About Our Retreat Center

Mary & Joseph Retreat Center is located in Rancho Palos Verdes, a city in Los Angeles County, California, high atop the hills and bluffs of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

Majestic views include the skyline of Downtown Los Angeles, 23 miles to the northeast, and the entire Los Angeles basin.  Nearby are the rocky cliffs of the Pacific, the Point Vicente lighthouse and Interpretative Center, a prime location for whale watching, and several hiking trails open to the public.

Learn About our California Retreat Center

At our Retreat Center you will experience…

  • An Oasis of Tranquility
  • Beautiful Gardens
  • Peaceful Chapel
  • Book & Gift Store
  • Wifi Access
  • Smart TV in most meeting rooms with full internet access and Zoom capabilities
  • Delicious Meals
  • Compassionate staff
  • Welcoming Meeting Rooms
  • Comfortable Bedrooms
  • Outdoor 11-Circuit Labyrinth

Tips for Your Time on Retreat

Here are a few tips as you plan your time to the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center. We have beautiful gardens for you to explore, so please bring casual clothing, walking shoes and a jacket or sweater. We are near the ocean and the weather is variable with cool evenings and mornings. If you are on special diet a microwave oven and refrigerator are available for food that you may want to bring with you. We regret that we cannot otherwise accommodate special diet requests.

Retreat Center Facilities

The Lounge

Our largest meeting room holds groups up to 150. Seating can be arranged as needed for your event. It also has a small serving area for snacks and beverages.

lounge with tables, chairs fireplace and floor to ceiling windows

The Upper Conference Room:

holds groups up to 100. It is adjacent to the dining room on the upper level of the retreat center and overlooks the gardens.

Annex Rooms 1 & 4:

Each meeting room holds up to 50 guests and can be set-up to meet your groups needs.

Light-filled Annex with chairs arranged and large windows

The Dining Room:

Our kitchen staff is available to serve groups of 15 to 200. We are famous for our delicious and healthful meals elegantly presented in a buffet style. If you have special requests for your group such as a vegan menu, this can be coordinated with our chefs. We are, however, unable to accommodate individual special requests.

Large dining room with floor to ceiling windows

Our Guest Bedrooms:

We have 30 bedrooms in the main retreat center area. Each room has 2 twin beds and a private bath. In addition, we have 10 individual rooms with 1 twin bed each, 6 with a shared bath area and 3 with a private bath. Total beds is 70. Two of our bedrooms are suites with a living room & kitchenette, perfect for your presenter, priest or retreat coordinator.

Our Chapel:

Our peaceful chapel is located at the top of the courtyard near the bedrooms and lounge and seats up to 100.

chapel interior