Seven Day Retreat at Mercy Center, CA – 23rd to 30th October
Retreats are a wonderful way to go more deeply into the non-dual understanding and deepen our connection to the community. Whether we are new to non-duality or have spent years exploring this understanding, our shared being shines when we come together.
On the first day, we begin with dinner followed by a welcome and the first meeting. On each full day, there are two meetings: a silent and guided meditation in the morning and a conversation with Rupert in the afternoon that focuses on attendees’ questions. On the final day, we finish with a morning meeting followed by lunch.
There is ample free time between meetings and meals to explore Mercy Center and the surrounding area and to enjoy the company of fellow attendees. While this is not a silent retreat, resting in quiet contemplation is always available for those who wish to.
About Mercy Center: Mercy Center is an internationally known conference and retreat center in the San Francisco Bay Area, set on thirty-nine acres of natural sanctuary replete with flower gardens, contemplative walking paths, expansive lawns, five-hundred-year-old oaks and a meditation labyrinth. In this peaceful, holistic, serene and beautiful setting, we nurture our personal, professional and spiritual lives. Learn more about Mercy Center here.
COVID-19 safety protocols - UPDATED 6.27.22: All guests must provide evidence of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to the retreat organizer via email prior to the start of the retreat. Booster shots are not required. Also, a negative RAPID test result taken taken on the day of arrival is required. Guests must provide their own Rapid test which can be taken in the lobby while waiting for results. Mercy Center does NOT provide rapid tests. Guests who do not have evidence of vaccination and a negative test result will not be allowed entry into the building.
Please note these protocols could be revised depending on the requirements of Mercy Center and the COVID-19 situation at the time of the retreat.
Francesca will post lots of helpful retreat information to all attendees on the discussion board as we get closer to our start date.
There are only single rooms available at Mercy Center, which includes three meals per day. Couples who wish to share a room can register as commuters and book a local hotel (see hotel list below) or request Mercy Center single rooms on the same floor next to each other.
You can also register as a commuter and stay at one of the hotels listed below or research AirBnB for local lodging.
List of Hotels:
The Dylan at SFO
1.7 miles from Mercy Center, 6 minutes by car - www.dylansfo.com
Fairfield Inn & Suites
2 miles from Mercy Center, 7 minutes by car - www.marriott.co.uk
2.7 miles from Mercy Center, 9 minutes by car - www.marriott.com
By train: Take BART or CalTrain to the Millbrae station and catch the North Burlingame free shuttle direct to the front entrance of Mercy Center. Shuttle arrives at Mercy Center 6:30 - 9:40 am, and departs Mercy Center in the afternoons between 3:10 - 6:10 pm, Monday through Friday.
By car: From Highway 101 take Millbrae Avenue exit, west. Turn left (south) onto El Camino Real. Go past Peninsula Hospital, two stoplights to Adeline. Turn right on Adeline and go eight blocks to the Mercy Center gates, where Hoover meets Adeline.
From Highway 280 take Trousdale exit, east. Follow Trousdale all the way down the hill (approx. 1.5 miles). Turn right onto El Camino Real. Continue south to Adeline (two stoplights past Peninsula Hospital). Turn right onto Adeline, continue approximately eight blocks. Mercy Center gates are located where Hoover meets Adeline.
By plane: The nearest airport is San Francisco International Airport which is only 10 minutes from the retreat center.
By taxi: There are several options for taxi's and shuttle services in the area:
Taxi Cab Service SFO - 650.766.8822
Blacklane - www.blacklane.com
Airport Taxi Cab Services - 650.593.1234
Please note Uber and Lyft are available in the area and reasonably priced.
For further directions and transport information click here.
Meals & Refreshments
Vegetarian meals are prepared three times daily and served in the main dining room.
Residential guests who require special food preparation can use the small kitchenettes on each floor equipped with a microwave and a small, shared refrigerator. There is also a health food store about one mile from Mercy Center.
|23rd October||Arrive||3:00pm onwards|
|Dinner||6:00pm - 7:00pm|
|Meeting||7:15pm - 9:00pm|
|24th to 29th October||Breakfast||8:00am - 9:30am|
|Meeting||10:30am - 12:30pm|
|Lunch||12:30pm - 2:00pm|
|Meeting||4:30pm - 6:30pm|
|Dinner||6:30pm - 7:30pm|
|30th October||Breakfast||8:00am - 9:30am|
|Meeting||10:00am - 12:00pm|
|Lunch||12:00pm - 1:00pm|
Everyone who books onto this event will get access to the discussion board, with the ability to:
- Post comments
- Contact other attendees to exchange information or for social purposes
To register a $220* non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required to reserve a space at the retreat. The final balance will be due on Thursday 8th September. Please book using the "Add to Basket" buttons below.
Single (shared bathroom) – $2295
Commute with Lunch & Dinner – $1795
Commute with Lunch only – $1655
Commute without meals – $1620
If your ticket preference is sold out please use the 'Add to Waitlist' button and you will be notified of any spaces that come available. Booking is strictly through the website, please contact Francesca with any questions. Please do not contact the venue to try to book into the retreat.
*Should the retreat be cancelled for any reason related to Covid-19, the deposit payments made will be automatically transferred to a replacement Retreat at Home.
Important ticket information
A non-refundable deposit is payable immediately for each ticket.
The final balance will be due on Thursday 8 September 2022
75% of balance refundable if cancelled before 15th September 2022
50% of balance refundable if cancelled before 22nd September 2022
No refund if cancelled after the 22nd September 2022