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La Casa de Maria Spiritual Retreat & Conference Center

La Casa de Maria Spiritual Retreat & Conference Center La Casa de Maria Conference Center

Spiritual Retreat & Conference Center

800 El Bosque Road
Montecito, CA 93108

Phone: 805-969-5031 Fax: 805-969-2759



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About La Casa de Maria Retreat & Conference Center

La Casa de Maria can be found at the end of a winding lane canopied in dense foliage leading from the Upper Village in Montecito. Set in a secret garden, guarded by woodlands and the tumbling waters of the San Ysidro Creek, its ambience is that of a much-loved country house through which many generations have passed and left their mark.

At almost every turn it holds surprises to delight the eyes, layered with love over the years.

A fountain here, a sculpture there, rare specimen trees & shrubs in magnificent maturity, chickens scratching in the organic vegetable gardens. Shady vistas down woodland paths, views over orange groves and across meadows scented with wild fennel will take your breath away.

Explore Sadako Peace Gardens, in memory of a little girl representing all victims of the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and find cranes carved into the boulders depicting a symbol of peace. Discover the Robert Muller Bench of Dreams and rest to examine your dreams. Wander past Stations of the Cross in their leafy glade or sit by the creek to be mesmerized by sunlight glancing off the waters as they tumble over rocks on their last mile to the ocean.

Private Retreats - The Center for Spiritual Renewal

Private retreats for individuals and couples are available on the La Casa de Maria grounds at the Immaculate Heart Center for Spiritual Renewal. The Center provides an environment where all are welcome to pursue their spiritual path whatever their journey.

The Center for Spiritual Renewal offers private, non-directed retreats for individuals and couples of all faiths. The Center, a former religious novitiate owned by the Immaculate Heart Community, is located on 26 beautiful acres in the foothills of Montecito. We offer an atmosphere of silence, serenity and hospitality — an oasis of peace where people can come to discover, nurture, and reconnect with their deeper life's purpose.

Two types of accommodations are available:
The original manor house on the property provides rooms and meals Wednesday to Sunday.
The smaller Hermitage, a three bedroom cottage, is available seven days a week
and guests prepare their own meals.

Individuals and couples seeking to deepen their spiritual lives are welcome.

For more information or to request a reservation at the Center:


La Casa de Maria Spiritual Retreat & Conference Center in Santa Barbara, CAIn 1950, under the direction and inspiration of Sister Regina McPartlin, IHM, and encouraged by a group of married couples who used to stay at a local hotel for their annual retreat, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart built La Casa de Maria.

For the next twenty years, novices added to their life of prayer and spiritual formation taking care of the retreat center, cleaning rooms, preparing and serving meals, and providing the choir for the religious services.

Each weekend, forty Roman Catholic married couples directed by a priest, would make a spiritual retreat focused on strengthening their relationship with God and one another. Over the years the retreat center gradually opened its doors to outside religious, educational, personal growth, community service and art groups, at the same time developing its own program of retreats.

Calendar Programs

Wings of the Soul: Unfold Your Spiritual Journey Through Rumi’s Poetry

Friday 9/23 - Sunday 9/25
7:30 pm - 1:00 pm

@ La Casa de Maria
800 El Bosque Rd., Santa Barbara, 93108

Program Leader: Fariba Enteshari

Rumi’s poetry offers a universal path, enhancing all religious denominations towards spiritual integration. Come let his poetry guide you on your spiritual journey. Spend a weekend discovering the jewels within your soul and polishing the gifts that you are offering to others. There will be time for journaling, dialogue, quiet walks in nature, and deep inner listening.

Fariba Enteshari, PhD and founder Rumi Educational Center, has dedicated her life to the transformational teachings of Rumi.

More Info or Make a Reservation

Nature’s Apprentice: Connecting to the Transformative Power of the Elements

Friday 9/23 - Sunday 9/25
7:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Program Leaders: Monique Fay, Katherine Morrow

The Ancients knew that feeling connected to mother earth is crucial for our sanity and wellbeing. Using the five elements of air, fire, water, earth and space, this workshop will reconnect you to the healing power of nature. Outer experiences in nature will be illuminated through inner explorations guided by the incomparable photography and wisdom found in the nature-based Apprentice Cards. Each participant will receive their own personal deck of cards to work with both during the retreat and at home afterwards.

Monique Fay, MA in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, author and nature photographer. Utilizing her exquisite photography, Monique has achieved a unique and powerful style of healing and teaching.
Katherine L. Morrow, PhD, is a poet, editor, and artist who teaches meditation in Santa Barbara.

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