Jan Johnson
Jan Johnson

Retreat Centers

Because solitude and silence are so formative in connecting with God, I’m gathering a list of retreat centers that may help folks find answers to these three questions I am often asked:

  • Where can we hold a retreat that will have a true retreat feel to it (taking us away from distractions) rather than holding a retreat at a hotel or resort?
  • Where might I go to have a personal retreat day or extended private retreat?
  • What are some sources for finding a spiritual director?
  • How do I have a personal retreat?  Click Here.

To find retreat centers that offer spiritual direction, click here: Retreat Centers with Spiritual Direction

To find a director or training in southern California, contact Christian Formation & Direction Ministries at cfdm.org (Doug and Catherine Gregg, Co-Directors) or Stillpoint at stillpointca.org.

Others have helped me with this list and their comments are included, but I do not know a lot about most of these retreat centers. If you have suggestions for this list or more information about these retreat centers, please send them to contact@janjohnson.org.

Thanks especially to Lesley Tsai and to The Pathways Newsletter. The possibility for errors on a list like this are enormous, but I think it’s important to include it on the web site because I’m certain some people will be helped.

FINDING RETREAT CENTERS

Try these denominational resources listed below.

EPISCOPAL CAMPS and CONFERENCE CENTERS - 760-765-0342 - Bill Slocumb, Office Adminstrator

UNITED METHODIST CAMP and RETREAT DIRECTORY - 877-899-2780

For more retreat centers, see this list from Retreats International: http://www.retreatsintl.org/list.htm

My editor-friend, Timothy Jones, has written a book,
"A Place for God: A Guide to Spiritual Retreats and Retreat Centers"

Dave Olson, Director of Pilgrimages for CFDM, has developed a list on his web site, www.Inabba.org. Check the bottom of his home page and go to Directory Of Retreat Centers in the Western US.

STATE

TOWN

NAME/WHAT I’VE HEARD

CONTACT

Alaska

Sterling

Pinewood Inn Retreat Center for Prayer and Healing
38545 Pinewood Ave, Sterling 99672 Mailing: P.O. Box 2441, Soldotna AK 99669

Group retreats (max 10), private retreats spiritual direction available, natural nutrition programs, and The Hows on Word-Prayer-Worship-Study

907-362-1340

Arizona

Cortaro

Redemptorist Renewal Center
P. O. Box 569
Cortaro, AZ  85652-0569

Individuals or groups up to 65 persons

520-744-3400

Arkansas

North Central

Mount Eagle Christian Center
Mount Eagle...is a small United Methodist related retreat center on 1000 acres in the foothills of the Ozarks, north central Arkansas. Two cottages are available for personal and small group use and the lodge sleeps 32 persons.

501-723-4580

California

Alamo

Westminster Retreat Center
512 Hemme
Alamo, CA  94507

Groups Only

415-837-4481

California

Burlingame

Mercy Center
2300 Adeline Drive
Burlingame, CA  94010

Groups, individual retreats, spiritual direction & spiritual direction training; 90 single rooms; 5 double rooms

650-340-7474

California

Carmel

Notre Dame House of Prayer
27951 Hwy 1
Carmel, CA 93923

831-634-9416

California

Citrus Heights

Christ the King Retreat
6520 Van Maren Lane
Citrus Heights, CA  95621

916-839-2161

California

Copperopolis

Madonna of Peace Renewal Center
P. O. Box 71
Copperopolis, CA  95228

209-785-2157

California

Danville

San Damiano
P. O. Box 767
510 Highland Drive
Danville, CA  94526

7 single rooms; 71 double rooms
private retreats with spiritual direction

925-837-9141

California

Encino

Holy Spirit Retreat Center
4316 Lanai Road
Encino, CA  91436

818-784-4515

California

Healsburg

El Rancho Del Obispo
5297 Westside Road
Healsburg, CA  95448

707-433-2440

California

Idyllwild

Hilltop Renewal Center
24850 Oates Lane
Idyllwild, CA 92549

Individual retreats and group retreats up to 14; spiritual direction available on request for personal retreats, enrichment programs available on request

714-330-5858

 

