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This page offers resources on finding a spiritual director and locating retreat centers, as well as offering a list of apps to support your spiritual practice. Click on the gray bar to open the resource you need.


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Spiritual Direction at Santa Clara University

Spiritual Direction is an on-going relationship between a “directee” (person seeking direction) and a “director” (qualified trained spiritual listener) to discuss the directee’s spiritual life in the presence of Spirit. Some people prefer to refer to this relationship as one of “spiritual companioning.” Through conversation and reflection, the directee becomes more attuned to the presence of the Holy in her/his life, and grows more open to respond more fully to Holy invitations in all areas of life. Spiritual Direction or spiritual companioning at Santa Clara University is open to faculty, staff and graduate students of any faith tradition or none.

SCU embraces the tradition of spiritual companioning or spiritual direction as a centerpiece of the Ignatian spiritual tradition that undergirds the campus community. 

  • A group of trained women and men spiritual directors are available to meet with faculty, staff, and graduate students 
  • Spiritual direction rooms are reserved that provide privacy and quiet
  • Spiritual direction can also be done remotely via zoom 
  • SCU is able to allocate resources as a support for engaging in this wonderful resource through the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and the Pastoral Ministries Program   

Spiritual companionship is a gift to both the parties in the spiritual companioning relationship.

The gift is here for the taking!

To register or receive more information please fill out this online form.

We have prepared a list of retreat centers for each of the Catholic dioceses in California, which are often excellent resources for seeking staff trained in spiritual direction. You can also filter our to view the locations of these retreat centers.


City Retreat Center
Bass Lake St. Dominic Savio Mission & Retreat Center
Three Rivers St. Anthony Retreat Center
Los Angeles
Alhambra Sacred Heart Retreat House
Los Angeles Cardinal Timothy Manning House of Prayer for Priests
Malibu Serra Retreat Center
Montebello De Paul Evangelization Center
Pomona Cursillo House Retreat Center
Rancho Palos Verdes Mary and Joseph Retreat Center
Rosemead Saint Joseph's Salesian Youth Renewal Retreat Center
Valyermo St. Andrew's Abbey Retreat House
Big Sur New Camoldoli Retreat House/Hermitage
San Juan Bautista St. Francis Retreat Center
Santa Cruz Villa Maria del Mar - provides retreats and spiritual direction; sponsored by the Sisters of Holy Names and utilized by many of our students
Soquel St. Clare's Retreat
Berkeley Incarnation Monastery
Danville San Damiano Retreat
Fremont Center for Education & Spirituality - including resources on spiritual guidance
Oakland Hesed Community
Orange House of Prayer for Priests
Orange Loyola Institute for Spirituality
Santa Ana Heart of Jesus Retreat Center
Citrus Heights Christ the King Passionist Retreat Center
Loomis Marello Youth Retreat Center
Sacramento The Bread of Life Center - provides training in spiritual direction as well as a description of what spiritual direction is and a list of spiritual directors in the Sacramento area
Vina The Abbey of Our Lady of New Clairvaux
San Bernardino
Big Bear Lake Sacred Heart Retreat Camp
Redlands El Carmelo Retreat House
Riverside Divine Word Retreat Center
Running Springs Saint Anne in the Mountains Catholic Church and Retreat Center
Temecula Kkottongae Retreat Camp
Temecula Viña de Lestonnac Retreat Center
San Diego
Julian Whispering Winds Catholic Camp and Conference Center
Oceanside Old Mission San Luis Rey de Francia Retreat Center
Oceanside Prince of Peace Abbey Retreat Center
San Diego The Spiritual Ministry Center
San Francisco
Burlingame Mercy Center Burlingame - provides training in spiritual direction as well as retreats and spiritual direction
Menlo Park Vallombrosa Center
San Rafael Santa Sabina Center
San Jose
Los Altos El Retiro San Iñigo - The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos - sponsored by the Jesuits, offering Ignatian retreats and resources; see also this resource on Ignatian spirituality from Loyola Press
Santa Rosa
Oakville The Carmelite Monastery House of Prayer
Santa Rosa Angela Center - closed due to fire

For more local resources, please contact Lynne Lukenbill in the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries office, (408) 554-4831,

Spirituality Apps
  3-Minute Retreat from Loyola Press.
  Pray as You Go a prayer reminder in the Ignatian tradition for busy people.
  Reimagining the Examen guides you through a reflection on your day.
  Laudate Mass readings, prayers, liturgy of the hours, rosary.
  Magnificat set up in day-by-day format, offers prayers from the Liturgy of the Hours, readings from daily Mass, and meditations from ancient and current spiritual masters.
  iBreviary description.
  iMissal daily readings and Catholic prayers.
  Insight Timer Free meditation timer and guided meditations.
  Mass Times for Travel helps you find churches and worship times worldwide.


In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. – Romans 8:26


The LORD bless you and keep you! The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace! –Numbers 6:24-26