Serra Retreat is now open for personal retreats and groups - Click for details

About Serra Retreat

Under the patronage of Saint Junípero Serra, the Apostle of California, our Serra Retreat  invites you to move forward in your spiritual life, embodying Serra's famous statement: "Always go forward, never turn back." 

This is a Catholic retreat and conference center which provides the space, in a beautiful setting, for peace, serenity and reflection. Located between the mountains and the ocean in Malibu, California, the Franciscan Friars continue the ecumenical tradition begun in 1943 for welcoming group and private retreats, as well as workshops. Serra Retreat provides a superb opportunity for church groups, schools, non-profit and profit organizations, to reflect, plan and set new goals. The Friars and staff invite you to "come apart and rest a while" (Mk 6:13) mindful of the saying: If you are too busy to make a retreat; you are too busy.

You are invited to visit the grounds Monday through Friday from 9am to 4:30pm for personal prayer and relaxation. No  reservation is needed.

Weekend visits to the grounds are by appointment only. Please call during the week so we can notify the gatehouse. Thank you!