Lost River Retreat Center
Influenced by the 1960s church renewal movement and the Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C., VBC began to place more emphasis on the importance of prayer and retreat. The first retreat took place in 1959, and in 1980, a group of VBC families purchased 40 acres and a lodge in Lost River, West Virginia, that became VBC’s Lost River Retreat Center.
Located on 43 acres in the Potomac Highlands of West Virginia, Lost River Retreat Center is within two hours of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. Adjoining the beautiful George Washington National Forest, its peace and tranquility are perfectly suited for times of renewal, rest, and recreation.
May 19-21, 2017
This year’s retreat will be devoted to the words, prayers, and writings of Flannery O’Conner. Flannery O’Connor lived a short, productive life as a writer of novels, short stories, and hundreds of letters.
She is thought of as Southern and Catholic–which almost seems a contradiction of terms–but she captured the Southern culture of her day in all its Protestant ways and the racial divisions that were part of daily life.
Flannery O’Connor died at the age 39 of lupus, the same disease that claimed her father when she was a teenager.
We begin the weekend with a dutch treat dinner at a local restaurant and enter silence after an orientation gathering on Friday evening. The meals are taken in silence while we listen to readings. Brief liturgies are followed throughout the day and evening. Our liturgies and mealtime readings will ponder the prayers of the mystics. Make the time your own. Read, nap, walk, enjoy the mountain country setting. Before lunch on Sunday, we gather to share our experiences and all may contribute to the closing worship. The cost for two nights lodging and meals is $220.00 for a private room or $165.00 per person for a double.
Register for this retreat here. All VBC retreats are now being registered and paid for online using our secure online payment system. You may pay with any credit or debit card, or use an automated check (ACH) withdrawal.
Rent Our Facility For Your Upcoming Retreat
Let the Lost River Retreat Center host your next retreat. We have 15 guest rooms, all with private baths, several meeting areas, and can accommodate from 10 to 60 people on retreat. Download a preview packet (PDF) to learn more about renting the center.
A Place for Renewal
The Retreat Center provides an ideal setting for:
- Church retreats
- Children’s camps
- Youth retreats
- Planning retreats
- Couples’ retreats
- Family reunions
- Conferences and seminars
A Place for Rest
The Lost River Retreat Center provides year-round comfortable accommodations for groups of all sizes. The facilities include two lodges adjoining a large open meadow for recreation and sports, a pond, and several outdoor worship and meeting spaces.
All guest rooms are heated, carpeted, and have private baths.
The Main Lodge
- Fireplace area for conversation and relaxing.
- Large dining area where our staff prepares delicious home-cooked meals.
- Five guest rooms with a total sleeping capacity on bunk beds is 22.
- Game room with a ping-pong table and piano.
The North Lodge
- Large meeting room that provides a perfect setting for larger group meetings.
- Ten large guest rooms. Each room has a double bed, a single bed, and a bunk bed. Each room can comfortably accommodate 1-5 people. Total capacity is 55.
A Place for Recreation
- Horse shoes
- Box hockey
Public swimming is available at the the nearby Trout Pond (4 miles) and at Lost River State Park (12 miles). Fishing, skiing (downhill and cross-country), canoeing, camping, and horseback riding are also offered nearby. Enjoy the large fireplace in the Lodge, or build a campfire outside next to the pond. During the snow season, bring your sleds and brave the hill at the Main Lodge.
This popular retreat center fills up fast! Please make reservations several months in advance. We sometimes have openings on shorter notice.
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A Mission of Vienna Baptist Church since 1980
Lost River Retreat Center is owned and operated by Vienna Baptist Church, Vienna, VA.
For more information, contact the church office at 703-281-4400 or send us an email.