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The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos sits on 38 acres in Los Altos.
The retreat center can accommodate multiple groups, and has meeting space for up to 170.
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Retreats rooted in the concept
of finding God in all things
El Retiro San Iñigo
St. Ignatius Retreat
300 Manresa Way
Los Altos

In 1925, the California Jesuits decided to found a retreat center. A family home and some acreage were purchased in then rural Los Altos and the 90-year history of The Jesuit Retreat Center began. As the years passed, buildings were constructed, more land was purchased, and the number of retreatants increased.

Then and now, the foundation for everything is the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. From September through mid-June, weekend retreats are offered with a variety of themes — prayer, women's spirituality, noted theologians, God in literature and film, young adults, recovery, and more. And all of these retreats are rooted in the Ignatian concept of finding God in all things.

From mid-June through mid-August, silence descends on the 38-hilly acres as women and men from throughout the world come for 8-Day and 30-Day retreats. These are an experience of deep prayer and daily guidance with a spiritual director.

Other opportunities include training programs to direct the Spiritual Exercises, days of prayer, individual retreats and spiritual direction.

Many have described their experience at the retreat center as a time to unplug, rest and renew. All are warmly invited to come and do the same.

El Retiro can handle small to large groups, often several simultaneously, with sleeping accommodations for up to 101 and meeting space for up to 170.

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