A retreat is like a spiritual spa for your soul ~ it is an anointed time of special graces! Come to an out-of-the-way place where you can be alone with the God who loves you and lives within you!
Experience for yourself God's awesome love and peace. Take time for the infinite graces in the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion! Listen to God's word through great retreat directors who share the truths of the Catholic Faith.
Treat yourself to Eucharistic Adoration, Benediction, Bible Reading (Lectio Divina) and walks in the solitude and serenity of the Redwood Mountains.
The opportunity for such a renewal of your spiritual life awaits you, too, at St. Clare's Retreat in the Santa Cruz mountains. A weekend spent in silence at this Franciscan retreat house can help you reestablish your values, deepen your joys, and realize again God's loving providence. We provide this silent atmosphere for you. Retreats are directed by Franciscan Friars as well as clergy and religious from many different orders.
Several conferences are scheduled throughout the day and time is available for individual counseling. Other exercises are held outdoors with ample time for private prayer and reading. Swimming, hiking, and other activities are possible during your weekend stay with us. St. Clare's facilities include a beautiful remodeled chapel; a welcoming library/lounge; very comfortable, quiet guest rooms; and a large dining room with a lovely view.
"Totally love Him, Who gave Himself totally for your love." St. Clare of Assisi
"Sitting in the Holy Spirit Chapel at St. Clare's Retreat, the soaring floor - to ceiling window behind the altar seems to reach all the way past the top of the redwoods to heaven itself. The view alone is enough to make you a believer."