Retreats

Customize Your Stay

Epworth Forest Conference Center (EFCC) is located in the northern region of Indiana halfway between South Bend, Indiana and Ft. Wayne, Indiana; just north of US 30 on S.R. 13. During the summer, EFCC is a camp ground with programming for high school students, youth groups and adults with special needs. Year round, the camp site is also rented out regularly for retreats, staff outings, camps, family events, banquets, weddings and more.

The camp is designed to assist groups with building community through lodging styles that focus on, and greatly encourage, the communal experience. Both our dormitory and private style accommodations are designed to foster community through shared meeting spaces. The site also features a host of fantastic meeting spaces with a full production theatrical auditorium, a peaceful natural lakeside chapel, and meeting spaces for business or discussion.

Contact our Guest Services Representative (574) 834.2212 to check calendar availability and reserve your space today.

 

Lodging Options

Waterfront Lodges

$35.00 - up to 30 guests on site
$31.00 more than 31 guests on site; (excludes Memorial Day - Labor Day retreats)
*Pricing is per person/per night

These newly built single story buildings with central heating and air conditioning feature 4 bedrooms in each building. Each room has either 3 or 4 bunk beds (linens included for sleeping and showering), a restroom with one shower and one bathroom stall, and a separate vanity with two sinks.

Enjoy the large community space with couches and chairs around a gorgeous fireplace and plenty of space for tables and chairs that are perfect for meeting or dining. The modern kitchen is fully equipped with a stove, refrigerator, freezer, 2 dishwashers, and dishes and utensils to prepare and serve your meals. The large outdoor deck has seating space and tables for your entire group as well as a large gas grill.

The Waterfront Lodges are a great space for every need.

  • Duecker | sleeps 30 | layout
  • Fenstermacher | sleeps 28 | layout

Building Minimum is 20 people

Herritage Housing

$30.00 - up to 30 guests on site
$26.00 more than 31 guests on site; (excludes Memorial Day - Labor Day retreats)
*Pricing is per person/per night

Heritage Housing are single story lodges with two dorms, one at each end of the building and connected by a shared common area. There is also one private room. Each large dorm has its own restroom and shower room some of which are handicap accessible. These buildings have a community meeting space with a gas fireplace that also doubles as a dining area. There is also a fully equipped kitchen in each of these facilities. Each kitchen inclues basic food preparation, dining utensils and serving equipment. Tables and chairs are also provided for use. Each facility is a year round facility with central heating and no air conditioning.

  • Barbara Heck | sleeps 31 | layout | minimum 21
  • Cartwright | sleeps 39 | layout | minimum 25
  • Embury | sleeps 33 | layout | minimum 23
  • McKendree | sleeps 33 | layout | minimum 23
  • Strawbridge | sleeps 37 | layout | minimum 25
  • Whitfield | sleeps 33 | layout | minimum 23

Freeland House

$71.00 per room/per night

Freeland House is our hotel style facility with central heating and air conditioning and private rooms with baths and showers (linens included for sleeping and showering). Rooms have either 2 twin beds, or 1 queen bed. Four rooms on the first floor are handicap accessible.

Enjoy relaxed gatherings in either the 1st or 2nd floor lobby. Located just above our dining hall and the Glass Memorial Conference Room, this is a great facility for all of your retreat needs.

  • 8 Rooms with 1 Queen Size Bed | sleeps 1 or 2
  • 16 Rooms with 2 Twin Size Beds | sleeps 1 or 2

10 room minimum
5 room minimum if using other Epworth lodging

Upper Wesley House

$35.00 per person/per night

Upper Wesley House has 5 private rooms with two shared bathrooms. Each room has a bunk bed, some include a desk and chair. There is a community/lounge room with a table, chairs and a coffee maker; additionally there is a Keurig you can use (bring your own K-Cups). These rooms are perfect for very small groups or just a single guest. No minimum.

  • 9 Rooms with 1 Bunk Bed each| Sleeps 2 per room

Sandy Kay

$30.00 - up to 30 guests on site
$26.00 more than 31 guests on site; (excludes Memorial Day - Labor Day retreats)
*Pricing is per person/per night

Sandy Kay is a quaint year round cottage with dormitory style sleeping quarters and two bathrooms. The cottage has a kitchen equipped with basic dishes and cooking utensils. The kitchen has a residential stove and refrigerator/freezer. There is a community space that doubles as a meeting space and dining area.

  • Sandy Kay | sleeps 19 | layout | minimum 13

 

Meeting Spaces & Recreation

Meeting Spaces

The Conference Center has a number of meeting spaces from small group meetings to large spaces for up to 600 people including full production capabilities.

  • Auditorium | Full Production | $TBA
  • The Chapel | $335
  • Glass Memorial | $335
  • The Beach House | $610
  • Overmeyer | $330
  • Pell Lodge | $488
  • Conference Rooms | $88
  • Classrooms | $36
  • Shelter Houses | $133
  • Registration Area | $170

pricing is per space/per 8 hour day

Recreation at Epworth Forest CC

complementary Activities

  • Canoes & Kayaks
  • Sports Courts
  • Nine Square in the Air
  • GaGa Pit
  • Sandy Beach Waterfront (no lifeguards)

Next Level Features (15 person minimum)

  • Waterfront with Activities - $11.50
  • Paintball (woodsball field) - $27.50
  • Sky High the Giant Swing - $11.50

pricing is per person/per day

 

Dining Service and Food Preparation

In Lodge Kitchens

Cost - none (included in most lodging*)

If you are looking to include your own cooks into your experience, this is the perfect environment for you. Volunteer cooks have been a central value of Epworth Forest Conference Center since it's inception. It provides a great opportunity to include additional volunteers into your experience, and control certain costs associated with food preparation.

*All of the lodging facilities at Epworth Forest Conference Center include a kitchen except Upper Wesley House and Freeland House.

Home Style Dining Services

Brunch - $13.00 (Sunday's only morning/noon meal)
Breakfast - $7.50
Lunch - $8.50
Dinner - $9.50
Extra Entree - 40% of meal

Home Style Dining Service includes our premier menu selections for your group. A meal will include a main entree, two side dishes, the salad bar or bowl, a dessert and beverage services.

Wake up to scrambled eggs,  french toast, or Ham & Cheese Egg Frittata. For lunch you might choose Loaded Baked Potato Bar, Grilled Chicken or Burgers , with French fries or tater tots all served a garden salad. And a light dessert

Dinners are homestyle comfort foods like, "our signature" Parmasean Chicken or a Taco Salad Bar, Salisbury Steak or Chicken & Alfredo.

All meals include beverages. A salad bar can be added to your meal and is available for an additional $2.25 per person.

Sunday meal standard is that we only open the dining hall for brunch and dinner; exceptions may be made for groups reserving the majority of the entire site.

*Special medically required dietary needs can be accommodated . WE can accommodate vegetarian, diabetic and Gluten Free  needs.  We cannot accommodate serious allergies, and cannot guarantee the absence of the “big eight” allergens due to the number of processed products used in our kitchen. Please notify a minimum of 30 days in advance so that we may best work to assist your concerns.

Get Started Planning

When planning a retreat, you get to choose the specific needs and resources of the camp that will best serve the goals of your group. Our guest services staff are here to assist you with making planning simple and ensuring that accomplishing your mission goes well.

Send us your information or call (574) 834.2212 to check calendar availability and start planning today! 

 

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