Buggies and Bonnets: Delving into the Amish Way of Life

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 value-priced single room. 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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