Practical & Financial Info

2019 Retreat Fees

All Fees include meals.  Fees for part time attendance are the nightly rate multiplied by the number of nights attending. Half day rates are 1/2 of the nightly fee.

7-Day Retreats

  • Member Full Time $525 ($75 per night)
  • Non-member Full Time $637 ($91 per night)

4-Day Retreats

  • Member Full Time $300 ($75 per night)
  • Non-member Full Time $364 ($91 per night)

3-Day Retreats

  • Member Full Time $225 ($75 per night)
  • Non-member Full Time $273 ($91 per night)

Other fees and contributions

  • Single Room $32/night extra

    call for availability

  • Mini Apartment $40/night extra

    call for availability

  • Rides to/from Rochester Airport $40 each way

    suggested contribution

2019 Guest Fees

Other Fees and Contributions

  • Meals $20/day

    $4/breakfast, $8/lunch, $8/dinner

  • Rides to/from Rochester Airport $40 each way

    suggested contribution

Rates for Members

Members receive four free guest nights per month. Stays in the mini apartment are not eligible for free nights.

  • Guest Rooms $35/night

    Each additional person: $22

  • Mini Apartment with Private Bath and kitchenette $55/night

    Each additional person: $27

  • Tenting $12/night

    Each additional person: $7

Rates for Non-Members

  • Guest Rooms $45/night

    Each additional person: $25

  • Mini Apartment with Private Bath and kitchenette $65/night

    Each additional person: $30

  • Tenting $15/night

    Each additional person: $9

2019 Retreat Fees

All fees include meals. Nightly rates are the same for both part- and full-time attendance. Half day rates are 50% of the nightly fee.

Members
$75/night
7-Day Retreat: $525
4-Day Retreat: $300

Non-Members
$91/night
7-Day Retreat: $637
4-Day Retreat: $364

Other fees and contributions

Single Room
$32/night extra
Call to confirm availability.

Mini Apartment
$40/night extra
Cost can be divided among two people sharing.
Includes kitchenette and private bath.
Call to confirm availability
.

Rides to/from Rochester
$40/each way
Suggested Contribution

2019 Guest Fees

Rates for Members

Guest Room
$35*/night
Each additional person: $25/night
*First four nights per month are free.

Mini Apartment
$55/night
Includes kitchenette and private bath.
Each additional person: $27/night

Tenting
$12/night
Each additional person: $7/night

Rates for Non-Members

Guest Room
$45/night
Each additional person: $25/night

Mini Apartment
$65/night
Includes kitchenette and private bath.
Each additional person: $30/night

Tenting
$15/night
Each additional person: $10/night

Other fees and contributions

Meals
$20/day
$4 breakfast, $8 lunch, $8 dinner

Rides to/from Rochester
$40/each way
Suggested contribution.

Children and Teens
50% discount
Ages 17 and younger

2019 Guest Fees

Guest fees off of retreat do not include meals. Please see meal prices below.

Members
$35*/night
Each additional person: $20/night
*First four nights per month are free.

Non-Members
$45/night
Each additional person: $25/night

Other fees and contributions

Meals
$20/day
$4 breakfast, $8 lunch, $8 dinner

Mini Apartment
$20/night extra
Includes kitchenette and private bath.
Each additional person: $30/night.

Rides to/from Rochester
$40/each way
Suggested contribution.

Tenting—Members
$12/night
Each additional person: $7/night.

Tenting—Non-Members
$15/night
Each Additional Person: $10/night

Children and Teens
50% discount
Ages 17 and younger

Arrival and Departure

Please contact reception to let us know your travel plans by the Tuesday before retreat begins — especially if you need rides to and from Rochester.

If you are driving to Springwater, please arrive by 4:00 p.m. on the day retreat begins. If you plan to arrive before 1:00 p.m., please let us know.

We are about one hour south of Rochester. If you are arriving by plane, train, or bus and need a ride from Rochester, please arrive in Rochester by 4:00 p.m. on the day retreat begins. Rides are not available after 8:30 p.m. If you plan to arrive after this time, please make other arrangements for overnight accommodations and/or transportation.

Everyone is welcome to stay overnight at no extra charge after retreat. Post-retreat dinner and breakfast the next morning are included in the retreat fee.

If you would like to arrive a day or more before retreat begins, or stay longer after the end of retreat, contact reception in advance for room availability. There is a charge for room and meals outside of retreat if you stay as a guest. You may also stay as a volunteer in exchange for room and meals (see Visit).

Part-Time Attendance

Please contact reception about part-time attendance. If this is your first retreat at the Center, we ask that you arrive at the beginning of retreat for orientation and the opening talk.

Meals

Meals are vegan, with egg and dairy options. We use organic and locally sourced foods and ingredients as much as possible. Through the years we have developed relationships with local organic farmers, bee keepers, maple syrup producers, organic markets and wholesalers.

The kitchen is able to accommodate most special dietary needs, but it is good to let us know what you require before you come.

Accommodation

Rooms are simple with separate shared baths. There are usually two people per room during retreats. 

Single rooms are available in every retreat for a supplement. You may request a single room on your application form. Please contact reception to confirm availability. For 7-day retreats there is a supplement of $210 if you request and receive a single room (prorated for shorter retreats).

Cancellation and Refunds

Please let us know as soon as possible if you can’t attend a retreat for which you have applied.

If cancellations occur more than 48 hours before the retreat begins, there will be a fee of $50. If you cancel within 48 hours of the start of a retreat, we reserve the right to retain the entire retreat payment.

If the retreat is full and we cannot accept your application, we will refund the entire contribution.

Financial Assistance to Attend Retreat

Assistance for up to half the retreat fee may be available from the Retreat Assistance Fund.

To apply for assistance online, please fill out the Online Retreat Application, choosing the “I will apply for assistance” option in the Payment section.

Clothing and Toiletries

There is no dress code at Springwater. Bring clothing comfortable for sitting. Outdoor shoes are not worn inside, so bring soft-soled slippers or sandals for indoors. Bring outdoor footwear in case of wet, muddy weather. Bring a hat in the summer for protection against deer flies. Please bring needed pharmaceuticals and toiletries. Please be respectful of the sensitivities of participants, and do not use scented toiletries, sprays or perfumes.

Transportation and Communication

We are in a rural area without public transportation. We can only provide rides to and from the Rochester airport, train, or bus stations. We cannot provide visitors with other rides.

WiFi is available in the main building, but please be sensitive to the needs of roommates for a quiet atmosphere.

What to bring

Please bring needed pharmaceuticals and toiletries. Please be respectful of the sensitivities of participants, and do not use scented toiletries, sprays or perfumes.

Participants who have special dietary needs are welcome to bring food to store in the personal food refrigerator. We provide bug sprays, but you may bring your own if you prefer a specific formula.

What not to bring

Please do not bring pets, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, incense, candles, or other combustibles.