What our guests tell us…

There lives in La Casa de Maria a wonderful opportunity to experience the secular and the spiritual, to produce significant work and enjoy meaningful rest.

It’s as if the concept of a “retreat” was conceived after someone spent an afternoon quietly reading under the oak and sycamore trees, or engaging in a breakthrough problem-solving dialogue with a companion.

Floyd Moos, Professor, College of the Canyons

The sacred space which is La Casa de Maria must remain the blessing that it has always been – for generations to come.

Congresswoman Lois Capps

La Casa de Maria is pervaded by a sacred wisdom. Our Spiritual Paths Institute has also been nurtured by La Casa de Maria where our participants’ hearts, minds and spirits can be opened up to experience the unfolding of the divine from many spiritual traditions. They can do this because it is a sacred place managed by spiritually mature people who know what they are doing. When our participants depart, they take this experience and wisdom back with them in order to improve the world from which they have come.

Dr. Ed Bastian, Spiritual Paths Foundation

La Casa de Maria is a “birthing place.” The generative juices run in the land and the people of this beautiful temenos (sacred place). … La Casa’s soul is rooted deeply in the precious — and now endangered — ground of spiritual renewal.

Steve Aizenstat, Founding President of Pacifica Graduate University

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


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…

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Conference Overview

Join the many wonderful groups who bring their communities to La Casa for a retreat, workshop, or conference. More

Meeting Rooms

Several well-appointed meeting rooms of varying sizes are available to fit your retreat or conference needs. More

Guest accommodations

Our recently remodeled guest rooms, or one of our two dormitories, offer you a variety of choices for overnight stays. More

Dining Services

Fresh, healthy cuisine is served in a gracious setting to complement your stay at La Casa. More

Plan a Retreat or Conference

Begin planning your visit to La Casa here... More

What our guests tell us…

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