How do I get there?

Click here for directions

 

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Are there any public transportation options?

Click here for shuttle and cab information from the San Jose and San Francisco airports.

The least expensive way to arrive at the retreat center from a bay area airport is to take the CalTrain to the Mountain View station and then use UBER or LYFT from there to The JRC.  The retreat center is about 4 miles from the Mountain View CalTrain station.

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What are the Retreat Center office hours?

Our office is open from 9:00 AM – Noon & 1:00 – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The offices are closed for lunch every weekday from noon until 1:00 PM.  The offices are also closed on the weekends, but we will return calls the following work day.

As a cost saving measure, our generous volunteers graciously staff the phones and the front desk. If no one is available, please leave a message.  We are continuing to seek volunteers for a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly four or eight hour shift.  If you are interested, please email us.

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How do I register?

We encourage everyone to use our website for registration.  If you register online 28 days before the event, we are able to offer a small discount.

You may also contact The Jesuit Retreat Center by phone at (650) 917-4000 during regular business hours. Because our phone is now staffed solely by volunteers, you may need to leave a message when no volunteer is available to answer your questions. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a discount for an early registration taken over the phone.

You may also mail us your check for the full amount of the retreat, the name and dates of the retreat you want and we will register you.  Unfortunately, no discount is available through postal mail registration.

No matter which method of registration you choose, you will receive confirmation of your retreat date and other information via email.

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Do I need to be Catholic?

The mission of The Jesuit Retreat Center is to offer the Spiritual Exercises to adults of all denominations and walks of life.
 

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What should I wear?

Casual clothing is appropriate at The Jesuit Retreat Center. Weather is often quite variable, no matter the season. We recommend bringing layers for warm days and cool evenings. If you plan to enjoy our walking trails, a pair of comfortable shoes is a good choice.
 

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What should I bring?

Although we provide a Bible in each room, you may want to bring your personal Bible. Other suggested items are toiletries (we provide miniature bars of soap only), a water bottle, journal, pen, flashlight, and some kind of alarm. The Village of Los Altos is also a quarter-mile away in case you forget anything important like a hair dryer, shampoo or conditioner.
 

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What time should I arrive for weekend retreats?

Registration for weekend retreats takes place between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
 

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When will the retreat end?

Weekend retreats typically end with lunch on Sunday.
 

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What is the setting?

The Jesuit Retreat Center – El Retiro San Iñigo offers a quiet and peaceful environment for reflection and prayer. Our grounds include 38 acres of serene woods and tree-lined trails with majestic views of the nearby hills. The Stations of the Cross, Rosary Walk and other shrines provide an opportunity to pray and quietly reflect while enjoying the sounds of nature. For indoor prayer and contemplation, Rossi Chapel, Mary’s Room, and the Montserrat Chapel all afford ideal quiet spaces for spiritual reflection. Browse our photo gallery to get a visual sense of the Jesuit Retreat Center.
 

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What are the rooms like?

The bedrooms are simple yet offer all one needs — an attached private bathroom, a writing table and chair, a small closet, and a Bible. If you have special needs or preferences, please let us know when you register and we’ll make every effort to accommodate you.
 

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What kind of meals do you serve?

We serve freshly-prepared meals in our hilltop dining room overlooking San Francisco Bay and the Santa Clara Valley. Meals are appropriate to the season and served buffet-style; snacks are also available all day, and include fruit, scones, and cookies, as well as coffee, tea, and ice water.
 
Our menus offer healthful and delicious meat and vegetarian selections each day. While many of our selections are inherently gluten-free, we do not offer a gluten-free menu per se, nor do we offer a vegan menu. Those guests with specific dietary requirements are welcome to bring their own food to The Retreat Center.
 

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What are typical retreat activities?

Retreats include instructional presentations that offer guidance in prayer, designated time for silence and meditation, and an opportunity for an individual conference with one of our Jesuit or lay spiritual directors. We also offer communal prayer activities, from Mass to sacramental Confession or healing services. Non-silent retreats often include interactive presentations and group discussion periods.
 

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Smoking Policy

Smoking is allowed in the covered walk in the central courtyard only; there is a strict no-smoking policy in all building interior spaces.
 

