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Stepping away from the patterns of daily life creates the space and time for reflection and growth in your spiritual journey.

Campus Ministry invites the university community to participate in a variety of retreat experiences throughout the year. Each retreat has a unique focus, ranging from contemplation and discernment to fellowship.

Can't find what you're looking for? Please contact Victor Lemus for information


Search is the longest-running retreat at Santa Clara University. Staff and student crews guide "Searchers" through an energetic, ecumenical weekend of reflecting, sharing and experiencing God's love in community. While the retreat is grounded in the Jesuit, Catholic spirituality of SCU, it's open to individuals of all religious traditions and themed in such a way that individuals of all backgrounds feel welcomed and comfortable. Many students describe Search as one of the highlights of their Santa Clara University experience.

Search will take place November 3-5, 2017.

Search will be held at the beautiful Redwood Camp in the Santa Cruz mountains!

Of course! In Campus Ministry, we're committed to ensuring that all students who wish to attend a retreat are able to do so. As such, we greatly subsidize their cost and provide some partial scholarships for students in need. If a financial hardship would prevent your attending the retreat, please email Victor Lemus for a scholarship request at

Yes! The deadline for Spring Search applications and payment is Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Please note, your spot on the retreat is not reserved until application and payment are turned in. Please complete the online application to apply.

Feel free to drop into Campus Ministry at any time with questions. You can also contact Victor Lemus at


Santa Clara University's Ignatian Retreat is a five-day version of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius. This dynamic experience features silence and a diversity of prayer practices in a residential setting. Each day will include confidential, individual meetings with a retreat director, more formal presentations made to the group, meals, daily liturgies, and group prayer.
The retreat will be held at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville, CA Saturday, December 9th- Thursday, December 14th, 2017. Sign-ups will be accepted until December 1st, 2017.

Spaces for the Ignatian Retreat are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis by submitting the form below AND a $200 payment via delivery of cash or check to Campus Ministry or you can pay by credit card online.

Please complete the online application to register.

If you are a faculty and/ or staff, please contact Victor (via email at or dialing x3431) to discuss retreat spot availability, there are limited spots exclusively reserved for faculty/ staff.

In Campus Ministry, we are committed to ensuring that everyone who desires to attend a retreat is able to do so. As a result, we greatly subsidize the cost of retreats. If you have a financial hardship that would prevent you from attending the retreat, please email Victor (Director of Retreats) regarding receiving a scholarship.


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