What to Expect During your Retreat

Atmosphere

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  • A clean, quiet, and inviting place where you can be in silence – or not – according to your preference.
  • Lovely guest rooms, chapels and grounds in which to savor time away.
  • The presence of many wise women – retired Sisters of St Joseph for whom this is home.

Guest Rooms

  • Furnishings: a single bed, bed side table, comfortable chair, chest of drawers.
  • Bathroom:  attached private bathroom with a shower. 
  • Accessories: bed and bath linens, and local telephone service are provided. 
  • Freedom from: television, voice mail, and conversation (if you choose)

Dining

Your meals are included with your retreat.  Our culinary staff prepares homestyle meals served buffet style in the dining room located on the first floor.

Buffet meals are served at the following times.

Breakfast

Served from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Hot or cold cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, milk, coffee & juice are available. Buffet will also include some of the following: eggs, breakfast breads, french toast or pancakes. (example: oatmeal, grilled eggs, and bagels with cream cheese)

Noon Meal 

Served from noon - 1:00 p.m.

The menu changes daily and includes an entrée, starch, vegetable and dessert. (example: roast beef au jus, spaghetti w/meat & marinara sauce, mashed potatoes, beef gravy, peas with mushrooms and carrot cake) Deluxe salad bar, dessert, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, milk & juices

Evening Meal

Served from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Dine with the sisters from their dinner buffet, a lighter meal than lunch. The menu changes daily and includes soup, entrée and/or sandwich, vegetable and dessert. (example: chicken noodle soup, BLT sandwiches, assorted chips, potato salad and cookies) Deluxe salad bar, fresh fruit, dessert, coffee, tea, milk & juices
The dining room is generally closed after 6:00 p.m. Snacks, sodas, bottled water, and juices are available from vending machines in the Transformations Center on the ground floor. 

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction is available to retreatants. Please make arrangements with the Transformations staff prior to your arrival.

Amenities

  • Prayer Space - Pray, meditate or reflect in the quiet of Unity Chapel or a prayer rooms. While you’re there, enjoy the artwork in the adjacent Center Walk Gallery 
  • Nature - Walk the grounds, labyrinth or nature trails. Trail maps are available in the brochure rack at the Transformations entrance.
  • Internet Access – The internet is available via wi-fi or the guest computer.
  • The Borgess Health & Fitness Center, located on the Nazareth Center campus, is available for a small fee. 

Checking In and Out

Check-in times are Monday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Please contact us prior to your arrival to prearrange a check-in time.


We ask that you vacate your room and return your keys by 11:00 a.m. on the last day of your stay.

What to Bring

  • Clothing to dress in layers. Comfortable shoes for walking and hiking if you plan to spend some time outdoors.
  • Personal toiletries, hair dryer and medications
  • Outdoor shoes, clothing and other accessories for walking the trails
  • Water bottle
  • Journal, bible and other reading material
  • A device to set with an alarm, to wake in the morning if necessary
  • You may bring your cell phone, but please have it on courtesy mode while in the building

What not to bring

  • Portable radios or other audio players without earphones
  • Alcohol or drugs
  • Pets, unless certified companion dogs
  • Candles, incense or other sources of flame or spark
  • Unregistered guests

Support During Your Stay

We ask that you provide a contact name and phone number for a family member or loved one in the case of an emergency.  The reception office is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 7pm; Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 5pm and can be reached by dialing “0” from any house phone.  In addition, your hospitality coordinator will provide an emergency telephone number.  Drug stores and general merchandise stores are nearby, and two hospitals are within five miles.

Smoking

Smoking is allowed in one designated outdoor area away from the main building.

Payment

Please mail your payment for overnight accommodations within one week of making reservations. Reservations are not confirmed until paid. If this is not possible for you, please contact us to see if other arrangements can be made.

Cancellation Policy

for Individual’s Retreats If you find you are unable to make your scheduled retreat, simply call us at least two days prior to your confirmed arrival time. Your payment, less a $25 processing charge, will be refunded. No refunds or transfers of fees are available for late cancellations or no-shows. A $40 charge will be assessed for any checks not backed by sufficient funds.  (A different policy applies to group retreats.)
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