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Retreat Centers

Following is a list of Retreat and Conference Centers within our area.   They are places where individuals and/or groups can gather for quiet reflection, meetings or conferences.  Following the name and address of each center is a description of the facility and the services it provides. If the title of the Retreat or Conference Center is underlined (linked), it has its own web site.  Click on the link to obtain additional information.   

Center for Spiritual Development
Operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
434 S. Batavia St., Orange, CA 92868-3907
(714) 744-3175, ext. 4

Five meeting rooms, chapel, dining room and accommodations for 55 overnight guests in a serene setting.  Staff offers workshops, spiritual direction, speakers bureau and accommodations for groups providing their own programs. 

Claretian Retreat Center
Operated by the Claretian Priests and Brothers
1119 Westchester Place
Los Angeles, CA 90019

(323) 737-8464

Facilities include a chapel, garden, patio, meeting rooms, dining area, private rooms and baths for overnight guests, a quiet atmosphere and convenient location.  The center has a capacity for 100 daytime guests and 20 to 40 overnight for weekend retreats.  It is available for days of recollection, weekend retreats, spiritual direction, meetings, etc. 

Cursillo House Retreat Center
Operated by the Cala Figueroa Foundation
1233 East Kinglsey Avenue

Pomona,  CA  91767-1501
(909) 625-2592

Conference rooms, dorms, suites - sleeps 97.  Fully air conditioned facilities.  Free parking, audio equipment available in all conference rooms.  Diming room with state of the art kitchen.  Meals may be provided at an additional cost.  Two chapels.  Conference rooms have overhead projectors, stage lighting, etc.   Available for retreats, corporate meetings and  training events.

De Paul Evangelization Center
Operated by the Vincentian Priests and Brothers
1105 Bluff Road
Montebello, CA 90640-6198
(323) 721-6060 

Offers beautifully landscaped facilities in a quiet atmosphere  for retreats, workshops and seminars.  Overnight accommodations include four private rooms, six semi-private and two dormitories with 140 cubicles.   Programs are available in English and Spanish.

El Carmelo Retreat House
Operated by the Discalced Carmelite Friars.
926 E. Highland Ave., P.O. Box 446, Redlands 92373-0141
(909) 792-1047

Facilities are located at the foot of the San Bernardino mountains in the midst of an orange grove.  It has 26 double rooms and 24 single rooms for guests.  The center specializes in weekend retreats for men, women, Seniors and married couples, as well as retreats for priests and religious.  Programs  are also offered for special groups – Engaged Encounter, Serenity, AA, etc.  

Heart of Jesus Retreat Center
Operated by Sisters of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart
2927 South Greenville Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704-6001
(714) 557-4515

Retreats for children, youth and adults.  Capacity of 15-300 day and evening guests.  No overnight facilities.

Holy Spirit Retreat Center
Operated by the Sisters of Social Service
4316 Lanai Road

Encino, CA 91436-3698
(818) 784-4515

Facilities are on seven acres of serene and rustic beauty. Center has four meeting rooms, a complete dining area, a chapel seating up to 175 and accommodations for 50 overnight guests. Center provides retreats, seminars,  workshops and spiritual direction.  Individual and group bookings are available.   

Immaculate Heart Retreat House
Operated by the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters

3431 Waverly Drive
Los Angeles,  CA 90027

Center is available for Days of Recollection. Capacity of 50.  No overnight guests.

La Casa de Maria Retreat House and Conference Center
800 El Bosque Road
Santa Barbara,  CA 93108

(805) 969-5031 

Facilities are on hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.  Meeting rooms and overnight accommodations are available.  The center offers ecumenical  retreats and workshops.  See the web site for further information. 

