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The Holy Spirit Retreat Center (HSRC) is a true gem of Los Angeles, providing a peaceful and nurturing environment for creativity, connection, and community. It rests on fourteen acres in the foothills of the Santa Monica mountain range. Although it’s only a few minutes from Los Angeles, it feels miles away from the city.

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The HSRC is owned and operated by the Sisters of Social Service, a group dedicated to improving the lives of people through service to all, regardless of religious or spiritual beliefs.

We use several indoor and outdoor spaces at the center, including a large sanctuary that is ideal for singing, flute-play, and gentle music making. The Lake Side room features wonderfully musical acoustics and panoramic views of trees behind a lovely courtyard with fountain. There are many paths to explore and picturesque spots to sit and meditate, play, and observe the natural sights and sounds.

Nurturing Your Body

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Meals are served in the dining hall. However, most choose to dine under the trees that frame the central plaza, providing just enough shade to stay comfortable while you enjoy the warm Southern California weather.

The kitchen staff is happy to accommodate all types of diets. The food is nutritious and delicious with a wide variety that is sure to please everyone.


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Salads are complemented by lean meat or vegetarian main dishes, with light desserts and fresh juices. Assorted teas and coffee are available 24 hours a day. A community kitchen area is available for public use and features a refrigerator, sink, and storage for personal supplies.

Rest & Rejuvenate

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Bedrooms are clean and quiet, featuring two twin-size beds, dresser, closet, desk, large shower, and sink area.

There are no TVs or Internet in bedrooms. Internet access is available through WI-FI in the main meeting area.

Rooms are available in single and double (shared) occupancy.


Finding Your Way

Address: 4316 Lanai Rd. Encino, CA

Visit the HSRC Website

From LAX (Los Angeles International Airport)

Take the Van Nuys FlyAway shuttle bus to the Van Nuys Terminal. (Cost about $10 — ATM or Credit Card on board – No Cash!).

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How to take the Van Nuys FlyAway: After exiting from the baggage claim area, find and stand under one of the GREEN signs that say “Flyaway, Buses, Long Distance Vans” (like the sign at the right). You might have to walk to your left or right to find one. They are in the CENTER isle.

Tip: If the airport is crowded when you arrive, some of the FlyAway buses might fill up before they get to the later terminals (6–7–8). To make sure you get a spot on the bus, walk to a lower numbered terminal. If you’re at terminal 8, you can walk straight to terminal 1 in about two minutes. Ask airport staff for instructions.

From the Van Nuys FlyAway, take a cab to the Holy Spirit Retreat Center. (Cost about $25)

From BUR (Burbank “Bob Hope” Airport)

The best option is to take a taxi or Uber to the HSRC. (Cost about $45)