Outdoor Retreats

Be still and know that I am God.

Ps 46,10

Give yourself time to recharge your soul!  This program developed as a response to the pandemic. On the last Saturday or Sunday of the month, we meet to pray at an outdoor location near Sacramento; at times this includes a hike. These prayer opportunities are for busy adults, parents, ministers and spiritual seekers desiring to unwind, meditate, and be renewed by reconnecting with God, others and nature.

Join any time with your spouse, adult children, family, friends or on your own!

If you have questions regarding the retreat content or format, contact Sr. Karla at: meditationpod8@gmail.com

Upcoming Outdoor Retreats:


  • Where: Granite Bay State Park
  • Driving distance from Sacramento: 35 mins
  • Retreat Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Hike distance: 10 minutes (this is NOT a hiking event)

All are welcomed!


What do I need to bring? Bringing an open attitude to be surprised by God is top on the “what to bring list”! Apart from that, please pack a pen, hat, sunblock, water, and a sandwich. Do not bring a Bible or journal since you will receive a prayer package with bible verses, songs, poems, etc., and writing space.

What about covid-19 Safety? For everyone’s safety, if you are presenting or recently presented covid symptoms please refrain from attending.

What is the price? This is a free-will donation event. You can offer a donation to the Verbum Dei Missionary Sisters through Zelle or Venmo with ID # 415 767 9072, check payable to “Verbum Dei,” or cash. Thank you for supporting the Missionaries’ mission through your generosity.

How do I cancel my registration? Please let Sr. Karla know in advance, her cell is (415) 767-9072  

Join every month & bring a friend or two!

Meet your retreat leader:

Sr. Karla Felix-Rivera, VDMF.

Sr. Karla is a contemplative-active missionary sister who loves the outdoors. In 2020, she realized the importance of offering outdoor retreats as a response to the pandemic and saturated online life. Her time is divided between offering retreats and leading prayer groups, being a spiritual mentor, teacher, Judge at the Diocesan Tribunal and Bishop’s Delegate for Religious in the Diocese of Sacramento. Join her monthly on a outdoor morning retreat or travel with her on the upcoming multi-day retreats!

Learn about other retreats, please visit our home page:


Please refer your questions to Sr. Karla Felix-Rivera, VDMF:


About Us:

The Verbum Dei Missionaries in Sacramento are dedicated to spiritual growth programs, retreats, and prayer groups for adults, university students, and married couples.

The Verbum Dei Missionaries are a Catholic international pontifical institute of consecrated life and a 501c3 non-profit organization.

International site: https://verbumdei.org/

National site: https://verbumdeiusa.org/

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Past Outdoor Retreats:

New Beginnings Retreat January 2021:

Deacons’ Wives Lenten Retreat March 20, 2021:

Spring Retreat April 11, 2021 at Granite Bay State Park:

Hiking Retreat along stream near Lake Tahoe, May 30, 2021: