Retreats at Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center

Throughout the year, Villa Maria del Mar will coordinate with groups that offer retreats open to the public. 

Pre-registration is required for all retreats. 

Space is filled on a first-come first-served basis.

For retreat details, please check the calendar or contact the Villa.


Interested in planning your private individual or group retreat? Click here.


“Every person becomes the image of the God he or she adores.” – Thomas Merton.

In the Spiritual Life, we are invited to let go of our distorted and broken images of God, which can propel us into a dark night, and instead move toward a healing and loving more deeply. This retreat intends to weave together contemporary psychology, spirituality, spiritual direction and elements of the mystical journey in order to ultimately help participants love and feel more deeply loved by God.


Brother Donald Bisson FMS, D. Min.,
is a Marist brother, Jungian Psychologist, Spiritual Director, Trainer Supervisor of Directors. He has graduate degrees in liturgy, spirituality and transpersonal psychology. Bro. Don is widely respected as a retreat and workshop leader on the inter-relationship of spirituality and Jungian Psychology. His wide-range of Audio CD’s will be available for sale.

12 – Step Related Retreat with Fr. Tom Weston

If the retreat is already full, your name will be added to the wait list. To inquire about availability, wait list, or attending as a commuter, please contact the Villa by clicking here or email


 Tuesday January 21— Monday January 27, 2020

7 Day Retreat

Monday February 10 – Sunday February 16 ,2020

7 Day Retreat

Thursday March 19 – Sunday March 22, 2020

4 Day Retreat

Thursday November 12 – Sunday November 15, 2020

4 Day Retreat

Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center in Santa Cruz