S.P.I.C.E. Retreat

The ACSTA's annual S.P.I.C.E. (Sharing Purpose in Catholic Education) Retreat brings together members of the Catholic school communities to collaborate and explore current issues in Catholic education.  

Featured for Catholic School Teachers, Catholic School Staff, Curriculum Leaders, Catholic Trustees, Parents, Parish Priests, and Religious Leaders.

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2024 SPICE Retreat

Thursday, April 25th - Sunday, April 28th

Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge                                                                                                

1 Centennial Drive, Kananaskis Village, Alberta T0L 2H0  Canada   Phone:  403/591-7711 / Map and Directions

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Speaker:  Dr. Brett Salkeld

Brett is the Archdiocesan Theologian for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina, where he is responsible for deacon formation. He is also the Saskatchewan director of the Master of Religious Education program at Newman Theological College.

Renowned for his scholarly contributions, Brett is a highly regarded speaker who has captivated audiences across North America. He has authored or co-authored four books, including his latest publications Educating For Eternity: A Teacher's Companion For Making Every Class Catholic.

Brett is also recognized for his regular contributions, including his monthly column Two Wings on the Archdiocese of Regina’s website and as co-host to the weekly podcast, Thinking Faith! Brett's work has been featured in many publications and blogs such as Church Life Journal, Our Sunday Visitor, Word on Fire, The Busted Halo Show, and The First Things, to name a few.

We invite you to join us for SPICE 2024, a transformative retreat guided by Dr. Brett Salkeld with the theme “Rooted in Faith”.

In the midst of our changing cultural landscape, this event reminds us of the power of faith as a source of strength and transformation. Throughout the retreat, we will explore themes of hope, humility, and acceptance through scripture and personal reflection. You will be invited to deepen your faith, embrace self-care and empower yourselves to be a powerful witness for others.

We look forward to welcoming you for a retreat of enrichment and renewal as we strengthen our roots in faith.

2024 SPICE Program


Registration Fee:  $910.00 (GST exempt)
The fee includes registration, materials and meals (Accommodation is not included).

ACSTA must receive all registrations no later than Friday, April 12, 2024.

Invoice/Payments:  The registration fee can be paid via e-transfer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or a cheque can be mailed to ACSTA, 9940 - 106 Street, Edmonton AB  T5K 2N2. If you have any further questions about the payments, please call 780-484-6209 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All payments must be received prior to the Retreat. Thank you.

Music:  If you play a musical instrument, please bring it to the Retreat and join in the daily celebrations and social get-togethers.

Please note: This is a working Retreat; all components of the program (daytime and evening) are an integral part of the Retreat and are designed to build community among the Retreat participants.  Therefore, bringing spouses and other family members who are not registered is not encouraged.

Due to health regulations, Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge does not allow pets in any gathering and eating areas (this includes the Gold/Silver Room, Bronze Room, Convention Lobby, Walker Room, Champion Room, Rockies Room, Sinclair Room, Conference Boardroom, and Pocaterra Room).  Please respect other participants’ comfort and those who have allergies.  https://lodgeatkananaskis.com/stay/pet-policy/

Cancellations: The registration fee is non-refundable; however, replacement names will be accepted.




A room block is reserved by the ACSTA for SPICE from April 24 - 28, 2024. The registration fee for the Retreat does not include accommodation. You are responsible for booking and paying for your own accommodation directly with the Pomeroy Kananaskis Mountain Lodge. 

Occupancy for Single, Double, Lofts and upgrades are available. If you are sharing a room with another registrant(s), you are personally responsible for any arrangements for the room and charges. 

You can enhance your stay with Marriott Bonvoy Points. For more information, please visit

To book your room, the following are available:

All reservations must be accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. The hotel will not hold any reservations unless secured by one of the above methods. 

Cut-Off Date:
Reservations by attendees must be received on or before Wednesday, March 27, 2024, for SPICE. 

Rooms and Charges per night +plus $25 per day group service fee (subject to applicable taxes and fees).

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