Christian Retreat Center
in Pennsylvania

Experience. Grow. Reconnect.


People struggle to stay focused and keep God in the forefront of busy and cluttered lives.

We offer a beautiful Christian getaway and exceptional programs that help you to do just that
(allowing you to effectively grow your relationship with the Lord and others).

Conveniently located near Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Harrisburg
in over 100 acres of Pennsylvania woodlands.

About Our PA Retreats

A typical weekend at our retreat center consists of a two-night stay and five delicious buffet style meals prepared by our caring Food Service staff. Also included in your overnight retreat package price is a meeting room reserved exclusively for your entire group retreat, any audio or visual equipment you might need, and the use of all of the recreational facilities on the grounds. Weekday retreat packages can also be customized to meet your needs (and come at a discounted rate).

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Retreat Lodging Options

Retreat Lodging Options

Black Rock Retreat has several different styles of lodging to choose from. Our hotel-style facilities can be found in the Maranatha Retreat Center. The Dogwood Motel and the Whip-poor-will…

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Recreation Facilities

Recreation Facilities

Black Rock Retreat in Lancaster County, PA provides numerous recreational opportunities for retreat groups to enjoy while they are on our property (scroll down to see them). We believe…

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Programmed Retreat Activities

Programmed Retreat Activities

Black Rock Retreat offers a variety of programmed activities for your group to enjoy during your retreat. There’s so much stuff to do here as a group! As a group leader, we make…

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Additional Retreat Facilities

Additional Retreat Facilities

Black Rock Retreat offers many different amenities to our overnight retreat guests (scroll down to see them) in addition to our main recreational facilities. The picture gallery below…

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Meeting & Conference Rooms

Meeting & Conference Rooms

Our conference center in southeastern Pennsylvania offers a variety of meeting rooms for our overnight retreat groups. Below the photo gallery, you’ll find layout options and diagrams…

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Resource Library

Resource Library

Welcome to our Resource Library. Here you will find helpful Guides, Suggestions, Maps, Guidelines, and Forms to download and use to enhance your preparation for your retreat. Below you…

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Youth Retreats

Youth Retreats

Youth groups retreats at Black Rock come with a ton of activity options, large and small meeting spaces, comfortable lodging, and delicious meals.

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Christian Marriage Retreats

Christian Marriage Retreats

Families large and small enjoy coming to Black Rock for relaxing and fun retreats. Activities for entire family, comfortable lodging, and delicious food!

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Men’s Retreats

Men’s Retreats

Hosting a Christian men's retreat at Black Rock is easy and fun. Large and small meeting spaces, lots of indoor and outdoor activities, and delicious food.

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Women’s Retreats

Women’s Retreats

Grow closer to God and each other at Black Rock Retreat. With plenty of customization options, we'll help you get the most out of your group's getaway.

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Small Group Getaways & Retreats

Small Group Getaways & Retreats

Campsites – Cabins – Retreat Center The last few months have brought many changes and challenges to our world and we could all use a chance to rest.  This summer, Black Rock…

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We're here to make your retreat stay as enjoyable
and spiritually enriching as possible.

Black Rock Retreat is a non-profit Christian Conference Center & Camp located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Surround your group with comfortable accommodations surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation.

Lodging options for your personal or group retreat range from private motel & hotel-style rooms (with private baths and air conditioning) to dormitory-style cabins that have enough bunks to sleep 10-12 people per cabin.

Conveniently located, Black Rock Retreat is near Philadelphia, Baltimore, Harrisburg, and not far from New York City and Washington, D.C. Black Rock Retreat can accommodate more than 300 guests at any one time and would love to help you accomplish your retreat goals… simply contact us to get started!

If you’re looking for a Christian retreat center, consider Black Rock Retreat where we provide space for meaningful Christian getaways for large and small groups.

We will make your stay at Black Rock Retreat as enjoyable and spiritually enriching as possible. A host or hostess is on duty during your stay to assist you with any questions you may have. We want you to fully relax and enjoy your retreat, conference, or getaway.

We are more than just a Christian venue for retreats. It is our hope that you will experience the love of Christ at Black Rock that will carry over to wherever you call home. We work hard to provide an atmosphere where you can forget about the worries and distractions of everyday life and concentrate on your personal relationship with the Lord.

