Welcome to St. Francis Retreat



St. Francis Retreat is a full scale retreat and conference center, offering varied conference spaces, highly rated food service and dining room, overnight guest accommodations and various outdoor amenities. We welcome all faiths and religions, non-profits and individuals to this “Franciscan” setting to reflect, refresh and grow. Our chef and kitchen staff provides restaurant quality cuisine and can meet a wide variety of dietary needs. 

Our rural location, 40 miles south of San Jose, offers you a quiet get-a-way from daily cares. We are off the beaten path, on an escarpment on the side of historic Fremont Peak, and close to the equally historic city, San Juan Bautista and Old Mission San Juan Bautista. Please come and visit us here in San Juan Bautista, California.


 And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a quiet place and rest a while.” – Jesus

What is a Retreat?

A retreat is a time to step away from the ordinary to encounter the extraordinary.

God is encountered in our everyday lives, but that relationship needs dedicated time and attention to grow and mature. We offer a setting steeped in the wisdom of St. Francis of Assisi to foster that growth.


House Retreats

Consider registering for retreats that are grounded in Franciscan Spirituality. We offer retreats for Men, Women, Couples and People in Recovery.

Private Retreats

Schedule time away in one of our cottages to “recharge” and renew your spiritual and emotional life. Spiritual Direction is available.

Your Retreats

Plan and Schedule a retreat for your group. We will provide what you need to make it a memorable and productive event.

Our Story

Back in 1947, our founders realized that people and groups want (and need) the time and space to push pause on their daily routine. That is why St Francis Retreat Center was created, so our community of participants can self-reflect and reconnect with themselves in a beautiful and serene atmosphere.

Physical and mental wellbeing are of utmost importance to living a healthy life, and require practice and dedication. Our Spiritual Retreat provides the setting and guidance you need to strengthen your body, mind and soul.


Upcoming Events

  • Fr Nisbet Scripture Retreat
    Fri, Aug 13
    San Juan Bautista
    Aug 13, 2:00 PM – Aug 15, 2:00 PM
    San Juan Bautista, 549 Mission Vineyard Rd, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA
    The first anniversary of our 40th retreat. The Book of Psalms study will be resumed this year, beginning with Psalm 62 vs 5. This is a continuation of the study first begun in 2012. Last year, our 40th Year, was held via ZOOM because of Covid-19 restrictions.
  • Healing Divisions - Facilitator: Brent Anderson
    Aug 15, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    online event
    Skills for Engaging in Polarized Times Offered via Zoom - 4 hour retreat in 2 hour blocs: 8/15 & 8/22
  • Day of Recollection
    Fri, Sep 03
    St Francis Retreat
    Sep 03, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
    St Francis Retreat, 549 Mission Vineyard Rd, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA
    Encounter with God: The Sacramental Experience - Baptism with Fr Ken Laverone OFM
  • Men's Retreat
    Fri, Jan 14
    St Francis Retreat
    Jan 14, 2022, 2:00 PM – Jan 16, 2022, 2:00 PM
    St Francis Retreat, 549 Mission Vineyard Rd, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA
    Wrestling with God: Finding Hope & Meaning-Presented by Fr Ken Laverone OFM
  • Women's Retreat
    Fri, Jul 09
    St. Francis Retreat
    Jul 09, 4:00 PM – Jul 11, 2:00 PM
    St. Francis Retreat, 549 Mission Vineyard Rd, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA
    Holy Relationships Among Women: Women of the Word as models of My Own Holy Relationship

Contact Us

Get in touch with us for more information and to make your reservation today. If you are making a reservation inquiry, we encourage you to fill out the retreat form under Retreats tab.

P.O. Box 970,
549 Mission Vineyard Road
San Juan Bautista, California 95045

Phone: 831-623-4234         Fax: 831-623-9046

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