Mercy Center Burlingame California


Mercy Center Burlingame is known worldwide for its pioneering work in spiritual direction, Taizé prayer and East-West meditation. Educational and spiritual conferences, retreats and training programs are offered year round on our beautiful, wooded campus.

Program Schedule   |   Spiritual Direction   |   Centering Prayer   |   East-West Meditation

A Commitment to Transformation



Mercy Center's program directors, teachers and spiritual directors collaborate to create a unique environment for growth, healing and personal transformation. In a serene setting of oak trees, gardens and walking paths, with private bedrooms and quiet spaces for silent or community dining, Mercy Center provides a calm and restorative atmosphere where individuals and groups can nourish their spiritual lives.

Ongoing Programs

Learn about our programs in Spiritual Direction formation, the Ignatian Exercises, Centering Prayer, East-West meditation retreats, community outreach programs and contemplative events. Many programs meet weekly or monthly, and our discussion series programs may be joined at any time.

Outreach Programs

With the help of our generous donors, we strive to keep our spiritual programs available to all. Mercy Center provides:

  • Retreat Days - low-cost daylong events.
  • Spanish-language workshops and retreats.
  • Chinese-language spiritual retreats.
  • Financial assistance to qualifying program and retreat participants.

Mercy Center Ongoing Programs


Spiritual Direction Institute Learn about our formation program and summer internships.


Sacred Journey A one-year certificate program in Christian contemplation.


The Art & Practice of Spiritual Direction
A two-year formation program.


Taizé Prayer Prayer service in the Taizé tradition held the first Friday each month.


Centering Prayer Training and retreats in the tradition of Fr. Thomas Keating.


East-West Meditation Exploring Christian contemplation and Zen meditation.


Spiritual Exercises Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, annually September-May.


Finding a Spiritual Director Experienced staff connect you with a spiritual director.


Prayer Study and Support Ongoing prayer and spiritual programs.


Healing Touch and Massage Mindful therapies for retreatant participants.


Men's Spirituality Retreats for men exploring their capacity for spiritual growth.


Shared Scripture Bible discussion and presentations from varied faith traditions.


Four Seasons Haiku Kai Discussing Haiku poetry four times a year.


Cancer Prayer Group Support for those living with cancer and for their caregivers.


MercyWorks Younger adults meet for Taizé prayer and discuss social service.