Retreat Cottage

Due to COVID-19 state, local, and diocesan mandates, the Retreat Cottage is currently CLOSED through June 2021. Please check back with us in the New Year for updated information.

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 may participate in daily Morning Prayer, Thursday evening Centering Prayer, and Sunday worship services. Yoga classes are available, and spiritual direction can be provided upon request. During your retreat, you may enjoy peaceful walks on Carmel beach along with mystical sunsets.

Our two-story cottage, named for 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 south 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 Dame Julian of Norwich Retreat Cottage

Guests are welcome to stay for a minimum of two nights and up to two weeks. Extended stays may sometimes be accommodated with special arrangements depending on the time of year.

Reservations must be made at least one week in advance.

Your stay in the cottage is on a donation basis. Our suggested donations per night are: $100, Monday – Thursday, and $125 Friday – Sunday. Donations should be paid in full before arrival.

Please follow these steps to secure a reservation:

  1. Inquire about availability by emailing us at: retreatcottage@allsaintscarmel.org. You will be notified by return email if the dates you requested are available.
  1. After availability has been confirmed, click on the “Make Reservations” button and complete your reservation request, stating your intention while on retreat. You will receive a reservation confirmation by email.
  1. Make your reservation payment in full AFTER your reservation has been confirmed and BEFORE your arrival.

Checks for reservation payment may be made payable to All Saints’ Episcopal Church and mailed to the address provided; indicate “Retreat Cottage” on the memo line, along with your reservation dates:

All Saints’ Episcopal Church — Attn. Retreat Cottage
P.O. Box 1296
Carmel, CA 93921-1296

You may also make your reservation payment online with a credit card by going to: https://giving.ncsservices.org/App/Giving/allsaintscarmel. Be sure to choose “Retreat Cottage” in the Choose a Fund drop down menu.

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 Rector 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.
Contact: amber.sturgess@allsaintscarmel.org

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.
Contact: wereed5555@sbcglobal.net

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. 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. She serves as All Saints’ Parish Administrator and facilitates Seeking God Together, a small group spiritual companioning practice.
Contact: cyndiwigdahl@gmail.com

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. Note: During the pandemic, Beth is offering yoga online via Zoom; contact her directly for more information.
Contact: bethlefebvreyoga.com