It is my privilege to welcome you to Canterbury—a sacred space right in the middle of everything.
Sacred space is a landscape carved out in this world, a place of encounter where we know there is something beyond what we perceive with our senses, It is spiritual, biblical and profound. In the book of Genesis the patriarch Jacob has a dream, a prophetic revelation from Almighty God about his life’s mission, He wakes up and proclaims. Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it. (Genesis 28:16) That discovery is what Canterbury mediates to the community and people who come on the campus. We so need that—a sacred space—a chance to step away from the hustle and bustle long enough to catch our breath, revisit what’s really important, to refresh, refocus and reprioritize for life’s next lap.
Canterbury is a retreat and conference center nestled in 48 acres of natural beauty, away from it all, and yet within a half-hour of the Orlando International Airport and popular Central Florida attractions. Our property, amenities and staff offer a sanctuary of hospitality—a place for you, your group or your guests to have a memorable and productive get-away, retreat or conference.
Canterbury was founded as a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, to serve our diocese as a retreat center. We recently celebrated 30 years of ministry and service to the community! Over those years, Canterbury has been the site of many significant and life-changing moments as we’ve hosted ministry conferences, spiritual and personal retreats, clergy gatherings, celebrations and more. In recent years we’ve expanded beyond the diocese to welcome business groups, civic organizations, non-profit charities, associations as well as church groups from a wide range of denominations.
Our commitment is to create an experience where you can dream, grow, discover and recharge. We would love to welcome you!
If you are planning an event, a personal retreat for 1, a large group event for 200, or anything in between, our facilities are available year-round. It would be our privilege to serve you. You will find more information throughout our website, but I’d encourage you to give us a call, or even to stop by if you’re in the area. We believe Canterbury can be the perfect place and a sacred space for you.
I’ll look forward to meeting you,
The Rev. Jon Davis, Ph. D