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St. James' Retreat at Shrine Mont

Each year we gather to connect, refresh and renew

  • Connect with the people of St. James' Church.

  • Renew your relationship with God as you enjoy God's creation.

  • Refresh your spirit and your soul.

Come join us and celebrate our new rector during our Fall retreat!

What is Shrine Mont?

Shrine Mont is the jewel in the crown of the Diocese of Virginia's retreat and conference centers. It's nestled in the Shenandoah Valley in Orkney Springs, Virginia, about an hour south of Winchester. Its bucolic setting features cabins and lodges, with plenty of woods, mountains, streams, and fresh air all around. It's literally at the end of the road, so there's no traffic, no noise, and no cell phone reception. Each year, parishioners of St. James' Church gather at Shrine Mont to relax, refresh, and renew. Come and experience Shrine Mont for yourself—it's a marvelous place!

What do we do there?

Shrine Mont is a great place to connect and reconnect with your fellow parishioners, and it’s a lovely spot to deepen your relationship with God.  We invite you to join us for this opportunity to unwind and come together as the St. James church family in a relaxed setting. 


While there is a program on Saturday morning and all kinds of activities throughout the weekend, participation in any activity is purely voluntary. Perhaps you prefer to simply relax in the rustic environment and join others for meals. Some people just nap and read books. Others enjoy wandering trails, exploring the creeks, or browsing the book shop and candy store. Join any activity if you want, when you want. And if you are first-timer at Shrine Mont, we'll be happy to show you around so you can familiarize yourself with this very special place!


  • The retreat begins on Friday evening by gathering on the Front Porch for check-in.

  • Saturday evening features a social time and bonfire with s'mores (yum!)

  • On Sunday morning we'll gather for worship at The Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration (outdoors).

Costs include all meals and lodging for two-night stay at Shrine Mont with full access to all retreat amenities.

  • Adult (13 yrs+) Double Occupancy (shared bath) - $166 per person

  • Adult (13 yrs+) Single Occupancy (private room and private bath) - $216 per person (subject to availability)

  • Child (4 yrs - 12 yrs) - $90

  • Baby/Toddler (0 yrs - 3 yrs) - Free


​If financial assistance would make it possible for you and your family to attend this weekend, please reach out to Fr. Chad. We don't want anyone to miss this opportunity.

The Shrine Mont leadership and staff, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, have taken the necessary steps to ensure that they are meeting CDC, state and local health department guidelines.

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If you use the paper form, please send it and a check to the Church Office, 8 Cornwall St. NW, Leesburg, VA 20176

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