St. Columba Retreat House

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Unique among California retreat houses, Saint Columba occupies a four-floor summerhouse mansion built in 1930, in the small town of Inverness. Nestled in the forested hills overlooking Tomales Bay, this center for worship offers Individual Retreats and/or Group Retreats, accommodating as many as 32 guests. We present a full kitchen, dining and meeting areas, along with several private, semi-private and dorm rooms for overnight lodging—viewable in our Photo Galleries. Enclosed among our wooded hills is an outdoor Stations of the Cross and an outdoor Chapel having a stone cross—typical Irish and Scottish Celtic symbols. Complimenting the rustic country decor of the Retreat House are the redwood open-beam ceilings, floors and paneling of the Sanctuary and Chapel. The Retreat House is operated by the Saint Columba Parish Church.

Adjacent to the Point Reyes National Seashore, we are surrounded by the abundant beauty and glory of God’s creation. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4

Nearby on the peninsula, herds of wild elk are often seen grazing in the open fields—truly an unexpected wonder on the California coast. These California Tule elk once roamed in large herds over the grassy uplands of the Point Reyes peninsula before being hunted to near extinction. By 1873, there were only one pair left in California. Tule elk now number around 2,500 statewide. The present Point Reyes population of over 300 elk grew from a herd of only 10, introduced in 1978.

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