Oranbega Retreat Center

Oranbega Retreat Center

For All Artists and Pilgrims

Features & Amenities

Make the Most of Your Stay

Inviting guest rooms. Open spaces. Workshops and Activities. A community and staff of artists with an appreciation for your journey so far. Oranbega Center has much to offer the creative sojourner.


Deep sleep feeds the imagination. Find the rest you need for the work you do in our comfortable rooms.

The River Room.  The largest of our rooms, this is a delightful ground floor room, looking out through beautiful bay windows over the river, and catching both the morning and the evening sunshine. It is  a great place for sleeping, writing, bird watching, or just sitting. As shared sleeping quarters, there is plenty of room for up to three Guests.  During the Covid19 pandemic, this room will be shared only by those who already share living space.

The Virginia Woolf Room.   "A room of one's own"!  This spacious ground floor room has a full size bed, a dresser, and a large desk with a bookcase filled with the writings of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group, among others. Situated at the back of the house, what it lacks in view is made up for in privacy.  This single occupancy room may, on request, be home to a couple (Virginia may invite Leonard or Vita!)

Guest Bathroom.  The fully appointed Guest Bathroom with both tub and shower is shared by the occupants of the River Room and the Woolf Room. Another guest bathroom (shower only) is found upstairs, accessible through the Library and Counseling Room.

Either the River Room or the Woolf Room may be used by Guests with mobility challenges. 

Events and Activities

Come join Oranbega Retreat Center's special events!


International Artists Day, October 25th will be celebrated at Oranbega Retreat Center by the launch of a video featuring our painter in residence, Robert Phipps.  The work of other visual artists may also be presented. Watch this space for more details coming soon

Opening Ceremonies and National Poets' Day Festival took place on August 21, 2020!

Riverbank Picnic:  This featured the cool stylings of world-renowned jazz artist Ryan Blotnick and his Quartetand an Open Mike poetry session. You ma view the festivities in a video on our YouTube channel.

Poets' Day Festival: A Zoom poetry festival featured former poet laureate of Maine, Wesley McNair reading from his recent book Dwellers in the House of the Lord. Also presenting their work were  Sidney Wade, author of eight books of poetry including her latest Deep Gossip, well-known Maine poet and folklorist Margaret Yocom and a just-starting-out writer, Chilean-American poet Felix Acuna, who read in English and Spanish. The festival can be seen on our facebook page.

Common Spaces

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.