California

Lafayette

Diocesan Youth Retreat Center
1977 Reliez Road
Lafayette, CA  94549

925-834-7311

California

Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead Cabin
235 Burnt Mill Rd.
Lake Arrowhead, CA 92317

personal retreats, group retreats up to 15, day use or overnight

909-980-6566

California

Los Altos

Jesuit Retreat
300 Manresa Way
Los Altos, CA  94022

87 single rooms; 17 double rooms, Total capacity: 101

650-948-4491

California

Los Gatos

Holy Names
200 Prospect Avenue
Los Gatos, CA  95031

Private home; all rooms share baths; Groups can do own cooking

408-354-2312

California

Los Gatos

Presentation Center
19480 Bear Creek Road
Los Gatos, CA  95030

18 single rooms; 46 double rooms

(408) 354-2346

California

Los Olivos

Zaca Lake Retreat
Los Padres Nat’l Forest, 93454
8000 Foxen Canyon Road, 93441

Group retreats; cabins for 40-100 people

(805) 688-5699

California

Malibu

Serra Retreat Center
3401 Serra Road
P.O. Box 127 90265
Malibu, CA 90265

(310) 456-6631

California

Menlo Park

Vallombrosa Center
250 Oak Grove Avenue
Menlo Park, CA  94025

(650) 325-5614

California

Napa

Christian Brothers Retreat & Conference Center
P. O. Box 3720
Napa, CA  94558-0372

(707) 252-3810

California

Oakland

Benedictine Urban Monastery
3745 Elston Avenue
Oakland, CA  94602

(510) 482-5573

California

Oakville

Carmelite Monastery House of Prayer
P. O. Box 347
Oakville, CA  94562

(707) 944-2454

California

Oceanside

Prince of Peace Abbey
650 Benet Hill Rd
Oceanside, CA 92058
private retreats

(760) 967-4200

California

Orinda

Santa Maria Retreat Center
20 Santa Maria Way
Orinda, CA  94563

(925) 253-2426

California

Palos Verdes

Mary & Joseph Retreat Center
5300 Crest Road
Palos Verdes, CA 90275

(310) 377-4867

California

Pleasant Hill

Holy Family Center
2059 Pleasant Hill
Pleasant Hill, CA  94523

Not a retreat center, but offers workshops and spiritual direction

(925) 935-6151

California

Redwood Valley

Monks of Mt. Tabor
17001 Tomki Road
Redwood Valley, CA  95470

 

California

San Diego

The Spirituality Ministry Center
4822 Del Mar Avenue
San Diego, CA 92107

individually directed retreats with spiriual directors available (including Ignatian retreats), one block from the beach

(619) 224-9444

California

St. Helena

Christian Brothers Retreat
2233 Sulpher Springs Avenue
St. Helena, CA  94574

(707) 963-1411

California

San Juan Bautista

St. Francis Retreat
P.O. Box 970, 549 Mission Vineyard Road
San Juan Bautista, California 95045
Personal or group retreats
Spiritual direction available
Enrichment programs

(831) 623-4234

California

San Rafael

Santa Sabina Center
1520 Grand Avenue
San Rafael, CA  94901

(415) 457-7727

California

Santa Barbara

La Casa de Maria
800 El Bosque Road
Santa Barbara, CA  93108

Groups, individual retreats; referrals for spiritual direction & spiritual direction training

(805) 969-5031

California

Santa Barbara

Mt. Calvary (at St. Mary’s)
505 E. Los Olivos
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Groups, individual retreats; referrals for spiritual direction

(805) 682-4117

 

California

Santa Cruz

Villa Maria Del Mar
2-1918 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA  95062

(831) 475-1236

California

Santa Rosa

Angela Center-Ursuline Retreat
535 Angela Drive
Santa Rosa, CA  95403

(707) 528-8578

California

Santa Rosa

The Journey Center
1601 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Personal or group retreats, spiritual direction available, enrichment programs, training program in spiritual direction and contemplative retreat leadership

(707) 280-1540

California

Sierra Madre

Mater Dolorosa
700 Sunnyside Drive
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Group & private retreats, exquisite stations of the cross

(626) 355-7188

California

Sonoma

Sky Farm Hermitage
16321 Norrbom Road
Sonoma, CA  95476

Not for groups, but it has 3 guest hermitages for personal retreats.

