Christian Retreat Center
Shut out the noise.
People struggle to stay focused and keep God in the forefront of busy and cluttered lives.
We offer a beautiful 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.
Group Retreats & Personal Retreats in South-Central PA
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.Contact Us »Or Call (717) 529-3232
We're here to make your retreat stay as enjoyable
and spiritually enriching as possible.
Black Rock Retreat is a non-profit Christian Camp & Conference Center 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 people per cabin. Conveniently located, Black Rock Retreat is near Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Harrisburg. 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!
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. 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.
Contact us to plan your retreat!
We specialize in hosting Christian retreats, such as:
"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
Our retreat center is conveniently located close to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, New York City, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
- 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 contact us online here or by phone at (717) 529-3232 or (800) 858-9299. 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 1 to 436 people in lodging facilities, though we are in the midst of an expansion project that will add space for even more!
- Can our group cook our own meals?
Most retreat groups eat their meals in our two dining halls. A weekend retreat does require at least 5 meals as part of the package. We do have a couple of small kitchenettes that can accommodate very small retreat groups. Feel free to ask us about it when you e-mail or call us at (717) 529-3232 or (800) 858-9299.
- What is the typical menu?
Our meals are served buffet-style. A typical menu would contain seasonal fruits and vegetables and look similar to:
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 you rent facilities year round?
Our facilities are open year-round. The only day that we are closed is Christmas Day.
- 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, House Wren and Rock Wren, and Partridge Cottage). 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.
- 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, tooth brushes, tooth paste, ear plugs, 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) 529-3389 or online here.