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 life is not a life before, after, or beyond our everyday existence. No, the spiritual life can only be real when it is lived in the midst of the pains and joys of the here and now."

Henri Nouwen

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!


Lunch & Learn: Icons: Images of the Divine – Sunday, May 5

Sunday May 5, 2019 Through this presentation, participants will learn about the oldest form of Christian art: iconography. Many images of icons from her travels & research, as well as photos & icons from her own collection, will be used to answer: what an icon is & is not; where icons originated; the use of … Read More!


Gracenote Vespers – Thursday May 9, 2019; 7:30 pm

Thursday May 9, 7:30-8:30 pm “You made the day, O Lord, for works of light and the night for the refreshment of our weakness.” Join us for evening prayers of Thanksgiving & Praise led by the uniquely talented GRACENOTE. This compassionate & talented group of artists bring a vibrant, joyful, & soulful approach to this … Read More!


Mother’s Day Luncheon – Thursday May 9

Join us on Thursday May 9 at the Galilee Centre to celebrate mothers everywhere with our Mother’s Day Luncheon. Arrival Time: 11:30 am – noon Cost: $19 Menu: Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup Creamy Tarragon Chicken Stuffed Potato Asparagus with Cheese Sauce Tiramisu Tickets available at Galilee Centre or… Purchase Here Galilee Centre 398 … 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!


Spring Cleaning Day at Galilee Centre – May 22, 9 am – 4 pm

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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

FULLY BOOKED! (wait-listed applications still accepted) 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 … 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 16 – 18, 2019

August 16th (Registration at 6 pm) to 18th (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.