Retreats & Events


  Lenten Virtual Retreat

Begin your Lent with a contemplative introduction to one of the great spiritual writings: The Cloud of Unknowing. The wisdom of and practices from this 14th century classic will be deftly led by the Rev. Dr. Daniel London, author of the recently published The Cloud of Unknowing Distilled. Knowing and not knowing can enrich our journey through Lent to the new life that Easter can bring.

DATE:        Saturday, March 5, 2022 (10:00 AM – 3:00 PM with a silent lunch break)

LOCATION:  Virtual

COST:       Optional donation

LEADER:  Rev. Dr. Daniel London, who has a doctorate in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union and is the Rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka, California.

REGISTRATION:  After you register in advance online, you will receive retreat information, including the Zoom link. Contact person: Richard Flout at 415-279-8379 or email


 Contemplative Practices Taster Day

Taster Days are a way to gather together and sample contemplative practices from various spiritual traditions.

Details to Come

DATE:        Saturday, June 11, 2021 (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

LOCATION:  Virtual

COST:        Free

To give an optional $20 donation to cover administrative costs, send your check payable to PCSF to Pacific Center for Spiritual Formation, Box 441, 1819 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109. No one is turned away for financial reasons.

LEADERS:  To be determined 

REGISTRATION:  Coming soon.



Buddhist and Christian 5-Day Silent Meditation

Pacific Center for Spiritual Formation has sponsored this Buddhist and Christian 5-Day Meditation Retreat for over 25 years. This retreat is ideal for those who wish to deepen their daily practice, to discover their own integration of meditation across traditions, and to experience the benefits of spiritual practice in community. 

In summer 2022, the retreat will be available in TWO FORMATS
IN PERSON: You can attend this retreat in person, joining other retreat participants in silent mealswalking the labyrinth, doing work meditation, and practicing contemplative prayer and spacious awareness among the California Redwoods. Ben Lomond Quaker Center is able to host our in-person gathering with COVID-safe protocols, private and semi-private lodging, or even camping under the stars!
VIRTUAL: You can attend this retreat online via Zoom if unable to attend in person. Ben Lomond Quaker Center has strong Wi-Fi access and can transmit the retreat online at the same time as in person. Our intention is to make it possible for participants to see and hear the meditation instructions and to practice with the full retreat community as you experience the retreat online in your personal space at home. We will provide suggestions to help you set up your home retreat space and to collaborate with those who live with you to support your retreat in ways that fit your living situation. 

DATES:       July 17 – 22, 2022 (beginning Sunday 4:00 PM in Ben Lomond or 5:00 PM online and ending Friday 1:00 PM)

LOCATION:   Ben Lomond Quaker Center, 1000 Hubbard Gulch Road in Ben Lomond, CA 


For IN-PERSON or ONLINE retreat participation: 
Send an email with the NAME, EMAIL, PHONE, and ADDRESS of each attendee to Susan Murphy at

Specific retreat details will be sent to all who register, including driving directions, what to bring, a questionnaire for you to complete, and other details.  

All checks should be made out and mailed to: Pacific Center for Spiritual Formation, 1819 Polk Street, Box 441, San Francisco, CA 94109

For the IN-PERSON retreat at Ben Lomond Quaker Center: Your $100 deposit check or $450 full-payment check per person (regardless of lodging preference) will reserve your lodging and meals.

For the ONLINE retreat via Zoom: You are invited to send a donation in any amount. Your donation will be used to facilitate smooth online access for the retreat and for scholarships for those who cannot afford to pay to attend. The Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the retreat.

If you have any questions or need a scholarship, please contact Susan Murphy at No one will be turned away for not being able to pay.

LEADERS:     Susan Murphy and Rod Dugliss