El Retiro San Iñigo, the Jesuit Retreat House of Los Altos, is dedicated to strengthening individuals in a quiet, peaceful environment that encourages reflection and growth in spirituality; sustaining families through its counseling programs; and supporting the community through its outreach programs and the wholesome meeting environment it offers to schools and other organizations. It believes that individuals who are spiritually and emotionally strengthened promote strong families and strong communities. The work of the Jesuit Retreat House is based on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola, who taught his fellow Jesuits not to withdraw from the world but to engage it and sanctify it. Jesuits live out their mission to serve by teaching, conducting retreats, caring for the poor, and creating a call for justice and peace.
Vallombrosa is a retreat and conference center located in Menlo Park. It is part of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Here is the direct link to their upcoming retreat schedule.
Beginning Experience is an international support program for divorced, separated and widowed individuals and their families. It is a program intended to facilitate the resolution of the grief surrounding the breakup of a marriage/relationship and to promote healing. It is an invitational process that is intended to facilitate the resolution of the grief, promote healing, and thereby free people to live and love themselves, others, and God. The Beginning Experience Weekend is the foundation of the ministry; it includes support programs and outreach to youth as an integral part of the ministry.
Looking for something to do with the kids on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon? Or just looking for something new for yourself to do? Check out the Museum of American Heritage, located in neighboring Palo Alto. It's places like this that make the Peninsula a neat place to live.