Welcome, and thanks for checking us out! More lay people than ever are making time in their lives for retreats, and finding themselves deeply rewarded. While a few of our retreats are tailored for those who have taken religious vows, in general our retreats are open to the lay public. You can come for a day, soak in some of the holy, healing energy here, or come for a week and find yourself powerfully renewed. Religious (consecrated under vows) and lay spiritual directors or counselors are often available, and while Miramar is a Catholic retreat center, you don't need to be Catholic to come. We ask that you register in advance for the retreat you choose. If you can't fit one in with your commitments, call us and reserve a private day of prayer on your schedule. We'll gladly serve you lunch, along with a generous helping of peace.
We also welcome private groups of all backgrounds and denominations to book our facilities for their own retreat experience. From women's groups to college kids, family reunions to church congregations — we've had all types come for an overnight, weekend, or just a day.
You'll find as you peruse our site that not all retreats have detailed descriptions. Many past retreatants have felt glad, after their retreats, that there was some mystery laden in what awaited them. But still, don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions!
Everyone is on a spiritual journey. It's not always easy. A compassionate guide is helpful to see the many ways God is touching your one and only life. A spiritual director or guide mirrors back your very human experiences and helps you become aware of the presence of God being revealed through the struggle, doubt, brokenness, loss, sinfulness, and yes, even through your giftedness and the blessings you have already received! This is an exceptional experience of being listened to and connecting to the God who delights in you through and through. If you'd like to try meeting with a spiritual director at Miramar, please email Tom Umbras SVD.