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Contemplative Retreat

Casa Manresa, Tijuana, Mexico


This ocean-view retreat center is the perfect location to meditate on the Jesuit motto, “In all, love and serve.” From the stained glass in Saint Ignatius Chapel to the unique meditation cave, Casa Manresa will give participants an opportunity for service experience and contemplative space to listen to Mystery.

Together, we will travel from the Town and Country Resort Hotel in San Diego, cross the US-Mexico border, and arrive as a community at the retreat center located on the Jesuit Universidad Ibero Tijuana campus. This contemplative retreat will include optional service opportunities, community learning, and contemplative space to integrate your experience of the Emerging Wisdom conference. Group travel is mandatory and included in the cost of the retreat.

Note: International travel requires a valid passport. Check your country for visa requirements. A valid passport and no visa are required for citizens of the United States traveling to Mexico and staying less than 72 hours. The retreat length is less than 72 hours.

Cost:
Cost includes transportation, tuition, three nights of lodging, and nine meals. Note: All rooms are en suite (include a private bathroom).

Casa Manresa, Tijuana, Mexico  
Private room USD$515
Shared room USD$475

Transportation:                                
Transportation costs are included in tuition. SDI will provide transportation—including your luggage—from the Town and Country Resort Hotel to Casa Manresa on Tuesday, 12 April and from Casa Manresa to either the San Diego Airport or the Town and Country Resort Hotel on Friday, 15 April. We do not recommend booking return flights on 15 April before 3:30 p.m. to allow for spaciousness at the border crossing.

Contemplative Retreat Leader:
Peter W. Gyves, SJ, is the associate pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the only Jesuit parish in San Diego. Father Gyves is a native of New York, USA, and holds degrees from Boston College and Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Father Gyves was a medical relief worker helping poor individuals in El Salvador during their civil war in the early 1990s. In 1999, he received the Xavier Award from the New York Province of the Society of Jesus for his humanitarian service.

His extensive experience working with individuals on the margins and his Jesuit vow of love and service will provide strong leadership and wisdom for those who participate in the SDI Contemplative Retreat to Casa Manresa, Tijuana, Mexico. 

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