Major Bowes Memorial Retreat

Gather...Plan...Refresh your Spirit

Welcome to Major Bowes Retreat


Our mission at Major Edward Bowes Memorial Retreat is to provide you and your group with a quiet place for religious, church, student, civic, or family retreats.  We offer the space for community to meet, gather, plan, and refresh their spirit.


Nestled amongst the nature preserves of the lower Hudson River Valley of Westchester county in New York, Major Bowes Retreat is just 40 miles north of New York City, but a world away in tranquility.


Given to the Lutheran Church by radio personality Major Edward Bowes in 1939, Major Bowes Memorial Retreat is owned by three major Lutheran church bodies:  the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), The Lutheran Church/Missouri Synod (LCMS), and National Lutheran Campus Ministries (NLCM).  The retreat is operated by an independent board of Lutheran clergy and lay leaders especially for, but not limited to, the needs of Lutheran Campus Ministry, churches, and students. 


All are welcome to enjoy this ecumenical, multi-acre, heavily wooded space, whether for a day of workshops or a full weekend retreat.  We supply the venue;  your group plans and implements the content and topic of your retreat here at Major Bowes.


We can accommodate up to 35 people overnight. Our Chapel at Laurel Hill and Fellowship Hall have seating for up to 45 or 50 guests.


Please scroll  to the very top of this page and click on the green headings to explore the other pages in our web site such as our photo gallery, a tour of our facilities, and current services and pricing.


Contact us at

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for more information.