The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos

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The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos - also known as El Retiro San Iñigo<i> -</i> offers the community a tranquil place to find spiritual direction and enhance spirituality. The only Jesuit retreat center west of the Rocky Mountains, El Retiro San Iñigo offers a contemplative environment in which individuals can follow the 30-day Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. The 38-acre wooded estate overlooking Silicon Valley is also the site for weekend retreats and shorter variations of the month-long Spiritual Exercises program. Retreat directors have also designed several different retreats, including silent retreats for men or women, married couples, Al-Anon 12-step programs and young adults. Special evenings of healing prayer are also available at no cost. While the Rossi Chapel is not a parish chapel and the retreat center is private property, neighbors and other members of the public are welcome to attend Mass. The retreat was founded in 1925 when the Jesuits at Santa Clara University sought a remote place for spiritual retreat. They found it in the property of William Wellman, a businessman and director of the wholesale grocery company Wellman & Peck Co. The facilities, which include a chapel, dining room, courtyards, conference rooms and more informal living rooms, are offered during the week mostly to Catholic schools, non-profit organizations and service groups for private retreats; the rooms accommodate 80-90 people. Two walking trails - the Spirit of the Rosary and the Stations of the Cross - provide places to reflect amid natural surroundings. The bookstore and gift shop contains more than 2,300 titles on spirituality, psychology, saints, scripture and recovery matters as well as CDs of religious music. Those titles can also be purchased via the retreat center's website through Amazon, which makes a donation to the center when books and other items are purchased. Interested persons can visit the center's Facebook page as well.
300 Manresa Way, Los Altos, CA 94022
(650) 948-4491
  • Fax: 650-948-0640
  • Accessibility Details: About ten ground floor rooms are handicapped accessible and an elevator serves the chapel. The quadrangle, garden and dining room are all on flat, paved surfaces. Stations of the Cross Pathway is gravel and changes in elevation.
  • Accessibility Details: The entrance is level with the sidewalk.
  • Hours: Mon - Thu, 11:30am - 10pm; Fri, Sat, 11:30am - 11pm; Sun, noon - 10pm
  • Hours: Office hours: Mon - Fri, 9am - noon and 1pm - 5pm; Sat, Sun, closed. Mass time: Mon, Wed, Fri, 11am; Tue, Thu, 5:15pm.
  • Accessible: yes
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