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Santa Sabina Retreat—The Silent Refuge

August 15 - 19, 2018


Santa Sabina Center

25 Magnolia Avenue

San Rafael, CA



"When you turn toward this supposed entity called I, you will find only silent awareness. Take refuge in that."


Santa Sabina is a unique, sacred space dedicated “to the contemplative way of being.” This oasis of quiet is a place to truly seek refuge in the silence of your own being.

Retreat with Gangaji is a time to rest and retreat from any stories you may be telling about yourself, or definitions and identities you have constructed in your imagination.

With self-inquiry, Gangaji draws your attention away from your thoughts and into the direct experience of what is always here and who you truly are – peace itself, consciousness itself. In the willingness to retreat from your search for just one moment, you can profoundly realize you are already home, already free. This is the secret that lies at the heart of retreat.

Throughout this retreat, Gangaji offers you her deepest support and guidance in meeting yourself fully.


During the retreat…

We will meet with Gangaji twice a day to ask questions and share reports. This retreat will be held in conversational silence – we speak only during the meetings with Gangaji. The daily schedule will also include meditation, video presentations, and other evening programs.

The quiet, cloistered spaces of Santa Sabina offer essential support for retreat from our daily lives while still being accessible to the Bay Area for non-residential participants. Our group will have exclusive use of this beautiful property, which includes a hermitage cabin, prayer room, art rooms, yoga room, library, a courtyard for eating and lounging on the grass, and a hammock!

Check In and Meeting Schedule

Check-in will begin at 3:00 PM on Wednesday August 15. Late check-in will also be available after that evening's meeting with Gangaji.

Wednesday August 15
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Check-in
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner
7:15 PM First Full Meeting with Gangaji

On most days of the retreat there will be a morning meditation and a morning and afternoon meeting with Gangaji. Videos or other programs will be held in the evenings. You will receive a detailed schedule when you arrive at Santa Sabina.

Sunday, August 19
10:15 AM Meeting with Gangaji
12:00 PM Lunch

Conversational silence will begin upon rising Thursday morning and end at dinner on the last full day of the retreat, Saturday at 6pm. This provides an opportunity for participants to connect verbally with one another, if they wish to. For those who desire to stay in silence, a silent dining area will be arranged, as well a recommended way to signal to others if you wish to remain in silence until the retreat fully ends the following day.

Getting There

Airports & Transportation

Santa Sabina is a little over an hour by car from either the San Francisco Airport or the Oakland Airport. To go by airport bus to the San Rafael Transit Center:

From the San Francisco Airport take the Marin Airporter and from the Oakland Airport, take the Sonoma Airport Express. You can take a taxi, Lyft, Uber or even walk from the San Rafael Transit Center. It’s a little less than a mile and a half away.


There is a small parking lot at Santa Sabina for residential retreatants, who will receive parking permits at registration on a first-come, first served basis. We will steer commuters to nearby parking at registration. We highly recommend that you arrange to car pool or ride share in order to limit the demand for parking.

Map & Directions

Santa Sabina Retreat Center is at 25 Magnolia Avenue in San Rafael. (Phone: 415-457-7727). It is easily accessible from Highway 101.

For detailed directions from your location, click Google map below.


Santa Sabina is a residential retreat center offering accommodation for up to 63 guests in comfortable double rooms and a limited number of single rooms. Rooms are located on the second floor. All bathrooms are shared. Meals are included in the room rate. Please note that space is limited at Santa Sabina. We recommend that you register as soon as possible to ensure your preferences. Rooms are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are a snorer, please consider choosing a single room.

For this retreat, we also welcome non-residential attendees, and offer the option of full or no meals for commuters.


Healthy and delicious meals are provided by the Santa Sabina kitchen, and may include entree offerings such as sustainably raised salmon, free range chicken, steamed fresh vegetables, fresh mixed green salads, and homemade desserts. Local organic produce is used whenever possible. A vegetarian option will be available. If you have specific dietary needs or questions please email us.

Meals begin with dinner on Wednesday, August 15, and end with lunch on Sunday, August 19, and include breakfast, lunch and dinner. In addition, coffee, hot water, teas and other beverages will be available throughout the day.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration, go to your personal account page at www.gangaji.org and click on "Events" tab, or call our office, 541-482-3100, ext. 221 and leave a message.

If you cancel on or before July 16, your full payment will be refunded minus $50 for commuters and $100 for residential.

If you cancel on or after July 17, your full payment is non-refundable.

Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel your registration, go to your personal account page at www.gangaji.org and click on "Events" tab, or call our office, 541-482-3100, ext. 221 and leave a message.

Registration Options

Double Room $995.00

Registrations Closed