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.

Retreats at Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center

by Dec 21, 2016

Holy Laughter: A Lenten Prayer
A Virtual International Prayer Gathering
Saturday, March 20, 2021
10:00AM Pacific Time (please adjust for your time zone)

Lent is a most somber season calling for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving,
practices that are challenging and serious. As this season continues to lead us
into the depths of the Paschal Mystery during Holy Week, is it possible that
there is a sacred place for holy laughter in our prayer and in our lives?
Let us gather to pray, to ponder, and – yes – to laugh together.
Register by email at



Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center & Sister Celeste Crine, OSF

“Deepening your Retreat Experience”

~It All Begins with Silence

~The Importance of Listening

~The Gift of Hope


This Virtual Retreat will include prayer,
reflection and movement. This will be sent as a YouTube Link and will be available for 2 weeks. Each 30-minute session includes a Handout with questions for reflection. Retreat will be available January 12-26. Cost for the retreat: $50.
Registration Link

Send your registration with your email. Please make checks payable to: Villa Maria del Mar 

21918 East Cliff Drive Santa Cruz, CA 95062

You may register online at or email and include your credit card.
Registration Flyer

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

January 11-17, 2021

February 8-14, 2021

March 18-21, 2021

November 18-21, 2021