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Restoration & Renewal Retreat FAQs

Here are answers to a few common questions about our open Restoration & Renewal Retreats, launched in September 2020:

 

Can I attend with a group? If you would like to connect with friends and attend together during certain retreat dates, or if you are a program leader who believes this format would suit your participants’ needs, please inquire. Space is limited, and if you anticipate registering with a group of four or more, we encourage you to reach out well in advance. 

 

Do you offer retreat themes or learning materials and guided experiences? We’re exploring the possibility of offering a la carte coaching, facilitated experiences, guided tours, themed retreat weeks, and more, however the currently published retreats are unstructured for maximum ease and simplicity. 

 

Will I have my own bedroom? You’ll have the option to register for a single room or a shared room.

 

Will I have my own bathroom? Likely no. Meadow Row bathrooms are semi-private, usually shared between two registrants. Sanctuary bathrooms (2) are shared by all those staying in Hillside and Heritage cabins. Our housekeeping team thoroughly cleans all spaces between each retreat.

 

Can I bring my own food? There is no discount available for opting out of meals and we can’t provide kitchen space for guests, therefore we encourage you to dine with us! Our kitchen staff can accommodate many dietary restrictions and preferences, and we encourage you to experience the magic of their cooking. Bringing your own non-refrigerated snacks is always welcome. 

 

Can I camp outdoors? At this time, lodging is limited by the number of bathrooms on campus. We cannot offer discounted rates for tent campers at this time. 

 

Can I attend for just part of the week? You can arrive and depart anytime within the Thursday afternoon—Sunday morning window, however there is no discount available for those attending for fewer days. 

 

Are discounts available? At this time, no discounts are offered to the general public. We are fundraising for community-supported retreats, to be offered to select individuals in need through partner organizations. If there’s an organization you recommend we partner with to distribute these no-cost retreats, please email [email protected] with your suggestion. 

 

What is your cancellation policy? If you need to cancel 14 or more days prior to your retreat start, a full refund will be given. Cancellations within the two week window are not eligible for a refund.

 

Can I donate? Yes! You’ll have the opportunity to donate during the registration process. When you give, you support the care of our 106-acre home, the work of our staff, board and volunteers, and welcoming emergent programming. 

 

See available retreat dates