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, Lorraine Steele, Mary Paella, Dorothy Charbonneau, Lisa Briones, and Br. Mike Minton, OFM with the watchful eye of Fr. Ray, our director, make up the team. The Retreat Calendar allows you to view upcoming retreat titles, flyers and to register on-line.

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 arranged to come as a private retreatant. 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

Paul came recently on a private retreat and as you see, had an exceptional experience. 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).




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!”

Br. Jeff Macnab, OFM, Silent Advent, Dec. 12-14

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)



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Advent is a special time for the Church year. The word Advent comes from the Latin word meaning coming. During Advent we recall the history of God’s people and reflect on how the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament were fulfilled. Add special meaning to your Advent season by coming to San Damiano for one of our three Advent retreats.

  • Advent Day of Renewal: Saturday, December 6, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Advent Day of Renewal: Friday, December 12, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Advent Silent Retreat: December 12-14, 6:00 pm on Friday to Lunch at 12 Noon on Sunday.

Click on the above dates for additional information.

Finding Balance

The next Young Adult retreat is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th. Paula Jenkins will facilitate the day titled, “Finding Balance.” Here is the information about the day:

“Join us for a Young Adult (ages 20-40) day retreat where we look at the fine art of balance in life. How and where do we make time for spirituality? How do we react when something in our life changes? What “gives” when things become too busy or too crazy? How do we prioritize things in our lives?

Our day welcomes a wide array of young adults, so whether you are graduating from high school or in college, just starting a new career or have been working for a decade, are single, or married and have children, this retreat will offer something for you. We look forward to sharing a day of prayer, reflection, and inspiration with you!”

Young Adult Ministry

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