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

  • Advent Women's Retreat with Jan Stegner
    Fri, Dec 09
    St Francis Retreat
    Dec 09, 4:00 PM – Dec 11, 2:00 PM
    St Francis Retreat, 549 Mission Vineyard Rd, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA
    "We invite you to come and hear about our sister saints whose feast days are celebrated during the Advent season. This is a women's weekend retreat
  • Men's Retreat for 2023/Save the Date
    Fri, Jan 13
    St Francis Retreat
    Jan 13, 2023, 4:00 PM – Jan 15, 2023, 2:00 PM
    St Francis Retreat, 549 Mission Vineyard Rd, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA
    Save the date for 2023 Men's Retreat
  • Fr Jim Nisbet Scripture Retreat/Save the date!
    Aug 11, 2023, 2:00 PM – Aug 13, 2023, 2:00 PM
    St Francis Retreat, 549 Mission Vineyard Rd, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA
    43rd scripture retreat
  • Advent Day of Recollection: A Time for Keeping Alert and Listening to God's Word
    Dec 02, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    St Francis Retreat, 549 Mission Vineyard Rd, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045, USA
    Join Fr Paul as he presents our only Day of Recollection during this Advent Season.

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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