Retreat Cottage

Find rest and spiritual renewal

All Saints’ Episcopal Church offers a guesthouse for personal retreats. We hope that retreat participants will find rest and spiritual renewal during their stay with us in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea. At All Saints’ our guests can participate in daily Morning Prayer, Thursday evening Centering Prayer, Sunday worship services, yoga classes are available, and spiritual direction can be provided upon request. During your retreat, you can also enjoy peaceful walks on Carmel beach and mystical sunsets.

Our two-story cottage, named Dame Julian of Norwich, has an ocean view, an outdoor patio, and is equipped with internet-access, a kitchen, and washer/dryer. We are located just east of 9th Avenue on Lincoln Street, six blocks from the beach, four blocks from downtown Carmel, and a short drive from Carmel Mission and Point Lobos State Park.

Reservations for Guest House, Dame Julian of Norwich’s Cottage

For reservations, please call our Guest Master, Claudia Ward at: 831-624-3883 or write us at

Guests are welcome to stay for a minimum of two nights and up to one week. Extended stays can sometimes be accommodated with special arrangements depending on the time of year.
Your stay in the guesthouse is on a donation basis. Our suggested donations per night are:
$100, Monday – Thursday, and $125 Friday – Sunday.
Reservations and a non-refundable deposit for the first night stay must be made at least one week in advance.

Checks for deposits, with dates of reservation, can be made out to All Saints’ Episcopal Church.

Write “guest house” in the “memo” and mail to:
All Saints’ Episcopal Church Attn. Guest Master
P .O. Box 1296
Carmel, CA 93921-1296

Please include with your deposit a statement of your intention (at least one paragraph) for retreat at All Saints’ Dame Julian of Norwich Cottage. For example, what is the purpose of your visit and how do you intend to spend your retreat time at All Saints’?

Directed Retreats

If you would like spiritual support during your retreat, please let us know in advance so that we can schedule to meet with you. Our experienced directors are available to guide you and help you plan your time of rest and spiritual renewal. Fees for spiritual direction may be arranged with the retreat director you select.

The Rev. Amber Sturgess: Rev. Amber is the Priest-in-Charge at All Saints’, a spiritual director, and a seeker on the contemplative path. She enjoys leading retreats and teaching contemplative practices that deepen our spiritual awareness. She is a long-time practitioner of Centering Prayer and is a Centering Prayer workshop facilitator with Contemplative Outreach. See our calendar for upcoming workshops.

Mr. Bill Reed: Bill spent eight years as a monk with the Order of Discalced Carmelites and the Carthusians and was a teacher of theological education for twenty years. He leads the Friends of St. Benedict’s spirituality group at All Saints’ and teaches the Wednesday Bible Study.

Ms. Cynthia Wigdahl: Cynthia has found spiritual direction and contemplative spirituality to be the most fruitful terrain across which she has journeyed as a follower of Christ… So much so, she wishes every God-seeker could enter into spiritual companionship in some intentional form. While living in Boston, Cynthia studied spiritual formation at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and completed her Practicum in Spiritual Direction with the Jesuit Collaborative of the New England province.

Ms. Beth Lefebvre: Beth is a certified Yoga Instructor (RYT500) specializing in gentle yoga therapy, a Bowen therapy Practitioner, Holistic Health Coach, Massage Therapist, and a Reiki Master. She teaches yoga at the Yoga Center of Carmel (located one block from All Saints’) and at All Saints’ on Monday evenings, and by appointment.