Here is our story!

It all started with a hunch feeling in the mind of an Indian Carmelite priest - a CMI

While he was doing his PhD at the Australian National University - around 2011 - he stumbled upon the idea of building a website for retreat bookings, because he found that many of his friends were struggling to find a proper retreat centre for their annual retreats or to spend some time in quite during their holidays. There wasn't any site which consolidated retreat offerings of various centres where people could directly book a retreat online.

He started to work on this project, mainly during his free times, as a hobby. Luckily, there emerged a small enthusiastic team of people who were determined to pull this project up. They come from different parts of the world - Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Stuttgart, Kochi, Bangalore and many more - but started to work together as a team, to make this dream come true. CMI Sacred Heart Province, Kochi was kind enough to take this project up in their wings and initiated a separate entity - St Chavara Media Trust - to house this website. 

The project was officially started on the day of canonisation of Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara, founder of CMI congregation. A young enthusiastic team of software engineers - - had assigned the task of developing the actual website. The logo and the front-end of the site was designed by - Mr Jacob Jose of, a digital artist. It was crowdfunded at Kickstarter. A big thanks to our benefactors!

This humble website will allow retreat centres to publish their offerings and prospective attendees to search, find and book them in the convenience of their homes. It will also provide a much needed space for retreat centres to come together under one umbrella and increase their visibility. 

The GoRetreat Team


Fr Dr Jose Cletus Plackal CMI - Provincial, CMI Sacred Heart Province, Kochi

Chief Inspirer

Fr Dr Jaison Paul Mulerikkal CMI 

Trust Members

Fr Dr George Pittapillil CMI

Fr Poulose Kidangen CMI

Fr Joel Pullolil CMI

Fr Dr Joseph Kusumalayam CMI

Chief Operating Officer

Mr Bithul Babu

Team Volunteers

Mr Jisso Jose - Technical Advisor

Mrs Rita Lijo - Project Manager

Mr & Mrs Molson & Marilyn Chengalath - Tech Support

Mr Chanchal Jacob - Tech Support

Ms Sneha Anthony - Newsletter Editor

Ms Sonia Paul  - Content Editor

Mr Llywellyn O'Brien - Content Editor

Mr Nick Seselja - Content Editor

Mr Shashi Sadasivan - Creative Photos

Br Don CMI - Digital Artist

Technical & Design Teams  - Development and Site Maintenance - Logo & Front-end Design - Design Creatives