Christian Retreat Center
in Pennsylvania

Shut out the noise.

Experience growth.

 

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.

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.

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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. We believe these resources allow people…

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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 in addition to our main recreational facilities. The picture gallery below will show you the various…

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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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Maps, Guidelines & Forms

Maps, Guidelines & Forms

Welcome to our Maps, Guidelines, and Forms download page. Below you should find the information that you need. If we’re missing anything, please shoot us an email or call us at…

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Youth Retreats at Black Rock Retreat

Youth Retreats at Black Rock Retreat

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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Men’s Retreats at Black Rock Retreat

Men’s Retreats at Black Rock Retreat

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 at Black Rock Retreat

Women’s Retreats at Black Rock Retreat

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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Family Retreats at Black Rock Retreat

Family Retreats at Black Rock Retreat

Families large and small enjoy coming to Black Rock for Christian family vacations and reunions. Fun activities for entire family, comfortable lodging, and delicious food!

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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 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 vacation. 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:

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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

Our Location

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
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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.