(707) 938-8956

California

Valyermo

St. Andrew’s Abbey
P. O. Box 40
Valyermo, CA  93563

(661) 944-2178

California

Vina

Trappist-Cistercian Abbey
P. O. Box 80
Vina, CA  96092

(530) 839-2434

Colorado

Colorado Springs

Benet Pines Retreat Center
15780 Highway 83
Colorado Springs, CO  90821

Individuals or groups (up to 20 persons)

719-633-0655

Colorado

Colorado Springs

Franciscan Retreat Center at Mt. St. Francis
7740 Deer Hill Grove
Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80919

Group retreats, personal retreats, spiritual direction available, enrichment programs

719-955-7025

Colorado

Colorado Springs

Glen Eyrie Retreat & Conference Center
3820 N 30th Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80904

in-house retreats, hosts group retreats for others, personal facilitated retreats (Innovo), group retreats up to 15, day use or overnight

909-980-6566

Colorado

Snowmass

The Retreat House at St. Benedict's Monastery
1012 Monastery Road
Snowmass, CO 81654

Group retreats, personal retreats, spiritual direction available, enrichment programs

970-927-1162

Connecticut

Simsbury

Center for Renewal
134 Old Farms Road
Simsbury, CT  06070

Offers spiritual direction, personal and group retreats.
Contact person: Kit McDermott

860-651-1594

Delaware

Chesapeake Bay
eastern shore

Drayton Retreat Center
Less than 2 hours from Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia

(410) 778-2869
Fax: (410) 778-9180

Georgia

Atlanta

Ignatius House Retreat Center
6700 Riverside Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30328

private retreats with spiritual direction and pre-scheduled group retreats, recovery retreats, Ignatian retreats

(404) 255-0503

Georgia

Hoschton (Atlanta)

Cenacle Retreat Center
Programs, silent directed retreats and spiritual direction

(706) 654-3460

Georgia

Dublin

Green Bough House of Prayer, Inc.
Route 2, Box 65A
Adrian, Georgia, 31002

Directed retreats, a centering prayer course, seasonal observances, extended retreats; accommodates 10-11 people.

912-668-4758

Illinois

Chicago

Cenacle Retreat Center
Programs, silent directed retreats and spiritual direction

773-526-6300

Indiana

Albion

Camp Lutherhaven Outdoor Ministry Center
1596 S. 150 W.
Albion, IN 46701

Personal retreats (resources provided), group retreats, enrichment programs
Training for other retreat centers who want to launch a Personal Retreat Ministry

Brenda
260-636-7101

Louisiana

Metairie (New Orleans)

Cenacle Retreat Center
Programs, silent directed retreats and spiritual direction

504-887-1420

Maryland

Baltimore,
DC area

Retreat and Conference Center at Secours
1525 Marriottsville Road
Marriottsville, MD 21104

Group retreats, personal retreats, spiritual direction available, enrichment programs

410-442-1320

Maryland

Comus (40 mi. from DC)

Hallowood Retreat and Conference Center

 

Massachusetts

Byfield

Adelynrood Conference & Retreat Center Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross
46 Elm Street
Byfield, MA  01922

978-462-6721

Massachusetts

Cambridge

Monastery of the Society of St. John the Evangelist
980 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA  02138

617-876-3037

Massachusetts

Newbury

Emery House
Retreat house of the Society of St. John the Evangelist,
Emery Lane 01985

978-462-7940

Massachusetts

North Andover

Rolling Ridge Retreat Center
660 Great Pond Road
North Andover, MA  01845

Prayer and spiritual formation retreats, group and individual retreats, spiritual direction for groups and individuals seeking a silent retreat.

978-682-8815

Michigan

Bloomfield Hills

Manresa Jesuit Retreat House
1390 Quarton Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304

Conference or group retreats, individually directed retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, workshops, spiritual direction, days of prayer, and a two-year Internship Program in Ignatian Spirituality

1-(877) MANRESA
877-626-7372

Michigan

DeWitt

St. Francis Retreat Center
Offers spiritual direction training and retreats.

517-669-8321

Minnesota

Stanchfield

ARC (Action, Reflection, Celebration) Retreat Center I

 

Minnesota

St. Francis

Pacem In Terris (Peace on Earth)
P. O. Box 418
St. Francis, Minnesota 55070

16 hermitages located on 240 acres of woods and prairies. Open year round for individual retreats.

763-444-6408

Minnesota

Collegeville

House of Prayer Retreat Center

 

Minnesota

Buffalo

Christ the King Retreat Center
621 S. First Avenue
Buffalo, MN  55313

Groups up to 130 persons.

763-682-1394

Mississippi

Biloxi

Arlean Hall

 

Mississippi

Brooksville

The Dwelling Place
2824 Dwelling Place Road
Brooksville, MS 39739-9796

hermitages for individual retreats; guest house can accommodate up to 8 retreatants; pre-scheduled retreats are offered throughout the year & are listed on website

(662) 738-5348

Mississippi

Hernando

Wellspring
4992 Honolulu Cove, Rt. 1
Hernando, MS  38632

For individuals

601-429-1256.

