El Carmelo: A Roman Catholic Retreat House

With Thanksgiving to God for 71 Years


Located on 29 acres, the El Carmelo Retreat House is a place where people can discern, strengthen and renew their personal relationship with Jesus Christ according to the Carmelite tradition.

This spiritual sanctuary hosts 47 private rooms, one chapel and conference room. Year round spiritual retreats, workshops, Bible studies, and days/evenings of recollection for men, women, youth, families and married couples comprise this year-round place of prayer. For over 63 years, individuals have prayed on the sacred grounds of El Carmelo Retreat House overlooking the San Bernardino Mountains. Thousands of people have participated in the retreat experience here since 1952 with approximately 10,000 men, women, married couples and youth per year now making the journey to this countryside sanctuary. Owned and operated by the Discalced Carmelite Friars, El Carmelo asks the question: “How is my prayer life? What is my relationship with God?” We provide the guidance and comfort to help you emerge with a deeper and profound understanding of your relationship with God, self and others in the spirit of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. Whether you want to spend quiet time in our chapel, or meditate on our beautiful grounds and orange groves, or participate in our spiritual retreats, El Carmelo Retreat House offers you a place of serenity and healing. While staying with us, you will experience our gift of hospitality; clean, comfortable, private rooms and delicious meals served by our religious sisters and friendly staff. If you are looking for a spiritual getaway, make El Carmelo Retreat House your spiritual destination.

Mission Statement

El Carmelo Retreat House, owned and operated by Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona Province since 1952, serves the spiritual needs of lay men and women of all ages, as well as clergy and religious of many denominations, through the retreat experience. Rooted in the Gospel Truths of Jesus Christ, we provide a place of hospitality in a unique and peaceful environment in the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Bernardino, California.