ARC Retreat Community is a quiet place offering a reflective atmosphere for individuals and small groups who seek to slow down the pace of life, restore balance, and grow on their spiritual journey.
From its inception over 40 years ago, ARC envisioned a world in which all beings co-exist in a healthy loving relationship with themselves, each other, with that which they hold as sacred and with the earth.
ARC understands its role in carrying forth that vision is to provide hospitality and a retreat experience that nurtures spiritual renewal in a sacred setting.
The mission of ARC is simple - to provide hospitality and a retreat experience that nurtures spiritual renewal in a sacred setting. Carrying out the mission is done joyfully, simply and mercifully through the service of hospitality. ARC sponsors retreats, provides space for individual and small group retreats, plus offers opportunity for rich volunteer experiences.
In a homelike atmosphere, ARC offers sponsored, private, and group retreats year-round on 90 acres of pristine wetlands and woodlands within a majestic white pine forest. Trails are available for walking, skiing, snowshoeing as is a labyrinth for walking meditation.
ARC-sponsored retreats are planned by ARC around a certain theme and are open for public registration. Day or overnight, these retreats are typically held in the Lodge which accommodates a maximum of 18 guests in 12 single rooms and three double rooms. Guest rooms are private with shared bathrooms. The Lodge also has a meditation room and chapel , library, bookshop, large and small meeting areas, two fireplaces, a screened-in porch, and other spaces conducive to rest and reflection. Linens and towels are provided.
Private retreats are for individuals, families, or friends who wish to structure their own time at ARC and can be for any length of stay, as space is available. Guests enjoy resting, reading, walking, canoeing, or simply sitting by the fireplace and looking out the huge living room window. In addition to the Lodge, mentioned above, private retreats may also occur in the Cottage or the Hermitage.
Group retreats hosted at ARC are facilitated and planned with leadership from the group. Many groups come to ARC year after year to lead their own retreats. Groups bring their own participants and agenda, while we provide the hospitality, nurturing space and homemade primarily vegetarian meals. Groups typically stay in the Lodge, with overflow (as needed) to the Cottage and the Hermitage. Smaller groups may choose to stay in and/or meet in the Cottage.
The Lodge accommodates a maximum of 18 guests in 12 single rooms and three double rooms. Guest rooms are private with shared bathrooms. The Lodge also has a meditation room and chapel, library, bookshop, large and small meeting areas, two fireplaces, a screened-in porch, and other spaces conducive to rest and reflection. Linens and towels are provided.
In the Cottage there is a large living room with an A-frame window looking out over the woods, a deck, a gas fireplace, a fully-equipped kitchen, and one bathroom. Sleeping arrangements include a bedroom with queen bed, and a walk-up loft with one double bed next to a double size, convertible futon. The Cottage also has a washer and dryer for use with laundry soap provided.
The Hermitage, a single-person dwelling in the woods, lends itself to a more solitary retreat. The hermitage is a bright, lofty room with a kitchenette and screened-in porch. The setting is ideal for those desiring more solitude. It is a place where one may enter into the emptiness of isolation and silence to be encountered by Spirit. There is electricity, heat and a private outhouse, but no running water.
ARC welcomes volunteers for a few hours, a day, a weekend, or a week at a time. We offer several opportunities to serve in the kitchen, the buildings, the land and the community at large. In the kitchen volunteers joyfully help with table setting, clearing and washing dishes, especially when we have large groups on weekends. Housekeeping and seasonal project volunteers keep the building in tip top condition using cleaning products that are as merciful to the planet as possible. Outdoor volunteers tend to the gardens, woodshed and trails simply supporting a space in which all beings co-exist in a healthy loving relationship with themselves, each other, with that which they hold as sacred and with the earth. Finally, volunteers that serve in the community at large do so as an extension of ARC, as ambassadors to engage new groups, partners and donors.