Our Summer Blog
Ways to Stay Connected By: Carl McColman
Here in America like in most parts of the world, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt many aspects of our society and economy. Growing out of this difficult season, this has become a time when many people are focusing on our society’s need for systemic reform, justice, and healing, particularly in regard to issues such as racism and police brutality. This is a challenging time, in many ways. Meanwhile, many people are struggling with the fact that our spiritual “resource centers” such as monasteries and retreat houses are often closed — and may remain closed for months. In the past few weeks I have spoken to two monastery guestmasters who have indicated that their retreat centers will remain closed for the next six months — or longer. Is it any wonder that many of us are experiencing a sense of dislocation, because our favorite spiritual retreats are not currently available to us? And no one can say how long it will be before they open again.
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OUR SUMMER RETREAT CENTERS:
Retreat Facilities for Rent to individuals and groups
Center of Renewal, Stella Niagara, NY
Only 10 miles north of majestic Niagara Falls, New York, the Center of Renewal at Stella Niagara is a community of service. In the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, we provide hospitality, promote spiritual growth, and foster the development of people. Individuals and groups are welcome to this environment of peace and beauty.
Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, NM
In this special place of red canyons, majestic mesas and amazing skies, Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu has been host to a number of meetings, conferences, and special workshops for various groups from around the world.Come for a day, or choose to stay for several days. We provide meeting room areas, as well as overnight lodging and meals.
Wellspring Conference Center, Germantown, MD
A welcoming setting surrounded by natural beauty and tranquility, located close to major metropolitan areas.The perfect choice for your group’s events. Nestled in a three-acre wooded site just north of Washington, D.C., Wellspring Conference Center offers a lovely main center facility and accommodations that reflect our search for simplicity and sustainability.
Holy Wisdom Monastery, Middleton, WI
Near Madison, Wisconsin and featured in The Washington Post and Chicago Tribune, Holy Wisdom Monastery offers you comfortable accommodations, space to breathe and resources to grow. On over 130 acres of beautifully restored prairie and woods, you can experience a way of life that expresses spirituality through care for humankind and for the earth.
Camp Starfish, Rindge, NH
Welcome to Starfish Conference and Retreat Center. Thanks for considering Starfish for your next group event! Our staff make it easy for you to plan and book your retreat. And, you might be surprised how cost-effective it can be! From employee appreciation days to family reunions, Camp Starfish Conference and Retreats is sure to provide you with a memorable and meaningful experience.
Roslyn Retreat Center, Richmond, VA
The Virginia Diocesan Center at Roslyn, established in 1934, is situated on 150 picturesque acres along the James River. Just two miles west of the City of Richmond, Roslyn welcomes more than 400 churches and non-profit organizations every year for residential conferences, retreats, seminars and outdoor activities. Roslyn has 96 beds in 48 bedrooms. Each room is spaciously built for double occupancy, however single rooms may be available upon request. Designed for comfort, rest and reflection, each room is air-conditioned and has two beds and a private bath.
Redemptorist Renewal Center, Tucson, AZ
Located on 120 acres that border the Saguaro National Park West in Southern Arizona. For over forty years, the Redemptorist Renewal Center has been an enlivening presence in Southern Arizona dedicated to contemplative prayer, study, and practice. Our mission is to be a place where the contemplative spirit of the human person may be discovered, fed and nourished. It is a place, an oasis in the Sonoran Desert, where individual persons encounter God and “feel the burn” of the Holy Spirit.
Sevenoaks Retreat Center, Madison, VA
Sevenoaks is a peaceful, rural, non-denominational retreat and conference center. We offer our own annual schedule of programs in personal healing and spiritual development. We also deeply enjoy making our lovely center available for workshops, meetings, trainings and retreats of all kinds. We find that groups who come here are nurtured and renewed by the beauty of the land, the welcoming comfort of our facilities, and the care and sensitivity of our spiritually aware staff.
Lifebridge Sanctuary, Rosendale, NY
Lifebridge Sanctuary is a 12,000 sq. ft. hand crafted, green facility on 95 acres of forest and spectacular open space on the Northern crest of the Shawangunk Ridge, close to the small town of Rosendale, 85 north of New York City. A variety of meeting spaces are available, including the Upper Room with a panoramic view of the Catskills, holding up to 60 people and numerous smaller spaces.
