Retreats

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. Vince Mesi, OFM, Fr. Evan Howard, OFM, Br. Mike Minton, OFM, Lorraine Steele, and Lisa Briones 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 Private 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 katerik@sandamiano.org.

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).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

RETREATS & HIGHLIGHTS

Young Adults

Next up for our ministry to Young Adults is a retreat day on Saturday, April 25th. The day is titled, “Living in the Present Moment.” The presenters are Paula Jenkins, MAR, Br. Mike Minton, OFM, Earl Rivard, & Carol Valladao. The presentations and discussion will include how Jesus’ ministry centers on the choices we have in the now, on being still to gain clarity, on actively embracing love over fear, and on learning to see difficult or challenging moments with new eyes. His teachings and parables offer insights on how to get closer to God’s Eternal Presence in the Present. In this retreat day we will spend time looking at these teachings, discussing how we react, and how our choices impact our lives. Check-in is at 9:00 am, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm.

Young Adult Ministry

Silent Contemplative Offerings

There are three Silent Contemplative Retreats coming up. Sr. Ishpriya presenting a retreat called, “Only One Thing is Needed” the week of June 22-26. Our 5-Day Silent is July 26-31 and is presented this year by Fr. Dan Riley, OFM. Fr. Dan is a Franciscan from the New York Province. Following this retreat is a silent weekend with Fr. Dan Manger, OSB, Cam. He is a member of the New Camaldoli Benedictine community at Big Sur. The dates are July 31-August 2. These two back-to-back retreats provide an opportunity for one week of Silent Contemplative time here at San Damiano. Keep in mind that we have air conditioning in all of our indoor spaces including the bedrooms.

Vigil Mass (rs)

RUMI DAY

Br. Mike Minton, OFM was instrumental in bringing a presenter to San Damiano who spoke on the life and poetry of Rumi, the 12th century poet, theologian, and scholar. Ustadh Feraidon Majadedi provided listeners with a wonderful afternoon with Rumi. Here are some quotes from the participants:

  • Rumi day (rs)Very inspiring and welcoming. Your hospitality is touching.
  • Rumi is universally applicable across religious dogma. I enjoyed it all! The setting was exceptional.
  • Best part of the day was the lecture, outdoor session, and walking around the garden – beautifully executed event.

VISITOR REFLECTIONS

“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)

“The presenter [Fr. Patrick Foley] was inspiring, informative and has just the right amount of humor. His talks were very interesting, factual and inspiring. I heard things for the first time. I especially like Fr. Patrick’s presentations. Fr. Patrick is so engaging as a speaker and his message is so strong.”

“Thank you as always for what is prepared so lovingly for those who attend. Everyone was welcoming, helpful and hardworking.”

“I consider San Damiano “Holy Ground” where I have received much healing over the years. I thank God for this beautiful place where we can get reprieve from the fast pace below.”

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