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Retreats and Conferences

Chanco on the James offers the perfect location for your next retreat or conference. We offer beds for 70 in double occupancy, climate controlled rooms with private restrooms and can fit additional guests with roll-out cots and sleeper sofas. Groups of up to 192 can be accommodated using the rustic chalets located in our campsites. An hour and a half or less from Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Richmond, and Williamsburg, our location along the James River provides a quite atmosphere perfect for spiritual refreshment. Majestic views from the bluff, a sandy beach, lush trees, and wildlife such as deer and bald eagles form a natural setting in which to reconnect with God and His creation.

Our facility offers three large meeting spaces that offer all of the modern conveniences and comforts needed for your retreat. Motel-style rooms offer the privacy of single or double occupancy accommodations.

Eucharist-at-BluffTwo houses, complete with kitchens and meeting areas are also available to meet your lodging needs. If you are looking for a more rustic experience, you may bring your own tent, or sleep in one of our chalets. From any of these buildings it is just a short walk to the full service dining hall. Groups may request menus addressing special dietary needs including allergy restrictions, and or vegetarian and gluten free options.

Groups from within the Episcopal church diocesan family, area business organizations, and other church and non-profit groups enjoy the opportunity to learn, grow, and work together at Chanco on the James.

Some examples of the groups who have held their events at Chanco include:

  • Cursillo and other faith-based groups
  • Clergy conferences
  • Fresh Start
  • EYC events
  • Parish retreats
  • Vestry retreats
  • School programs
  • Weddings
  • Family Reunions
  • Business meetings and professional retreats

Click here to download a Guest Planning Guide and begin preparing today for your next retreat!

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