Since 1942, Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center has provided a place for rest and renewal to pilgrims along life’s journey. Our retreats, our hospitality, our gorgeous vistas, and our sacred grounds have blessed, and continue to bless, countless lives.
We are located on a ridge of the beautiful Kittatinny Ridge of Northeast Pennsylvania, overlooking the Delaware Valley. As we look back on our over seven decades of service in this community, Kirkridge is now standing on its own precipice, and we look forward to what the next years of service will bring.
For the past 75 years, we have served a thriving Christian and interfaith community. Looking ahead, we plan on serving an even wider community of people of good faith, no faith, and interfaith – and providing safe harbor to all.
As we work to embrace a wider community, our spirit of excellent hospitality is more important than ever. Our historic motto of “picket and pray” has now extended itself “to protect, tend, and embrace.”
From the peak of the ridge to the clear waters in the valley below, the new century calls for stewardship, nurturing, and embracing inner stability with outer sustainability.
We invite you, as pilgrims in search of a balanced life, to help us nurture the ground on which we stand and the people with whom we interact each day to build a safe, sustainable future.
Kirkridge is a place
and to become
a people of hope,
compassion, justice, and service.
A Place For Everyone
A unique experience for all
Check out the Pocono Community Calendar for more things to do in the area while you are at Kirkridge.
Feel free to call and ask if you’re looking for anything specific to do in the area and we’ll try our best to accommodate you.
Coming back to nature often means coming back to ourselves. The first thing you will notice at Kirkridge is the wide expanse of vista and open space of land to explore. Located on the Kittatinny Ridge of the Appalachian mountain range, our location offers the perfect place to walk, hike, or just sit and observe the sky.
From our scenic overlooks, birdwatchers can delight in the flight of red-tailed hawks, an occasional bald eagle, or even an owl. Photographers will love the autumn foliage, walking in the woods as spring breaks forth or the shadows of the winter sun. Hikers will enjoy the numerous trails around the mountain, many of which interconnect with the Appalachian trail.
For a meditative experience, all guests may walk the outdoor meditation labyrinth, enjoy a quiet walk around the Kirkridge tarn, or visit our neighboring megalith park known as Columcille.
Whether you’re here for a retreat, a professional event, or a quiet weekend away, you will find our spot on the mountain always welcomes you.
Traveling To Kirkridge
Guidance for any path you choose
No matter how you or your party is traveling, we want your journey to Kirkridge to be seamless and free of frustration the entire way. Our main location is at 2495 Fox Gap Road in Bangor, PA 18013.
Follow the directions in the drop down boxes below by clicking on your preferred method of travel.
Feel free to call us if you need help or additional directions of any kind.
From I-80: Take Pennsylvania exit number 307 (Old Exit 50) in Stroudsburg to Route 191 South. Take Route 191 South approximately 5 miles to the top of the ridge. The first Kirkridge sign will be for the Nelson Lodge, proceed to the second sign and turn left (Fox Gap Road) for our Turning Point, Hermitage, Farmhouse and Van der Bent facilities.
From I-78: From either the east or west, take the Route 22 exit and follow to Route 33 North. Take Route 33 North to the Route 191 exit at Stockertown. Take Route 191 North through Stockertown, Ackermanville and Bangor. Continue approximately 5 miles to the top of the ridge. Turn right at first Kirkridge sign (Fox Gap Road) for our Turning Point, Hermitage, Farmhouse and Vander Bent facilities. Turn right at the second Kirkridge sign for the Nelson Lodge.
From New York City (port Authority) take Martz Trailways to Stroudsburg/Delaware Water Gap- DWG( not Bangor). There are several buses daily(www.martztrailways.com). For information call Trailways @ 800-858-8555 or @ port authority: 212-564-8484. In New Jersey call 800-233-8604.
From Philadelphia. Greyhound goes to Stroudsburg twice a day(www.greyhound.com). Call 800-231-2222.
Call Pocono cab service @ 570-424-2800 to bring you to Kirkridge. Please make sure they leave you at the building being used for your event. The building is listed in your information packet sent by Kirkridge for Kirkridge events or should have been given to you by the leader of your event. If they leave you at the wrong building there may not be anyway for us to get you to the correct building for your event.
- 2495 Fox Gap Rd Bangor, PA 18013
The Nelson Lodge
- 3501 Valley View Dr Bangor, PA 18013
- 2281 Fox Gap Rd Bangor, PA 18013
- 2260 Fox Gap Rd Bangor, PA 18013
Lehigh Valley International, (formerly ABE) or Newark airports. Click here for car service information.
From LaGuardia or Kennedy go to the Port Authority terminal in NYC and follow the bus directions above. When flying into JFK take bus to Port authority for $15; see www.nyairportservice.com for information.
From blooming wildflowers in the summer to fresh snow paths untrodden in winter, the mountain will be here to serve your connection to this beautiful land.
As pioneers in many social justice movements, we are dedicated to fostering a strong community in order to make our world a better place for everyone.
Kirkridge Resources & Links
Learn and Grow
These are resources curated over the years to help you continue on your journey beyond the mountain.
Discover how to cultivate your inner capacity to lead a more authentic, meaningful and engaged life. We’ll help you find the clarity and courage to bring your true self to your life’s work.
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At the Fetzer Institute, they believe in the possibility of a loving world: a world where we understand we are all part of one human family and know our lives have purpose. In the world they seek, everyone is committed to courageous compassion and bold love—powerful forces for good in the face of fear, anger, division, and despair. Inspired by their founder John E. Fetzer, they encourage each other to discover new ways of knowing our sacred world and explore our personal spiritual journeys as we work toward transformed communities and societies in which all people can flourish.
A learning and retreat centre that nurtures renewal and transformation in a sacred, natural setting.
Kirkridge has been registered for GoodSearch and GoodShop. You can help us raise money by using these engines to search the internet and to make online purchases. GoodShop donates up to 37% of each purchase to Kirkridge and GoodSearch donates a penny for each search you make.
The mission of The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce is to improve the economy and quality of life in the Lehigh Valley.
A non-profit citizens group of more than 500 members, primarily in the Lehigh Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania. Founded in 1965 to oppose the war in Vietnam, LEPOCO’s concerns have broadened to include a range of problems that threaten peace and our planet.
Established in 1964, the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) began as a newspaper and is now a print and Web news source that stands as one of the few independent journalistic outlets for Catholics and others who struggle with the complex moral and societal issues of the day
A contemplative community that invites people to experience God in their daily lives.
Things to do and see while visiting Kirkridge.
Serves the body, mind and spirit by helping individuals locate space in which to find greater inner peace. For when one individual finds inner peace, that individual moves the world toward peace. This is why it is vital to escape from the world’s bombardment of sounds and images and take time for the mind and heart to come to stillness.
An action agency designed to meet the needs of the communities it represents. The chamber is a voluntary organization of individuals and businesses who band together to advance the commercial, financial, industrial and civic interest of our area. It is also a civic clearing house, a public relations counselor, a legislative representative at the local, state and national levels of government, and information bureau and a research and promotion medium.
Still Learning, inc. offers a unique kind of professional development focusing on each person’s own identity and integrity.
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I have taught and learned in many places, but rarely at the depths that open time and again at Kirkridge. I could name many reasons why – a faithful history, an exquisite setting, a risk-taking mission, a gifted staff. But it is more in Kirkridge spirit to say, simply, that the place is a giving and a gift, and I am grateful.
Parker J. Palmer, Founder and Senior Partner Emeritus of the Center for Courage & Renewal, is a world-renowned writer, speaker and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change.