"Be still and know."

— Psalm 46:10

The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality (WVIS) is dedicated to providing space and opportunities for deepening mindfulness, prayer practice, interior peace, and for integrating moral and ethical values.

WVIS is rooted and growing in the light of God’s love.

The WVIS Retreat House is located in Charleston, West Virginia. Retreatants have the opportunity to step away from their busy lives into the safe (Covid protocols remain in place) and nurturing atmosphere of both the Retreat House and if desired, the Hermitage. While here, you can relax and spend time in silence and be companioned on your spiritual journey with dedicated Spiritual Directors.

Can’t get away? Let WVIS and our dedicated spiritual directors journey with you either in person (see our list of Associate Spiritual Directors to find a spiritual director near you) or via Zoom.

Satellite Locations

The mission of WVIS is fueled by the charism of spiritual direction. Individuals called to be associate ministry directors serve as satellites of WVIS in a relationship of mutual support with the mission of WVIS at their center.

Offerings & Information

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual directors journey with individuals as they discern the invitations of the Holy Spirit.

Certified Supervisors

Supervisors provide a safe space for spiritual directors to reflect on their practice.

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WVIS offers a variety of programs (many of which include CEU credits) aligned with our mission.

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Training programs include spiritual direction, supervision, and the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.


WVIS offers weekend retreats and individual silent Ignatian directed retreats.

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WVIS resources for ongoing spiritual growth and prayerful meditation.


Grant Provides Retreat for Survivors

Grant Provides Retreat for Survivors

 In the Spring of 2025, thanks to a $6,960 grant from the Pallottine Foundation of Huntington, WVIS will host Recovering Our Soul Connections, a trauma-informed, spiritually sensitive retreat for women who have experienced sexual abuse. The grant provides scholarships...

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Reflections on a Silver Anniversary

Reflections on a Silver Anniversary

When reflecting upon the silver anniversary of the Institute (WVIS), I thought not of the building, nor even the fortunate retreatants who found peace, solace, and friendship within its walls. Instead, I meditated upon the word silver because it seemed symbolic....

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In Deepest Sympathy

In Deepest Sympathy

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Timothy Andrew Wharton of Parkersburg, West Virginia, who passed away on May 10, 2024, at the age of 61.  Brother of Rev. Paul J. Wharton (pastor of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Charleston), Timothy was a...

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