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Helpful information for your visit to SAT
Arrival and Departure Times
If you are coming to SAT for the first time, please arrive between half hour to fifteen minutes before the first session, so we can welcome you and orient you to the facilities.
While SAT primarily serves Catholic ordained, vowed religious, and laity, who have been working in ministry for many years, others also come to SAT for Sabbatical from the local area and from around the world. We not only welcome diversity and inclusivity, but embrace it. Ideally, participants come to SAT for a semester or two of Sabbatical: Fall (August – December) and Spring (January – May). However, we offer customized Sabbaticals for those who do not have the resources for the full experience (day, week, month, etc). CEUs and needs-based scholarships are available.
If you are commuting, we welcome you to stay on-site for up to an hour following your course offering to enjoy the contemplative environment and to reflect on and integrate what you have experienced during your Sabbath time.
If you prefer to stay overnight, single, furnished bedrooms, with sinks, are usually available for $85/night, which includes three meals. Bathroom and shower facilities are shared in common on each floor of the residence. Residents enjoy the use of a spacious lounge and kitchenette. We ask that you reserve your room at least two weeks in advance.
Kindly note: if you have registered for a course offering that is scheduled in both the morning and afternoon, we break for an hour for lunch and reflection time. Greenfield’s, at St. Albert’s Priory, where we are housed, provides buffet-style hot lunches, with soup and salad, for $8. Unless you inform us otherwise, we will assume you will be joining us for lunch at St. Albert’s. Please let us know as soon as possible if you will not be purchasing lunch in the dining room as we are asked to give the kitchen a week’s notice. You will find a donation box in the Lounge and classroom for your donation toward lunch. Another option is to bring a bag lunch, which you may also eat in the dining room. One of the benefits of staying on-site for lunch is interacting with other commuter and resident participants, who come to us locally and from around the globe. You may also choose to enjoy one of the more than eighty restaurants and cafes, ranging from casual to fine dining, in the Rockridge area.
SAT offers courses in contemporary theology—spirituality, mysticism, cosmology, scripture, the arts, and personal development—with leading presenters from throughout the Bay Area and across the United States. Presenters furnish SAT with handouts in advance to their presentations. We ask you not to take photos of their slide presentations or ask for copies of additional materials.
Directions and Parking
SAT is located at St. Albert’s Priory, 5980 Birch Court, Oakland. If you are coming by BART get off at the Rockridge station and walk north on College and take a right onto Birch Ct. St. Albert’s is at the end of the block.
Parking will be available in a Priory lot off of Chabot Road. If going north from the BART station, pass Birch Court, then at the next street (Chabot) turn right. If going south on College, you will turn left onto Chabot.
Half way down Chabot, on the right, immediately past St Albert's Chapel (at the end of the black wrought-iron fence) turn into the driveway on your right, and then turn right again into the tennis court area.
SAT facilities are located on the first floor of the main building. If you need assistance, please call 510-652-1651.