Welcome to Oranbega, to "the quiet water between the rapids."
The Oranbega Retreat Center and its website are both nearly finished and ready to go! If you run into trouble navigating around the site, please feel free to email the webmaster at email@example.com
"The rapids" we are all faced with now include the serious situation of the continuing Covid-19 Pandemic. At the Oranbega Retreat Center we are dedicated to making sure that our "quiet waters" are absolutely safe. We follow the directives of the Governor and CDC of Maine as we prepare to welcome guests to stay with us for a week or more at a time or hold special events. We must all do what we can to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, and to protect the health and safety of our neighbors, our guests, and ourselves. Until further notice any retreat we schedule will be a "Social DIstancing Retreat" in which masks will be worn and distances kept between Residents and Guests. We are convinced we can extend a true welcome and provide a delightful retreat experience for our guests even under these circumstances.
The Opening Ceremonies for Oranbega Retreat Center will take place on August 21, 2020 . There will be a small in-person bring-your-own picnic and poetry reading in the afternoon, followed by a larger gathering by Zoom in the evening for a National Poets' Day Festival. We are proud to announce that the former poet Laureate of Maine, Wesley McNair, will be one of the featured poets. The Festival will take place from 7-9 p.m. on the 21st. Register on this site to receive the Zoom invitation for it!
While we have chosen National Poets' Day as a time to celebrate Oranbega Retreat Center's birth, we regret that we will not be open for retreats until full approval by our local Planning Board. We are in hope that we can begin scheduling overnight retreats by October 1,2020. To schedule a retreat in October, please see our application process and submit your application one month in advance.
So, dear artists and pilgrims all, we need to all keep waiting and hoping. Meanwhile, please keep us in your heart as you paint, draw, sculpt, write and pray with abandon, and get ready to enjoy the inspiration and the support of building community with us here on the peaceful banks of the Narramissic River. And please share this with your friends, colleagues and fellow pilgrims!