Serra Retreat Center

Serra Retreat sits atop a 26 acre knoll in beautiful Malibu, California with views of the Pacific Ocean as well as the Santa Monica Mountains. There are paths and walkways with benches for guests to read, meditate, and enjoy the manicured gardens. The center has two large conference rooms: one accommodates between 25 and 35 people, and the other accommodates between 35 and 120.  In addition there are two smaller meeting rooms. There are 60 fully furnished bedrooms that can accommodate 120 people. The Retreat Dining Room offers a sparkling sweep of the ocean, less than a mile away. The Chapel, which can seat 120, is especially breath-taking with panoramic views.

St-Francis-birds-2This is a Catholic retreat and conference center which provides the space, in a beautiful setting, for peace, serenity and reflection. Located between the mountains and the ocean in Malibu, California, the Franciscan Friars continue the ecumenical tradition begun in 1943 for welcoming group and private retreats, as well as workshops.

Serra Retreat provides a superb opportunity for church groups, schools, non-profit and profit organizations, to reflect, plan and set new goals. The Friars and staff invite you to “come apart and rest a while” (Mk 6:13) mindful of the saying: If you are too busy to make a retreat; you are too busy.

Website: www.serraretreat.com

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Services – serraretreat.com

Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens

Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens (PAL&G) is a non-profit Spiritual Day Retreat Center located in the heart of Los Angeles. This beautiful sanctuary is a place to visit and spiritually renew yourself and enjoy nature. PAL&G is open to all, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual-orientation, age, or disability. PAL&G is their to promote peace and help you reconnect and renew spiritually in your own way. In addition to day visits, PAL&G offers workshops and classes about practical spiritually. There is no admission cost; sanctuary is free to enjoy.

John-Roger_DSSFor over 50 years, John Roger, Doctor of Spiritual Science, has traveled the world, guiding people to find the Spirit within themselves and teaching how to live a healthy, loving, peaceful, and rewarding life. In 1971, John Roger founded the nondenominational Church of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness, through which he has shared the teachings of Soul Transcendence — knowing ourselves as a Soul and as one with God, not just in theory, but as a living reality.

PAL&G is the headquarters of the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness and Peace Theological Seminary & College of Philosophy.

Website: www.peacelabyrinth.org

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About – peacelabyrinth.org

John Roger – msia.org

Holy Family Shrine

After two years of searching for the perfect site, one was secured overlooking the Platte River Valley near Gretna. The mission of the Holy Family Shrine, as a Catholic Chapel on the highway, is to be a gateway to heaven for pilgrims and travelers to experience the healing presence and inspiration of the Holy Spirit that awakens them to God’s will in their journey through life. Often, the faith is seen with the convoluted influences that distort its origin and intents; this secluded place allows for the discovery of Catholicism without such outside distractions.

jesus“Jesus said to him in reply, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever YOU BIND ON EARTH SHALL BE BOUND IN HEAVEN; AND WHATEVER YOU LOOSE ON EARTH SHALL BE LOOSED IN HEAVEN.’”

The story of the Holy Family Shrine begins with the intervention of the Holy Spirit within a few people. These people are of diverse backgrounds with little chance to meet until the Holy Spirit united them spiritually with an idea of the Holy Family Shrine. Through a unique and divine series of events, these people discovered they had been enlightened to the same idea. This idea was to create a place off of Interstate 80 for travelers to pray and discover the Catholic faith. These travelers would not only be of the road, but of a spiritual voyage on earth.

Website: www.holyfamilyshrineproject.com

References:

The Holy Family Shrine – holyfamilyshrineproject.com

The Mission and Story – hfsgretna.org