Christian Family Retreats
Are you looking for something more than your traditional Christian family vacation or reunion?
Consider a Christian Family Retreat at Black Rock Retreat in Pennsylvania.
Enjoy time with your loved ones and reconnect with God at Black Rock Retreat in beautiful Lancaster County, PA.
Conveniently located on 100 acres of woodland in south-central Pennsylvania (~1 hr drive from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Harrisburg), our Christian retreat center has just what you need for your next family getaway, no matter the season.
What We Offer
- Activities (there’s lots of them!)
- Meals (they’re delicious)
- Lodging (that’s actually comfortable)
- Meeting Spaces (perfect for larger retreats)
✓ For Families Small or Large — Whether your immediate or extended family is planning a retreat, Black Rock is ready for you! Just want to have a couples getaway? No problem! Need space for a large family gathering with lots of cousins? We have it!
✓ Fun for All Ages — There’s tons of indoor and outdoor activities, geared toward different ages, so that everyone can have a good time.
✓ Weekend or Week-Long Getaways — From short overnight retreats to an entire week-long family getaway, we’re able to accommodate your family’s itinerary.
✓ Open Year-Round — Our Christian retreat center lets you enjoy God’s creation, no matter the season. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor activities here at Black Rock, and we’re open Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
✓ Customized Family Retreats — If you’re looking for a place to hold your next family getaway, you probably have several goals in mind. We can help customize your time at Black Rock to meet those goals so that everyone has a memorable and enjoyable time (plus, this relieves the planning pressure from you).
✓ Grow Closer to God and Each Other — Perfect for spending dedicated time together, we make it easy for your family to get away from the busyness of life, strengthen relationships with fellow believers, and focus on growing spiritually.
Family Getaway Options:
Your family won’t be bored in our 100-acres of beautiful woodlands; there are tons of indoor and outdoor activities that are fun for kids and adults alike:
There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor recreation spaces, such as an outdoor pool, lake, hiking trails, full-size gymnasium with basketball court, sand volleyball court, ball field, basketball court with lights, a Frisbee Golf course, and more. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor seating areas (pavilions, decks, Adirondack chairs, overlooks, fireplace lounges, etc) that are perfect for playing board games/cards or reading a book. Better yet, they’re all included in the price of the retreat!
Wave goodbye to bland cafeteria food! Our carefully-prepared buffet-style meals are actually delicious (for both kids and adults), and we accommodate for any food allergies* in your family. A typical menu contains seasonal fruits and vegetables, and looks 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
After a fun day of spending time with family, there’s nothing quite like getting a good night sleep to help you enjoy your stay. That’s why we offer a variety of comfortable accommodations, including:
All are heated (perfect for winter getaways!) and have air conditioning (except for the bunk cabins, which have ceiling fans). There are plenty of options to match your family’s size and needs, including some handicap-accessible rooms. You’ll be thankful to not have to make an outdoor trek to get to the bathroom because all rooms have a private bathroom (even the bunk cabins have one in them)!
There’s plenty of options when it comes to gathering spaces at Black Rock Retreat. We’re happy to find a space that is going to be perfect for your families size and needs. Meeting rooms/outdoor spaces are assigned based on group size and availability.
Outdoor Gathering Areas
When the weather’s nice, there’s numerous outdoor areas that are perfect family devotions and spending time together, including outdoor pavilions, an amphitheater, nature center deck, gazebo, and more.
"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 near 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
- 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
- What on-site activities do you have?
Plenty of indoor and outdoor activities! Learn more »
- What meal options are available?
Buffet-style meals that are so much better than cafeteria food! And yes, we accommodate for specific allergies/dietary needs. Learn more »
- What are our lodging options?
There’s plenty of comfortable options! See the list here »
- What meeting space options do you have?
Large and small spaces (both indoors with A/V equipment and outdoors in the shade). See them here »
- 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. 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.
- Where can we find more information about your facilities, policies, etc?
Visit our Maps, Guidelines & Forms page to learn more
- 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) 529-3232 or online here.