Monthly Morning Retreats

The Monthly Outdoor Retreats are led by the Verbum Dei Missionary Sisters in Sacramento and are part of the “Meditation Pod” Program. Learn more by visiting:

Let’s meet outdoor once a month to recharge in God’s presence!  The outdoor morning meditations are led by Sr. Karla Felix-Rivera, VDMF, usually on the last Sunday of the month. WHO IS INVITED? All are invited, especially if you are a busy adult seeking time to unwind, meditate, and refresh your tired soul by reconnecting with God, yourself and nature. Bring your spouse, adult children, family and friends!

Upcoming Morning Outdoor Retreats:

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Outdoor Easter Meditation

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Trinity Sunday Meditation

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Summer Meditation

We will always meet from 9:00am – 11:30am

Who can join?: Everyone is welcomed to join ! If you have any questions regarding the retreat content or format, please do not hesitate to inquire further.

Do I need to bring my Bible and journal? The only requirement is a PEN. Participants will receive a prayer package with prepared bible verses, songs, poems, etc., and writing material. Do not bring a Bible or journal.

What to bring: Bringing an open attitude to allow God to surprise you is top on the list! Apart from that, please bring a pen, hat, sunblock, water, and something to sit on (folding chair, cushion, or blanket).

Covid-19 Safety: Participants must fully commit to the following guidelines: social distancing, fully worn masks, no food sharing or carpooling with individuals of different households. Please do not attend the retreat if you do not intend to adhere to these guidelines.

Free-will donation: You can make a free-will donation to the Verbum Dei Missionary Sisters through Zelle or Venmo with ID # 415 767 9072, check payable to “Verbum Dei,” or cash. Donations are mainly to cover missionary sisters’ gas and park entrance costs.

Cancellations or late arrivals:  Please let Sr. Karla know in advance, her cell is (415) 767-9072  

Where we will meet:  We will begin at “Beeks Bight Parking Lot” which is located inside Granite Bay State Park. We will begin at 9am with a greet & meet moment. From there, we will walk 13 minutes to our prayer spot which overlooks the beautiful Granite Bay. Restrooms are located in the parking lot and there is ample parking for all.  See google map link below:

Join every month & bring a friend or two!

Meet your retreat leader:

Sr. Karla Felix-Rivera, VDMF.

This picture was taken at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah in the summer of 202o. It was during Sr. Karla’s annual month spiritual exercises that she realized the importance of offering outdoor retreats during this pandemic. Sr. Karla is a frequent retreat and prayer group leader, spiritual mentor, and Judge at the Diocesan Tribunal and Bishop’s Delegate for Religious in the Diocese of Sacramento. Because she understands what it means to be busy, she intentionally seeks moments in outdoor settings to experience God’s beauty in nature and solitude needed to be found by God.

If you wish to organize an outdoor morning retreat for your family, coworkers, friends, or parish group, we will gladly work with you to make this happen!

Learn about Outdoor Retreat Opportunities:

By clicking above, you will be directed to a google form. Your responses will helps us begin your retreat preparation!


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.

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Past Gatherings:

Sunday, January 31, 2021.

Here is a piece of what our reflection included:

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”

Pope John XXIII

Saturday, March 20, 2020

Deacons’ Wives Lenten Retreat