Welcome to La Verna Retreat Center

Vaal RiverView

La Verna is a Franciscan Retreat Centre situated along the bank of the Vaal river about 12 kilometres outside Vanderbiljpark. The centre was built in 1958 and still retains much of that traditional art in its buildings and surroundings. It provides accomodation for one day events, weekend and weeklong spiritual and social activities. It caters for all faiths and its strutures can accomodate the multiple groups simultaneously with affordable prices. The activities include school retreats, sodalities, reuinions, conventions, chapters of religious groups, youth gatherings. Braai space near swimming pool creates privacy for families and bridal showers and other activities. For those who wish to stay over night we have 40+ rooms onsuite with our fexible menu.

Lapa
Lapa

A 25+ seater lapa with a majestic view of the Vaal river and its surroundings. Ideal for evening social activities and group work.

Paved Way
Paved Way

Beautiful wide paved footpaths ideal for wheelchair users.

Chapel
Chapel

80+ seater chapel built in the 50s with moveable chairs ideal for group masses and other spiritual exercises

Hall
Hall

A 160 square meter hall convertible into recreation space and meeting room.

Inside Chapel
Inside Chapel

Interior of our chapel with an eye catching and yet soul soothing mosaic behind the altar and stain glass windows.

Reffectory
Reffectory

Our spacious reffectory and its magnificent view and friendly staff.