Programs & Retreats
Kirkridge is both a retreat and study center, as well as a place of hospitality for those who rent our facilities. We offer a wide variety of programs all year no matter the season.
Our programs specialize in areas such as spiritual and personal growth, theology, writing and the arts, healing and wholeness, and topics important to living justly in today’s world. You can register for our programs here online or by calling 610-588-1793.
Retreats are reasonably priced (all program prices listed include double occupancy room board and tuition unless stated otherwise). Single rooms may be available for an additional $50 per night.
Modest scholarships are available to those for whom the cost may be a barrier for participation. Scholarships are limited to one per person per calendar year. To support our Scholarship Fund, please donate here.
All upcoming Retreats & More
Below is our full upcoming program schedule with everything currently planned at Kirkridge. We are constantly updating our schedule with exciting new adventures and events, so be sure to check back often to find a perfect program for yourself or others.
Programs & Retreats FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Please click here to download a print friendly version of our “Register by Mail” form.
You can enroll on the phone by calling 610-588-1793. Over the phone registration requires full payment with a credit card.
Register at least one month prior to the event, if possible. Please print clearly and use the same name on all subsequent correspondence. If we do not receive two weeks notice of cancellation, your deposit cannot be refunded.
Should we need to cancel an event, you will receive a full refund.
If you decide to cancel for any reason, your registration deposit/fee will be refunded minus a $50.00 processing fee for each cancellation if you notify Kirkridge by phone or mail at least 14 days in advance of the event. Registration deposits or 50% of the total fee are non-refundable if you cancel within 14 days of the program.
There is no credit or refund provision for late arrival or early departure from an event.
Events that do not reach a minimum registration may be cancelled. Please check with Kirkridge before making any non-refundable travel plans.
Yes, we have wireless internet in the meeting spaces (and some rooms) in the Farmhouse, Nelson Lodge, and Turning Point. The Hermitage can have internet for the weekend at an additional 25.00USD.
It varies depending on each building, but we have TVs, projector screens, and wireless internet in each meeting room. Please email Janetl@kirkridge.org for specific questions.
We welcome all communities and identities here at Kirkridge.
Kirkridge is nestled in the amazing Kittatinny Ridge. With all the beauty of nature comes bugs and wildlife, too. Please have bugspray (including tick repellent), and know that we do have deer and small creatures (with a rare bear sighting). Enjoy seeing them graze in the morning, but please don’t feed or approach the wildlife.
Our housekeeping staff works hard on delivering excellent service. This includes providing each bed with a flat sheet, fitted sheet, towel, and washcloth. We also have extra blankets for those cold nights (2 blankets on each twin bed and some rooms have an extra blanket in the dresser).
We live simply at Kirkridge and invite you to do the same. We provide a bar of soap per person, but please bring your own shampoo or conditioner.
We love hosting you, but you’ll need to make arrangements ahead of time if you’d like to arrive early. Please make those arrangements when you register or at least two weeks prior to the event by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Prepare for your journey
On a Kirkridge pilgrimage, we encourage exploring the unexpected and unknown within ourselves, often through the journeys we take together. We support pilgrimages to spiritual sites around the world, but on the lovely Appalachian Trail, we nurture pilgrims traveling right here on our magnificent land.
Each itinerary is carefully crafted by seasoned leaders to allow time for special stops along the way – whether that’s to help pilgrims either explore their surroundings or remain still in the moment. The pace is relaxed, enabling each person to be comfortable as we both step aside for reflection and come together as a group. Small groups are one of the joys of this kind of travel with Kirkridge. Meal times provide stimulating conversation with plenty of laughter. There is always time for solitude, and to reflect on what we have seen and experienced.
Accommodations differ from pilgrimage to pilgrimage, but they are always in keeping with the warm and simple hospitality you have come to appreciate at Kirkridge.
Please check our list of upcoming programs to see what pilgrimages we might be offering.
“We are all human before we are of one race or another, and it is this common ground of being human that we live truly and on which we meet.” – Martin Buber
We create a rhythm for the journey, whether it is riding on a coach, or exploring in town. We make time for listening to the silence of nature, walking through city streets, and making new friends along the way.
A Kirkridge pilgrimage will bring people together from far away and nearby places, allowing us all the opportunity to relish in and appreciate our shared connections and humanity.
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
The Isle of Iona is a small island off the west coast of Scotland, where in 563 A.D., Saint Columba founded an influential Celtic monastery. In the middle ages, Iona was the site of a Benedictine Abbey, and has attracted many thousands of people on their own pilgrim journey for centuries.
The Iona Community was founded in 1938 by the Rev George MacLeod, who was a parish minister in Glasgow. Today, the Iona Community is an ecumenical community committed to seeking new ways of working for peace and social justice, rebuilding community, and renewing worship.
John Oliver Nelson, the founder of Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center, was influenced by George MacLeod’s work on the island of Iona. For both men, the building of community was a critical piece of their visions for their work in the world. At Kirkridge, we continue to live through the dream that John Oliver Nelson and George MacLeod had for this holy mountain. Both communities today still believe that time for spiritual renewal and community are critical components necessary to working towards a more just and peaceful world.