The day before a powerful and deadly mud-and-debris slide poured down from the Santa Ynez Mountains into Montecito, 88-year old Sister Pauline Krismanich was sitting at her office desk, doing her work. This comes as no surprise to anyone who knows Pauline.
Though the local authorities had put La Casa de Maria, Pauline’s employer … read more…
On Saturday, February 3, approximately fifty members of the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade showed up at La Casa de Maria with shovels and buckets and pitched in to remove hundreds of pounds of mud from our property’s historic chapel.
“This was an encouraging and uplifting scene,” said Steve Jacobsen, La Casa’s director. The chapel is just one of the buildings
Hundreds of volunteers spent their Saturday alongside Montecito homeowners during a community-driven recovery effort to help dig debris piles from houses after the Jan. 9 flash flooding and mud flows.
Equipped with gloves and waterproof boots, some 500 dust-masked volunteers with the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade worked nearly five hours in the sun, helping remove debris, pick up small tree
MONTECITO, Calif. – The Montecito mudslide ripped through La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center leaving many to believe it was completely wiped out.
“People used to say it was a hidden gem in Montecito,” said Steve Jacobsen, the director of La Casa de Maria. “We were a hidden gem until this week.” Read more…
Montecito Journal 2015 Winter / Spring issue:
For your next meditative escape, discover La Casa’s peaceful 26 acres. Reporter Steven Libowitz’s feature, Sanctuary, in the Montecito Journal’s glossy Winter – Spring 2015 edition, shares with you beautiful pictures and the poignancy of our holy and nature-infused haven. Join the over 12,000 visitors annually come for healing, solitude, inspiration, and renewal.
Steve Jacobson Joins La Casa de Maria as Co-Director
La Casa de Maria recently announced the selection of Steve Jacobsen, EdD, to fill a new position of Co-Director. Jacobsen will join Stephanie Glatt, IHM, to lead the retreat and conference center, with Glatt focusing on internal operations and continued facility renewal and Jacobsen focusing on program development, community relations and fundraising.
Site in foothills perfect for wind and temperature readings
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MONTECITO, Calif. –
At about 400 feet above sea level a remote weather station in the Montecito foothills is perfect for capturing critical weather information, especially during high wind and risky fire conditions.
Located at La Casa de Maria Retreat center on El Bosque Rd.,
On a warm Sunday in June 2013, family and friends came together to dedicate the Shalom Garden, the first of several new spiritual gardens to be installed at La Casa de Maria. Located near La Casa’s agricultural area, the garden was sponsored by local therapist Kathleen Barry in memory of her husband, Roy Mankovitz, an entrepreneur and inventor whoRead More >>
In May 2014, members of the Santa Barbara community gathered at La Casa de Maria for a special ceremony dedicating the retreat center’s newly renovated lounge to longtime supporters Jon and Lillian Lovelace. The Lovelace Lounge, which served as the original meeting room for La Casa dating back to 1955, is the first of five meeting rooms that are beingRead More >>