Mary and Joseph Retreat Center
Operated by the Daughters of Mary and Joseph
5300 Crest Road

Rancho Palos Verdes,  CA  90275
(310) 377-4867 

Facilities are on eight acres of beautifully landscaped property atop the Palos Verdes Peninsula.  Overnight accommodations for 67 people, with meeting rooms, dining room and chapel.  The center provides private retreats, spiritual direction and contemplative, 12-Step, married couple and special interest retreats. See the web site for additional information.  

Marywood Retreat Center
Operated by the Diocese of Orange
2811 E. Villa Real Drive
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 282-3098

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

Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center
Operated by the Passionist Priests and Brothers
700 North Sunnyside Avenue
Sierra Madre, CA   91024-1000
(626) 355 – 7188 

Facilities are on the slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains in a serene and beautiful setting.   Overnight accommodations for up to 100 are available.   Retreats are offered for men and women, along with specialized mid-week programs.  See the web site for additional information.

Mission San Luis Rey Retreat Center
Operated by the Franciscan Friars
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92057-6402
(760) 757-3659 

The center is attached to historic Mission San Luis Rey, the 18th California Mission founded in 1798. The retreat center retains the richness of its surroundings and offers ample grounds for walking, a swimming pool, and breezes from the ocean four miles away. The center offers five conference rooms and 100 beds for overnight guests.   Private and group retreats.  Weekends, week days and twilight retreats are available.

Mt. Carmel in the Desert Retreat Center
Operated by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart

39501  180th Street East
Palmdale,  CA  93591-3312
(661) 264-5959 / 264-2811

A 240 acre spiritual oasis in the beautiful Antelope Valley, 85 miles northeast of Los Angeles.  Space available for days of prayer, recollection, retreats, meetings, seminars, conferences and workshops.  Accommodates up to 250 people.  Day facilities only.  No overnight accommodations.  Gift shop on premises.

Old Mission Santa Barbara Renewal Center
Operated by the Franciscan Friars

2201 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara,  CA  93105-3611
(805) 682-4713 x 133

44 guest rooms (single or double).  Individual or group retreats.  Conference and meeting rooms, dining room.  Secluded and peaceful environment with beautifully landscaped areas at the old mission of Santa Barbara.


Poverello of Assisi Retreat House
Operated by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters

1519 Woodworth Street
San Fernando, CA  91340
(818) 365-1071

Facilities are available for weekend and midweek retreats, workshops and seminars.  Private retreats for Sisters and lay women.  Day or evenings of recollection and one day meetings.  Capacity for 102 guests.

Pro Sanctity Spiritual Center
Operated by the Apostolic Oblates
205 South Pine Drive
Fullerton,  CA  92833-3227

Capacity for 28 overnight guests and 38 daytime guests.  Available for Catholic and ecumenical retreats, workshops, days of reflection, parish staff meetings.

Sacred Heart Retreat Camp
Operated by the Sisters of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart
896 Cienega Road, P.O. Box 1795, 
Big Bear Lake 92315
(909) 866-5696

Three lodges available for various size groups.  Available from September through May for weekend and midweek retreats. June through August family camps are offered.  Ideal  for Confirmation groups, youth and adults. 

Sacred Heart Retreat House
Operated by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart
920 E. Alhambra Road
Alhambra, CA 91801-2799
626-289-1353, ext. 200

Beautifully landscaped grounds.  Overnight accommodations for up to 100.  Retreats, conferences and workshops are offered on weekends and weekdays for men, women and couples.  See the web site for further information.

Saint Andrew’s Abbey
Operated by the Benedictine Monks
31001 N. Valyermo Road
Valyermo, CA 93563

(661) 944-2178 

The retreat center is located in the northern foothills of the San Gabriel mountains, 3,500 feet above sea level.  It  has 17 air conditioned/heated  rooms with double beds and private baths.  Guests share “homestyle”  meals with the monastic community, and are invited to join the monks in silence, prayer and the celebration of Eucharist and the Divine Office.  The center offers private and group retreats and workshops.  St. Andrew's Abbey also has a Youth Center which can accommodate about 70.   See the web site for additional information.  

