Holy Trinity Retreat Center is a promise kept. It was born from a vision in 2006.
The Center consists of a large “Team House", an 11,000 sq. ft. complex that consists of a classroom/dining room/kitchen, 44 bedrooms and a unique round chapel dug into the earth. The bedrooms and chapel (Kiva) are made of compressed adobe bricks, all made on-site. A new 7200 sq.ft. building was completed November 2012 for large groups and other activities. A greenhouse has been built with plans for a farmer's market in the near future. A new wall has been built recently that serves as a place to reflect on your life at different ages of your life. A new cross now adorns the Retreat Center and we are asking everyone to leave a stone from their home to symbolize their pilgrimage to the Retreat Center and their new Way or Camino.
Holy Trinity Retreat Center is nestled near the tranquil historic Hueco Mountain area in far east El Paso. The use of new technology for the adobe bricks utilized in the building process creates an atmosphere unique to The Center. The compressed adobes are a tribute to the past and symbolize an effort to instill a feeling of simplicity and an eco-friendly accent to the Center. Hueco Tanks State Park is close by and we are offering lodging to Rock Climbers who come from all parts of the world to challenge Hueco Tanks.
The Kiva (chapel) evokes a strong spiritual awareness and tranquility. The Kiva design is simple and yet powerfully built. The Kiva is dug four feet into the earth and symbolizes an inter-phase between mother earth and humanity. Visitors “walk into the earth and are awed by the beauty of the adobe and century old benches. Ysleta del Sur Pueblo have blessed the Retreat Center since it sits in their Ancestral Land.
Volunteers have been an integral to the building of Holy Trinity Retreat Center. Volunteers, too many to name, have given time and talent to help make the Center a reality. From making and setting adobes, cleaning, assembling furniture and donating articles, the volunteers were like individual adobes that made the walls stronger and transferred the love into the Center.
The grounds are home to numerous animals. Quail, owls, dove, road runners, rabbits, lizards and migratory birds are common on the 15 acre area. The desert was home for many of these animals before the Center was built and all wildlife is treated with respect.
The main house is a 5 bedroom, 4 bath home with an office and an upstairs balcony. The house also has a large den that can be used for meetings and an inside chapel for prayer and meditation. The house can hold 10-18 people comfortably and the Kiva can sit 100-150 people. There are 44 bedrooms, most with 3 beds. Although the majority of the weekend retreats are being taken up by the local ACTS Community; any group or faith is welcome. We have hosted retreats from groups from Mexico, South America, Arizona, New Mexico, New York and California. The second house can accommodate 16 people comfortably and has an attached classroom, as well. Engaged Encounter, Silent Prayer Groups and Religious Order retreats have utilized the second house.
2017 promises to be an incredible year with more events.
Holy Trinity Retreat Center is unique in that adobe brick was used to build the majority of the buildings. Throughout the Center, adobe brick can be seen. The adobes are made using compressed earth technology, using specially designed mixes from local soils. The bricks are compressed at @ 2400 psi. Adobe bricks are easy to set and instructions are readily available by Dr. Mena, founder and president of Holy Trinity Retreat Center. Adobe bricks can also be bought from Holy Trinity Retreat Center for home building, landscaping, etc. Please call the Center (915-373-8100) for prices, quantities and availability.