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Cell Phone Policy

We believe a tranquil atmosphere is important for achieving the purpose of a spiritual retreat. We therefore ask that all guests silence their cell phones during the retreat, and restrict their use to emergencies only, away from other retreatants.
 

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Are there laundry facilities available?

Washing machines and laundry soap are available.
 

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The McInerny Bookstore

The McInerny Bookstore at The Jesuit Retreat Center offers one of the most complete selections of books on spirituality, theology, and prayer in Northern California. All selections are self-serve and frequently restocked. The bookstore is named in honor of our long-time retreatant and friend, The Honorable John S. McInerny.
 

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Are the 12-Step meetings open during the retreat?

Meetings are open only to registered retreatants.
 

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What are typical retreat activities?

Retreats include instructional presentations that offer guidance in prayer, designated time for silence and meditation, and an opportunity for an individual conference with one of our Jesuit or lay spiritual directors. We also offer communal prayer activities, from Mass to sacramental Confession or healing services. Non-silent retreats often include interactive presentations and group discussion periods.
 

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What is a silent retreat?

We can find ourselves in daily life in the 21st century with too much to do. The beauty of silence is that it attunes us to the sound of God and ourselves, which we so often ignore. Silent time during these retreats begins after dinner on the first evening and continues until lunch on the final day.
 

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What is a non-silent retreat?

Non-silent retreats include designated times for silence and solitude. However, these retreats also feature presentations and liturgies, group discussions and free time for talking with other guests.
 

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What is the difference between a retreat and a workshop?

A retreat is a personal experience focusing on a retreatant’s relationship between him/herself and God. A retreat typically affords times of silence for individual prayer and reflection. Many retreats provide written guides and suggestions to help a person meditate and pray. Retreats often afford the retreatant the ability to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and other communal prayer activities. To read more about retreats, click here.
A workshop is in a classroom setting with the focus on participants’ learning. Typically there are no designated periods for prayer nor spiritual conferences with the instructors. Think of a seminar in college with reading, reflecting, discussions, and presentations by the instructors rather than an individual approach. What is learned in the workshop can be applied to a person’s life and deepen his or her relationship with God. Mass will be provided each day of the workshop.
 

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What retreats are offered during the summer?

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola

30-Day Retreat for Women and Men plus three days of preparation and reflection

The Spiritual Exercises offers an ideal opportunity for growth in your personal relationship with God. This experience of deep prayer and daily guidance with a spiritual director touches upon the basic principles of true Christian growth and the spiritual life.

The program begins with preparatory instruction on prayer and certain theological themes that are pertinent to the Spiritual Exercises. Experts in their fields teach individual classes. The retreat concludes with time for personal reflection and sharing on your retreat experience.

This Spiritual Exercises can be very helpful for someone making a choice, whether it is a vocational choice, a decision within one’s current way of life, or a decision during a transitional period. It is also an excellent experience for anyone in a time of renewal or sabbatical. Each day during the retreat itself, you will meet individually with a spiritual director who will help focus your retreat to gain the most benefit from the Exercises.  The Spiritual Exercises are done in silence without distraction from the outside world.

More information on this year summer 30-day retreat can be found HERE.

8-Day Retreats for Women and Men

The 8-Day Retreat is rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which have profoundly influenced the lives of countless people since the sixteenth century. There are as many reasons to go on this retreat as there are people who attend it. Some of the reasons others have made this retreat include: wanting to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, desiring to spend quality time in prayer and reflection, wanting to learn more about your self in relationship to God and to others, preparing to make a significant decision, and responding to the movement of the Spirit. The 8-Day Retreat is a silent retreat with a daily individual conference with your spiritual director.

More information on our summer silent 8-day retreat program can be found HERE.

 

Personal, private and Individually Directed Retreats (IDR) are not offered during the summer months.

 

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What is a personal retreat?

It is possible to arrange for an individual, silent retreat directed by one of the members of the Pastoral Staff. It is also possible to come and just retreat by yourself (that is, without spiritual direction) on our 38 tranquil acres. Please click HERE for more information.

 

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How often do I meet with my director on a personal retreat?

You will see your retreat director every day for 30-45 minutes.

 

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How do I book a personal retreat?

Please fill out this form and email it back to us. This link download a Microsoft Word file to your download location on your computer. If you have trouble opening it, kindly contact us at our reservations desk. There are some periods during the year in which we cannot offer private retreats.

 

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