Our Sponsored retreat programs include weekend, one day, mid-week, and extended retreats and workshops.
We provide a peaceful environment of natural beauty for spiritual growth and renewal. Through innovative and relevant retreats, individuals can discover Gospel answers to today’s challenging questions. Published twice a year, our Newsletter includes pictures and interesting stories along with a listing of 5-6 months of upcoming retreats. Our Retreat Team works tirelessly planning the Sponsored Retreats that we provide. Fr. Evan Howard, OFM, Br. Mike Minton, OFM, Lisa Briones and Barbara Bucher make up the team. The Retreat Calendar allows you to view the upcoming retreats by month, view flyers with content and presenter biographies, and, register on our website.

San Damiano also offers Personal Retreats for individuals who wish to enjoy the quiet and tranquility of San Damiano. Usually a 1-5 night stay, Private Retreats can be with or without Spiritual Direction. Here are comments we received from a person happy to have the opportunity to come to San Damiano.

“I appreciate the friendly arrangements Lisa made for me. Deborah’s cooking was sumptuous. I’m sure you get many comments on the serenity and spiritual nourishment provided by the natural setting as well as your comfortable facilities.” Paul Seaman

We often have space Monday through Friday and you can schedule an appointment with a spiritual director while here. Generally Kateri can schedule you so contact her at 925-837-9141, ext. 315 or

Outside, or Hosted groups, are welcome to contract with us for space and meals. Visit our Conference Facilities and Services page if you are interested in bringing a group here for a workshop, retreat, conference, meeting or training.

If you attend an overnight retreat that is announced in the newsletter, you have the option of a Spiritual Direction session (included in retreat cost) and a chair massage session (additional cost of $15).



Embodied Prayer Series 2015

East meets West (b)East meets west in this journey of deepening your connection to the Divine through Qigong, meditation, and prayer involving your body, mind, and spirit. Drawing from Judeo Christian, Taoist, and Buddhist wisdom and compassion practices, this series invites you to explore, engage, and share your ever-unfolding spiritual awareness (every Wednesday, from Sep. 9 through Oct. 14).

  • Qigong for wellness, boosting energy, enhancing immune system, and preventing injury
  • Acupressure points for self-healing
  • Qigong meditation and Centering Prayer to cultivate mindfulness and increase gratitude and joy in life
  • Taoist, Buddhist, Christian, and Sufi spiritual wisdom
  • Personal reflection and community dialogue
  • Abba-Imma Qigong (based on the Lord’s Prayer)


Commitment 2 (cr&rs)More Fully, More Faithfully: Living Your Commitment

Whatever your commitment might be — married life, single life, religious life, ordained life — finding it is one challenge. Learning how to live it with ever-increasing meaning and ever-greater fulfillment is another ongoing challenge. This weekend, October 23-25, will address both of those challenges. Whether you are now living a committed life, or are still searching for one, you might just find this weekend an invaluable retreat experience with numerous practical tools that you can incorporate into life.


With the resurgence of spirituality today, institutional religion has become a target of mistrust. We can still, however, access the treasures of faith, integrating the best of religious themes with spirituality. Our spirituality is cosmic when it opens to the mystical realization that the whole universe is on a spiritual path. Our challenge then is to trust our connection to one another and to the cosmos. We will see that since all that has happened to us has offered us graces, reality itself is holy. This is how we find a big-minded and big-hearted spiritual life. Please join us on November 7 for this spiritual growth workshop with David Richo, Ph.D.


“San Damiano impressed me, it was like drinking from a well of beauty, abundance, peace, and great joy.”

“San Damiano has the perfect retreats, I am especially drawn to the silent retreats and presentations.”

“I left the retreat with an uplifted spirit and many new ideas to ponder and to integrate into my ongoing discernment process.”

“You have provided a banquet of prayer and experiences for which I am very grateful.”

“I love the informational handouts and exercises that provoke awareness and the tools they provide.”

“Dorothy [Charbonneau] is the absolute best – rich and very spiritual, very well prepared, peaceful and prayerful.” (Labyrinth Retreat)


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