The mission of Santiago Retreat Center is to provide the opportunity for guests attending retreats, conferences and events, as well as employees, volunteers, and benefactors to fulfill their highest calling and greatest happiness in life, which is to get close to God, and in turn, reach out to others in their own environments with God’s loving care and concern.
"In those days He departed to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God" - Luke 6:12
Our Services & Amenities
Santiago is a Catholic-Christian retreat center which provides a beautiful rustic venue for private events, retreats, conferences, camps, outdoor education, and other activities. We can accommodate small and large groups, and have a variety of amenities including, camping cabins, indoor/outdoor meeting spaces, food preparation and picnic areas, chapels which include St. James Chapel in the Center of the Retreat Center ( with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament reserved 24/7), outdoor Stations of the Cross, Hike to Mount Zion, a large swimming pool, other hiking trails, low ropes course, and more! Please see our Amenities and Group Rental pages for more information.
Santiago Retreat Center also conducts exciting Catholic camps for youth, including a Vacation Bible Camp; Girls Summer Camp; Camp El Camino; and Family Camp as well as organized group hikes on Good Friday to walk the Stations of the Cross. Please see Our Events page for more information.
Santiago is centrally located in Orange County within the Cleveland National Forest, less than 10 minutes from the 241/261 toll roads. It encompasses hundreds of acres of untouched California landscape bringing you the great outdoors without the great drive. Please see our Contact Us page for more information.