Lost River Retreat Center

LRRC main lodge resizedInfluenced 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.

Poets, Writers, and Artists Retreat

September 29-October 1, 2017

We gather as a community in the beautiful mountains of Lost River, West Virginia to relax, focus, and pay attention to a creative endeavor. Many of us will be relishing the time away to write, paint, draw. We use this weekend to experiment with some writing or artistic craft, rest, and practice being.

Whatever you decide to do, our community of poets, writers, and artists who gather will support you and be interested in what you are doing. You will have three days to sit and look at the fire, enjoy meals prepared for you, sleep, take walks, and chat with others who also take their creative life seriously — with a playful twinkle in their eye.

We always welcome the opportunity to expand our circle of creativity, so please invite friends along to join us for the weekend. Share our website with others who embrace the creative process so that they can choose to come along.

The cost for two nights lodging and meals is $220.00 for a private room or $165.00 per person for a double.

For more information visit the retreat website or contact Myra Bridgforth.

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

LRRC mountain viewThe 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

LRRC lodge and fieldEnjoy the wide variety of recreational activities Lost River offers:

  • Hiking
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Playground
  • Volleyball
  • Ping-pong
  • Horse shoes
  • Box hockey
  • Picnicking
  • Campfires
  • Carpetball

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.

Click here for directions to the Lost River Retreat Center.

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.