Christian Marriage & Couples Retreats
Be the hero who chose Black Rock for your marriage retreat!
Whether you’re organizing a Christian marriage retreat or simply just want to get away as a couple, Black Rock Retreat in Pennsylvania is a wonderful choice.
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 marriage retreat or couples getaway, no matter the season.
What We Offer
- Meeting Spaces (perfect for group retreats)
- Lodging (that’s actually comfortable)
- Meals (they’re delicious)
- Activities (you won’t be bored!)
✓ Customized Retreats — If you’re looking for a place to hold your next Christian marriage retreat (or just want to spend time away as a couple), you probably have several goals in mind. We can help customize your retreat to meet those goals, so that you and your group have a memorable and enjoyable time.
✓ Venue For Christian Marriage Conferences — Churches and ministries alike use our Christian retreat center as the venue for marriage conferences, seminars, and intensives. Black Rock is ready for your group (no matter how large or small) with meeting spaces of various sizes, plenty of lodging, lots of indoor and outdoor activities, and delicious food served buffet-style.
✓ Romantic Getaways — Just want to get away as a couple? You don’t need to be part of a group to enjoy Black Rock Retreat! We can help you plan a memorable (and relaxing) retreat for you and your spouse. Our environment encourages you to reconnect with each other and grow closer to God.
✓ Weekend or Week-Long Retreats — From 1-2 day retreats to an entire week-long getaway, we’re able to accommodate your itinerary.
✓ Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter — No matter the season, our retreat center lets you enjoy God’s creation and each other. There’s plenty of indoor activities for cooler months and outdoor activities for warmer months.
✓ Perfect for All Ages — Couples young and not-so-young enjoy the wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities at Black Rock. From quiet hikes through the woods or relaxing by a fire, to swimming (in our outdoor pool or lake) and ziplining, there’s plenty of relationship-building opportunities at our couples retreat center.
✓ Grow Closer to God & One Another — Perfect for spending dedicated time together, we make it easy for Christian couples to get away from the busyness of life, strengthen relationships with each other, and focus on growing spiritually.
Marriage Retreat Options
There’s plenty of large and small gathering spaces at Black Rock Retreat. If you’re having a marriage conference, our chapel can hold up to 400 people, with nearby meeting rooms that are perfect for breakout sessions. We’re happy to find the perfect space for your group’s size and needs. Meeting rooms/outdoor spaces are assigned based on group size and availability.
Outdoor Meeting Areas
When the weather’s nice, there are numerous outdoor areas that create a beautiful setting to hear teaching, worship God, and fellowship with one another. These include outdoor pavilions, an amphitheater, nature center deck, gazebo, and more.
There’s nothing quite like getting a good night sleep when you’re away from home. That’s why we offer a variety of comfortable accommodations, including:
All options have heating (perfect for winter getaways!) and air conditioning (except for the bunk cabins, which have ceiling fans). There are plenty of options to match your group’s size and needs, including some handicap-accessible rooms. And all accommodations have a private bathrooms.
When you’re on a marriage getaway, the last thing you want to eat is bland cafeteria food. That’s why our carefully-prepared buffet-style meals are actually delicious, and we accommodate for any food allergies*. A typical menu contains seasonal fruits and vegetables, and looks something like this:
Breakfast: Eggs, bacon, baked oatmeal, sweet breads, fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, and assorted cereals
Lunch: Chicken corn soup, turkey, ham & tuna sandwiches on homemade rolls, tossed salad, fruit bowl, cantaloupe and honeydew, and pie
Dinner: Orchard salad, tilapia, meatloaf, a vegetable blend, macaroni and cheese with shells, applesauce, dinner rolls, and an ice cream bar
Couples won’t be bored in our 100-acres of beautiful woodlands; there are lots of things to do (both outside and inside) at Black Rock:
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!
"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. Only 30 min from Interstate 95, 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
- 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.