Our California Retreats have moved
to a new location in Alpine, California!
Our 5 Day Bliss Retreats are now held in Alpine, California at Lola's new, serene, and retreat-like home. Please see the main retreats page for all updated information.
The following is outdated information on our old California retreat center--retreats are no longer held here.
**Please read above for updated information.
5 minute video shows scenes from the 26 acre retreat campus, plus where to go, where to stay, and what to see in this stunning vacation area. We recommend extra nights on the beaches of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, or Ventura if you choose to extend your stay before or after the retreat.
Enter the tranquil grounds of La Casa de Maria through shady old oaks.
We are always aiming to exceed your expectations, so we were excited to find this retreat center to meet the needs of our growing number of retreaters, and to have more spacious natural surroundings, onsite lodging, and three catered meals a day.
Over the past 50 years, so many people say it's one of their favorite places in the world to go. Our retreaters give it a big two thumbs up.
It's located in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Montecito, a suburb of Santa Barbara, California. With beaches meeting mountain foothills, Santa Barbara is often called the American Riviera, both due to its lush beauty and its ideal year round Mediterranean climate. Oprah and Jeff Bridges have homes just blocks away.
The Santa Barbara retreat center cannot give you extra nights--they book solid back to back events.
Also see our European retreat center.
Enjoy more photos of this 26 acre oasis of serenity and quiet.
Check in at reception and feel yourself slowing down and breathing easier.
Walk the grounds, some is landscaped, some is wild.
Nature is everywhere, with places to sit and commune.
Our meeting room has ample room to sit, move, and rest.
Less than half of the room, which has floor to ceiling
windows, a giant movie screen for our film nights, and a wood burning fireplace.
Dining is excellent. With buffet style service, you select what you want.
Vegetarian, gluten free, and meat selections.
Optional outdoor dining is lovely in Santa Barbara's ideal Mediterranean climate.
You're only seeing a portion of the outdoor tables here.
Free time can optionally be spent in or around the pool.
Bring your swim wear if you like!
Meditate in the large 'California mission style' chapel.
There is so much stunning plant life, we could post thousands of pictures.
Map of the 26 acres. On the back side, at top of map,
you can enter the Santa Ynez Mountains for longer hikes.
Note the orchard and gardens, where much of the organic food served here is grown.
The newly renovated rooms are booked as singles or doubles.
Reserve your room now and we hold you a space in the retreat as well.
The onsite rooms are very economical, and get booked up fastest, so book your room early as you can.
Plus that gives you more time to do the Pre-Retreat Course to get the maximum benefit of the retreat.
If you don't get an onsite room, offsite rooms can be procured in this upscale area.
Casa Maria charges an additional $420 that week for your meals and day use of their facility.
A typical bathroom. One bathroom for each room.
You may shop for a memento of this life-changing event for your altar
in the Real Things Shop.
Lola's Divine Art poster sized will be available in the meeting room.
If there's a particular piece you want, though,
email us in advance and we'll be sure it's there for you
in your choice of size:
Large $100, carry it home in a tube we provide
Medium $80, carry it home in a tube we provide