||Santa Sabina opened as a retreat center
Marin retreat center grounded in heritage
Nestled behind Dominican University in Marin County is a hidden gem.
Santa Sabina Center is a retreat center sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael. Many know that the Dominican Sisters have called San Rafael home since 1889. Their congregational headquarters fronts Grand Avenue in San Rafael and heralds the entry to Dominican University of California. The Dominican Sisters' retreat center sits behind the university.
Santa Sabina was built in 1939 as a house of spiritual formation for the women preparing to join the sisters' community. From 1939 until 1970 it served as their house of studies and preparation for ministry.
In 1970, the center opened its doors as a retreat center welcoming spiritual seekers of all traditions to pursue contemplative ways of being. Grounded in the Dominican monastic heritage and aware of the primary revelation of the divine in the natural world, the staff continues to cultivate the center as a place of beauty, study, prayer and community. The center's contemplative roots permeate this sacred space and the present retreat and conference ministry herein. Santa Sabina offers its own retreats, provides time and space for private retreatants and hosts groups of other faith traditions who share the desire for contemplative space.
The center fulfills its mission by:
Providing a staff dedicated to nourishing and implementing its mission.
Sustaining an environment that nurtures a contemplative way of being.
Providing programs that incorporate the mission of the center, with focus on the earth, the arts, and the contemplative dimension of our spiritual heritage.
Providing hospitality respectful of the spiritual and cultural traditions of those hosted groups that come to the center for their own programs.
Maintaining a food service that provides healthy, carefully prepared meals, responsive to the needs of individuals and groups.
Giving careful attention to maintaining the beauty of the grounds and garden areas within and surrounding the center.
Maintaining a commitment to the careful upkeep and financial viability of Santa Sabina Center as a unique sanctuary in Marin County where people of all spiritual beliefs and cultural backgrounds can find sacred space and contemplative quiet.
Santa Sabina sponsors its own retreat programs throughout the year, as well as its Contemplative Concert Series with quarterly Sunday afternoon events that feature a variety of performers integrating music with other art forms such as poetry, dance and calligraphy.
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