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Program #20538RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Itinerary for Sep 15 — Sep 20, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio. Hair dryers not provided.

Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $50.00 - $70.00/night.
Depends on availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 15 - Check in and registration/Orientation
Afternoon: Registration and welcome in retreat center lobby.

Dinner: Dinner is a buffet-style meal served in the Maranatha Retreat Center Dining Room. Our guests will meet in the lobby for instructions. Our goal is to serve our guests healthy and delicious food featuring local tastes and recipes.

Evening: ORIENTATION/GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Beginning at 7:15PM in our private meeting room we'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety, guidelines, emergency procedures, and any other administrative issues. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes we will notify you as quickly as possible via the SPI. We appreciate your understanding. We will also spend some time becoming better acquainted with participants and program staff. Find out what you have in common beyond a love of learning! The session will be followed by an ice cream sundae bar set up in the retreat center dining room with plenty of time to relax and prepare for the full day of activity and learning ahead.

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio. Hair dryers not provided.

Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $50.00 - $70.00/night.
Depends on availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 16 - Visit an Amish Quilt shop, learn about the religi...
Visit an Amish Quilt shop, learn about the religious community at Ephrata Cloister and discover the History and beauty of the Moravian Church.

Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Morning: Travel by motor coach to an Amish Quilt shop and see a presentation of the beautiful handcrafted quilts from the Amish shop owner. Go back in time to learn the history of the unique religious community at Ephrata Cloister.

Lunch: Boxed lunch provided during the tour.

Afternoon: Continue the motor coach tour into beautiful Lititz, PA. Visit the Moravian Church and learn their history. Free time in Lititz to stroll the quaint shops or visit one of several local attractions on your own.

Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Evening: Lecture given by presenter from the National Watch and Clock Museum. Learn about the impact of clock making in Lancaster and the History of the Engle Clock.

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio. Hair dryers not provided.

Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $50.00 - $70.00/night.
Depends on availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 17 - Excursion to The National Watch and Clock Muesum,...
Excursion to The National Watch and Clock Muesum, Downtown Lancaster City and the Central Market and end the day with a meal in an Amish home.

Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Morning: Leave on charter bus for The National Watch and Clock Museum.

Lunch: Box lunch provided.

Afternoon: Continue our day with a visit to Downtown Lancaster City. Spend time at the historic Lancaster Central Market and join an expert guide for a historic walking tour of the city.

Dinner: Enjoy a home cooked traditional Amish Dinner in an Amish home. Wander the farm, check out a buggy up close, meet and talk to the family.

Evening: After a busy day of touring and the visit with the Amish family, feel free to relax and enjoy the evening at the Retreat Center.

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio. Hair dryers not provided.

Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $50.00 - $70.00/night.
Depends on availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 18 - Amish and Mennonite lecture and free time
Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Morning: "The Radical Reformation - Then and Now" lecture by Brinton Rutherford about the Amish and Mennonites.

Lunch: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Afternoon: Free time time to head into Lancaster County to take in the sights or enjoy the retreat Facilities. We have Hiking trails, disc golf, shuffleboard, basketball, volleyball or just rest and relaxation.

Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Evening: Meet a local author and learn about her life among the Amish. Learn a few words in the PA Dutch dialect. Presentation to be followed by an opportunity to make (and eat) your own soft pretzel.

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Nestled in 100 acres of peaceful woodland, Black Rock Retreat is located in picturesque Southern Lancaster County, PA.and is surrounded by Amish farmland. Begun 50 years ago by the vision of a local Mennonite leader, Black Rock has grown from a small summer camp to a year-round facility which offers peaceful, comfortable accommodations to many various groups. The Road Scholar program is held in the beautiful and modern Maranatha Retreat Center. You will have time to explore the hiking trails which lead to our "Lake in the Woods" or the Octorara Creek. Also available for your use is a gymnasium and plenty of comfortable seating by a fireplace.

Contact info:
1345 Kirkwood Pike
Quarryville, PA 17566 USA
phone: 800-858-9299
web: www.blackrockretreat.com

Room amenities: Our smoke-free motel-style rooms offer a place of quiet and relaxation without the distraction of television and radio. Hair dryers not provided.

Facility amenities: Black Rock Retreat welcomes Participants in the Maranatha Retreat Center which includes an inviting lobby area which hosts two stone fireplaces and access to a large deck. Also located in the retreat center are the spacious meeting rooms for sessions, dining area and lodging rooms. The motel style rooms offer private baths. Delicious buffet-style meals are prepared by our food service staff and served in our airy dining room or sunny deck overlooking woods. Coffee and cold drinks are available as well as vending machines. In addition to the gymnasium, you are welcome to play a game of ping-pong in our game room. A gift shop with locally made items is available for your enjoyoment. You will enjoy comfort amid nature during your stay at Black Rock.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $50.00 - $70.00/night.
Depends on availability.

Check in time: 5:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 19 - Lititz Moravian Church tour/Ephrata Cloisters tou...
Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Morning: Leave on a motor coach to visit the historic Hans Herr House and Indian Longhouse.

Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Kitchen Kettle Village or surrounding shops.

Afternoon: Enjoy a leisurely motor coach ride through Amish countryside. This excursion will be narrated by an guide that lives among the plain community.

Dinner: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Evening: Lecture by Professor Brinton Rutherford on Quaker History.

Lodging: Black Rock Retreat

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 20 -
Breakfast: Buffet-style meal served in the Retreat Center dining room.

Morning: Program concludes with wrap-up session.

Lunch: Boxed lunches are available at end of session at 10AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Quarryville, PA
General OverviewVarious attractions in Lancaster County including Strasburg Railroad and Museum, Amish attractions, museums and Sight and Sound Theatre.
For additional information, visit: www.padutchcountry.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences

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