A Study in Shared Heritage: The Amish and Mennonites

Enjoy insider access to an Amish and Mennonite community and explore their enduring ways of life as you enjoy a traditional meal, meet an Amish couple and learn about their culture.
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Program No. 12343RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

In the heart of a thriving Amish and Mennonite community, explore the sociology, history, spirituality and values of these people, through stories and dialogue with a colorful Mennonite historian. Learn what makes the Old Order Amish and Mennonites distinctive and at the same time what we have in common. From a traditional “Thrasher’s Meal” at an Amish home to visiting Amish enterprises, immerse yourself in a way of life that is a refreshing contrast to the modern world. As a special feature, enjoy nature activities, such as bird-watching, at the on-site nature center.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal walking and standing on this program.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn how the Amish lead their daily lives during field trips through this beautiful farmland region.
  • Visit with a young Amish couple who operate their own Amish store, specializing in herbs and natural health remedies.
  • Visit a one-room Amish school house and visit with teachers and students, and experience an authentic Amish buggy ride.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a single room to yourself for only $100 more (for many programs). Program 12343: A Study in Shared Heritage: The Amish and Mennonites is offered the same week as 20986: Amish-Mennonite Quilt Series.
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John Sharp
John Sharp retired from teaching history and Bible at Hesston College in Kansas — his Alma mater. Prior to this, he served as the director of the Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee and Archives in Goshen, Ind. John shares his knowledge of Amish and Mennonite life and culture with Road Scholar and other educational organizations. He is currently researching and writing a history of the Amish settlement around Arthur, Ill. and leading educational trips to Western Europe, Prague and Poland and Central Asia.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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