Welcome to the Galilee Centre!

Situated next to an old growth forest overlooking the Ottawa River, Galilee Centre is a welcoming holistic spiritual life centre that is an oasis of peace, care and comfort.

Sponsored by OMI Lacombe, our mission is to provide an environment, programs and services which nurture people’s personal and spiritual growth, enabling them to contribute to a healthier world.

We welcome both individual guests and groups.

To view our google calendar with upcoming events and programs click here.

Weekly Quote

"The spiritual quest is not some added benefit to our life, something you embark on if you have the time and inclination. We are spiritual beings on an earthly journey. Our spirituality makes up our beingness."

John Bradshaw

News & Featured

Unique Artisanal Carvings From The Royal Oak

The Galilee Centre’s Royal Oak tree was planted in 1860 by the then 19-year old Prince Edward of Wales (who later grew up to become Edward VII) during a stop on his tour through Canada. Recently, a large limb fell from this historic tree and was broken into several pieces. To ensure that these fallen … Read More!


Valentine’s Day Luncheon – Thursday, February 14th

Join us for a lovely Valentine’s Day Luncheon in Galilee Centre’s historic dining room. $18 per person. Seating: 11:30-12:00 Minestrone Soup Chicken Breasts in White Wine Sauce Long Grain & Wild Rice Glazed Carrots Chocolate Mousse Cake To RSVP: 613-623-4242 ext 21 or info@galileecentre.com


Waking to Mystery: God Comes Disguised as Our Life – March 8 – 9, 2019

March 8th (Registration at 6 pm) to March 9th (8 pm) You are not a project.  Your Life is not a project.  Grace is not a reward.  You are invited to stop long enough to know that we already live in union with God. Drawing on the teachings of Thomas Merton, Richard Rohr, & others, … Read More!


Spring Luncheon – Tuesday, March 19th

Join us for a lovely Spring Luncheon in Galilee Centre’s historic dining room. $19 per person. Seating: 11:30-12:00 Chicken Vegetable Soup Stuffed Pork Loin Garlic Mashed Potatoes Mixed Vegetables Lemon Meringue Pie To RSVP: 613-623-4242 ext 21 or info@galileecentre.com


In Silence We Find Our Home: Lenten Centering Prayer Retreat – April 4th – 7th 2019

April 4th (Registration at 4 pm) to 7th (11 am), 2019 Join us for a three-day immersion into silence, which opens and deepens our awareness of the Presence, Action and Grace of the Divine in our lives. This retreat is intended for people with a regular practice of Centering Prayer or other meditative practice. Contemplative … Read More!


Holy Week Contemplative Prayer Days – April 14 – 15, 2019

April 14th (Registration at 6 pm) to April 15th (4 pm) Join with Galilee for Taize Ecumenical Prayer service and then enter into 24 hours of contemplative silence- resting in God as we prepare to bear witness once again to the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. Susan Kehoe (COEO) will be facilitating this program. … Read More!


Unending Pull of Love – May 10 – 12, 2019

May 10th (Registration at 4 pm) to 12th (11 am), 2019 The Endless Pull of Love: The second half of life is often marked by us asking ourselves, “Is there more to life?”  We have worked, raised families, enjoyed success, endured failures, suffered losses and now we sense a yearning for something more.  Yet too … Read More!


Icon Workshop (Therese of Lisieux) – June 2 – 7, 2019

June 2nd (Check-in at 6 pm) to 7th (11 am), 2019 Space in this workshop is limited to 10 participants. Deadline to register is May 19, 2019. This is a spiritual retreat focused on St. Therese of Lisieux and the gift she is to our spiritual growth.  Participants will engage in the Christian sacred art … Read More!


Relishing a More Imaginative Church For Our Time – July 7 – 12, 2019

July 7th (Registration at 6 pm) to 12th (11 am), 2019 You are invited to spend prayerful time with the rich imaginations and works of contemporary Christians like Brother Roger of Taize, Estonian composer Arvo Part, and Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo. This retreat will be an opportunity to witness and pray with the imaginative richness … Read More!


Guided Contemplative Retreat – July 22 – 26, 2019

July 22nd (Registration at 3 pm) to 26th (1 pm), 2019 Simply be still, be listening, be loving. This retreat is ideal for those seeking an extended time away from routines to reflect on and deepen on their relationship with God and self. Treat yourself to the experience of community in an unstructured atmosphere of … Read More!


Five-Day Directed Retreat – July 26 – 31, 2019

July 26th (Registration at 4 pm) to 31st (1 pm), 2019 Retreat in an environment of silence, as a part of a praying community discerning the ways of God through prayer.   Each day you will meet with your Spiritual Director to speak of your life and prayer.  Your Director will ask you questions, give … Read More!


Serenity and Surrender – August 9 – 11, 2019

August 9th (Registration at 6 pm) to 11th (11 am), 2019 You are invited into a peaceful atmosphere where you can rest, renew your spiritual life, and deepen your sobriety. This Twelve Steps weekend will focus on the power of steps 1, 2, 3. Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie OMI & Michelle Reis-Amores will be facilitating … Read More!


Friends of Galilee – Bursary

“Friends of Galilee, a volunteer support group, has limited funds available to assist individuals in covering the costs of programs offered by Galilee Centre. Please contact: Edith Boucher: Tel: 613-622-5625 or Guy and Marian Brethour: Tel: 613-270-9019 or Email: brethour@bell.net for more information.