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37th Annual Scripture Retreat by Fr. Jim Nisbet

August 11- 13, 2017

This popular retreat continues examining the Books of Scripture through the eyes of faith and scholarly examination. Fr. Jim is a retired priest of the Diocese of Monterey and is beloved by the community. This year Fr. Jim will finish I Timothy, and then continue on to II Timothy, Titus, Philomon, and begin Hebrews.


  • $240 per person semi-private accommodations
  • $290 per person private accommodations
  • $130 per person commuter rate

This retreat is almost full. Please check with the retreat center about availability. phone 831-623-4234 or email info@stfrancisretreat.com.

Days of Recollection: June 2nd, 2017

June 2nd - First Friday of June

Join Fr. Paul Botenhagen OFM and other guests to celebrate our regular First Friday Days of Recollection. Come for the full day, or stop by for Mass at 11:00 and stay for lunch. Your Choice.


9:30am Gather and Coffee

10:00am First Session

11:00am Mass

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Second Session

2:00pm Closing

Rates: The traditional offering for a Day of Recollection with lunch is $25, but any donation is gratefully accepted. No advance registration necessary.

There will not be any Days of Recollection in July and August. Look for these to begin again in September.

2nd Annual Women’s 12 Step Retreat

June 30 – July 2, 2017

Journey with Rosa Apodaca and other women on the road of recovery. This in an opportunity to get away to a place of peace and quiet, and continue the process.


  • $240 per person semi-private accommodations
  • $290 per person private accommodations
  • $130 per person commuter rate

The Sultan and the Saint

July 18, 2017 at 7pm

A docudrama film about Muslin-Christian Peacemaking, narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons.

During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik al-Kamil. This remark­able encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, sucked the venom out of the Cru­sades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better.

Join us for this Premiere on July 18, 2017, at 7 pm to learn about the remarkable spiritual exchange between the Sultan and the Saint, and the great risks they took for peace.

Rate: Free Admission

70th Annual Men’s Retreat

January 19-21, 2018

Francis of Assisi: The Lord Gave Me Such Faith!
Fr. Bobby Barbara OFM Cap Retreat Director

A world full of violence, political polarization, and disagreements within the church: this was the world into which Francis of Assisi was born and raised. How, then, did he become a man of prayer, peace, and heroic charity? If was not easy, even for a genius like Francis. Our retreat will focus on how God's grace in Francis' life helped him live within his own turbulent times as an "instrument of peace," and how Francis' example and wisdom can help us live the Gospel in our own day.


  • $220 per person semi-private accommodations
  • $280 per person private accommodations
  • $130 per person commuter rate
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La Virgen – a Women’s Spirituality Retreat

December 9 - 11, 2016

Retreat Director: Rosa Apodaca

Explore the mystery of Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Nuestra Virgen de Tepeyac. The weekend experience will include attending a presentation of the play “La Virgin de Tepeyac” at Old Mission San Juan Bautista. The musical play recounts the apparitions of Mary to Juan Diego. This El Teatro Compesino production is well acclaimed. Rosa is a veteran El Teatro Campesino and has performed in this production.

Days of Recollection: Advent Series

December 2nd, 9th and 16th, 2016

Reflect on the Advent Readings for this year with Fr. Paul Botenhagen. The three Fridays will follow the regular schedule with a conference and Mass in the morning, lunch and a second conference in the early afternoon.

Veterans Helping Veterans Retreat

November 13th-17th, 2016

A guided Journey of Reckoning and Reconciliation between Veterans and Civilians for the Healing of Moral and Ethical Injury Associated with Post Traumatic Soul Disorder. A non-sectarian journey of ritual based healing of the wounds of PTSD based on ancient wisdom and traditions.

For more information please contact Ventral Coast Veterans helping Veterans, PO Box 12725, San Juis Obispo, CA 93406, (805) 242-5575. ccvetshelpingvets@gmail.com

Days of Recollection: Celebrating Thanksgiving

November 4th, 2016, 9:30am – 2:15pm

This day we will explore the graciousness of our God. How wonderful are all your works!

Thanksgiving is a time to forget our differences and remember our blessings. And remembering leads to giving thanks to the Source of these blessings.

Days of Recollection: St. Francis – Silence and Beyond

October 7th, 2016, 9:30am – 2:15pm

Join us to celebrate the wonders of Franciscan Spirituality and the wisdom of St. Francis of Assisi. Br. Angelo spent many years here at St. Francis Retreat and it will be a delight to have him back with us for a day to share his take on St. Francis. We begin with coffee and coffee cake at 9:30, session at 10am followed by Mass and Lunch. A second session at 1:15 will round out the day.