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about us

Loyola Retreat House is an institution of the Society of Jesus located in the Sanctuary of Loyola. It was founded in 1972, in a building that had been a centre for the formation of Jesuits for decades.

The purpose of the House is to promote Ignatian spirituality through retreats and courses.

We want to preserve the most authentic experience of St. Ignatius of Loyola, bringing spirituality for today's world using new language and forms.

A team of Jesuits, lay people and a community of religious sisters work in the house.

the house

The house has spacious and comfortable facilities that promote an environment of silence, essential to a deeply lived encounter with God:

  • capacity for 152 people in single, double and triple rooms complete with bathrooms
  • seven chapels and oratories
  • direct access to the Chapel of the Conversion
  • conference room with multimedia equipment and simultaneous translation booths
  • conference hall with multimedia equipment
  • five classrooms for work sessions
  • twelve classrooms for small groups and personal accompaniment
  • four dining rooms
  • wifi and computer room with common printer
  • private park of 20 hectares and parking

the spiritual exercises

They are a process, a path, which help us to find God and discover his will in our own lives. They are born from the experience of Saint Ignatius of Loyola himself in the sixteenth century and since then they have helped people of all times and places to live for God by engaging in the world.

In Loyola, we offer Ignatian retreats in different ways:

  • personalized and to groups
  • varying lengths: weekend, five days, eight days, a month
  • for young people and adults, lay people, religious, priests
  • for beginners and for those with more experience
  • inspired by the Ignatian text and opened to other perspectives: family, ecology, etc.

There is always an ambience of silence, time for prayer, and personal accompaniment

other activities

We offer other courses, spiritual and pastoral programmes linked to the inspiration of the House:

  • Retreats during Advent and Lent
  • Ignatian leadership training
  • Ignatian identity and mission training
  • National and international meetings of the Society of Jesus
  • Teachers training of colleges of the Society of Jesus (Educsi)
  • Teachers training of Universities of the Society of Jesus (Unijes)
  • Activities organized by the Diocese, Confer and other religious groups
  • General Chapters of Religious Congregations

useful Information

  • Reservations can be made in advance using the application form on this web site or by sending an email to
  • Sheets and towels are provided
  • It is possible to adapt the menu to meet different dietary requirements
  • We have a scholarship fund for young people, families and the unemployed
  • Payment options: bank transfer, check, card or cash
  • Near the House, there are several supermarkets, cash points, gas stations, pharmacies and other shops

Loyola Retreat House
Loiola Auzoa, 15
20730 Azpeitia (Gipuzkoa)
Tel: +34 943 025 025
GPS coordinates:
Latitude: 43.173312 (43º 10' 23.92" N)
Longitude: -2.281947 (2º 16' 55.01" W)

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