Personal Retreats

Personal retreats at Stone Church Center are times to refocus your spiritual energies and renew your life. They can be as structured or relaxed as you wish, We will work with you to make the most of your time.
In advance of your stay, in person, on the phone or by skype, all personal retreatants will meet with the Director, Robert Bowler, to plan their stay. The following resources are available:
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Spiritual Psychotherapy
  • Wellness Coaching
  • Pastoral Care
  • Access to the Library of Western Spirituality
  • One-on-one Discussions about the Mystics
  • Time and space to explore your art, your calling or your path forward through quiet time, prayer, meditation, journaling and/or counsel.
Meals can be provided or you can bring your own food and self-cater. Take a look at our calendar for a preliminary idea of dates available, but please call to book.

A Sample Personal Retreat Package



Arrive Friday afternoon and depart Sunday afternoon. The package includes:

1) Initial planning meeting with the Director (free).
2) Saturday and Sunday Spiritual Direction, Pastoral Care, or One-on-one Discussions about the Mystics (two one-hour sessions: ($120).
3) Accommodations ($150)
4) Dinner Friday through Lunch on Sunday ($100).

Your time on personal retreat is your time to relax and refresh. You may be with others on personal retreat or alone.  We are here to make it as easy as possible with as much or as little guidance and structure as you need.


I am very grateful for the chance to retreat from busy home life to Immanuel Retreat Center. It is such a peaceful and comfortable place for thinking, reading, working, and resting. The Old New England character of Currier Hall is beautifully preserved and welcoming. The whole Stone Church campus invites you to slow down, listen for your spirit's inspiration, and get your work done. Then, you can reward yourself with an excellent espresso just down the hill in town, or a delicious sandwich at the local cafe. Having the lovely Rockingham library just two blocks away was invaluable, as were the friendly neighborhoods around the campus for walking and enjoying the historic features of Bellows Falls. The opportunities to attend such inspiring concerts by Eugene Friesen and others at the Stone Church was quite a bonus, too!
--A month-long retreatant writing her dissertation




Eligibility for Stay: Per state guidelines, personal and family retreats are limited to Vermonters, those who have completed a 14-day quarantine after arrival in the state and prior to arriving at the center, or those coming from approved counties for interstate travel to Vermont (see section 6 of state guidelines which outline this requirement).  

Health Precautions​: All guests must complete a health questionnaire, which may be completed via phone or email, upon check-in as well as a waiver of liability. Any guests that exhibit signs of illness or COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival may not be allowed to check in. If symptoms begin during their stay must asked to leave and return home if possible. If departure is not possible, guests must self-isolate for the remainder of their stay and the Vermont Department of Health must be contacted immediately.