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Retreats make space for personal encounters with Christ and the community, engaging students of all faiths and backgrounds.

Campus Ministry is committed to advancing the spiritual lives of all JSerra students because we believe we are made for Heaven. One of the best ways that this is accomplished is through the dynamic, moving, and insanely fun retreats.

What Retreats Offer

Over one-third of the student body attends one of our ten optional retreats each year. Hosted at an off-campus site, retreats include time for recreation via swimming pools, water slides, challenge courses, and game rooms while taking advantage of natural surroundings conducive to personal reflection and an encounter with Christ through prayer, Mass, Confession, and praise and worship. Because we believe that every moment matters, students are asked to leave their cell phones at home. Retreat encourages our students to be present to each moment and to each other, leaving behind the stress back home and entering into the full experience.

Retreat Themes

As a student progresses from freshman to senior year, the retreats grow steadily in their depth and various activities. Campus Ministers and other JSerra faculty prepare and work to make the themes relatable to students — leading games, singing songs, and giving personal witness to their own faith.

  • 9th - Anchored: Building a Relation with God
  • 10th - Prodigal: The Story of the Prodigal Son
  • 11th - Unstoppable: The Life of St. Paul
  • 12th - Kairos

Every student should put a retreat on their calendar, round up their friends to join them, and come find out why retreats are such a vital piece of the JSerra experience!


Retreats are considered excused absences (see page 41 of the Parent-Student Handbook). Furthermore, students who miss a day of classes for a retreat will receive one extra school day to make up schoolwork that has been missed.

For example, if a student were to miss class on Thursday and Friday, according to school policy, they would be given two extra school days to make up schoolwork. All assignments, including tests and quizzes, would be due the following Wednesday after the retreat. Students should speak with their teachers about work they will miss as it will be a great opportunity for them to look ahead so they do not fall behind.

Our retreats for each grade offer . . .

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Explore Our Retreats



Whispering Winds (Julian)



  • Nov. 7-10, 2023
  • Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2024
  • Mar. 17-20, 2024




Palomar Christian Conference Center



  • Oct. 25-27, 2023
  • Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2024




Palomar Christian Conference Center



  • Oct. 11-13, 2023
  • Feb. 14-16, 2024




Mission San Luis Rey (Oceanside)



  • Oct. 2-3, 2023
  • Jan. 18-19, 2024


"I didn't expect to enjoy my retreat as much as I did! It was a great opportunity to make new friends, get away from the daily stresses of life, and spend time in prayer. I plan to attend annually."

~ Michael '23