Spring 2015
Program Guide

January to July

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program guide

More Upcoming Events



Spirituality Seminars
for Health Care Professionals


There will be five different topics offered two times per month starting on Thursday, January 8 and 22 and concluding with an overnight retreat June 16-18, 2015.

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Mary & Joseph



Our Mission

The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center’s mission is to provide an environment of serenity, prayer, and natural beauty. Through sponsored programs and hospitality, the retreat center creates opportunities for the personal and spiritual growth of each person who comes to these sacred grounds. Our hosted program invites outside groups to hold their own educational, religious, corporate,
12-Step, or other events at our center.

Christmas at Mary & Joseph:

These are the retreats and events created by the Retreat Center and listed in Our Program Guide. See these events on the following pages Day Retreats, Weekend Retreats, Long Retreats & Special Programs

8th Annual Nativity Exhibit:                       
Ellen Mintz, Coordinator
“The Gift Givers ~
Traditions of Generosity & Charity at Christmas”
Sunday, Dec. 7 - Monday, Dec. 22 (closed 12/13)
Open Sun, Dec 7 5pm-9pm & Dec 14 1pm-9pm

Mon, Wed, 9am-9pm Tues, Thurs & Fri 9am-6pm;
Fri, Sat and Sun, Dec 19, 20 & 21, 9am-9pm;
Mon, Dec 22 9am-5pm

Call in advance for docent tours and field trip reservations - donations for docent led tours. This year our Nativity Exhibit features nativities from around the world with particular interest in those who bring gifts to the Child. The traditions of the winter holiday, even in Pre-Christian times, always included gifts and acts of charity. Santa Claus has his origins in the Magi, St. Nicholas, and the good spirits who populate all these celebrations. In our own time we commemorate the Birth with acts of charity and generosity to family and our extended community.  Make this a Christmas celebration with friends and family.
Admission is free - Our Christmas gift to you!


Las Posadas 
Domingo 21 de Diciembre,  4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Las Posadas son una festividad Navideña religiosa. La Navidad significa el nacimiento de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Y una de las formas de celebrarlo simbólicamente es haciendo “Posadas”. Ven y celebra con nosotros una
Posada para actuar por lo que pasaron José y María para encontrar posada en su viaje a Belén. Vamos a tener piñatas y aperitivos para los niños. Costo: Adultos $5, niños 4-12 $2, niños menores de 4 son gratis
Las Posadas
Sunday, December 21, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
In California, Christmas has been enriched with many elements from the Hispanic culture including music, food, piñatas and the Posada journey. Join us for a symbolic commemoration of Las Posadas as Mary and Joseph search for lodging on their journey to Bethlehem. We will have a piñata for the children and refreshments.
Cost: Adults $5, children 4-12 $2, children under 4 free.
Printable pdf flier with Tear-off
Click here for online registration

las posadas

Epiphany Concert with Crystal Sepulveda
Sunday, January 4, 2015  2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Celebrate the Epiphany with music, prayer, friends and family. The concert features Crystal Sepulveda, soprano, and friends celebrating Christmas in song. After we enjoy beautiful and prayerful music, we will do a traditional Central European blessing of the Retreat Center. We will provide chalk and holy water for you to keep to bless your own home as well. Refreshments will be served.
Cost: $20 per person
Concierto de Epifania
Domingo, 5 de Enero del 2014, de 2:00 a 4:00 pm
Celebra la Epifania, con música, oración, amigos y familiares. Nuestra celebración musical será dirigido por Crystal Sepulveda. Después del concierto bendeciremos el Centro de Retiro utilizando una bendición tradicional de Europa Central. Gis y agua bendita será proporcionada para que usted bendiga su casa. Se servirán aperitivos.
Costo: $20 por persona
Printable pdf flier with Tear-off
Click here for online registration


Our Hosted Program ~ Events You Create

The Hosted Program is for you to bring your own group on retreat. Reserve our facilities and bring your own group here! Come and be our guests! The Center welcomes non-profit groups, churches, faculties, community service organizations, spiritual and personal development programs for day or overnight retreats that are consistent with our mission. Our facilities include meeting rooms arranged to meet your needs, overnight accommodations, delicious meals served buffet style, a friendly & caring staff, serene gardens, chapel and bookstore. See Our Center above for information on what our facility has to offer.

Click to view our Cancellation Policy & Tips for Your Retreat

For availability, costs and reservations call Sydne Yanko-Jongbloed at (310) 377-4867 x258 or email to Sydne

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