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.

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

Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center in Santa Cruz


Monday February 5 – Sunday February 11, 2018

7 Day Retreat

Thursday April 5 – Sunday April 8, 2018

4 Day Retreat

Thursday November 15 – Sunday November 18, 2018

4 Day Retreat


Monday January 14 – Sunday January 20, 2019

7 Day Retreat

Monday February 18—Monday February 24, 2019

7 Day Retreat

Thursday March 14 – Sunday March 17, 2019

4 Day Retreat

Thursday November 14 – Sunday November 17, 2019

4 Day Retreat


 Tuesday January 21— Tuesday January 28, 2020

8 Day Retreat

Monday February 10 – Sunday February 17 ,2020

8 Day Retreat

Thursday March 19 – Sunday March 22, 2020

4 Day Retreat

Thursday November 12 – Sunday November 15, 2020

4 Day Retreat

What’s God Asking?

with Sr. Rosheen Glennon, CSJ

September 19, 2018

Day Retreat: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM (Lunch Included)

Come spend a day by the ocean reflecting on God’s questions.

The Neuroscience of Contemplative Prayer:  Compassion and Gratitude

with Dr. Joseph and Judy Neary

October 12 – 14, 2018

Overnight Retreat: 4:00 PM Friday, October 12th – Lunch on Sunday, October 14th

Download the registration form here: Registration October 12-14, 2018

The Myers-Briggs Typology – Cracking the MBTI Type Code Exploring Your WHOLE Type

with Shyrl McCormick

November 6, 2018

Day Retreat: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM (Lunch Included)


Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center in Santa Cruz

Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference

Nancy Sylvester, IHM; Margaret Galiardi, OP; Vernice Solimar, PhD

Institute of Communal Contemplation and Dialogue (ICCD)

January 10 – 13, 2019

Overnight Retreat: 4:00 PM Thursday, January 10th – 2:00 PM Sunday, January 13th

Through contemplative processes, the program goal is to learn to engage persons with different worldviews including, family, friends, and colleagues in hopes of healing the negative effects of the polarization we experience.

For more information, including registration, e-mail and put “Enter the Chaos” in the subject line.