If you are looking for a quiet, beautiful, and inspiring retreat, I would suggest Wisdom House in Litchfield, Connecticut. Wisdom House was once a convent for the Daughters of Wisdom. Still run by the order, it has been transformed into a peaceful retreat center where individuals or groups can come and stay. There are thematic retreats almost every weekend. Many revolve around spirituality. There are also programs on the creative arts, environmental issues, and many other topics.
Wisdom House is an interfaith retreat center. It welcomes all people who want to take time for spiritual nourishment. Open and non-judgmental, it is a warm, accepting, comfortable spot in the Connecticut countryside.
I have been to Wisdom House four times over the past few years with my writing group. We found it to be a perfect place to get away and write for a few days. The accommodations are spartan but very clean and functional. Rooms range from singles with a full bath to shared bedrooms and baths. At the end of your stay you are expected to remake the bed with fresh linens and remove your trash. Not too much to ask, I’d say.
It’s very quiet at Wisdom House. On my first night, I fell asleep to the sound of my own breathing and heart beat. If you are used to a raucous household as I am, the stillness may seem strange, at first. Though after a while, it is calming. Sometimes there are groups on a “Silent Retreat” but otherwise talking is just fine. However, there are no televisions or radios.
The food at Wisdom House is excellent and it embarrasses me to admit that we were always the first in line for meals. Sometimes the fresh baked bread is available for a donation, so you can bring a little taste of Wisdom House home. Upon arrival, there was always a tray of fruit and cookies waiting for us. It was just one of the things that made us feel so welcomed. Sisters Rosemarie and Jo-Ann are delightful. They will do whatever they can to make your stay a pleasant one.