Frequently Asked Questions

Accessibility:  The Studio space at Healing Ground is accessible and has a half-bath that is handicap friendly.  There is a large deck overlooking the gardens and ponds that is wheelchair accessible. A golf cart can be made available if arrangements are made ahead.

Accommodations:  Healing Ground offers accessible studio space in a renovated horse barn with open views of the garden. This includes space for arts and crafts, a small well-equipped kitchen area, and room for a group of 15 people to meet in comfortable chairs, rockers and a sofa. The old hay-loft is now a beautiful meditation loft that has the best view of the property overlooking the meadow, hardwood grove and pond. The large deck on the house is available for movement exercises and break-out space, as well as relaxing and eating. The outdoor chapel, constructed of cedar timbers and furnished with restored 100 year old walnut pews is a favorite place for reflection, worship and rituals. Three acres of water, woods and meadows with beautiful landscaping, a labyrinth, an outdoor chapel and a variety of areas for meditation, prayer walking, relaxing, fire circle conversations, and small group activities quickly let you know you are walking on holy ground.

Attire:  Casual clothes are encouraged, along with comfortable walking shoes for exploring the environment. There are always opportunities for getting wet and dirty — for those who are so inclined.

Bartering:  Healing Ground is open for an exchange of your time and talents as compensation for retreats.  Contact us at to explore options.

Deposits/Cancellations:  For scheduled offerings, we ask that you pay in full as soon as your register for the event.  We are glad to work with you if you need to pay in installments.

For a private function, we ask for a non-refundable $50 deposit to hold your reservation, or you may pay your invoice in full.  The balance is due on the date of your event.

We will make every effort to reschedule your group event if a need arises.

Directions:  Click here for driving directions to Healing Ground through Google Maps – Please note that Rt. 220 is currently under construction. You may wish to explore an alternate route such as Lake Brandt Rd. or Pleasant Ridge Rd.

Piedmont International Airport is 20 minutes away. There are several hotel options nearby. Check for latest information and rates.

Donating: Healing Ground is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to retreat ministry. We rely on donations to help support the retreat ministry.  No amount is too small. It is our desire to make retreat offerings available to everyone who wishes to participate. If you have been blessed financially, perhaps your generosity will assist those blessed in other ways.

Sustainability of Gardens and Grounds: There has been a concerted effort to develop Healing Ground as an educational and sustainable environment.  Please consider being a part of this ongoing legacy by donating funds to maintain this sacred space for future generations.

Equipment:  Space for creative activities is available inside with a 7.5 x 4 foot craft table. We have a flip chart, DVD and CD player, as well as WiFi on site. Our outdoor space is perfect for movement, break-out space, and reflective time. Twelve Adirondack chairs surround the upper fire circle and numerous benches, a swing, and a hammock are situated throughout the preserve as well as a 7-circuit labyrinth and an outdoor chapel. There are tables and chairs available for the deck and hill side including the pond side fire circle.


Personal retreats: Day use is $25/per person.

Scheduled retreats and program offerings: Varies; see descriptions under “What We Offer.”

Facility Rental: $150 for the day and includes the use of all the grounds.  Half-day (under 4 hours) is $100. Use of the outdoor labyrinth only is $50 per half-day for a group.

Canvas Labyrinth Rental: $100/day; $150/weekend; $300/week

Retreat Facilitator: Varies with each retreat leader and event.

Ritual site to honor life passages: The grounds may be reserved for small intimate gatherings (50 person limit) such as unions, weddings, rites of passage such as coming of age, divorce, significant birthdays, healing ceremonies and memorial services.  Sliding scale from $150 – $2000.

Spiritual Companions: $50-$60 per one hour session.  If finances are an issue, we will work with you.

The fees we ask are what enables Healing Ground to continue its sacred work. That said, suggested Love Offerings and donations are just that—suggestions. We trust that you will pay what you are able, when you are able. Scholarships are always available and we welcome barters or work exchanges if you would like to trade your time and talent for a retreat offering or a personal retreat. If you are financially blessed, you may want to sponsor someone who is blessed in other ways.

Food:  Healing Ground does not provide meals, but the Studio kitchen is fully equipped with dishes and utensils and we encourage you to use them.  A refrigerator, stove, and small micro-wave are available for your use.  We prepare coffee and tea for every group.  If you use our dishes, we simply ask that you rinse the dishes and stack them in the sink for us to run through our dishwasher.

Here are some local caterers that we offer for your consideration: 

Apple Spice Junction, (336) 852-8243,, is a Deli, Bakery, Catering business on Market Street, which will deliver for $10 if you order five or more lunches.  They are only open Monday-Friday.  Orders may be placed on the web and there is a wide variety of sandwiches and salads.  They make their own bread.  Box lunches range from $6.95 – $8.95.  Tipping the driver is gratefully appreciated.

Iron Hen Catering, (336) 870-8130,
is part of the local food movement and specializes in providing you on time,  fresh, quality food.  They offer breakfast, boxed lunches, entrée salads and desserts. There is a minimum order of $70 for lunch and a $10 delivery charge. You must order by 2pm on the day prior to your event.

Whole Foods, (336) 398-2880, Whole Foods has recently moved into the Friendly Shopping Center and offers high quality natural and organic products with a green mission toward sustainable agriculture. You may place an order on-line with the Catering Department that will help to support local charities at the same time. There is a delivery charge of $25.

Annah Awartani, (336) 549-4939,
Annah offers Mediterranean fare that uses local, natural, organic produce and is part of the slow food movement.  Sandwiches, wraps, and salads are the main stays of the menu. Call and talk with the owner, Annah Awartani, about your needs. There is a $15 delivery charge.

Hours:  Healing Ground is open year round except the grounds are closed mid-December to the first of the new year. Phone calls, (336) 644-0076, are taken from 9am – 6pm, Tuesday-Saturday. Every effort will be made to return your call within 24 hours. Events may be scheduled from 8am – 10pm, seven days a week.

How to Learn More:  Pat Bailey or Dee Irwin of Healing Ground welcome your questions and inquiries.  You may call us at (336) 644-0076 or contact any one of us by email at

Off-site Retreats:  Many of our retreat leaders are able to custom-make retreats and bring them to a site of your choice.

Parking:  Ten cars can be easily parked in the retreat parking area which is the fourth driveway on the right after you turn on Penns Grove Road.  We encourage groups to car pool as much as possible.  Overflow parking is available along the shoulder of Minglewood Trail just opposite our parking lot.  We request that you do not park along Penns Grove Road as a courtesy to our neighbors and for everyone’s safety.

Registration:  Since our space is limited to 15 people, early registration guarantees your place and allows us to prepare for you.  However, we will accept reservations until all places are filled.  Please notify us in advance if you register and find that you cannot attend as it allows us to fill your place.  We will refund your fee, minus $25 to cover administrative costs, if two weeks advance notice is given.

Volunteer Opportunities:  Volunteers are most welcome and indeed are a treasure to the ministry at Healing Ground.

Gardening Angels:  We very much appreciate anyone who would like to adopt a particular flower or garden bed and just tend it once or twice a month.  You can set your own time frame and come and go as you please.  We have gardening tools and gloves if you need them.

Host/Hostess:  Those who would be willing to make coffee and greet our guests as they arrive.  Usually you would be free to go and then return at the close of the retreat to do clean-up after the guests leave.  We need volunteers who are willing to be called on a case-by-case basis.

Work Day Party:  We schedule a day or two in the fall and again in the spring for general clean up and readying garden beds for the coming season.   We also like to do a “cleaning blitz” on windows and bookcases.  Just let us know that you’re willing to be contacted for these times and we’ll give you a call.