a faith perspective in all situations to help us be more grateful for our blessings and to be able to say with St. Paul, “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

Fr. James Northrop was born in Pullman, WA and grew up in Richland, WA. He attended the University of Idaho and obtained a degree in Vocal Music Education. After college he attended St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA for five years. He was ordained on June 7, 1997 by the late Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy.

He thoroughly enjoys his ministry as a priest and has been an instructor for the Archdiocesan Catechetical Certification program. He enjoys conducting retreats, working on music, fishing with his family, and helping people discover the wonderful presence of the Holy Spirit.



“Betrothed: A Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage”

A Retreat for Engaged Couples

Led by: Dr. Sarah Bartel, Nathan Bartel

August 3 - 5


$365 per Couple, or $182.50 per Person

Note: This retreat fulfills the diocesan marriage preparation requirement and offers a rich integration of catechesis and theology.

The joy of marriage is the joy of the Church. “Betrothed” invites couples to prepare for a joyful, lifelong marriage. Blending hands-on learning of practical life skills with excellent catechesis and insights from St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, this marriage-prep retreat is designed to impact on the quality of a couples’ communication, conflict resolution, and shared sense of mission.

Dr. Sarah Smith Bartel is an award-winning writer and a dynamic speaker. She earned a doctorate in moral theology and ethics from The Catholic University of America, specializing in marriage, family, sexual ethics, and bioethics. Her column “Your Marriage Matters” appears in Northwest Catholic Magazine. She serves as a marriage and family life consultant for the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Nathan Bartel holds a B.A. in English from Gonzaga University and M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America. With a background in personal finance and technology, he currently works for Amazon. Together with Sarah, he has mentored engaged couples and presented at marriage enrichment retreats. Nathan and Sarah raise their four daughters in Sumner, WA.




“Five Ways to Tune Your Interior and Spiritual Life”

Sponsored by the Lay Carmelites of WA & BC

Led by: Br. James Lindsay, OCD

October 5 - 7


Private Room:
$122.50/night (meals included) - $245 Total

Shared Room (with friend or family member):
$102.50/night (meals included) - $205 Total

We must always keep growing in the spiritual life. This retreat presents five ways to grow spiritually, thereby becoming better human beings through a greater participation in the life of God.

Brother James Lindsay, O.C.D., is a member of the retreat team at El Carmelo, the Carmelite Retreat House in Redlands, California. He formerly served as the Director of the Carmelite Institute of Spirituality in Stanwood, Washington. Prior to entering the Carmelite Order he was an attorney. He has served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Brazil. He h

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