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About La Casa de Maria Retreat and Conference Center


Each year, approximately 12,000 people benefit from a retreat or workshop at La Casa de Maria. Over 400 faith-based, educational and nonprofit groups ranging in size from 10 to 150 people come to learn, reflect and grow. For half a century, the historic twenty-six acre retreat center has preserved a serene rural beauty that suggests timeless peace. In 2006, U.S. News & World Report cited La Casa de Maria as "one of the U.S. best retreats."

La Casa de Maria can be found at the end of a winding lane canopied in dense foliage leading from the Upper Village in Montecito. Set in a secret garden, guarded by woodlands and the tumbling waters of the San Ysidro Creek, its ambiance is that of a much-loved country house through which many generations have passed and left their mark.

Entrance to La Casa de Maria

Directions to La Casa de Maria

La Casa de Maria Retreat Center on El Bosque is located at the base of the foothills about 2 miles from the San Ysidro Road exit off California Highway 101. El Bosque Road is a narrow turning close to Montecito Upper Village. From 101 take San Ysidro exit for El Bosque.

800 El Bosque Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93108


From Santa Barbara (about 5 miles): 101 south to San Ysidro Road. Left onto San Ysidro Road about 1 mile to East Valley Road (the second signal light) in the Montecito Upper Village. Right on East Valley Road about 2/10 mile to El Bosque Road. Left on El Bosque which ends at La Casa de Maria.

From Los Angeles (about 90 miles): 101 north to San Ysidro Road. Follow directions above.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): Santa Barbara Air Bus runs 16 scheduled trips to and from daily service to Los Angeles International. Stops at several locations in Santa Barbara; the most convenient to La Casa de Maria is Santa Barbara - Hyatt Hotel 1111 E. Cabrillo Blvd. (805) 964-7759.

Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA): For greatest convenience, we recommend making reservations with Santa Barbara as your final destination. Flights connect from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, and Dallas/Fort Worth. Visit the SB Airport’s official website for further information. A taxi ride from SBA to La Casa de Maria will run approximately $35 one way (quoted by Rose Cab - request La Casa de Maria special rate - (805) 564-2600) Roadrunner Shuttle & Limousine Service offers a discounted rate for retreat participants to travel from SBA to La Casa de Maria; phone 800-247-7919 or visit their website. Reservations for Roadrunner Shuttle must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance.