Welcome to Crieff Hills Retreat Centre
COVID 19 Update
Come enjoy a picnic at Crieff this summer! Socially distant picnic sites are available to be booked and you can choose to have your picnic catered by the Crieff Hills kitchen.
We acknowledge with gratitude this traditional territory inhabited by the Attawandaron people before Europeans settled here. We acknowledge other First Nations neighbours including the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and The Métis nation. We seek a new relationship with the Original Peoples of this land based on honour and deep respect.
Crieff Hills Honey
In 2013 we started the bee hive project with our local partner, B Sweet Honey & Nature Co. We began with three hives near one of our hay fields, and the next year added one more when we moved them closer to one of our picnic shelters.
Now all four are happy, healthy and producing sweet, clear honey for our guests!
Jars are available for you to take home ($7, $8 or $12) and we have honey products including soap, lip balm and bug repellant for sale as well.
Located just off the Conference Hall parking lot is a large, seven circuit labyrinth. This ancient spiritual tool invites participants to walk into the center and out again in contemplation or prayer.
It was built in partnership with Presbyterian Canada Youth conference volunteers (2006) using fieldstones from the property to mark the pathways and is available all year round (depending on snow levels).
There is an extensive network of hiking trails at Crieff Hills that wind their way through pine and hardwood forest. Short, contemplative paths are located around the main buildings. The orange and red trails are quite extensive, leading to the edges of the property, and can take over an hour to hike. Purple, yellow and blue trails link up with the longer routes, providing shortcuts and diversions. All are well maintained and well-marked with coloured trail markers and map kiosks along the way. In case of an emergency, post numbers make it easy for someone to be located.
Most of our retreat houses and the conference area are equipped with outdoor fire pits. Some of our accommodations have indoor fireplaces as well. We provide ample firewood free of charge and you are welcome to enjoy campfires all year round.
We know that guests will be careful to attend the fire at all times and fully extinguish it when finished. Don't forget to bring the marshmallows!
Spiritual directors are trained companions who accompany others on their spiritual journey and help them grow closer to God, most often meeting one-on-one for conversation.
Sessions are typically one hour long and a private space at Crieff Hills can be arranged. Fee is $60 per session payable directly to your spiritual director.
If you wish to meet with a spiritual director, please contact Miriam Frey [email protected] at Ontario Jubilee to make arrangements.
Frequently Asked Questions
Wifi is available in most Crieff Hills buildings with the exception of Dove, Ruth and Shepherd.
Yes. Special diet requests are welcome at no additional cost but must be booked 7 days advance. Unfortunately, we are not a nut-free facility.
Certified service animals are always welcome at Crieff Hills at any time at not extra cost. All other dogs are welcome on the property but must be registered at the office upon arrival. They must also be leashed at all times and never left unattended. Owners are expected to clean up after their pet while on the property. Arrangements for overnight pet accommodation may be made in designated spaces when available for extra fee of $50 per night. Any damage caused by pets is the full responsibility of the owner.
Comfortable clothes and sturdy footwear
Slippers or indoor shoes
Tea bags/coffee (for stays in retreat houses)
Please do not bring candles.
What People Are Saying...
My time at Crieff Hills was wonderful—got some beautiful solo time with Jesus and direction for ministry. –K
I love the peace nature of this place. –C
Great facility, great location, great price! –H
“So good to be here again. The trails are great. Renews my soul. ---M. R.
“Just what I needed—rest apart from the craziness of life. What a blessing. –S.W.
“It’s only been two days and already I can feel a renewal of my body, mind and soul.”--A