Rejuvenate alongside other CIVA members at our first ever Summer Retreat! Join us in July for three days of rest, relaxation, and art at the beautiful Marianist Retreat and Conference Center in Eureka, Missouri. Nestled on 120 acres of wooded rolling hills on the scenic Meramac River, the center offers space for creative work, writing, and contemplation alongside three miles of trails, wildlife, and stunning art. Attendees will share meals, attend worship services, and may join in optional group activities. The rest of the time is up to you!

Double Occupancy$200 per person (Increases to $260 after June 30)
Single Occupancy$295 per person (Increases to $360 after June 30)
Registration is required in advance. Membership is not required. Open to individuals and families. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The registration fee includes daily meals and lodging as well as scheduled programming. Participants are responsible for their own transportation. Registration closes July 7, 2022.


Attendees are free to come and go as they please. All scheduled tours, events, and workshops are optional and are geared toward adults and teenagers. Families with younger children are welcome to attend these events as their schedules allow. Everyone is encouraged to enjoy the beautiful outdoors including an on-site play area, hiking trails, and bike paths.

Monday, July 18

  • 12:00 pm: Luncheon buffet at the Kingsbury Gallery (Grace and Peace Fellowship), St. Louis
  • 1:30 pm: Tour the mosaics at the Cathedral Basilica St. Louis (guided tour)
  • 2:30 pm: Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) (guided tour)
  • 3:30 pm: Pulitzer Art  Foundation & grounds to see Richard Serra’s JOE
  • 4:30 pm: Travel to Retreat Center
  • 5:00 pm: Check-in at MRCC
  • 6:00 pm: Dinner & Welcome
  • 7:00 pm: Evening Program & Worship
  • 8:30 pm: Bonfire & S’mores
  • 9:30 pm: Late, Late Show

Tuesday, July 19

  • 8:00 am: Walking Meditation & Chapel
  • 8:30 am: Breakfast
  • 10:00 am: Outdoor Art Workshops
    • Watercolor
    • Photography
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:30 pm: Afternoon Workshops
    • Art Making
    • Reflection & Rest
  • 6:00 pm: Dinner
  • 8:00 pm: Bonfire Vespers
  • 9:30 pm: Late, Late Show

Wednesday, July 20

  • 8:00 am: Walking Meditation & Chapel
  • 8:30 am: Breakfast
  • 9:30 am: Outdoor Art Workshops
    • Watercolor
    • Photography
  • 11:30 am: Lunch
  • 1:30 pm: Tour Intersect Arts Center
  • 3:00 pm: City Park Sculpture Park
  • 4:00 pm: St. Louis Arch & Arch’s Museum of Westward Expansion

Workshops Leaders & Hospitality

Joe Cory is CIVA’s current Board Chair, a visual artist, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he also serves as a Faculty Fellow in Samford’s Center for the Worship and the Arts. Using fragmented imagery, he creates paintings, collages, and digital artworks to help him navigate the complex world in which we live. Cory is especially interested in using his work to serve as a reminder of God’s grace amidst a broken world. He exhibits his artwork across the United States and has received numerous grants and awards. He is a member of Shades Valley Community Church (EFCA) where he serves as an Elder. When he is not in the studio or classroom, Joe enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and watching sports.

Sarah Bernhardt is a St. Louis based artist, educator, and administrator exploring photography, video, installation, and social practice.  She received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis, taught at the University of Missouri St. Louis, and  St. Louis University.  In 2013 Bernhardt founded Intersect Arts Center, an arts space focused on nurturing accessibility to the arts and relationship building across diverse communities.  Bernhardt continues to direct the space, developing exhibitions, education programs, maker spaces, artist studio spaces, and community events and projects.

Jen Duncan resides in south St. Louis County with her husband Joe, and 2 dogs. After raising their 3 children, she pursued a degree in Education from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Upon graduation, Jen began teaching within the Archdiocese of St. Louis and in 2009 moved to Bishop DuBourg High School.  As a math teacher and Campus Minister, Jen helped teens see God in their everyday activities and encouraged them to see the unique beauty and strength that lies within. Witnessing the spiritual growth her students experienced at the MRCC, Jen was drawn to her current position as the Director of Hospitality. Each day is a new opportunity to live the words from Hebrews 13:2, “Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels”. When not entertaining angels, Jen reads, hikes, and spends time golfing and trout fishing area streams with her husband and family.

Kim Garza is an educator, designer, and experimental filmmaker. She is an Associate Professor of Design and Director of User Experience Design at St. Edward’s University, where she facilitates an engaging learning community with her students. Kim loves to collaborate and launch new things into the world — curriculum, programs, apps, films, websites, and games. She holds a B.A. from Anderson University and a Master of Graphic Design (M.G.D.) from North Carolina State University. Kim has been an active CIVA member since 2001 and leader with Doing Good Well since 2012. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of CIVA’s Board of Directors.

Nancy Hughes brings 30 years of visual art experience in secular, religious, and non-profit galleries, as well as her work as a mosaic fabricator.  Nancy has lived in St. Louis since 1981 and loves to share the many art treasures the city has to offer.  She often takes guest artists on art tours when they come to install and visit. Past positions include the Greenberg Gallery, the Francis Schaeffer Institute, the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art ( MOCRA), Kingsbury Gallery (since 1981), and The St. Louis Poetry Center.

Marianist Retreat and Conference Center

The retreat center offers full-service facilities, excellent food, and is surrounded by the beautiful Meramec River valley. Learn more about accessibility at the retreat center.