Spiritual Retreat Centers

Note: These retreat centers are located in the southern/central California area. If you live elsewhere you might explore the internet or call local Christian Conference centers and see what is available for personal and group retreats in your area. Let us know if you have any questions, we have a lot of connections through the Institute for Spiritual Formation. 

The following retreat centers are not endorsed by Talbot School of Theology or the Institute for Spiritual 
Formation. Biola University is not held responsible for students while at retreat locations. This is a
complimentary listing only.

Center for Spiritual Development (Roman Catholic)
434 S. Batavia Street, Orange, CA 92868 (714) 744 3175, ext. 4421

Come center yourself in the Center for Spiritual Development, a nonprofit spirituality
center for adults sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Nestled in a gardenI
setting, far from the noise yet close to the city, many opportunities for spiritual growth are
offered such as retreats, workshops, sabbaticals, spiritual direction and days/evenings of
Hilltop Renewal Center (Protestant Evangelical)
24850 Oates Lane, Pine Cove, CA 92549 (714) 255 9708

The mission of Hilltop Renewal Ministries is to create a unique environment in which
pastors and Christian leaders can come into God’s presence and renew their relationship
with Him. Located in Idyllwild on 15 acres of beautiful forest, backed up to ¼ million acres of National Forest. $60 per person per night with limited selfIservice food & beverage.

Holy Spirit Retreat Center (Roman Catholic)
4316 Lanai Road, Encino CA 91436 (818) 784 4515

The Holy Spirit Retreat Center provides a unique environment for those of any faith
seeking peace and serenity. Located on 11 acres within minutes of the greater Los Angeles
area, the Center is ideally suited for individuals and group. They offer a variety of
opportunities for renewal of body, mind and spirit. Sponsored by the Sisters of Social
Service, the Center is rooted in Benedictine hospitality.

The Immaculate Heart Center for Spiritual Renewal (Immaculate Heart Community)
888 San Ysidro Lane, Montecito, CA 93108 (805) 969 2474

Daily Centering Prayer and evening communal prayer, as well as Mass on Thursday and
Saturday. The Main House is open Wednesday through Sunday with a twoInight minimum stay. The Hermitage House, where you prepare your own meals, is open every night. Main House: Weekdays $100 per night; Weekends $110 per night. Downstairs w/shared bathroom: $90 per night. Meals and snacks included. The Hermitage: $65 per night.

Mary & Joseph Retreat Center (Daughters of Mary & Joseph)
5300 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275 (310) 377 4867 ext. 258 (Continued on following page)

The mission of the center is to provide a nurturing environment of peace and tranquility.
Through our programs and hospitality, we create opportunities for the personal and
spiritual growth of each person who comes to our sacred grounds.

Marywood Retreat Center (Roman Catholic)
2811 E. Villa Real Drive, Orange, CA 92867 (714) 282 3098 I Diocese of Orange website

The facilities of Marywood are available for retreats, days of prayer, and other religious

Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center (Passionist Fathers)
700 N. Sunnyside Ave., Sierra Madre CA 91024 (626) 355 7188

Located in Sierra Madre on 80 acres of foothills, open fields, groves of trees, the Stations of the Cross and Monastery Gardens with a breathItaking view of the San Gabriel Valley.
Weekend retreats available, suggested donation $160. Call or e mail for availability.

Mission San Luis Rey Retreat Center (Franciscan)
4050 Mission Ave., San Luis Rey, CA 92057 (760) 967 4200

$130 per person for two nights including 5 meals. Located near Oceanside, 40 miles north
of San Diego, the center is attached to the 18th California Mission founded 1798. It retains
the richness of its historic surroundings and offers ample grounds for walking, a swimming
pool, and breezes from the ocean four miles away.

New Camaldoli Hermitage (Camaldolese/ Benedictine)
62475 Coast Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA 93920 (831) 667I2456

Reservations made through phone. Retreat rooms are $70 per night; retreat trailers are
$80 per night. Beautiful setting.

Prince of Peace Abbey (Benedictine)
650 Benet Hill Road, Oceanside CA 92058 (760) 967I4200 ext. 248

Prince of Peace is another Benedictine Monastery in our area willing to take in individuals
who desire to experience the solitude of their 100 acres, the majesty of their daily times of
worship and the inspiration that flows from a monastic setting. $85 per night, per person
(includes rooms, meals and use of facilities). CheckIin begins at 3 PM.

Private Rustic Home Available for Retreat
(909) 980 6566 (ask for Joan)

A Private Rustic Home Available for Retreat, located in Lake Arrowhead. Owned by Sandra Herbold, an ISF spiritual director. Quiet setting. Sleeps 10I12 w/4 private bathrooms.

Pro Sanctity Spirituality Center (Roman Catholic)
205 S. Pine Drive, Fullerton, CA 92833 (714)956I1020 I Diocese of Orange website

The Spirituality Center is available to small groups for weekend retreats, days and evenings of recollection, workshops, days of prayer, etc. Occupancy: 28 overnight, 40 day use. Contact: Agnes Rus.

Saint Andrew’s Abbey (Benedictine)
P.O. Box 40, 31001 N. Valyermo Rd., Valyermo CA 93563.(661) 944 2178

Saint Andrew’s Priory is a Benedictine monastery situated in the northern foothills of the
San Gabriel mountains in a desert setting. Individual private retreats can be made from
Monday (3 p.m.) through Friday (9 a.m.). Week days:$65 person single occupancy/$60
person double occupancy per night including meals. Weekends:$200 person single
occupancy/$135 person

St. Mary’s Retreat House (Episcopal)
505 East Los Olivos, Santa Barbara CA 93105 (805) 684I4117

The Sisters of the Holy Nativity are ready to serve you as you make your own private
retreat on their 7 acres of gardens around the retreat house. The retreat center consists of
two large family homes and several other smaller buildings, one of which is the chapel.
Family style meals are provided. Prices vary from $75 $125. 

St. Mary’s Seminary
1964 Las Canoas Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 (805) 966I4829

A Place of Prayer, Reflection, Study, and Quiet. St. Mary's is located in the hills of Santa
Barbara and overlooks the city and the ocean. It provides an atmosphere of prayer, study, 
and reflection. Dormitory accommodations,dining facility, and several conference rooms of various sizes are available. Private Room with a shared bathroom  $70 per person.

Serra Retreat Center (Franciscan)
3401 Serra Road, PO Box 127, Malibu, CA 90265 (310) 456I6631

Located in the hills above the beaches of Malibu. Be sure to meet BUD, a faithful friend and companion, while there. He welcomes guests in our lobby and invites admiring attention. If you throw his ball, he will retrieve it. If he sees a chipmunk, get out of his way. This is Father Warren's baby so treat him with TLC.

Villa Maria House of Prayer (Sisters of St. Joseph)
1252 N. Citrus Dr., La Habra, CA 90631 (562) 6915838

A large house in a quiet nearby neighborhood with a library and a garden. $35 per person
per night including meals.

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