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Redwoods Monastery

The Redwoods Monastery immersion will not be offered in 2018, and will resume in 2019.

During this experience the Santa Clara delegation will spend time with the community of Roman Catholic women monastics at Redwoods Monastery in Whitethorn, California. The monastery was founded in 1962 and is situated among the majestic redwoods and Douglas fir of the Lost Coast of Northern California. The sisters at Redwoods are committed to search for God through the concrete experiences of everyday life, to build a community of love that extends far beyond the confines of the monastery and to be open to inner and outer transformation. Participants will participate in the community’s monastic schedule of prayer, spiritual reading and manual labor. The experience will provide the group with an opportunity to create intentional community, explore ways of praying through hours of biblical prayer, experience nature through hiking and organic gardening, and hear the rich stories of women monastics.The SCU group will stay in the guest house at the monastery, share communal meals and have time to explore spirituality and creative reflection. For more information about Redwoods Monastery, visit their website: http://www.redwoodsabbey.org/

Application Process 

  • The application for Winter Break 2017 trips is closed.
  • The application process for Spring Break 2018 trips will open at the end of November
  • The application for the Class of 2022 Summer San Jose Immersion will open in July 2018.
  • The application for the Jean Donovan Fellowship can be found here.


Selected participants will be expected to attend 4–5 pre-trip meetings and a pre-trip weekend retreat,  as well as 3 post-trip meetings upon return.