Frequently Asked Questions
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What is a Private Retreat?
A private retreat is a time to gain a new perspective on one's spiritual life and the duties and responsibilities of daily living. It usually takes place in an environment of quiet reflection, without the interruptions of in-room telephones and televisions. Cell phones and anything that would disturb the general atmosphere of quiet are discouraged. There are various types of retreats, but all are designed to have a positive effect on the participating individual or group.
How much does it cost?
Our rates for a private retreat begin at $135 per night for a private room or $105 per night (per person) for a shared room. This includes three meals a day for the duration of your stay. You can find out more by clicking here.
What is a Directed Retreat?
Individual directed retreats depend upon the availability of our spiritual directors. Please call the Programs Office to check dates.
What is a Silent Retreat?
A silent retreat takes place when an individual or group enters into prayerful silence during their stay. This spirit of quiet is encouraged so that participants on retreat may be free from social pressures of conversation and may experience the opportunity to focus on their inner spiritual journey. Other than times spent with a retreat leader or spiritual director , or during worship, retreatants commit themselves to a spirit of quiet. All meals are taken in a silent dining room.
Can you accommodate my food allergy or dietary restrictions?
Yes, our kitchen staff is able to accommodate all food allergies and dietary restrictions. Please let us know prior to your arrival so that our kitchen staff can prepare for your visit. In some cases there may be a small additional charge to cover the cost of additional specialized products. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
What do I need to bring to St. Edmund’s Retreat?
Bedrooms have linens and blankets, towels and washcloths. We recommend you bring a small fan, as the rooms are not air-conditioned. You will want to bring your own toiletries and anything else you need. Please keep in mind that we are on an island, so be prepared to bring clothing appropriate for a wide range of weather. In the summer, you may want to bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
How do I get to Enders Island?
From New Haven:
Take I-95 to Exit 90 (Olde Mystick Village and Mystic Aquarium exit). Bear right onto Route 27, passing the Mystic Seaport. Turn left at the end of the road onto Route 1. Turn right at the first traffic light, and then bear left at all the forks on Mason's Island.
Traveling I-95 South, take Exit 90 (the Mystic-Old Mystic exit). Make a left turn onto Route 27, passing the Mystic Seaport. Turn left at the end of the road onto Route 1. Turn right at the first traffic light, and then bear left at all the forks on Mason's Island.
From the Mystic Train Station (MYS):
Contact Yellow Cab at (860) 443-4321. The cost of a ticket from the Train Station to Enders Island is roughly $10.00. Cabs are normally available at the station to meet trains during the summer, but are not always immediately available on busy days or during the off-season. We recommend calling ahead to reserve a ride.
You will come to a gate marked "Private Road - No Trespassing." If there is a security professional in the gatehouse, please inform them that you are coming to Enders Island. If there is no security professional, please proceed ahead slowly. We ask all visitors to Enders Island to obey the posted speed limit of 25 mph, come to a full stop at all stop signs, and be watchful of children and adults walking or bicycling along these roads. We all want to be good neighbors.
Is there a ferry to Enders Island?
No. The only way to arrive at Enders Island is by vehicle – it’s located just off the mainland and accessible by a small causeway.
What is your address?
If you are sending a check, letter, or small package, please use our mailing address:
PO Box 399, Mystic, CT 06355.
If you are attempting to navigate to Enders Island, please use our physical address:
1 Enders Island, Mystic, CT 06355.
If you are using an older GPS and cannot locate our physical address, please try
99 Yacht Club Rd, Mystic CT 06355.
Is St. Edmund’s handicapped accessible?
Several buildings have ground-floor accommodations, but full-handicapped access is planned for future renovation. Please call for specific concerns.
Are your facilities only for other Catholic organizations?
St. Edmund’s Retreat is a Catholic organization serving as an interfaith retreat and recovery center. All faiths are welcome – especially those whose character does not conflict with our own.
Can I have my baptism/wedding/funeral at St. Edmund’s Retreat?
No, St. Edmund’s Retreat is not a parish and therefore is not allowed by the Diocese to conduct baptisms, marriages, or funeral services. Moreover, our wish is to provide an atmosphere of quiet reflection for our guests - which would be difficult to achieve if such events took place.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
All deposits are non-refundable.
Cancellations received within 14 days of the start of a scheduled program are eligible for a one time transfer and application to a different program that must be used within one calendar year.
Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for the one time transfer and any deposit and programmatic fees are forfeited.