Places to go for a Personal or Group Retreat
Not all these places have been checked out. We are providing some footwork for you in case you want to get away with God to a place that might be good for that. Give them a call and let us know how it works out. A word of advice — most places are set up for group visits. Their rates may vary because you are alone and according to how many meals you eat. If you don’t eat with them, the cost can be very low.
For reservations at our “Peace Hermitages” in Philadelphia, please email: Ednav@medicalmissionsisters.org
Roosevelt to Rhawn, left to end sharp right on Pine Rd., four blocks.
Fork left, immediate left down gravel road. First light gray.
Sister Jane Gates
Germantown — St. Margarets
5419 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia (40 day, 15 overnite)
Northeast Philly — Mother Boniface Spirituality Center
Sr. Virginia Morris, MSBT
3501 Solly Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19136
Northeast Philadelphia — Cranaleith
13475 Proctor Rd. Phila, PA 19116
215-934-6206 Fax: 215.464.6710
95 to exit 35, Woodhaven, to end, look for Evans left right on Byberry to Proctor turn right past St. Christopher's, cross Napier, the first driveway, a big house on Proctor.
Valley Forge — The National Christian Conference Center
610-935-9100 ext 121
1485 Valley Forge Rd.
P.O. Box 340
Valley Forge, PA 19481
Joan Mitchell is Conference Representative.
37 guest rooms.
Wallingford — Pendle Hill, Quaker-run
338 Plush Mill Rd.
Wallingford, PA 19086
Malvern — St. Joseph-in-the-Hills
Group Retreats Only
Malvern – IHM Spirituality Center
At Villa Maria House of Studies., Immaculata University
Directions to Villa Maria House of Studies From Philadelphia
Travel Schuylkill Expressway (Route I-76) west to Route 202 south to Malvern, Exit at Route 29. Follow Route 29 south to Route 30. Follow Route 30 west to Route 352. Follow 352 South to King Road. Turn right onto King Road for about l mile. The entrance to Villa Maria House of Studies is on the left.
Haverford — Saint Raphaela Center
616 Coopertown Road
Haverford, PA 19041-1135
Train: Penn Center Station: Take Paoli local to Bryn Mawr Station. 5 minutes by taxi
From Philadelphia: City Line Ave. (South). Turn right on Haverford Rd.. Go about 3 miles to College Ave. Go less than 1 mile. Turn right on Coopertown Rd. to entrance on left.
Pottstown — Fellowship Farm
$70 w/2 meals
Group Retreat Only
Paoli — Daylesford Abbey
220 S Valley Road
Paoli PA 19301-1900
610-647-2530 Jackie Roy
Group Retreat Only
West Chester — Temenos Community
House out in the field. Used for day retreat.
Elverson — St. Mary of Providence Center
227 Isabella Rd Elverson, PA 19520
Pottstown — Nueva Esperanza Campground and Retreat Center
1894 St. Peters Rd., Pottstown, PA
Carmen Vasquez x 237
Doylestown — Ave Maria Retreat House
Catholic/Pauline Order – Open to all
National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
P.O. Box 2049, Ferry Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901
Aston — Franciscan Spiritual Center
609 S. Convent Road Aston, PA 19014
Single retreaters at Clare House and Hermitages
West Chester — Bournelyf Retreat Center
1066 S. New Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19382
Bournelyf is in Westtown Township, just south of the borough of West Chester, Pennsylvania, approximately 25 minutes north of Wilmington, Delaware, and I-95; 30 minutes south of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania and I-76; 25 minutes south of Lionville, Pennsylvania and I-76; and 50 minutes southwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For further information, call 610-692-8280 or fax 610-701-0870. From Rt. 202 (south of West Chester): turn west on Rt.926, right (north) at next intersection (S. New Street). Church of the Loving Shepherd is not quite 7/10 mile on left.
Quakertown — Camp Men-o-lan
1415 Doerr Road, Quakertown PA 18951
Fax: (215) 679-0226
Landis Hall - up to 50 in two dorms of 26, gymn, bath below.
Nearby New Jersey and Delaware
Burlington – Burlington Meeting House/Conference Center
340 High St.
PO Box 246
Burlington NJ 08016
From the New Jersey Turnpike (Exit 5) or I-295 (Exit 47) take route 541 west into Burlington (4.3 miles from the turnpike; 2.7 miles from I-295) The Burlington Meeting House is the fourth building on the left after crossing Broad Street (railroad tracks).
