Frequently Asked Questions
What to Expect on a Retreat
Who is welcome at the Trinity Retreat Center?
Trinity Retreat Center is an Episcopal mission of Trinity Church Wall Street, and is open to everyone, regardless of denomination and faith. For group retreats, we host religious groups (all faiths are welcome) and educational nonprofit groups.
How many people can you host?
Our rooms can be configured in several different ways. The larger suites can accommodate up to three people. At double- and multiple-occupancy, we can comfortably welcome 54 guests.
If I’m bringing my group, do you provide a program, or do I plan it myself?
We’ll work with you to design a program to meet the needs of your group.
Will there be church services during our retreat? Does everyone have to participate in church services?
We are a mission of Trinity Church Wall Street, an Episcopal parish in New York City, which employees a full-time priest who lives at the retreat center and leads daily morning and evening prayer services in the historic stone chapel. You are welcome to join us in prayer. However, attending services, like all programming at the retreat center, is completely optional. We like to think every activity at the retreat center, whether it’s canoeing on the river, doing a puzzle by the fireplace or just being still among God’s creation, is a form of prayer.
Is there a minimum number of nights?
No. You can stay a night or a week. If you just want to stay for the day, we offer single-day retreats with meals.
What time is check-in and check-out?
For retreats scheduled for multiple days, check-in is typically 3pm on the first day of your retreat. Check-out on the final day depends on the specific retreat.
Are children allowed at the retreat center?
Yes! Several of our thematic programmed retreats are only appropriate for children who can participate in adult worship and conversation; see retreat descriptions.
I’m bringing young children. What do you provide and what do I need to bring?
We offer several amenities for parents of young children, including cribs, crib sheets, baby baths, toys, books, high-chair or booster seats, easily accessible storage areas for breast milk/regular milk, and easily accessible milk and snacks at all hours. Call us before your retreat and we’ll work with you to make sure your young child’s needs are met. We always have yogurt and fruit available.
What times are meals served?
We typically gather as a community for meals at 7:45am, noon and 6pm. However, if your group prefers to meet for meals at other times, our kitchen staff with work with you to develop a schedule that is best for your retreat. Sorry, we don’t serve buffet-style meals.
What kinds of food do you serve?
At the retreat center, the kitchen is our second chapel and the table is our second altar. It’s where we come together to break bread and be in community. Much of the food at the retreat center is farm-to-table, sourced both from the retreat center’s farm and local farms. We offer seasonal farm-to-table meals and freshly baked desserts. Everything is made from scratch, including the bread and granola. With enough lead time, we can also prepare our kitchen for kosher and other religious-based diets.
I have food allergies, or I’m gluten- or dairy-free. Will I be able to eat the food at the retreat center?
Yes. In fact, the kitchen staff prides itself on making creative and delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menu offerings. Let us know at least two weeks before your arrival and we will make sure your dietary needs are met.
What amenities are provided and what should I bring? Is there a store on-site or nearby if I forget something essential?
Rooms come stocked with towels, shampoo, and body wash. We provide blow driers, irons, and ironing boards upon request at the front desk. We have a small gift shop that offers everything from donkey shirts to bug spray, sunscreen, and lip balm. We also make daily runs for supplies to the General Store in Cornwall Bridge daily. We encourage guests to bring their own bug spray, sunscreen, aspirin, tooth brushes, and other personal items.
Is the retreat center wheel-chair accessible?
Yes. We have one fully ADA-compliant guest room in the Main House.
How do I pay for my retreat and when is payment due?
If you are booking a group retreat for your church, team, or organization, our guest house staff will send you a contract to sign. We request a twenty-percent non-refundable deposit for group retreats, with the balance due at the time of the event. For individual and family retreats hosted by the retreat center, we require payment immediately. We will not hold your room until payment is made. Unfortunately, we cannot refund your payment if you cancel within two weeks of the retreat.
How can I get to the retreat center?
Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is not allowed in or around buildings, including the outdoor chapel, on the trails, and at the Trinity Root sculpture. If you need to smoke, there is a designated area near the parking lot.
Is alcohol served at the Trinity Retreat Center?
Yes. For groups joining our community, alcohol is available upon request prior to your stay, depending on the retreat. Requests must be made by group leaders. We offer a selection of beer and wine upon request at extra charge. Wine is sold by the bottle and consumption is limited to designated areas. Outside alcohol is not allowed.