Marywood is a Retreat and Conference Center operated by the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine. The primary mission of Marywood is to serve the people and parishes of the Diocese of St. Augustine by providing facilities, resources, and programs that aid the process of spiritual renewal and faith development. Marywood is available to the wider interfaith community as well as non-profit and commercial groups.

Marywood Retreat and Conference Center rests on the St. Johns River just minutes from Jacksonville and St. Augustine.  Its 100 acres of beautiful tranquility is accented with towering live oak trees and gardens making it a perfect environment for any type of gathering. Marywood offers unique conference facilities and accommodations to meet any event or personal needs.

  • Conference rooms for groups from 10-180 attendees
  • 60 motel-style rooms
  • Self-contained camp with sleeping for 72 guests
  • Executive chef and dining room
  • Beautiful grounds and dock on the St. Johns River
  • Tennis courts, basketball court, picnic areas, and nature trails
  • Chapel with seating up to 74 people.

Marywood Retreat and Conference Center hosts and sponsors numerous programs and events. Throughout the year, groups from all faiths come to Marywood as well as many non-profit and commercial groups for meetings, training and planning events. Marywood is not just for groups. Many individuals also come to Marywood — Sometimes just for a few hours to enjoy the peaceful surroundings or at other times, for a few days as a private retreatant.

Marywood can provide whatever it is you need in the way of facilities and resources for the individual or that special small or large group function that you are planning. Why not consider Marywood for your next Retreat or Conference event? Our dedicated staff is eager to share Marywood with everyone. Please call or stop by to let us know how we can help you.

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Read the article written in Advantage Business Magazine!

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About an hour southwest and on the edge of the St. John’s River, boasting 100 lush acres of tranquility accented with towering oak trees and plentiful gardens, is Marywood Retreat and Conference Center. With five conference rooms able to accommodate 10-180 people and a plethora of indoor and outdoor facilities, this serene oasis located minutes from Jacksonville and St. Augustine is an ideal environment away from the daily hustle and bustle for teambuilding and leadership retreats. Marywood’s idyllic setting offering several outdoor activities and nature trails is perfect for fostering camaraderie and teamwork; while its unique conference facilities allow for meetings and conferences in comfort with little distraction. Marywood’s onsite executive chef and dining facility is available to enhance any conference, meeting or event and overnight accommodations are also an option. Their experienced and dedicated event staff is ready to assist with any small or large corporate function and eager to share their peaceful and unique retreat and conference facility with your group.

– As seen in Advantage Business Magazine

Article by Mariela Murphy