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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 Programs2014 Program Calendar
2015 Program Calendar
Register Here. Registration is open for the following programs:
The Violence of Incarceration: Our Prison System as the New Jim Crow
with Laura Magnani and Jerry Elster
Leadings and Holy Obedience
with Diego Navarro
Quaker Quote of the WeekBut as there is a keeping back, and quietly waiting, and a keeping out of willing or running, and haste, the spirit arises purely and stilly in the heart, and gives perfect evidence and full testimony of itself; so that there needs to be no doubting nor questioning of its motion; for it shows forth itself with full assurance of its own will.
~ Francis Howgill, 1618-1688
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News from Quaker CenterQuaker Center, in collaboration with Western Friend Magazine, is looking for an administrative assistant to live and work at Quaker Center. Learn more here.
The 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.