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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.

Program Calendar

17th Annual Barrett Conference for Women
Love Unites: The Interspiritual Quest for Empowered Community

Friday 5/5 - Sunday 5/7
7:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Program Leader: Mirabai Starr

Come explore the streams of mystical longing and social justice that are found in the ecstatic poetry of the mystics, and in sacred texts of the world’s great religions. Through contemplative silence, chanting, deep dialog, and writing, we will experience unifying teachings and heart-opening practices to carry us beyond an intellectual understanding of humanity’s many spiritual paths. This retreat will support us, as women, to be transformed by love at our common core, and empower us to make a difference in the world.

Spiritual retreat teacher Mirabai StarrMirabai Starr is author of Caravan of No Despair: A Memoir of Loss and Transformation, new translations of the Spanish mystics, John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, and the award-winning book, God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity & Islam. She leads contemplative interspiritual retreats worldwide.

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Feng Shui & Sacred Space

Saturday 5/13, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Program Leader: Shawne Mitchell

On this fun day we will explore the psychological and spiritual elements of your home and learn how they affect your spirit, health, and well-being. Through the basic principles of Sacred Space and Feng Shui you will see how to use conscious self-awareness and intuitive home psychology processes to create a harmonious and energetically enhanced home environment. Both for beginners and for those interested in discovering deeper insights.

Shawne Mitchell, MA in Consciousness Studies, bridges conscious living with a spiritual lifestyle. She is a speaker, professor, and author of Home Sanctuaries, Simple Feng Shui; Exploring Feng Shui, and other books. Price: $95

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The Hieroglyph of the Human Soul: Archetypal Foundations of Life

Friday 5/19 - Sunday 5/21, 7:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Program Leaders: Matthew Bennett, Leigh McCloskey

This immersive retreat, including lecture, small-group exercises, and guided painting, is dedicated to experiencing the idea that consciousness is an art form. We will investigate, interpret, and play with imaginative energies that form the human personality, all as a part of exploring the question of what it means to be human.

CEUs are projected for this program.

Matthew Bennett, PsyD, licensed psychologist, psychotherapist, and lecturer, teaches clinical psychology and psychotherapy at Pacifica Graduate Institute and Reiss-Davis Child Psychoanalytic Institute. Leigh McCloskey, author, actor, artist and visual philosopher, has written, illustrated and published six books. He lectures nationally and internationally on his holographic art and visual philosophy.

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