Adelynrood Retreat Center

Adelynrood Retreat Center
Byfield, Massachusetts
Welcome to a Place of Peace

If you are looking for an oasis of calm away from the noise and busyness of our culture, a place to read or a time to reflect upon relationship, vocation, and personal growth, Adelynrood may be just what you are looking for.

If you are looking for renewal or an opportunity to discuss society’s challenges, consider attending one of Adelynrood’s many programs. Programs range from one-day quiet retreats that nurture mind, body, and spirit to multi-day conferences with nationally-known speakers and authors. You can spend as little or as much time as you wish at Adelynrood.

Adelynrood Retreat and Conference Center offers a place for individuals seeking rest, reflection, and renewal as well as for groups looking for a place to hold workshops and retreats. The facilities accommodate up to 32 people for one-day gatherings throughout the year and up to 70 for overnight events from mid-May through mid-September. The Center includes a historic chapel, multiple libraries, screened porches, conference rooms, a labyrinth, wooded paths, and multiple gardens, including the recently dedicated Garden of Forgiveness.

Just 45 minutes north of Boston, Adelynrood is situated on 15 secluded acres in quiet Byfield, Massachusetts, and minutes away from historic Newburyport and the beaches of Plum Island.

Adelynrood is a retreat and conference center owned and operated by The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross.  We offer women and men an opportunity to visit and to discover new resources for spiritual development through conferences and workshops, as well as individual or group retreats.

The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross is a community of women, Christ’s disciples, called by God to a life of prayer, transformation and reconciliation within ourselves, within our Companionship, within our faith communities, and within the whole creation.

Adelynrood has private rooms available mid-May through September for individuals who would like to spend unstructured time in a community of prayer and hospitality. Groups with religious, educational, or social concerns are invited to hold their meetings at Adelynrood.

The Companions of the Holy Cross

Hospitality at Adelynrood

We welcome all, women and men, who cross our threshold looking for a place of peace and strive to make everyone’s stay restful and renewing.

Hostesses are on duty in the lobby from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. when the house is open to welcome all guests and provide support to all who come to Adelynrood.

Life and meals at Adelynrood are centered around the Holy Routine, in which everyone, including guests and conference attendees, is welcome to participate to any extent that they wish.

The Holy Routine and meals follow this general outline (subject to change):

    7:00 AM Canticle

    7:15 Morning Prayer (Eucharist Wednesday & Sunday)


    Noon Intercessory Prayer

    12:30 Lunch

    6:30 Dinner

    9:00 Compline

Everyone in the house is asked to keep silence between the end of Compline in the evening and the morning Canticle. For Quiet Days and Silent Retreats the main house is quiet all the time. There are areas designated for quiet conversation during most silent times.

Working in the garden gives me a profound feeling of inner peace. Nothing here is in a hurry. There is no rush toward accomplishment, no blowing of trumpets. Here is the great mystery of life and growth.
Everything is changing, growing, aiming at something, but silently, unboastfully, taking its time. (Ruth Stout)


Here is a sample of retreats presented at Adelynrood:

  • The Twelve Steps of Recovery and the Christian Way
  • Becoming a Godsend Silent Retreat
  • Catherine of Siena and Vida Scudder: Spiritual Dialogue Across the Centuries Quiet Day
  • Reimagining the Holy Trinity
  • Spiritual Spa Day
  • Walking in the Spirit: Step by Step Quiet Day

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