We offer two houses for group retreats. Each house offers ideal quiet space for uninterrupted reflection, prayer, planning, or other agenda.
Retreatants at Bethany and Nazareth prepare their own meals. Bed linens and towels are provided. Retreatants should bring their own toiletries: soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.
Retreatants at Bethany and Nazareth generally arrange their own schedules and are welcomed to participate in the retreat conferences. All retreatants are welcomed to join the monastic community for liturgy.
No Pets Please. In consideration of those coming after you who may suffer from allergies, no pets are allowed at any of our guest houses.
Built around 1823 by Moses Hayden (US House of Representatives 1823-1827), Bethany House is located on the northern tip of the Abbey’s land. Surrounded by a spacious, shaded yard it is a stunning cobblestone, Greek Revival home.
The house comprises two separate units that can be used by two separate groups, or together for a single large group. The first unit, which includes the first and second floors, consists of a large fully-equipped kitchen, dining room, two spacious living rooms, one bedroom and bath, as well as a first-floor sun porch.
The second floor contains five bedrooms with 15 single beds and four bathrooms. There are sofa/pullout beds in each of the living rooms on the first floor providing accommodations for a total of 18 people. The second unit, on the third floor, has a kitchen, one bedroom with two single beds, another bedroom/sitting room with two single beds, and a bath. Both units combined provide accommodations for 22 people.
Nazareth House is a two-story cobblestone house covered with cedar siding which offers a breathtaking view of the eastern slope of the Genesee Valley.
The house was once the headquarters of the National Guard 101st Calvary Troop, now located in Geneseo. Sections of the grounds along Salt Creek where the monks now walk were once used as a rifle range by the troop. Nazareth House was the Abbey of the Genesee's first family guest house, and remains primarily a family guest house. The house can accommodate up to 12 people with its' two separate apartments and is occasionally available for day-long retreats.
“I feel refreshed, renewed and centered. The quiet atmosphere and delicious, home cooked meals were very healing to my weary heart.”
“Walking the path to the Abbey many times a day was a welcomed, back-to-basics experience that prepared me for Liturgy and filled me with joy!”
“Silence and solitude are so necessary and wonderful. Nice to be away from technology for a while.”