Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Matt Talbot Retreat Group and the Matt Talbot Retreat Movement?
The Matt Talbot Retreat Movement promotes spiritual retreats and aids and encourages the formation of Matt Talbot Retreat Groups, which conduct these retreats. The retreat groups are independent organizations. The Retreat Movement is the service organization that supports the retreat groups.

What is a Retreat?
A retreat brings together a group of recovering alcoholics is a setting that promotes fellowship and sharing thoughout the weekend. A Retreat Leader(s), who are usually a recovering alcoholic and trained in spiritual matters, gives conferences on varies broad topics several times during the weekend, bringing valuable insights into the spiritual element of the disease of alcoholism.

Must I be Catholic to attend a Matt Talbot Retreat?
No. Matt Talbot Retreats are open to recovering alcoholics regardless of religion, sex, race, color or creed. There are separate Retreat Groups for men, women, and married couples (both of whom must be recovering alcoholics). We are not affiliated with any organized religion.

Is there a price to attend a Matt Talbot Retreat?
Yes. Each group sets the cost for its retreats. Most of the cost goes to the retreat house for room and board.

Who is eligible to attend a Matt Talbot Retreat?
Recovering alcoholics are eligible to attend Matt Talbot retreats.

Are Matt Talbot Retreats affiliated with AA?
No. There is no affiliation between AA and Matt Talbot Retreats. However, Matt Talbot Retreats are intended to foster and enhance spiritual recovery as suggested by AA’s Twelve-Step Program.

How Often Do I Go on Retreat?
This is up to each individual. However, typically members attend one or two retreats a year.

Where Are Retreats Held?
Generally, retreats are held in Retreat Houses. Most Matt Talbot Retreat Groups are in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. However, groups also exist in other states, in Canada, and in Ireland. To find Retreat Groups near you, you may contact us at the address below. We will be happy to forward information.

Can I form a Matt Talbot Retreat Group?
Yes. We will be happy to send you detailed information about starting a Matt Talbot Retreat Group if you write us at the address below.