Welcome to 100 acres of prairies, savannas, woodlands, wetlands, and ponds—otherwise known as Loyola University Chicago's Retreat & Ecology Campus. Located in beautiful Woodstock, Illinois, our retreat facility welcomes guests to visit our ecologically friendly campus and experience the great outdoors through a multitude of interactive team-building and collaborative activities.
Loyola's Retreat and Ecology Campus provides a serene setting for overnight conferences, retreats, workshops, classes, and special events while allowing individuals to connect intellectually, spiritually, and through nature.
Loyola University Retreats
To find a Loyola retreat that aligns with your interests and provides an opportunity to connect with your colleagues and peers, visit the Loyola Retreats web page.
Non-Loyola Guests or Community Organizations
If you are interested in planning an overnight retreat, day meeting, or team building even for an organization outside of Loyola, please visit the Non-Loyola Guests web page.
Consider adding a Challenge Course Component, Culinary Team Building Event, Farm Workshop, or Eco-Spirituality and Restoration Activity to enhance your retreat experience.
- Challenge Course: retreat groups already utilizing the LUREC facility can add a challenge course program to their stay. A half or full-day program can be developed to compliment the content of your group’s retreat. Your entire group can participate at one time, half the group can take part in a challenge course program while the rest participate in your own activities and then the groups can switch or we can work with you to come up with a schedule that works around your existing schedule.
- Culinary Team Building: if you are looking to enhance your retreat experience, we have several unique culinary options including group team building, an iron chef experience, and an employee incentive option. Available for groups of 6-16 guests, you will have the ability to work as a team or compete while learning important cooking fundamentals from our professional staff. All culinary events are customizable and tailored to meet the objectives, goals, and budget of individual groups.
- Farm Workshops: whether your group is interested in taking a guided tour of the gardens and farm or learning the fundamentals of sustainability, our experienced farmers will lead this unique experience. Other popular workshop topics include the essentials of planting/ harvesting, proper gardening techniques, important cooking techniques for showcasing foods, and food preservation.
- Eco-Spirituality and Restoration Activities Renew and nurture your relationship with God, the community, and earth by exploring the wonders of our natural world. Reconnect with the earth and gain a deeper spiritual connection to all of life, a deeper understanding of ecological sustainability, and a greater care for God’s creation while embracing the beauty of nature. All activities are led by Rev. Stephen Mitten, S.J., Spiritual Director and Resident Ecology Faculty member, at Loyola’s Retreat and Ecology Campus.
Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815.338.1032.