Below are a list of websites that have information about retreat locations.
Below is a list of retreat centers local to Southern California that I have visited, with my recommendations.
St. Andrew’s Abbey
31001 N. Valyermo Road
Valyermo, CA 93563
Tucked away in the San Gabriel Mountains, the monks of Saint Andrew’s Abbey offer retreats year round. Different monks are available for Spiritual Direction and guidance. Daily Mass at noon with lunch to follow is a special treat. Saint Andrew’s offers a rustic, desert environment with out-door stations of the cross, a large duck/coy fish pond and a hill top cemetery. They have a great book store and excellent food, with a chef on staff. You may journey up to Saint Andrew’s and enjoy the grounds at any time. The gate is open and all are welcome. One may join the brothers for lunch for a $10 donation. One or two are welcome without reservations. For a larger group one should call and make arrangements to be included in the lunch count.
If you desire to make an over night private retreat the cost per night is $75 single occupancy, $65 each double occupancy. This includes three meals. This abbey has a year-long calendar of retreats that one can participate in. Costs vary for these “preached” retreats. Click here for a list of the 2017 retreats offered.
Siena Prayer Center at St. Catherine by the Sea
Sister Gloria Valdovinos, CSC
1931 Poli Street
Ventura, CA 93001-2360
805-652-1700, ext. 228 or 500
An outreach of the Sisters’ of the Holy Cross in Ventura, the prayer center sits behind the convent. The house sleeps 5 comfortably and has a full kitchen. Sr. Gloria is available for Spiritual Direction upon request, and all visits must be arranged before hand. The Convent has a Marian Garden, a prayer labyrinth and many places to sit and reflect. Nestled within the Ventura community the prayer center is not far from the San Buenaventura Mission, the State Beach, and Grant Park – which offers a peaceful vista of Pierpont Bay. The prayer center provides opportunity for weekly group lectio divina, centering prayer, and a Merton study.
Prince of Peace Abbey
650 Benet Hill Road
Oceanside, CA 92058
Atop the hills to the south of Camp Pendleton, Prince of Peace is a parish church. The monks do not offer formal retreats, but over-night visits and spiritual direction can be arranged in advance by calling. The outside Stations of the Cross (a one-mile walk) offers a distant vista of the Pacific. Visitors are welcome but you must call ahead and check-in with Br Porter on arrival. Daily Community Celebration of Mass is offered at 11 am (10:30 am on Sundays). A buffet lunch is served at noon in the dining hall. A separate quiet dining room is available for those observing silence. A donation of $10 is requested for lunch. Prince of Peace houses a pleasant sized library, a book store, in-door and out-door stations of the cross, an exquisite altar icon of Christ as described in the Book of Revelation, and a Tabernacle chapel which holds a full-sized replica of the Arch of the Covenant. Huge colored glass panels provide the back two walls to the church. Guests are welcome, but arrangements must be made in advance.
Mission San Luis Rey
Pat Julian, Spiritual Director
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92057-6402
760-757-3659 ext, 123
On the grounds of the historic mission of San Luis Rey, Ms. Pat Julian offers a myriad of retreat and reflection opportunities. All visits must be arranged with Ms. Julian. “Quiet Mondays” are especially refreshing, as one is given a guest room for the day as well as use of the gardens and grounds. A monthly email is sent out to highlight offerings for contemplation and spiritual growth.