Retreats aren’t just for kids. If you’re looking for Christian retreats for adults, Black Rock Retreat aims to exceed your expectations.

Contact us to plan your retreat!

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"Black Rock is beautiful. The staff are friendly, kind, and helpful. The facilities are well maintained. The surroundings are beautiful. As both a paying customer and a recipient of Black Rock’s complimentary pastor’s retreat, I can say without reservation that this place has been a huge blessing to me, my ministry, and my family."
Jud Kossum
Black Rock Retreat reserves the exclusive and sole right to decline facility/grounds requests, use or to issue associated rental contracts to those groups or individuals that its Board of Directors, Executive Committee or Executive Director determines have positions or practices that are inconsistent with the Faith Statement and Standards of Conduct of Black Rock Retreat.
Black Rock Retreat

Our Location

Our retreat center in Pennsylvania is conveniently located near Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, New York City, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware. Only :30 from Interstate 95 and :50 from the PA Turnpike, we're both secluded and easily accessible.

Approximate Driving Times:
  • Philadelphia, PA - 1:10
  • Baltimore, MD - 1:10
  • Harrisburg, PA - 1:10
  • Washington, DC - 1:50
  • New York City (NYC) - 2:30
  • Pocono Mountains - 2:20
  • Wilmington, DE - :50
  • Dover, DE - 1:20
  • Allentown, PA - 1:40
  • Trenton, NJ - 2:00
  • Atlantic City, NJ - 2:00
  • Hagerstown, MD - 2:10
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you rent facilities year round?

Our retreat facilities are open year-round. The only day that we are closed is Christmas Day.

How far in advance can I make a retreat reservation?

You may make a retreat reservation up to 11 months in advance.

How much deposit do I need to reserve a retreat?

A 10 percent deposit is due within 2 weeks after making a reservation, along with the signed contract which will be provided to you detailing your retreat charges.

What is the retreat reservation process?

You can email us here or call us at (717) 529-3232. We’ll check for availability of your requested dates and facilities.

Once a reservation is made, a contract is emailed to you, which will need to be signed and returned with the 10 percent deposit within 2 weeks.

The final payment for your reservation is due at check-out.

What size group can I bring for an overnight retreat?

We currently have space for up to 436 people in lodging facilities, though we are in the midst of an expansion project that will add space for even more! Contact us for more info about retreats at Black Rock.

Can our group cook our own meals?

Retreat groups eat their meals in our Maranatha Retreat Center dining room. A weekend retreat does require at least 5 meals as part of the package. Unfortunately, we do not have a kitchen that it available to our guest groups.

What is the typical menu?

Our meals are served buffet-style. A typical menu would contain seasonal fruits and vegetables and look similar to the following example:

  • Breakfast: Eggs, bacon, baked oatmeal, sweet breads, fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, assorted cereals
  • Lunch: Chicken corn soup, turkey, ham & tuna sandwiches on homemade rolls, tossed salad, fruit bowl, cantaloupe and honeydew, pie
  • Dinner: Meatloaf, tilapia, macaroni and cheese with shells, vegetable blend, orchard salad, applesauce, dinner rolls, ice cream bar

***If your group has specific dietary needs, please let us know as far in advance as possible and we will make every reasonable effort to accommodate your request!

Do the cabins have heat and air conditioning?

All rooms are heated, including our cabins. A variety of our accommodations do have air conditioning: Maranatha Retreat Center, Whip-Poor-Will Lodge, Dogwood Motel. Our cabins are generally cool in warmer months because they’re shaded in the woods. Ceiling fans are in the cabins, but they do not have air conditioning. Guests are welcome to bring fans if they have concerns. See lodging options here.

Are linens supplied in lodging facilities?

Linens are supplied in all lodging facilities except for the cabins. Linens include sheets, blankets, pillows and cases, bath towel, hand towel, and wash cloth. We suggest bringing a sleeping bag, pillow, and towels when staying in a cabin. Linen packs are available for the cabins for an additional charge.

What personal items are supplied in the hotel/motel style rooms?

Complimentary soaps are placed in each room for your convenience. We have shampoo/conditioner, shower caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and hair dryers available at the front desk if needed.

Can we take a tour before we schedule a retreat?

We are always happy to show off our facilities to potential guests and discuss how you can use them to accomplish your ministry goals. Contact our Guest Services Department at (717) 529-3232 or online here.