Serenity Retreats

About Father Charlie Wehrley

Rev. Charlie Wehrley, C.Ss.R., has been directing retreats since 2002.  His retreats feature an underlying 12 Step spirituality, as is used by Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Codependents Anonymous.  In other words, these retreats place a strong emphasis on acknowledging that we are powerless over many aspects of life;  that we must surrender our need to control life to God, or a Higher Power of our own understanding; that we must let go of demanding or wanting what we want when and how we want it;  and that we often must accept the fact that reality is what it is and not necessarily what we want it to be.

Fr. Charlie’s Serenity Retreats also place strong emphasis on personal empowerment.  We are responsible for our lives and our own happiness.  No one else can be the steward of the one and only life that God has given us.  Yet many people expect that others should be responsible for them and their happiness.  In effect, they give their power away to others by always looking outside themselves for approval.  Personal power comes from within,  from the Spirit of God living inside each and every one of us.  And no one can give us what we need to be giving to ourselves:  love, compassion, understanding, kindness, forgiveness, approval, empathy, et. al.  We find these by looking inside ourselves, exploring and befriending our own brokenness, by accepting ourselves just the way we are and learning to love ourselves just the way God created us:  Perfectly Imperfect!

Current Retreats

Click on the title below for more information about each retreat.  If you have further questions or would like to register for a retreat, call 520-744-3400 or complete on-line registration form.

One Step at a Time

12 Steps to Inner-Peace

The Addictive Personality

Be Yourself


Creating Kindness

Codependent Crazies

The Gospel according to Disney

The Nightmare before Forgiveness

Open Up Your Heart and Let Yourself Out!

The Good News according to Disney

Shame and the Addictive Trap

The Surrender Box

The Perfect-imperfect Parent

SOULSHINE: A Codependents Anonymous Support Group

Fr. Charlie also sponsors a Codependents Anonymous support group called Soulshine.  The group meets at the Center in the main office every Wednesday night from 7:00 – 8:30 PM.  This is an open group that reads from various recovery books and then opens the floor for personal sharing.  Although this is primarily a codependency group, it is open to anyone suffering from addictive behaviors.  Addictions are symptoms of a deeper problem, that problem being “I don’t love who I am.”  We try to get to the root cause of “acting-out” by helping each other to develop self-understanding and self-love.

SOULSHINE: A Blog of Spiritual Reflections

Fr. Charlie also authors a blog entitled Soulshine which offers spiritual reflections for those who are struggling with loving who they are.  The purpose of the blog is to help people see that we are all created in the image and likeness of God, that we all have self-worth, and that we need to take back our personal power by looking inside ourselves for approval, affirmation and love.

The blog address is:

Serenity Retreats Schedule:

Here is a list of the dates for Fr. Charlie’s Retreat of the new retreat year: 2017-2018

September 23, 2017 – The Surrender Box; Oct. 21, 2017 – Nightmare Before Forgiveness; Nov. 4, 2017 – The Perfectly Imperfect Parent; Nov. 10-11, 2017 – Boundaries to Better Relationships; Dec. 8-9, 2017 – The Gospel According to Disney; Jan. 13, 2018 – The Surrender Box; Jan. 19-20, 2018 – Prodigal Love; Feb. 16-17, 2018 – Good News According to Disney 2; March 23-24, 2018 – 12 Steps to Inner-Peace; April 13-14, 2018 – Shame and the Addictive Trap; May 5-6, 2018 – The Addictive Personality


Cost: Please call the office for current rates for the Serenity Retreats.

Advance registrations are required. A non-refundable deposit of $35.00 is requested to confirm your reservation. For more information, please contact us at 520.744-3400, Ext. 7101.

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