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

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).



Looking Ahead – Lenten Season Offerings

San Damiano is offering a wide variety of Lenten retreats in 2015. Here is a partial list. Stay tuned for more information:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 18: Ash Wednesday Lent Day of Renewal with Fr. Vince Mesi, OFM
  • Tuesdays: 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, & 3/24: Lenten Series: Season of Compassion with Kathy Miranda, MA
  • Wednesdays during March: Taize Prayer in the San Damiano Chapel
  • Wednesday, 3/4: Lenten Labyrinth Day with Dorothy Charbonneau
  • Monday, 3/9: Quiet Day with Rena Grant, MA
  • Tuesday, 3/17: Lenten Day of Renewal with Fr. Patrick Foley

Valentine’s Married Couples Retreat

Richard & Karla new pic“May I have this dance with you?” On February 13-15, 2015, join Fr. Rusty Shaughnessy along with Karla and Richard Obernesser for a lovely and loving weekend as we explore the dance of the presentFr. Rusty moment. There will be a special Valentine’s dinner on Saturday and Sunday Mass will celebrate with a renewal of your marriage vows.


Our retreat and workshop presenters are unsurpassed in their knowledge and wisdom. Many people experience profound growth and a sense of God’s presence during their time at San Damiano. A past retreatant exclaimed, “The new insight I came away with is to take more time in the day to reflect, be positive, trust in God, see the beauty everywhere, and be grateful!” As a retreatant pointed out last month, “You have the most inspiring and insightful retreat presenters!”

Fr. Patrick Foley, New Years Retreat, Dec. 30-Jan. 1

Fr. Michael Crosby, OFM, Cap. - Franciscan Spirituality Jan 9-11

Fr. Michael Crosby, OFM, Cap., Franciscan Spirituality,
Jan 9-11


“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.”


Young Adults

The young adult retreats that we have seek to welcome a wide array of young people. Whether you are graduating from high school or in college, just starting a new career or have been working, are single or married and have children, these retreats offer something for you. So, stay tuned for the announcement with the 2015 retreats. We look forward to seeing you.

Young Adult Ministry

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