Retreats are an opportunity for students to build community, strengthen a sense of self, and take time to reflect. We have annual one-day retreats for students in each grade, as well as optional retreats held throughout the year. 


Search Retreat

Since 1991, students in 11th- and 12th-grade have been invited to attend Search, an optional three-day, weekend retreat. It is led by current 12th-graders who have previously attended a Search Retreat.

This student-planned and -led retreat is a highlight of many students' experience at HNA. It is a time to grow in love, respect, and understanding of oneself and others. Over the course of the weekend, students partake in reflections from senior leaders, small group discussions, games and activities, and Mass.

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Urban Plunge

Every year, students can participate in Urban Plunge, a two-day immersion focused on learning
 about the complexities of homelessness in Seattle. Student volunteers hear from speakers, volunteer with agencies that address homelessness, and sleep in a makeshift overnight shelter.

Urban Plunge is part of the commitment of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary to educating young women to direct their lives in peace, justice, and mercy.

Holy Names Academy Urban Plunge volunteers work with the following organizations:

  • Real Change News
  • The Urban Rest Stop
  • ROOTS Young Adult Shelter Friday Feast
  • Mary's Place
  • St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank
  • Compass Housing Alliance 
  • Hope Place
  • St. Francis House

Retreats with Your Grade

Each grade participates in a one-day retreat during the school year. Retreats take place during the school day and are held both on and off-campus.

Each grade-level retreat is unique.  The 9th-grade retreat includes community-building through a low-ropes course and scavenger hunt.  The 10th-grade retreat includes small group reflection on themes such as empathy and integrity.  The 11th-grade retreat includes service to the larger community, and the 12th-grade retreat provides an opportunity for class bonding and reflection before graduation. 

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