Frequently Asked Questions


Who comes to the Hermitage?

Individuals and groups who seek a place away for rest, discernment, silence, solitude and renewed vision find the Hermitage to be a peaceful haven. The Hermitage Community welcomes persons as guests, staff or volunteers from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. The Hermitage does not discriminate because of ethnicity, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, economic circumstance or physical ability. We welcome people from all faiths and no faith who respect the Christian tradition of The Hermitage Community.

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How do I make a reservation?

We have a retreat reservation request form available on our Individual Retreats page. To bring a group here please see our Group Retreats page.  Or you can all (269) 244-8696, e-mail


What are your buildings and guest rooms like?

The main retreat house is St. Joseph’s Barn, a creatively restored barn with exposed timber-frame construction. It is a multi-level dwelling with a kitchen, dining room, eight bedrooms, one apartment, four full bathrooms, a prayer room and several common sitting areas.  The Ken Hanby Center is the community gathering building with a chapel, meeting room, library, art gallery, office, a volunteer apartment, two guest rooms, one full bathroom and two half bathrooms. We also have three rustic hermitage cabins away from the main buildings. These buildings do not have electricity or running water.

Each guest room is simply furnished with a bed, desk and chair, sitting chair and prayer bench. Sheets and towels are provided.

We have photo tours of our guest spaces. and property

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Where are you located?

See our Directions page

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What should I bring?

In addition to your personal care items, consider packing the following items:

  • Journal
  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Slippers
  • Favorite pillow
  • Extra boots or shoes for walking the trails
  • Blanket (for sitting outside or for addtional warmth inside)

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Who funds the Hermitage?

The Hermitage Community, Inc. is an independent non-profit corporation that receives its operating expenses from guest donations and charitable giving. It is endorsed by the Indiana-Michigan conference of the Mennonite Church, USA but receives no funding from the denomination.

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