St. Anne's in the Mountains
Operated by St. Anne's Catholic Church
P.O. Box 2400
Running Springs, Ca. 92382

The retreat/conference facility is situated on 22 acres among native oak and pine trees, with a panoramic view of the valley below. The center is perfect for youth retreats, and is an ideal setting for the various needs of priests, religious and laity leaders featuring dorm style sleeping for up to 60 persons, a chapel, conference room and a commercial kitchen.   Retreatants are asked to bring their own priest, spiritual director or retreat leader.  See the web site for additional information.

St. Joseph’s Salesian Youth Renewal Center
Operated by the Salesian Priests and Brothers
8301 Arroyo Drive
P. O. Box 1639
Rosemead, CA 91770
(626) 280-8622

St. Joseph's ministers to more than 10,000 young people each year by providing retreat and spiritual formation programs. It  is the only retreat center in Southern California with programs exclusively for young people and those who work with the young  The center has meeting rooms and dorm style accommodations for 94 persons.  See the web site for further information.

St. Joseph Conference and Evangelization Center
Operated by the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart
507 N. Granada Ave. Alhambra, CA 91801

The center offers a main hall, meeting rooms, a full lobby, carpeted flexible seating, a sound system, organ and piano, a full kitchen, catered meals, outdoor patios, gardens and lawns.  Available for self-directed retreats, prayer groups, meeting space.  No overnight accommodations.  The center has space for up to 300 persons.  See the web site for additional information.  

St.  Mary's Seminary and Retreat Center
Operated by the Vincentian Fathers
1964 Las Canoas Road
Santa Barbara,  CA  93105-2351
(805) 966-4829

Bed capacity of 90;  7 private rooms.

St.  Vincent Retreat Camp
Operated by the Society of St Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles
Lake Cachuma in the Santa Barbara Mountains
Office:  210 North Avenue 21
Los Angeles,  CA  90031-1713
(323) 224-6213 (Richard Garcia)

Non-denominational self-directed facility for churches, schools, businesses and private groups.  Capacity of 80-110.

San Lorenzo Retreat Center
Operated by the Capuchin Franciscan Friars
PO Box 247
Santa Ynez,  CA 93460
(805) 688-5630 

Facilities about 7 miles outside of Solvang in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.  Accommodations for men, women, priests, brothers, sisters, small groups.  -Individual and double rooms, with a maximum of 52 guests.  Facilities are available for individual and group retreats or days of recollection.  Guests share in the “family atmosphere” of the Capuchin Franciscan community.

Serra Retreat
Operated by the Franciscan Friars
3401 Serra Road
PO Box 127
Malibu, CA 90265

Retreat center is on beautifully landscaped property overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu.  The center has overnight accommodations for up to 100 guests.   Facilities are available for men, women and couples who wish to participate in weekend group retreats, individual private retreats, days of recollection or workshops.  See the web site for additional information.

Spring Mountain Retreat
Operated by the Adrian Dominican Sisters

PO Box 676
Idyllwild, CA 92549

Center is in the mountain resort area of Idylwild, and offers individual private retreats, opportunity for spiritual guidance and "soul days.  See the website for more information.

Viña de Lestonnac Retreat Center
Operated by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary.
39300 De Portola Road
Temecula 92592-8758
(909) 302-5571  

Center is located in the wine country of Temecula, in the midst of 42 acres of vineyard.  Facilities allow up to 60 overnight guests, with conference and meeting rooms.  Available for retreats, days of recollection, workshops, meetings and seminars.  See the web site for additional information.

Whispering Winds Catholic Camp and Conference Center
17606 Harrison Park Rd
Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-1600

Near the town of Julian in the Cleveland National Forest-  San Diego County.  Camp and Conference Center on 161 acres can be rented for parish functions, youth and adult groups.  Kitchen, dining hall, chapel, recreation building, meeting halls.  Sleeping accommodations for 218.  

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