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

Begin your SCU journey by joining us for this Fall's First Year Retreat! The 2018 First Year Retreat will be held October 19-20, 2018 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This one night/ two day retreat is a great opportunity to connect with yourself and meet others from campus (and outside your RLC) while fostering a community that will nourish you at the outset of your time at Santa Clara. This retreat invites retreatants and leaders to reflect on three foundational themes:

  • Belonging
  • Believing
  • Becoming

Student leaders partner with various Campus Ministers to give talks, lead discussions, and facilitate practices that help retreatants explore these themes in their own lives.


First Year Retreat will take place in the beautiful, YMCA Camp Campbell in the Santa Cruz Mountains!


The cost of the First Year Retreat is $40.  Payment may be made online by credit card or by cash or check at the Campus Ministry Office located in Benson 105 behind the info desk.  

Please visit the following to pay online:


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


Please complete the online application to sign up.  


Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, October 10th at midnight. Please note, your spot on the retreat is not reserved until application and payment are turned in.

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 8th- Thursday, December 13th, 2018. Sign-ups will be accepted until November 30th, 2018.

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

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.


This retreat is targeted for undergraduate and graduate students, with a limited number of spots available for staff and faculty.


Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,

my memory, my understanding and my entire will,

All I have and call my own.

You have given all to me.

To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours; do with it what you will.

Give me only your love and your grace.

That is enough for me.

 - St. Ignatius Loyola

Upcoming Retreats