Janet Gardner

About This Center

San Damiano is a place of refuge for people of all faiths and backgrounds who are lost and seeking, people who are craving contemplation and reflection, and people moved to rebuild the world. As a Franciscan presence in Northern California, San Damiano is a place for rebuilding relationships with God, creation, the marginalized, and among Catholic, Christian, and other religious communities.

From a faith perspective, hospitality can be understood as the practice of God’s welcome embodied in our actions as we reach across difference to participate with God in bringing justice and healing to our world. - Francis Dombrowski

Venue Highlights

Come explore the grounds at San Damiano, pray and meditate surrounded by textures, colors, scents and tastes of God’s creation! The beauty and productivity of our grounds is made possible with the help of many volunteers.

San Damiano is situated on 55 acres. Visitors enjoy walking prayer and meditations at special spots such as the Canticle Garden and the Stations of the Cross. In addition, there are several hillside walking trails.

Visitors are welcome; sign-in upon arrival at the reception desk. Please keep talking volume down. To preserve the peace and quiet of the space we can not accomodate group hikes.


Our bedrooms each have a private bathroom. We provide the linen although some people bring a favorite pillow. Most of our 78 bedrooms have twin beds. We have a limited number of rooms with double and queen mattresses. A small desk, a lamp, closet and a ceiling fan are in each bedroom. The bedrooms do not have alarm clocks.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant

Menu Types

  • Meat


Guests consistently sing the praises of the meals served at San Damiano. Chef Ron Roncarati and team ensure varied, plentiful, hearty, and healthy fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you have special dietary considerations, please let our Hospitality staff know at the time you make your reservations. Meals are served buffet-style.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

Mind training for post-retreat life! Renate

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.