Over the past half-century, families have gathered annually to connect, disconnect, love, share stories and feel a sense of real belonging. Most years Family Retreat has taken place at La Casa de Maria in the hills of Montecito, but while those sacred grounds are rebuilt post the 2018 mudslides, Family Retreat will continue. Family Retreat offers families of all shapes, sizes, and denominations an opportunity to come together to worship, learn, laugh, heal and grow closer in love.
The retreat is presented by a volunteer team of families who share a deep, abiding faith in God, Jesus and the movement of the Holy Spirit. They come from Protestant, Catholic, and non-denominational backgrounds, which allows the camp to celebrate the best each tradition has to offer. We gather to be one Church, focusing on what we have in common, instead of what could divide us.
Family Retreat has affectionately been called “the happiest place on earth,” a “home away from home,” and even “a little slice of heaven.” Come and see for yourselves. We’d love to welcome your family to Family Retreat this coming year.