Well-appointed shared spaces for work or play.
The Dining Room: Around our long dining table there is plenty of room for Guests and Residents to meet around a healthy and delicious evening meal. It overlooks the river and "spot the otter" is a favorite after-dinner occupation.
Other eating spots: Lunches and Breakfasts may be eaten in the dining room, or in the Porch room, on the Deck, or in the Tea Garden. These places may also serve as quiet nooks for someone with a lap top or a sketch pad.
The Kitchens: There are two kitchens. The Main Kitchen is the domain of the coordinator of Hospitality, Diane Phipps. Guests are welcome to pass through, but are encouraged to use the second kitchen and the Coffee Nook for their own needs. The Guest Kitchen has a refrigerator for the use of the Guests. Guests may use this kitchen for preparing their own drinks and snacks.
The Music Room: Centrally located, this is a lovely room for informal gatherings, for conversation as well as for making music. A piano, a fiddle, a drum, an electric keyboard, and some bells and gongs are on hand for those who wish to play. In winter, as the coziest room in the house, it will be the spot where we meet to share our creative work around the wood-stove.
The Riverbank Studio: The Riverbank Art Studio is situated at the north end of the house. A large, bright space, it affords a wonderful working area for our Artist in Residence Robert Phipps, and for Guest artists to share.
The Guest Entrance: Guests are invited to use the South Entrance to access their sleeping quarters which are on the ground floor.
The Chapel: The chapel is a light-filled space dedicated to prayer, meditation, and simple worship in various traditions. It is accessible via the Residents' staircase, which otherwise is only used by the Residents on their way to their private quarters. Also accessible by these stairs is the Business Office where there are printers and other equipment the Guests may use on request.
The Library and Library Stairs. At the North end of the building you will find the stairway leading to the Library and the upstairs common spaces. The Library is a beautiful large room housing a large collection of books on theology, art, history, and literary criticism as well as many novels and poetry books. Very comfortable sofas and chairs overlook the beautiful Narramissic River. It is a delightful place for reading, writing, sketching, or hanging out and finishing the always present jigsaw puzzle. Some time in 2021 this room will be dedicated as the Reece Memorial Library to commemorate the legacies of David, Pauline, and Michael Reece which built the Oranbega Retreat House.
The Counseling Room. This delightful nook with easy chairs and reading material is accessible via the Library Stairs and the Library. It is a perfect spot for a quiet read, or to bring your laptop to for a session of writing, or for meeting with your retreat director or mentor. Counseling and spiritual direction may also take place on the riverbank in good weather, or in the Chapel. There is also a Guest Bathroom accessible through the Counseling Room.