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.


Fox Chase — the Medical Mission Sisters

For reservations at our “Peace Hermitages” in Philadelphia, please email:


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


Northeast Philly

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

Sr. Maria

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.

Near Counties

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

Fax: 610-642-6788

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

610-696-8145, 610-431-3883

House out in the field. Used for day retreat.

Elverson — St. Mary of Providence Center

227 Isabella Rd Elverson, PA 19520

(610) 942-4166

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

Fax: 610-701-0870

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

(215) 679-5144

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

Camden County

Lancaster Area

Wernersville — Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth


501 N. Church Rd., Wernersville


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

Marlin Hough

Lebanon — Gretna Glen Camp


$40 per for chalet - sleeps 20, $35 for cabins - sleep 14, can cook for yourself

Quarryville – Black Rock Camp


Denise Nesbitt

New Ringgold — Blue Mountain Retreat

(570) 386-2154 (570) 386-2672

Blue Mountain Drive, New Ringgold, PA 17960-9550,

Reservations and Information: info@, Group Information:

Stevens — Refreshing Mountain Camp

(717) 738-1490

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

Kirkridge Retreat Center

(610) 588-1793

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).

Kirkridge Retreat Center - Nelson Lodge

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