Weekend Retreat

Together in Service

Area Baha’i Weekend Retreat

O well-beloved ones! The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch.


What? A joyful, spiritual, affordable retreat, with separate activities for children, junior youth, youth and adults, as well as outdoor activities including a climbing wall and pool, art and devotions for all ages.

When? The retreats have been cancelled due to COVID-19. We hope to resume once the pandemic is under control. Fill out an interest form here to be kept in the loop.

Where? Watson Homestead and Retreat Center9620 Dry Run Road, Painted Post, NY 14870

For Who? For you! The program is for people of all ages, for Baha’is and their friends–for anyone who is attracted to the Baha’u’llah’s vision of joy, love, unity, service, and individual and social transformation!

Cost? Very affordable! See the chart below.

PER PERSON RATES includes food, lodging, and materials for whole weekend

Retreat Center (bunkbeds and shared bathroom)

Main Lodge Hotel Wing (2 beds and private bathroom)

Saturday Commuter (just 3 meals and materials)

Ages 11 and Up




Ages 4-10




Ages 0-3




We don’t want the cost to be a barrier for anyone who would like to come. Please check with an organizer or an Assembly nearby for help with scholarship. We will find a way! (And if you can contribute a little extra to support the scholarship fund–please do so!)

Register! To register, you must do two things:

  1. Fill out a registration form
  2. Make a payment. Send a check to John Mead, Treasurer of the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Ithaca, 219 W. Lincoln St., Ithaca, NY 14850. Or pay online with a credit card or paypal account at www.paypal.me/ithacabahais. (Checks are preferred as credit card transactions come with a fee.)

Questions? Please contact any of the members of the organizing team:

  • Karim Beers – Ithaca – karimbeers[at]gmail.com
  • Katelin Thurber – Syracuse – katelin.thurber[at]gmail.com

Sponsored by the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Ithaca

Service Opportunities ** We are looking for volunteers to offer one day of 1.5 hours of class time service as Children’s Class Teachers, Pre-Youth and/or Youth animators** Please respond to this email or contact an organizer if you are interested in serving in this capacity.

(There will be other opportunities for service for everyone, but we wanted to find volunteers for the young peoples’ programs early on.)