IL Ritiro Franciscan Retreat Center is a 90 acre retreat center located in Dittmer, Missouri (about an hour south of St. Louis). Nestled in the hills of the Ozarks, IL Ritiro ("little retreat") seems to be in the middle of nowhere. This is a perfect spot for the silence and solitude that allows for a God connection.
Following in the footprints of Saints Francis and Clare and in the Franciscan spirit of simplicity and hospitality, this retreat center offers a quiet place of solitude and respite for those wanting to grow deeper in their relationship with God.
Everything at IL Ritiro is geared towards fostering an appreciation for nature and contemplation. Private, directed and preached retreats are offered. A small nature chapel, in addition to Our Lady of the Cedars Chapel, is available for quiet prayer day or night.
Accommodations are clean, bright and comfortable. Each of the three large houses have from 6 to 8 individual bedrooms with 11 to 17 beds. Three smaller hermitages accommodate 1 to 3 guests.
Trails offer a way to slow down contemplating God in the surrounding nature. Benches strategically placed by the pond and along the trails afford the opportunity to just "be" in God's presence.
Perhaps God is calling you to slow down, to "come away and rest for a while." IL Ritiro allows one to spiritually recharge in the wonder and awe of nature and prayer.