Governance of La Casa de Maria

La Casa de Maria was founded by the then Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1955. In 1970 the community became an ecumenical community of women and men. It is under the non-profit umbrella of the IH Community that La Casa continues to be stewarded today as an interfaith retreat and conference center.

Board of Trustees Immaculate Heart Community

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Rosalina Baldonado, President
Victoria Berry, Vice President
Joan De Francesco, Chair
Vivan Engel, Treasurer
Kitty Murphy, Secretary
Lenore Dowling
Mary Fay-Zenk
John Mutz
Karol Schulkin
Jane Via
Jill Whittington

La Casa has a local advisory council made up of members of the IH Community and the Santa Barbara community. The Council meets bi-monthly to support the work of the center.

La Casa de Maria Coordinating Council

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Lynn Enloe, Chair
Kathleen Barry
Mary Becker
Father Larry Gosselin, OFM
Arthur Gross-Schaefer
Kitty Murphy
Martha Siegel
Ellen Taylor
Afaf Turjoman

About Us—Overview

La Casa is a beloved refuge of peace where individuals and groups can renew body, mind, and spirit. More

Mission, Vision, and Goals

The mission of La Casa is to be a sanctuary of peace. More


La Casa’s first residents were the Chumash people who tended the spirit and the beings of this land. More

Real Things—A Gift and Bookshop

Enjoy a trip to La Casa’s gift and bookshop during your next visit. More


We invite you to join us in tending this sanctuary of peace. More


We are here to support your retreat experience. More


La Casa is stewarded by the Immaculate Heart Community, a lay, ecumenical community of women and men. More


Enjoy a visit around La Casa’s 26 acres of semi-rural land, nestled between mountain and sea. More

What our guests tell us…

Listen to comments from people who know us. More

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