The secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD

Co-Founder and Medical Director, Commonweal Cancer Help Program

The Retreat Center

Be part of the lineage of healing

Immerse yourself in the restorative power of nature at our historic, 60-acre site on the southern edge of the Point Reyes National Seashore.

About the Retreat Center

Gather your group, and your thoughts, on our bluff at the edge of the Pacific Ocean

When not in use for Commonweal programs, our Retreat Center is available for teams, groups, and organizations aligned with our mission.

Retreat Center Details

3 houses
22-30 person capacity
2 night minimum stay
No pets

Enjoy dramatic coastal views, scents of pine and cypress, and sounds of bird song and surf from the forest on our bluff.

Pacific House

Pacific House Details

12-20 person capacity
8 double, 4 single beds
12 bedrooms
5 bathrooms
Living room with stone fireplace
Dining room and large front porch
Fully equiped kitchen
Electrical heating

Beautiful and historic, Pacific House is our largest accommodation. The house is comfortably furnished with a variety of indoor and outdoor gathering places.

Commonweal Cancer Help Program Retreats

We offer five Cancer Help Program retreats throughout the year in person at our Retreat Center and online. Find out more about our cancer programs.

Kohler House

Kohler House Details

6 person capacity
6 single beds
3 bedrooms
Fully equipped kitchen
Wood burning stove and fireplace
Electrical heating

Kohler House sits in an open setting with partial views of the ocean.

Bothin House

Bothin House Details

4 person capacity
4 single beds
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
Fully equipped kitchen
Wood-burning stove and fireplace
Washer and dryer

Bothin House is situated in a secluded grove of Monterey pine and cypress trees.

Retreat Center Amenities

Our Retreat Center offers a quiet, natural setting in a rural area

As a guest, you can walk to the beach, explore trails on our site and in the adjacent national seashore lands, spend time in our labyrinth or sauna, reflect in our Sandtray Room, and gather in a variety of outdoor spaces set up for groups. Wireless internet service and other equipment for group work are available.

The labyrinth



Outdoor and indoor gathering spaces

Trails and hiking

Beach and ocean views


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A Place for Healing

The Commonweal land is steeped in decades of holding space for living and dying, creating, and connecting–supported by the healing power of nature