What is a Personal Retreat?
A personal retreat, pausing for a period of leave from one’s customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, in preparing oneself for what lies ahead.
A Sabbatical is not…
- Reserved only for ministers, priests, and those in full time ministry.
- A vacation.
What is a sabbatical?
A personal retreat or sabbatical is an often misunderstood term. Rest is something we all crave, but few recognize just as Jesus carved out times of rest away in seclusion with His Father, we too should make it a practice to do the same. Why? – Because, time alone with the Father not only helps us to rest and recover, but in that time of rest, God also prepares us for the journey ahead.
Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center is the perfect place to come to restore your soul, to heal your spirit and to refresh your body. Whether you are coping with difficult times, searching for answers to life’s questions, writing your novel, re-connecting with your significant other or need a peaceful getaway from the world, the Canterbury retreat is for you. Persons of all faith traditions and all persons seeking spiritual renewal are welcome.
Since 1982, Canterbury Retreat and Conference Center has been providing a place for rest and renewal to our guests. We are nestled in 48 acres in central Florida — inviting many experiences, including meditation along a ¼-mile Stations of the Cross trail around our Lake Gem. Immersed in the sights and sounds of nature, away from the distractions of telephone, radio and the television, it is our hope that you will find peace and spiritual renewal through such opportunities as solitude, silence, reading, prayer, journaling, contemplation, hiking, nature, worship and music.
You have a choice of one or two bed private guest rooms each with their own bathrooms – all linens are provided including guest shampoo, bath and shower soap, offering you all the comforts of a hotel, intentionally without the distraction of television and telephone. Telephones and televisions are deliberately only available in the common areas, to promote contemplation and conversation. Our room rate does NOT include meals for personal retreats.
Meals may be available when we are hosting a group. Our daily meal package is available for an additional charge: (Dinner the day of arrival, through breakfast the day of departure).
Canterbury’s food service team is fantastic, preparing and serving homemade cuisine to thrill your palette. Meals are served buffet style in our dining room at regular mealtimes. Snacks are available for your meetings upon request. Guests enjoy their meals in our dining room and outside deck overlooking beautiful Lake Gem.
To make a reservation, you must complete the form below. A member of our guest service staff will respond within 24-48 hours M-F 9 am-3 pm.
*Guest room Includes – daily room service, free Wi-Fi high speed internet access, air-conditioner, grounds, and amenities.*
To make an individual reservation, please complete the form below.