Mission San Luis Rey

4050 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92057

You will be assigned a roommate when you arrive at check-in.


Friday evening has a full schedule and usually goes until approximately 11:00 PM, so we try to begin promptly. Please allow plenty of travel time since traffic is very congested and delays are common. The weekend will end by 4:00 PM on Sunday.


The dress is casual. The bathrooms are dormitory style, so you may want to bring a bathrobe. Bedding and towels are provided. A snack table and refrigerator will be available all weekend and we ask that you bring a snack and bottled water or two or three six packs of soft drinks, to share with the group (non-alcoholic only, please). For snacks we suggest cheese, crackers, cookies, nuts, fresh fruit or vegetables, etc. Homemade goodies are especially appreciated. Coffee, tea and all meals, starting with breakfast on Saturday morning, will be provided.

We recommend that you not bring valuables to the weekend, especially items that you would leave locked in your car. Personal items such as purses, wallets, etc. are fine. Because of the nature of the Catholic Engaged Encounter experience, we ask that you turn your cell phone ringers off and refrain from texting, checking e-mail, etc. during the presentations and writing/discussion times.


This will be a working weekend and there will be little freeâ time, so if you are planning to leave for any part of the weekend, please contact us immediately so that you can be changed to a more convenient date. Please remember our refund policy, which is stated on our application and in the confirmation letter you received. CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES LESS THAN 10 DAYS PRIOR TO THE WEEKEND WILL RESULT IN FORFEITURE OF THE ENTIRE FEE AND PAYMENT OF A NEW FEE TO BOOK ANOTHER WEEKEND DATE.


This is the location of the retreat:

Mission San Luis Rey 4050 Mission Ave. Oceanside, CA 92057

To get to the Mission San Luis Rey from Interstate 5, take the Highway 76 exit and go east aprox. 4 miles (to Rancho Del Oro Rd - Turn left proceed across Mission Ave. to the Mission parking lot. The retreat center is at the far-left side of the Mission buildings. Follow the signs to the Retreat Center Parking.

From Highway 15, take the Highway 78 exit west to El Camino Real in Oceanside. Go north (right) at the signal. Continue north until you reach Mission Ave. Turn right at Mission and follow the directions above.

From Highway 15 north (Riverside, Temecula, etc.) take the Highway 76 Pala/Oceanside exit west and go approximately 13.3 miles to the Mission. (Highway 76 becomes Mission Ave.) Turn right at the signal into the mission grounds.

The retreat center is entered to the left of the main Mission building. You should also park in the lot on that side (the west) of the facility. Make sure you bring all valuables into the center with you or lock them in the trunk of your car. The hosting couple will be there as early as 7:00 PM to direct you to your rooms. Please check in by at least 7:30 as we try to start as close to 8:00 as possible. 

St. Charles Retreat Center

990 Saturn Blvd, San Diego, CA 92154

You will be assigned a roommate when you arrive at check-in.


Friday evening has a full schedule and usually goes until approximately 11:00 PM, so we try to begin promptly. Please allow plenty of travel time since traffic is very congested and delays are common. The weekend will end by 4:00 PM on Sunday.


The dress is casual. The bathrooms are dormitory style, so you may want to bring a bathrobe. Bedding and towels are provided. A snack table and refrigerator will be available all weekend and we ask that you bring a snack and bottled water or two or three six packs of soft drinks, to share with the group (non-alcoholic only, please). For snacks we suggest cheese, crackers, cookies, nuts, fresh fruit or vegetables, etc. Homemade goodies are especially appreciated. Coffee, tea and all meals, starting with breakfast on Saturday morning, will be provided.

We recommend that you not bring valuables to the weekend, especially items that you would leave locked in your car. Personal items such as purses, wallets, etc. are fine. Because of the nature of the Catholic Engaged Encounter experience, we ask that you turn your cell phone ringers off and refrain from texting, checking e-mail, etc. during the presentations and writing/discussion times.


This will be a working weekend and there will be little freeâ time, so if you are planning to leave for any part of the weekend, please contact us immediately so that you can be changed to a more convenient date. Please remember our refund policy, which is stated on our application and in the confirmation letter you received. CANCELLATIONS OR CHANGES LESS THAN 10 DAYS PRIOR TO THE WEEKEND WILL RESULT IN FORFEITURE OF THE ENTIRE FEE AND PAYMENT OF A NEW FEE TO BOOK ANOTHER WEEKEND DATE.


This is the location of the retreat:

St. Charles Retreat Center: 990 Saturn Blvd, San Diego, CA 92154


St. Charles Retreat center is about 15 miles south of downtown San Diego near Imperial Beach.

-- To get there go south on Interstate 5 to the Palm Ave. Imperial Beach exit. Turn right at the signal and immediately move over to the left lane. Turn left at the first signal (Saturn Ave.) Go about 3 blocks and turn right into the driveway just past St. Charles Church. The retreat center is at the end of the driveway just before you get to the street (18thSt.)

-- If Interstate 805 is more convenient, go south to Interstate 905, then west to Interstate 5 and go north. Take the Coronado Ave. exit and turn left (west) onto Coronado Ave. Go past the signal at Saturn and turn right onto 18th St. 


Please park in the lot between the Retreat Center and the Nutrition Center. Make sure you bring all valuables into the center with you or lock them in the trunk of your car. Please use the north door to enter the building, proceed down the hall. The hosting couple will check you in near that entrance. The hosting couple will be there as early as 7:00 PM to direct you to your rooms. Please check in by at least 7:45 as we try to start as close to 8:00 as possible. 


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