Overnight Retreats: What to Expect
It is our prayer that you will experience peace, solitude, and a deeper love for Jesus Christ.
Plus, the stunning sunsets are a bonus.
Most need more than one day to rest their minds. Stay and absorb God's gift of beauty and peaceful solitude. Branches is located on the east shores of beautiful Seneca Lake. We are blessed with stunning sunsets.
Branches' Rosary Garden,
Outdoor Stations of the Cross and Outdoor Altar of Divine Mercy provide prayerful inspiration.
Our Sacred Heart of Jesus hermitage has two single beds, a small refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, toaster, dishes, silverware, bed linens, outdoor propane grill, air conditioner, and space heater. Guests provide their own food, drinking water, meal prep, bath towels, and toiletries. Our well has passed Seneca County health standards, but most people prefer the taste of bottled water. The shared full bathroom (shower, sink and toilet) is separate from the hermitages. You will need to exit the hermitage and walk about 15' to the bathroom. Outdoor lighting will aid at night. An outdoor sink is used for dish washing. WiFi is not available. Cell phones do work. No alcohol, no smoking, no pets.
If there is a need, several tents can be pitched for an additional donation of $30.00 per tent. Branches does not provide tents.
Our Immaculate Heart of Mary hermitage typically is occupied by a Branches' representative, as the property needs to be maintained and answer possible questions.
Branches has a steep stone driveway. Two-wheel drive vehicles will go up the driveway with extra speed at the approach. If you do not feel comfortable, you can park your vehicle on the lakeside shoulder of the road, and we will give you and your gear a ride up the driveway.
Branches is open from May to mid-October.
Six kayaks and adult size lifejackets are available for use. Lake swimming (no lifeguard/at your risk) and evening bonfires (with wood provided) are permitted. These outdoor activities are included with no extra fees and are subject to weather permitting.
Lodi Point State Park, .3 mile south, provides a nice shoreline stroll, lake swimming and boat launches.
Weekdays: Free entrance.
Weekends: Walk-ins are free; vehicles pay an entrance fee.