Our Mission

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, outdoor Stations of the Cross, a large swimming pool, 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 CampCamp 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.


Our location

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.


meet our staff

"As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ... Now you are Christ’s body, and individually parts of it."
1 Corinthians 12:12, 27

Alysha Pillado Director of Programming & Events alysha@santiagoretreatcenter.org

Alysha Pillado
Director of Programming & Events
alysha@santiagoretreatcenter.org

Gustavo Sanchez Director of Hispanic Programming & Events gustavo@santiagoretreatcenter.org

Gustavo Sanchez
Director of Hispanic Programming & Events
gustavo@santiagoretreatcenter.org

Hannah Hall Programs & Events Coordinator hannah@santiagoretreatcenter.org

Hannah Hall
Programs & Events Coordinator
hannah@santiagoretreatcenter.org