GreenLinks Resort, Naples, FL
GreenLinks is situated within Lely Resort and conveniently close to Naples beaches, shopping and restaurants. Should you decide to venture out, the best of Naples is just moments away. GreenLinks Resort features two and three bedroom villas fully equipped to meet your comfort and convenience needs. It is the perfect venue for successful retreats, reunions, or any group event. We invite religious and spiritual groups to meet, retreat and vacation with us.
Grail Springs, Bancroft, Ontario
Renew your commitment to life, healthy living and wellbeing at this award-winning unique sanctuary located north east of Toronto. Choose from 2-21 night retreat packages and experience yoga, nature hikes, transformational workshops, PH Balanced Diet, spa treatments and more. Our retreat centre will help you relax or reconnect to yourself amongst peaceful mineral rich grounds with 100 acre boreal forest trail system, meditative labyrinth and gardens, crystal rock formations, mineral rich spring-fed lake.
Providence Spirituality Centre, Ontario, Canada
Providence Spirituality Centre is a warm, inviting, peace-filled retreat house, on the grounds of the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul. The lovely 33-acre setting, spotted with paths, benches, old trees and patches of delightful flowers make it an oasis of tranquility in the heart of the Kingston, Ontario community. We welcome many diverse faith and special interest groups who book our facility for their particular day-only, overnight or week-long retreats and spirituality programs; we are always happy to serve as facilitators when needed.
Retreat Facilities for Sale to individuals and groups
EcoYoga Retreat Centre, Scotland
This successful, bespoke retreat centre is located on the tranquil Loch Awe in the picturesque Scottish Highlands. Situated in prime, south facing land, on the banks of the loch, the site is ‘off-grid’ in terms of water supply, heating and electricity. The sublime site sits on five acres of land, with an additional 12 acres of loch side land included in the sale price, to be developed if the buyer so wishes.
Rawhide Guest Ranch, Brown County, Indiana
Adjacent to all 16,000 acres of the Brown County State Park, Rawhide Ranch is located in the heart of the beautiful and scenic foothills of southern Indiana and only 5 miles from the “artists colony” known as Nashville, Indiana. Rawhide is less than an hour commute from major urban areas such as Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Louisville, Kentucky, and within two hours of Cincinnati, Ohio and Evansville, Indiana.
SunMountain Center, Manitou Springs, CO
Aligned in holistic well-being and a supporter of living arts, SunMountain Center is the premiere Colorado venue for hosting your upcoming wellness retreat or private event. Located about an hour outside of Denver on the Front Range and nestled among the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, our two historic homes of SunMountain Center are surrounded by natural and historical beauty. Our intimate setting cultivates deep connections and supports your students in their retreat experience.
Starflower Farm, Monroe, Maine
Starflower Farm Studios, a retreat center and arts workshop facility on 50 acres , 20 miles from Maine coast offers private setting, 2700 SF circa 1880, 5 bedroom house in good condition with modern systems. Plus 4600 SF, two story art studio barn.
NC Mountain Retreat Center, Millspring, NC
Situated on 5 acres, this property would make a perfect Family Compound, Retreat Facility or Multi-Rental Unit Investment with TWO homes offering almost 6,000 sq. ft. of living space! So much potential for both short and long-term rental while owners can live on-site. Extra special treats like a wonderful handmade Honduras mahogany buffet bar, built-in china cabinet, incredible chef’s kitchen, three HVACs, generator and extensive master suite on main with connecting office/sitting room.
Mount Calvary Monastery, Santa Barbara, CA
Now publicly for sale for the first time ever is the Mount Calvary Monastery property, a most cherished and special place in the heart of beautiful sunny Santa Barbara, California by the Pacific Ocean. Originally part of the Santa Barbara Mission founded in 1786, before separating to become its next-door neighbor, the property holds a unique sacred history. They consist of 2 historic estate homes plus a beautiful chapel on 5 bucolic acres.
Glen Overlook, Jay, NY
This remarkable property presents a rare combination of a high-country, northeast US wilderness location, together with a large and distinctive facility, in a most dramatic and private setting. At an elevation of 2,000 feet, and centered in the Adirondack Park’s 48,000 acre Jay and Hurricane Wilderness Preserves, this is one of the highest and easternmost grand Adirondack Wilderness properties to be offered in many years.