From U.S. 130 north or south turn west onto High Street (Rt. 541). After passing the third traffic light (Broad Street/railroad tracks) find the BMH on the left. It’s the fourth building.
(no private retreats)
Mount Holly — Francis House of Prayer
Box 392, 39 Springside Rd.
Rancocas, NJ 08073
BF Bridge, 38 East, 295N, 5mis, Willingoboro Exit, 45B, right on Main, passed stop/immediate, next corner right, no light, by water tower.
S. Marcy Springer
Will do personal retreaters — $40-50 includes food
Vineland — Pope John Paul II Retreat Center
414 South 8th Street, Vineland, NJ 08360
Wernersville — Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth
501 N. Church Rd., Wernersville
Big center, Home to KAIROS SCHOOL OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION
Turnpike to exit for 222. Go past 222 to North 272
1.1 miles to Swartzville Rd (N 897) turn left
3 miles to Getty Station at Ridge Rd. turn right (becomes Kutztown Rd.)
4 miles to Wernersville Rd., turn left
point 7 mile to Mountain Home Rd. (becomes Lincoln) turn left
1.2 miles to Church St., turn right
point 4 mile to light at Penn Ave, turn left
immediately turn right on Church St. (it makes a jog)
point 4 mile to Jesuit Retreat Center, turn right
Lebanon — Kenbrook Bible Camp
190 Pine Meadow Rd, Lebanon, PA 17046
Lancaster — Herrbrook Farm
2256 New Danville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17603
Good for personal or marriage retreat. Sleeps 4 adults. Day use 8-10
Self-contained cottage. All donation ($40)
Spiritual direction available by Chestnut Hill grad, Mary Lou Houser
Myerstown/Lebanon — Camp Swatara
2905 Camp Swatara Road Bethel, PA 19507
Lebanon — Gretna Glen Camp
$40 per for chalet - sleeps 20, $35 for cabins - sleep 14, can cook for yourself
Quarryville – Black Rock Camp
New Ringgold — Blue Mountain Retreat
(570) 386-2154 (570) 386-2672
Blue Mountain Drive, New Ringgold, PA 17960-9550,
Reservations and Information: info@ bmcr.org, Group Information: email@example.com
Stevens — Refreshing Mountain Camp
455 Camp Road
Stevens, PA 17578
Fax: (717) 733-6929
Down the Shore
Ocean City — The Ark
Cliff Dirkes at (609) 703-7246 or (609) 398-8483.
Run by Young Life, not your usual private retreat place.
Wildwood — Luther Inn
No heat. Small motel. 4 in bunks w/bath. Meeting room in church is OK.
Meeting room for 25. $17 per night. Can get up to 56.
Could go in May, but no heat. For summer, call by Feb. 15.
Cape May Point — The Marianist
PO Box D-2
Cape May Point NJ, 08060
2 homes, 50 people, no private baths, bring linens, help with food, clean your own room, $100 per weekend. Private retreats. They have getaway days – $40 per night.
Cape May Point — St. Mary By the Sea
101 Lehigh Avenue
Cape May Point, NJ 08212
Cape May County
Stone Harbor — Villa Maria by the Sea Retreat House
111th Street and the beach
Stone Harbor NJ, 08247
Mountaintop — Kirby Episcopal House
No personal retreats
2495 Fox Gap Road
Bangor, PA 18013-6028
Groups: $51.00. Per person per overnight without meals(plus 6% PA Sales Tax).
$79.00. Per person per overnight with three meals (plus 6% PA Sales Tax).
Located at the top of the mountain, Nelson Lodge houses 16-25 people. The meeting room holds 50 and features a huge stone fireplace and an expansive view. Nelson Lodge is wheelchair accessible.
New York direction
Easton — St. Francis Friary Retreat House
3918 Chipman Rd., Easton, PA
Jim McElrone, $35
East on Rt. 22, through Bethlehem to Rt. 33, exit north.
Look for Hecktown Rd. exit, at stop turn right. 1 mile to light, Country Club Rd. left
1 mile to Church Road, left, Chipman Rd after bridge. Left onto property.
New York City — House of the Redeemer (Episcopal)
212-289-0399, 7 East 95th St., NYC, 10028