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Quaker Center is a self-service conference and retreat center in northern California that offers simple, modestly priced, comfortable accommodations. We are located on 80 acres of redwood forest, an hour and a half south of San Francisco and 25 minutes outside of Santa Cruz. You are invited to come to this serene and beautiful place for:
- Group rentals
- Personal retreats
- Quaker Center programs focused on Quaker history and practice, spirituality, and social justice.
- Summer youth camps
The Ben Lomond Quaker Center is a nonprofit under the care of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). We welcome all people and groups, regardless of Quaker affiliation, who are in harmony with Friends’ values of integrity, unity, equality, simplicity, peace and community. We also strive to live in harmony with all creation. All are invited to use our facility for gatherings and personal retreats, as well as participate in our programs and camps.
Quaker Center extends a special hand of support to low-income community groups working for peace, social justice, race and gender equality, and care and reclamation of the environment.
Click here for information about other opportunities for service and support.
Quaker Center offers a daily online meeting for worship from 7:30 until 8:00 AM, Pacific Time. You can join us from anywhere in the world!
We welcome visitors. Please call 831-336-8333 to schedule a convenient time.
Upcoming Programs2015 Program Calendar
Register Here. Registration is open for the following programs:
December 27 - January 1
Year End Retreat: Spring Forth a Well
with Dorothy Henderson
January 30 - February 1
Friends and Social Transformation
with David Hartsough and Kazu Haga
February 27 - March 1
Walk Humbly - Serve Boldly
with Marge Abbott and Julie Peyton
Conversation with Christ: Quaker Meditations on the Gospel of John
with Doug Gwyn
Quaker Quote of the WeekInner silence, calming the agitations of our hearts and minds, letting go of all that is stubborn and grasping, is essentially an expression of the love of truth. To be dispassionate, not to let one's own needs or prejudices or emotions color one's actions, is essentially to put truth before everything else. To love truth in this way is to love God, who is Truth. Thus the practice of inner silence is the same as the love of God.
~ Dan Seeger, 1934-
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[archive of QC's Quaker Quotes]
News from Quaker CenterThe new 2015 Program Calendar is now available!
Join us for worship daily in the library from 7:30 until 8:00 AM. If you can't join us in person, join us from a distance in our on-line meeting for worship from anywhere in the world from 7:30 to 8:00 AM, Pacific Time, daily.
John Devalcourt's "A Short History of the Early Years of Ben Lomond Quaker Center" is now available. Contact Quaker Center to get your copy or read it online here.