Retreats

Guest FAQs

Location & Transportation

  • How do I get to Elohee? 
  • Do you offer shuttle service from the airport?
  • What is the nearest airport?

Retreats at Elohee

  • How can I get information about a retreat?
  • Can I just come visit by myself/as a couple without attending a retreat? 
  • Can I bring my child?
  • What are the current COVID requirements?
  • What’s the weather like?
  • What should I bring for my retreat?
  • Do you have access for people with disabilities?
  • Should I leave gratuity for the staff?

Check-in/Check-out

  • When is check-in/check-out?
  • What happens if I miss the arrival window?
  • Can I arrive at Elohee early on the day my retreat starts?
  • Is it possible to stay extra nights before or after a retreat?

Food & Beverage

  • Do you serve alcoholic beverages?
  • Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
  • What kind of food is provided?

Accommodations

  • How many rooms are there?
  • What are the room categories?
  • What does camping entail?
  • Do the cottages have heating/air conditioning?
  • What is provided?
  • I live near Elohee, do I need to stay on property for a retreat?

Internet & Cell Service

  • Do you have internet access?
  • Is there a number where I can be reached in case of emergency during the retreat?
  • How is the cell service at Elohee?

Reservations, Cancellations and Payments

  • What’s your refund policy?
  • What if I have to cancel due to COVID?

Location & Transportation

How do I get to Elohee?
You can find directions to Elohee here

Do you offer shuttle service from the airport?
Elohee does not offer transportation to/from the airport.

Transportation options from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to Elohee and return:

  1. Car Rental
  2. Airline Limousine Service: Website: airlinelimousineservice.com; phone: 770-885-5429
  3. Action Limousine: Website: actionlimousine.com; phone: 770-507-1727
  4. Airport Star Shuttle: www.airportstarshuttle.com; jadiy@hotmail.com; 770-653-8873; Javed Yaqub
  5. Kaafi Aaadan Taxi Cab Service: 404-519-9272 kaafi59@gmail.com

We recommend checking all of the above services, as prices can vary greatly. The most cost-effective option may be to rent a car.

Uber and Lyft will drive to Elohee and offers an inexpensive option. However, we are in a rural area, and would have to arrange with local uber/lyft drivers ahead of time to bring you back to the airport. Sometimes people make friends during the retreat and can hitch a ride with them back to Atlanta. There is MARTA, a metro train, that goes from the north end of the city directly to the airport.  

What is the nearest airport?
We are about a 2-hour drive from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Retreats at Elohee

How can I get information about a retreat?
For a list of our upcoming retreats, visit elohee.org/retreats.

Can I just come visit by myself/as a couple without attending a retreat?
We do not currently allow individual stays, you must be signed up for a retreat.

Can I bring my child?
Elohee is an adult retreat facility for people 18 and older. Please inquire about any possible exceptions.

What are the current COVID requirements?
We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable. However, we ultimately leave it up to the facilitator to set the Covid guidelines for their retreat.  Whereas the requirement for vaccination needs to be communicated to the participant before signing up, the Covid testing requirements can be updated as the retreat dates approach and the Covid situation changes.  

We follow normal sanitation protocols in the kitchen and dining areas that meet health code standards. We have hand sanitizers in meeting spaces and the dining room. 

What’s the weather like?
You can check local weather here.

What should I bring for my retreat?
You may want to bring the following in addition to the regular items needed on a weekend away from home:

  • Water Bottle – we encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle.
  • Swimsuit & towel for lounging in the pond area
  • Tie-on shoes suitable for hiking
  • Flashlight & batteries
  • Backpack or satchel for hiking
  • Umbrella or raincoat
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen

Do you have access for people with disabilities?
Our facilities on Bald Mountain are ADA compliant. The Thanksgiving House, unfortunately, is not ADA compliant as it was built before we became a retreat center.  Please email info@elohee.org for more information.

Should I leave gratuity for the staff?
Gratuity is not expected, but appreciated. All gratuities will go directly to staff.

Check-in/Check-out

When is check-in/check-out?
For retreats at Bald Mountain Center – check-in time is 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. and check-out time is from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. (Please note: Some retreats may have a different check-in time and you will be notified if this is the case).

