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 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).



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)

Keeping It Practical and Simple: Living in the World of Recovery

Come and join from September 18-20 for a weekend of conversation, quiet, and reflection focused on the 12 Steps of Recovery and the Traditions. Fr. Tom Weston, SJ will be our presenter. All in recovery are welcome!

12 Steps RecoveryFranciscan Spirituality Retreat

Franciscan Spirituality RetreatThere is no better way to experience Franciscan spirituality than to see how it is incarnated into people’s lives. During the weekend of Oct. 2-4, will celebrate and explore the Franciscan Charism in the many ways it is lived out by many different people (friars, sisters, secular, lay). On Saturday we will travel by bus to St. Boniface in San Francisco to join the secular community in celebrating their 100th anniversary. While there, we will attend presentations by Jack Clark Robinson, OFM, the provincial of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province, and Sr. Margie Will, OSF. We will attend Mass celebrated by John Hardin, OFM, the provincial of this province. Transitus will be celebrated here at San Damiano Saturday evening.


“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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