Since reopening in August, it has been a great joy to welcome guests back to Trinity Retreat Center for a time of healing, joy, and reflection during in-person retreats.
Due to the risk posed by the new Omicron variant of Covid-19, we have instituted the following safety measures until further notice:
- In addition to showing proof of full vaccination, guests are now required to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test 24 hours before arrival or agree to a repaid test upon arrival.
- All meals are eaten in silence.
- We have reduced the number of guests allowed in the Main House to under 20 at any one time.
- All guests must be symptom-free from any illness for at least 14 days prior to arrival.
We are asking that all guests do everything within their power to take a rapid Covid-19 test 24 hours prior to their arrival and email proof of a negative result to their group liaison or directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also allow proof of a negative test, including a photo of a home test showing “negative,” to be displayed upon arrival.
Rapid test kits can often be found at local pharmacies or drug stores such as Walgreens or CVS. However, we also understand that many communities are experiencing shortages of these kits.
If you cannot find a kit, we will provide a test for guests upon your arrival. Guests taking the test at the retreat center will be asked to stay in their rooms until the results are known (usually about 30 minutes). Tests will be set up for guests who need them in their rooms. If the test is positive, you will be asked to depart and transportation home will be your responsibility.
We have also begun to ask guests to observe silent meals as a spiritual and safety practice. At Trinity Retreat Center, we see silence as God’s language and we invite you into this practice of mindfulness at meals.
Please know that our guests’ health, safety, spiritual well-being, and comfort are our greatest concerns as we move forward. But we continue to face unprecedented times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While guests have remained safe since we reopened due to limited capacity, we have decided to revise our guidelines and take the additional step of requiring all guests to show proof that they are fully vaccinated.
We ask that you embrace a willingness for change and adaptability in our community’s customary loving way.
Because of the risks associated with this disease, Trinity Retreat Center will continue to operate at a limited capacity and will require all guests who are 12 and older to show proof they are fully vaccinated at check-in for their scheduled stay. Any proof of vaccination, including an original vaccination card, a government-sponsored immunization phone app, or even a photo of your vaccination card stored on your phone, will meet our requirements. Proof of vaccination must be shown to front desk staff at the time of check-in; please do not email a copy of your vaccination card to the Trinity Retreat Center staff prior to the retreat. Unfortunately, under our new safety guidelines, we cannot allow proof of negative test results as evidence of compliance.
“Fully vaccinated” means at least two weeks have passed since the administration of all shots required under CDC guidelines for approved vaccinations.
All guests must be symptom-free from any illness for at least 14 days prior to arrival.
Guests will be required to wear masks in group settings indoors, except when eating and drinking, regardless of vaccination status. Trinity Retreat Center will take measures in regards to food service and cleaning to protect the safety of our guests and staff until further notice. Retreat center staff are required to be fully vaccinated.
Please feel free to contact the Main House’s front office any time before your arrival with any additional questions. We can be reached at email@example.com.
Trinity Retreat Center is a place apart for rest, quiet, prayer, discovery, connection, and reflection. We celebrate the restorative nature of God’s presence in nature and in community for spiritual renewal, stewardship of creation, and support for the ongoing work of love, service, and justice.
We are dedicated to staying true to that mission, even as we adapt to new realities.
We look forward to welcoming you to this refuge among the rivers, forests, and farmlands of northwest Connecticut.
As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together, you will receive a full refund if we must cancel a retreat due to restrictions.