Quaker Center offers various spaces for personal or family retreats in simple, cozy accomodations. Anyone is welcome to make a reservation. Spending time at Quaker Center is a wonderful way to enjoy quiet time, walking in the woods, and appreciating the serenity of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Spaces available for personal retreats include:
A retreat at Quaker Center might include time for reading, study and writing, meditation and Worship, a visit to our labyrinth, library or meditation hut, exploring our hiking trails, or simply spending time away from the normal routine. Sojourners (those using our facilities for a personal retreat) are free to create their own schedule.
Kitchens and food. Guests should bring their own food to Quaker Center. The Haven and the Sojourners Cottage have a fully equipped kitchen where guests can prepare their own food, as well as heat and running water. Guests in the Redwood Lodge have a microwave, a small refrigerator, and an electric kettle for preparing and heating simple meals. Quaker Center has its own water supply which meets all county and state standards.
A few rules and guidelines. After 10:00 p.m., we ask that sojourners refrain from amplified noise indoors and use quiet voices outdoors, and respect the privacy of other Quaker Center guests. We ask guests not to bring strongly scented toiletries because the odor can permeate fabrics. Due to fire danger, we do not allow smoking, incense, or candles inside any building. Pets are only permitted in the Redwood Lodge. Trained service dogs are permitted in the Sojourners Cottage, the Haven, and the Casa de Luz.
Please click on the links above to see information about current rates for each retreat space. In keeping with Quaker Center policies, we offer special support to people doing spiritual or service work who may need a subsidized rate. Please contact the directors for further information.
You can see the availability calendar here. We have a two-night minimum stay. A deposit of half of the total fee will confirm your reservation. Personal retreats can only be reserved up to three months in advance.
- The deposit is non-refundable if cancellation occurs within 7 days of the start date of your retreat.
- We ask that you leave Quaker Center in as good or better condition than which it was offered to you. Cleaning supplies are available for your use.
- Meal service is not available for retreaters. You must bring your own food.