Baga Retreat House
- Address: Xavier Retreat House, Retreat House Road, Baga, Calangute, Goa 403516, Bardez, India
- Phone: +91-7083093116
- Ticket Price: Free
- Tags: Family And Kids
If you are visiting Goa for the first time or even if you have visited Goa several times, you must not forget to put the Baga Retreat House on your list of must-see places to visit. It is an ideal place to visit if when you are traveling solo and will give you a sense of peace and spirituality. You will find a Catholic institute which conducts retreats and self-help sessions. You are guaranteed to have an extraordinary experience as the place is very spacious and the staff is always ready to help you in need. This is a wonderful opportunity to refresh your spirit and heal your body.
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The Xavier Retreat House at Baga situated on top of the hill is an ideal place for retreats and meditation. Since it is over looking the sea, the view is marvellous and the breeze very soothing. At Baga you cross the creek and keep climbing to the top. It's good for your health !
The Xavier Retreat House located on the very Picturesque peninsular end of the Calangute shore was one of four retreat houses constructed by Fr. Adrian Le Tellier S.J., a Belgian Jesuit belonging to the Province of Kolkata. The other centres are in Mumbai, Mangalore and Goa. Convinced that the Baga hillock was the ideal location for the Retreat House, Fr. Le Tellier made fervent appeals, coupled with public prayers and penance to convince Prof. Christovao Egypsy, who was the owner of the property, to donate the land for the purpose. He was able to start the construction of the project when providentially, his niece in Belgium joined the Carmelites and donated the money that had been assigned for her dowry (should she have married) for the building of the Retreat House. In fact, she was later permitted to visit Goa to see the fruit of her gift when it was in the process of coming up. The Xavier Retreat House in fact, stands as a testimony to the wonderful community spirit of those times, with the local residents active and enthusiastic participants in the endeavour. In responce to Fr. Le Tellier's pleas, parishinors voluntarily carried a stone each time they came up to attend daily mass. By 1951, the Retreat House stood complete - a tribute to the skills and the materials used at that time, with an aura of prayer surrounding the place - indeed, a true labour of love and participation. Subsequently, six rooms and a hall ( today know as the "Lower Hall") were added on by Fr Irineu Lobo, through funds donated by the Figueiredo family of Loutolim, in memory of Jose Philomeno Figueiredo, who drowned tragically at Canacona. Today, the Xavier Retreat House serves as a base for spiritual renewal programmes, catering to a large number of people both lay and religious, truly fulfilling Fr. Le Tellier's noble dream.Keeping in mind this noble vision, the idea today behind the Retreat House is that every retreatant can start to build a new society when they begin putting right what is wrong in their own lives.
Heaven on Earth!
This is a Jesuit-run retreat centre, set in an untypical setting... close to a crowded beach. But it traces its roots to times much before modern mass tourism reached here! For me, this brings up happy memories. As a college student, I went for camps and other events here; we learnt issues of social justice and concern for the less priviledged here. Even got married here! Am grateful for all these influences which made me me. That was in the early 1980s, when Baga was still a rather quiet and windy fishing village, with only a few tourists. Seems like just yesterday. Some of the priests running this place have been my personal friends and ex-teachers....
calm and quiet, and a mount calvary to boot