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








November 2020


“ Betrothed: A Preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage ”

A Retreat for Engaged Couples

Led by: Fred and Anne Janssen, Megan and Steven Pepin

November 20 - 22


$385 per Couple, or $192.50 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.

Read Dr. Sarah Bartel's  Betrothed Letter to Formators.

Fred and Anne Janssen mentor engaged couples who are preparing for Sacramental Marriage, and they train other married couples to be mentors as well. They have led Catholic Marriage retreats throughout the Northwest for more than 15 years and served on the 2009 Archdiocesan Commission for Marriage and Family.

Fred and Anne have been married for 25 years, have three children, and are members of St. John Vianney Parish in Kirkland, where they are the lay leaders for Marriage Preparation and Marriage Enrichment.

Steven and Megan Pepin were both born and raised in Pennsylvania, where they met in college in Pittsburgh. They were married in the summer of 2017. Steven volunteered for two years in youth ministry, and currently works as an engineer at Philips. After graduating from college, Megan served for 3 years as a missionary with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. She now serves as the Director of Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Seattle. Steven and Megan have mentored and encouraged many engaged couples; they live in Kirkland, WA.


December 2020


“ In The World Not Of The World - The Call To Holiness ”

Silent Advent Retreat

Led by: Fr. James Northrop

December 4 - 6


Private Room: $247.50 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $209 Total per person

Note: This retreat is open to both men and women.

The Second Vatican Council reiterated that everyone is called to holiness. What does this mean? In a world that is becoming increasingly secular how do put into practice Jesus’ words to be “salt for the earth” and avoid the trap of “gaining the world and losing our soul”. Join Fr. James Northrop for a retreat where we learn and pray to remain faithful to the call of our Baptism to be set apart for the works of God.

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.

“ The Hope of Advent ”

Women's Advent Retreat

Led by: Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT

December 11 - 13


Private Room: $247.50 Total
Shared Room (with friend or family member): $209 Total per person

Advent is a beautiful time of preparation and illumination as we await the arrival of Jesus Christ our Lord. What does Mary’s heart reveal to us in this time? Where in our hearts is Christ coming to save us and bring us His light, healing and hope? This retreat will focus on the power and promise of God’s love for us, the beauty of the feminine heart found in its fullness in Mary and how through hope and healing our lives are transformed from darkness into light.

Sr. Miriam James Heidland is a former Division I athlete who had a radical conversion and joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1998. Her story has been featured on EWTN’s The Journey Home, SEEK Conference, USCCB Convocation, Relevant Radio and other outlets.
She holds a Master’s degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute and speaks extensively on the topics of conversion, authentic love, forgiveness, healing (and sports!). Sr. Miriam’s podcast, Abiding Together, can be found on iTunes and her book, Loved As I Am, can be found on Amazon. She tweets at @onegroovynun


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