Mary & Joseph Retreat Center

5300 Crest Road
Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90275

310-377-4867 x225

"Come away to a quiet place and rest awhile"

Mark 6:31

Welcome to the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center

Join us for some time away from the daily grind ~ step back from the everyday and view your world from a new perspective. On weekdays and weekends, individuals and groups gather at this center on the hill” for a brief respite from their personal cares and worldly pursuits. They find a peaceful, inspirational environment, conducive to thoughtful exploration of both spiritual and temporal matters.

Our Vision~ Our center is a non-profit, interfaith, retreat and conference center founded by the Daughters of Mary & Joseph. We are a community of faith, sharing the experience of God’s love and compassion in today’s world.

Our Mission~ The mission of the center is to provide a nurturing environment of peace and tranquility. Through our programs and hospitality we create opportunities for the personal and spiritual growth of each person who comes to our sacred grounds.

At our center~ You will experience eight acres of scenic beauty located on a hilltop in on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. We offer meeting rooms, overnight and dining accommodations. There are 4 different conferences rooms available for your workshops and meetings that accommodate from 20 to 200 guests. We have overnight accommodations for 65 with single or double rooms with private baths.
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. Our dining room overlooks a beautiful view of our gardens. We have a chapel on the grounds that seats up to 75 guests.
“Be Our Guests! Bring your own group for a retreat at our center!”

Weekdays and weekends, individuals and groups gather at this “center on the hill” for a brief respite from their personal cares and worldly pursuits. They find a peaceful, inspirational environment, conducive to thoughtful exploration of both spiritual and temporal matters. The center welcomes non-profit groups, churches, faculties, community and service organizations and spiritual and personal development programs for one day or overnight retreats. For information, call Sydne Jongbloed at (310) 377-4867 Ext. 258 or email her with the form below.

Local, national and international groups come to the retreat center throughout the year. Some of our guests include:

Agape International Spiritual Center, Habitat for Humanity, California State, University Dominguez Hills, Marriage Encounter, High School Kairos Retreats, Hilton Foundation Board of Directors, Vipassana Support Institute, Little Company of Mary Health Services, Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Presbyterian Church Pastors Convention, United Methodists Board of Ordained Ministry, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Congregation Ner Tamid and Sacred Art of Living Center.

“…or attend one of our retreats and workshops”
Day Programs, Weekend Retreats, Extended Retreats and Ongoing Programs
At Mary and Joseph Retreat Center we offer a variety of sponsored retreats. These are organized by our Center and we provide presenters. These include themes that are spiritual/religious in nature such as contemplative and scriptural retreats, personal development workshops and retreats, recovery retreats for 12 Step participants and other topics related to faith growth and transformation.

The Mary & Joseph Retreat Center overlooks the greater Los Angeles area and is located in the South Bay at the top of the Palos Verdes Peninsula near Crenshaw Blvd. at 5300 Crest Road in Rancho Palos Verdes, California 90275. We are approximately 30 minutes south of downtown Los Angeles, 20 minutes south of LAX and about 30 minutes west of Long Beach Airport. (Please note there is a Crest Road within 3 blocks of the Pacific Coast Highway and the Crenshaw intersection, this is not the correct Crest Road. We are quite a distance uphill on the top of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.)

From Orange or Riverside County:

Go north on the San Diego/405 or west on the Riverside/91 Freeway to the Harbor /110 Freeway-South. Exit the Harbor/110 on Pacific Coast Hwy-West, turn right at the bottom of the offramp. Continue on PCH to Crenshaw Blvd. Make a left turn (south) on to Crenshaw and proceed uphill approx. 2 miles to Crest Road at the top of the hill……...

From the North or LAX:

Go south on the San Diego/405 Freeway to Crenshaw Blvd. Go south on Crenshaw Blvd thru Torrance, cross PCH and go up the hill. Proceed on Crenshaw to Crest Road at the top of the hill……...

…….WHEN YOU REACH CREST ROAD: At the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Crest Road, the sign for St. John Fisher can be seen on the far left corner. Turn left on to Crest Road, then turn right into the third driveway and enter our gate. Parking is to the left and the office is to the right

Retreat Staff

Annette Lenneman, Ext. 223
Executive Director

Sr. Julia Costello, D.M.J., Ext. 256
Spiritual Direction, Coordinator of Private & 12 Step Retreats

Sydne Jongbloed Ext. 258
Conference Coordinator

Gerry Ericsson,Ext. 234
Hospitality Coordinator,

Jan Nowinski, Ext. 225
Communications & Marketing Coord.,

Macha Geiser, Ext. 227
Food Services Manager,

For more information please contact us

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