Missouri

Kansas City
(area)

Rhythm of Grace
2914 W. 73 Terrace
Prairie Village, KS 66208

Monthly gatherings, contemplative quarterly retreats, spiritual direction

913-221-7223

New Hampshire

Plainfield

Singing Hills Christian Camp
Mailing Address: 71 King Drive, Plainfield, NH USA 03781

GPS Address: 351 Stage Rd, Plainfield, NH 03781

Group retreats, personal retreats September through June based on availability, enrichment programs including “God Speaks” silent retreats a few times a year

888-863-2267

New Mexico

Pecos

Pecos Benedictine Monastery
25 miles NE of Santa Fe
Pecos, NM

Groups up to 50 persons

505-757-6415

New York

Ronkonkoma

Cenacle Retreat Center
310 Cenacle Road
P.O. Box 4005
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-0430

Programs, silent directed retreats and spiritual direction

631-588-8366

New York

Vails Gate

Convent of the Order of St. Helena
Box 426
Vails Gate, NY  12584

 

New York

Staten Island

Mt Manresa Retreat Center

Group retreats, individual guided or non-guided retreats, 10 acres one hour away from Manhattan by express bus.

718 727 3844 x 211

New York

West Park

Monastery of the Order of the Holy Cross
Box 99
West Park, NY  12493

845-384-6660

North Carolina

Hendersonville

Kanuga Conference Center
P. O. Box 250
Hendersonville, NC  28793-0250

828-692-9136

North Carolina

Valle Crucis

Valle Crucis Conference Center
P. O. Box 654
Valle Crucis, NC  28691

Private, self-directed retreats

828-963-4453

Ohio

Danville

Chestnut Ridge Retreat Center
Overnight accommodations for 12; day use for up to 35 people

740-622-1912.

Ohio

Norwood

Sustainable Faith (Vineyard Central)
1756 Lincoln Ave.,
Cincinnati OH 45212
(Norwood, OH)

Group retreats, personal retreats, spiritual direction available, enrichment programs, spiritual direction training

513-253-3439

Oregon

McKenzie Bridge

Camp White Branch
61500 Old McKenzie Hwy.
McKenzie Bridge, OR  97413

Private retreats welcome, retreats up to 100 - great hiking, campsites in the woods, a waterfall, and other serene settings.

1-877-822-3511

Pennsylvania

Canadensis
(Pocono Mtns)

Spruce Lake Retreat
5389 Route 447
Canadensis, PA 18325

Group retreats, Personal Retreats, Personal Retreats for Pastors

570-595-7505

Pennsylvania

Wernersville

Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth
P.O. Box 223, 501 N. Church Road
Wernersville, PA  19565-0223

610-670-3642

South Carolina

Seabrook Island (near Charleston)

St. Christopher's Episcopal Retreat Center
Medium to large groups.

 

Texas

Houston

Cenacle Retreat Center
420 N. Kirkwood Road
Houston, TX  77079

Structured retreats, individually directed retreats,
Spiritual Direction Institute

281-497-3131

Texas

Houston

New Beginnings House of Prayer
10727 Hartsook
Ashburn, TX  77061

713-927-7534

Washington

Seattle

Christian Formation and Direction Ministries, Northwest
Courses on spiritual disciplines and spiritual guidance/direction and preparation.

206-547-5233

Washington

Seattle

Mustard Seed Associates
Christine & Tom Sine
Contemplative retreats and workshops; monthly newsletter

206-524-2111

 

 

Union Life Magazine sponsors retreats and contemplative events:
http://www.unionlife.com/ComingRetreats.html

 

Retreat Centers Outside the USA

Australia

Sydney NW side

Heartcentre
Set in beautiful bushland; individuals and groups up to 20

 

CANADA
British Columbia

Vancouver

Cenacle Retreat Center
Programs, silent directed retreats and spiritual direction

604-266-1611

KOREA

South of Seoul

Pilgrim House
58-3, Dodae-ri Buk-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-Do
477-841 conferences or group retreats, outstanding library, architecture, gardens and art

James Hahn
82-31-589-7600
82-11-270-8474

South Africa

Johannesburg (near)

Common Ground Retreat House & Conference Center
Redone farm house not far from Johannesburg.

011-948-9622
fax 011-948-9104

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