Private Retreats

San Damiano Retreat offers Private Retreats for individuals. A private retreat provides an opportunity to get away from hectic daily life to seek peace and solitude for rest, renewal, and prayer. Are you discerning a life change? Dealing with a loss in your life? The environment here is ideal for contemplating these kinds of transformative changes.

WHAT DO YOU DO ON A PRIVATE RETREAT?

While you are on a private retreat you can create and structure your own personal time. Read, pray, or write. Choose to walk on our many trails or walk the labyrinth. Spend time in nature by sitting in the Canticle garden.

We live in a world filled with competing demands and have little time for reflection and contemplation. It helps to step aside to rest awhile and to reflect on the deeper meaning of events in our lives. Spiritual Direction is one source you may want to take advantage of while you are here. We have a team of Spiritual Directors to meet with private retreatants as scheduled. 

WHAT IS AVAILABLE FOR YOU?

  • Daily Liturgy
  • Prayerful Chapel
  • 50 acres of walking paths, gardens, meditation spaces and a labyrinth
  • Meals & bedroom with bathroom and linens
  • Spiritual Direction (encouraged to be arranged at least 2 weeks before your stay)

HELPFUL THINGS TO KNOW

  • There is no set schedule except meal times. It is up to you to use this time for whatever is needed in your life at this moment.
  • A $25 deposit is needed to reserve your dates.
  • Deposits are non-refundable but can be used for another private retreat within the next year.
  • For payment we accept Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover cards, cash or checks.
  • If you come during the week and leave Friday, you will need to vacate your bedroom by 10:00 AM.
  • Generally, no Dinner is served on Sunday evenings.
  • Please note that conference room access is not available to private retreatants.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTION DURING PRIVATE RETREAT TIME?

Spiritual Direction is about responding to God’s invitation to draw closer in relationship. It is meant to help us learn how to be attentive to God’s presence and action in our lives and to make choices based on that awareness. Spiritual Direction can be available daily if you desire. A spiritual direction session is one hour and costs $50. Download the Private Retreat with Spiritual Direction Brochure for more information.

PRIVATE RETREAT COSTS

A Private Retreat without spiritual direction is $100 per night.
A Private Retreat, including one spiritual direction session, is $150 per night. ($50 per session).

ARRANGING A PRIVATE RETREAT

For available dates, please contact Kateri at 925-785-9850 or 925-837-9141 ext. 315 or by email: katerik@sandamiano.org.
If you are seeking spiritual direction with your private retreat time, please notify Kateri when you make your date request.

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