Bruce Davis

Bruce is the author of  The Heart of Healing, Monastery without Walls ~ Daily Life in the SilenceMy Little FlowersSimple Peace ~ The Inner Life of St Francis of Assisi and The Calling of Joy. His latest book is The Love Letters of St Francis & St Clare.  Bruce is a regular contributor to Huffington Post. A graduate of Saybrook University, Bruce is a spiritual psychologist and teacher of the essence of world religions. He has taught at JFK University in Pleasant Hill, California and many spiritual centers in the United States, Germany, and Switzerland.

In 1975 he wrote the book The Magical Child Within You which was the first book written on trusting and nurturing the inner child.  A couple years later he coauthored another best selling book Hugs & Kisses about loving life, which has been a theme of his work ever since.

While a graduate student, Bruce met and became an apprentice to a remarkable Shaman who had the gift of entering into and teaching people in their dreams.  For four years, Bruce was introduced to many realms and worlds outside normal western thought. These years were to be the beginning of Bruce’s quest to understand the potential of psychology and spirituality.

Since 1983 he has led spiritual retreats in many parts of Europe, Asia, United States.  Taking people to sacred places like Assisi, Italy, participants discover the sacred place within themselves.  For twelve years Bruce and Ruth lived in Assisi, founding the Assisi Retreat Center where people of all backgrounds are welcome to enjoy the simple peace and spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.  Recently Bruce & Ruth have opened a sister retreat center, Silent Stay, near Napa, California, a place of silence.  It is Bruce’s wish to provide a sanctuary for everyone who yearns for real peace and quiet towards finding their own inner joy, spirituality, and purpose.

Through the years, Bruce has studied and lived with spiritual teachers in India, Philippines, Germany and Bali, Indonesia.  For many years he and Ruth led a program of taking teenagers from one of America’s wealthiest communities into the poorest neighborhood of San Francisco to give food to people living in the streets. At Silent Stay, Bruce has a great interest in supporting people who have had a Near Death Experience or spiritual awakening.  His primary intention is helping others to develop a meaningful spiritual life including a daily life of joy.

Upcoming Programs by Bruce Davis


Spiritual Pilgrimage to Bali Indonesia

Also With Ruth Davis and Nicole Becker

February 14 - 21, 2018

Life is an Offering ~A Spiritual Pilgrimage to Bali, Indonesia Cost: $2150 Private Bungalow en suite bathroom. $1750 per person ~ Shared Bungalow en suite bathroom. (Two people per bungalow) Includes: Program of meditation, yoga, meditative movement, immersion guidance, lodging, all meals, all transport during the retreat. Deposit: The non-refundable deposit of $550. holds your […]


Nurturing Personal Retreat

Also With Ruth Davis and Brenda Brisch

Flexible Dates

Choose a 2-5 night stay We provide meditation retreats in the healing presence of silence. We are nurturing the quiet heart, inner peace and self-healing.  Time in silence, resting our awareness in the quiet heart, opens the present moment to infinite peace and our inner wisdom. One-on-one meditation instruction is included in each retreat.  Spiritually […]


Long Term Retreat / Sabbatical

Also With Ruth Davis

Flexible Dates

Anyone wishing to stay 21 nights or longer, in peace & quiet with beautiful nature, is welcome to apply. Long term retreats are perfect for people wanting a sabbatical, looking for renewal, wanting time to reinvent themselves and come closer to their hearts.  These retreats are perfect for contemplatives of all traditions, writers, professionals, or students. […]