Welcome to San Damiano Retreat

San Damiano is a sanctuary of transformation for people of different faiths and backgrounds. The peace and beauty of our gardens and spacious grounds offer a serene place where individuals, groups, and organizations, (both religious and non-religious), may reflect on new insights…new choices… new decisions.


  • Inspiring retreats for spiritual growth
  • A Center for meetings and conferences
  • Private retreats and directed private retreats
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Daily Eucharist
  • A peaceful environment of natural beauty to rest and renew

Tulips March 2014 (cr&rs)2014 THEME…
Embracing A Joyful Faith

“I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11) Jesus’ intention is that our faith in Him and God be joyful, as He is joyful. We see examples of St. Francis’ joyful faith in the way he lived. Joy overflowed in him everyday for God, others and creation. As this year progresses, may you be inspired to look with joyful faith at your life’s journey through the examples of Jesus and St. Francis. We invite you to set aside the time and San Damiano will provide the place.


… is to provide a peaceful environment of natural beauty where people of all faiths and backgrounds may seek spiritual renewal and growth. In the spirit of Sts. Francis and Clare and guided by the Franciscan traditions of joy, hospitality, compassion, peace and simplicity, we offer contemporary and challenging retreats and programs in response to the changing needs of God’s people.

Let Us Host Your Event

Yes, yes, and yes! San Damiano is available as a conference and retreat center and many groups take advantage of our space for these gatherings:

- Training & Team Building Workshop
- Management Off-Site Seminars
- Executive & Corporate Retreats
- Strategic Planning
- Business and Professional Meetings
- Board Retreats

The Conference Facilities page has all the information you need to get your “foot in the door!” Here is a sampling of some of the groups that come:

- John Muir Hospital Chaplains
- Sandia National Lab
- Western Regional Interfaith Organization
- Intergovernmental Management Training
- Lafayette School District
- Domestic & Foreign Missionary Society
- Kaiser Permanente
- Berkeley Food & Housing Project
- Kern County Superintendents of Schools
- African American Quilt Guild of Oakland

Contact Lisa today at lisab@sandamiano.org, 925-837-9141, ext. 303.


A woman on the Thanksgiving weekend recovery retreat said,“…words are not enough to express my gratitude for San Damiano, blessings to each person here.”

“Your hospitality is fabulous and welcoming!”

“I have a favorite bench at San Damiano where I go to experience God’s presence.”

“The retreat I attended was a truly joyful and spiritual experience.”

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Br. Mike Minton, OFM greets some friends of San Damiano

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Mothers Day Tea

tea-party (rs)You are invited to our Third Annual Mothers Day Tea taking place on Sunday, May 4th beginning at 3:00 pm. Cost is $25 per person and $15 for children ages 5 – 12 years old. Your RSVP is requested by April 30th. Contact Lisa if you will be decorating a table at lisab@sandamiano.org or 925-837-9141, ext. 303.

Inter-Faith Panel Discussion

Pope FrancisOne of the most talked about humans during the past year has been Pope Francis. While his importance to Catholics is obvious, other faiths find themselves drawn to this man as well. You are invited to an afternoon, May 4th at 4:00 pm, that will examine his impact as Fr. Tom Bonacci, C.P., facilitates a panel of speakers from the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Catholic, and Protestant traditions as they reflect on their understandings, experiences, and hopes of Pope Francis. This is the first of several free events sponsored by Interfaith San Ramon Valley and hosted by San Damiano Retreat in Danville.


7th Annual Fall Auction & Dinner

7th Annual Fall Auction & Dinner

Annual appeals and fundraiser are an essential part of San Damiano. Enhancing our warm and inviting environment and renovating our buildings and grounds ensures that we can continue to be a place that actively welcomes all people and supports the sense of growth, reflection, and renewal, available here. Continuing to provide quality, relevant speakers and presentations so that retreatants may address the challenges that they meet in everyday life is an ongoing challenge. Here is a list of opportunities to give your support:

  • Capital Campaign
  • Legacy Society
  • Fall Auction & Dinner
  • Spring & Christmas Appeals
  • NEW: Open Golf Tournament
  • Donate a Garden Bench

Ways to support San Damiano can be found on the Capital Campaign/ Giving page.

Bird of Paradise Flowers in the Courtyard

Bird of Paradise Flowers in the Courtyard

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