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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.

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 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.

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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.

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Upcoming Events

  • Advent-Day of Recollection
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Dec 01
    St Francis Retreat, San Juan Bautista
    Dec 01, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
    St Francis Retreat, San Juan Bautista, 549 Mission Vineyard Rd, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA
    What does Advent promise me? Fr Paul Botenhagen OFM
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  • Advent-Day of Recollection
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Dec 08
    St Francis Retreat, San Juan Bautista
    Dec 08, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
    St Francis Retreat, San Juan Bautista, 549 Mission Vineyard Rd, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA
    Where is God leading me this Advent? Fr Ken Laverone OFM
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  • Winter Luncheon Fundraiser
    Sun, Dec 12
    St Francis Retreat, San Juan Bautista
    Dec 12, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    St Francis Retreat, San Juan Bautista, 549 Mission Vineyard Rd, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA
    St Francis Retreat has created a great Smoked Rib lunch fundraiser for you! Dine in or take to go
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  • Advent-Day of Recollection
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Dec 15
    St Francis Retreat, San Juan Bautista
    Dec 15, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
    St Francis Retreat, San Juan Bautista, 549 Mission Vineyard Rd, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA
    Do I have a reason to rejoice in the Lord?
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  • Advent-Day of Recollection
    Multiple Dates
    Wed, Dec 22
    St Francis Retreat, San Juan Bautista
    Dec 22, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
    St Francis Retreat, San Juan Bautista, 549 Mission Vineyard Rd, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA
    What is small that brings peace to me?
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  • 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-Led by Fr Ken Laverone OFM Life has changed because of the pandemic. Finding meaning and happiness, and most of all faith is a challenge.
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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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