Upon arrival, your car will be left in a secured parking lot, and you will be shuttled up to your room upon arrival and shuttled back down to your car at departure. Shuttle service to your car is available at any time. 

Allow up to 20 minutes for the check-in process. Plan your arrival accordingly.

*Please note that we are a non-profit retreat center and have staff available only during the stated times. We appreciate your understanding as we strive to provide the best possible service to you.

For retreats at Thanksgiving House – check in time is 2 p.m. and check-out time is 2 p.m. (Please note: Some retreats may have a different check-in time and you will be notified if this is the case). You will follow the signs to the Thanksgiving House and park in the gravel lot. This is a self-parking lot at the Thanksgiving House and you will have access to your car for the duration of the retreat.

What happens if I miss the arrival window?
If you need to arrive later than 4pm please email us in advance, info@elohee.org, with your expected arrival time AND call/text 770-316-9195 when you are 30 minutes away so that we can arrange a staff member to meet you. 

Can I arrive at Elohee early on the day my retreat starts?
Early arrivals are NOT permitted. 

Is it possible to stay extra nights before or after a retreat?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate extra nights before or after a retreat.

Food & Beverage

Do you serve alcoholic beverages?
No, Elohee is an intoxicant-free facility.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
Elohee can accommodate a variety of diets including vegetarian, vegan, omnivore, and pescatarian. If you have specific dietary needs you may want to bring food with you to supplement our meals, there is a refrigerator and microwave available for guest use in the Dining Hall. You may also want to bring snacks to have between meals. 

What kind of food is provided?
Our kitchen serves delicious, nutritious, seasonal meals that support mind, body, and spirit using local ingredients when possible.

If you are staying at the Thanksgiving House, it has a fully equipped kitchen and your facilitator may choose to provide meals instead of using the Elohee meal service.  All meals will be at the Thanksgiving House.

Accommodations

How many rooms are there?
Each of our cottages (Azalea, Beech, Camellia, Dogwood, Eucalyptus, Fern, and Goldenrod) have six rooms with three room types.

Thanksgiving House has six bedrooms and four bathrooms and sleeps up to 13 people.

What are the room categories?
You can view our cottage room types here.

You can view Thanksgiving House room types here.

What does camping entail?
Elohee does provide primitive camping sites upon approval. Each camping site is located in the woods, consisting of a 10×10 pad for your tent, and is a short walk to the retreat facilities. After approval, all campers are required to bring their own gear and have outdoor preparations made in case of inclement weather. Fires are not allowed at the campsites. Elohee provides a shared bathroom and shower in a nearby cottage.

 It is our goal to fully educate you on the amenities prior to approval for camping. In our experience, some campers aren’t aware that the campsites are primitive (no electric or water hookup) and have not enjoyed their stay to the fullest due to weather conditions of rain, temperature, etc.  If you are comfortable with primitive camping and experienced and would like to explore this option further, let us know.

Do the cottages have heating/air conditioning?
Yes, each cottage is equipped with air conditioning, heat, ceiling fans, and adjustable shades.

What is provided?
Linens, towels, shampoo, conditioner, and soap are provided in each cottage on Bald Mountain and at Thanksgiving House. Hair dryers are also available.

Yoga mats, blankets and other props are available at all venues, but you may prefer to bring your own.

I live near Elohee, do I need to stay on property for a retreat?
Allowing commuters is up to the discretion of the facilitator. Please email info@elohee.org if you are interested in commuting. However, we do like to recommend staying on property for the full retreat experience.

Internet & Cell Service

Do you have internet access?
There is no internet access at the Bald Mountain Center. You will need to bring your own hotspot if you wish to connect to the internet. If you have an emergency situation requiring internet access, please contact Elohee staff via text or call 770-316-9195.

Thanksgiving House is equipped with high-speed internet.

Is there a number where I can be reached in case of emergency during the retreat?
770-316-9195 ext. 2

How is the cell service at Elohee?
Cell service is good at Elohee with most major carriers.

Reservations, Cancellations and Payments

What’s your refund policy?
You can view our registration and cancellation policy here.

What if I have to cancel due to COVID?
If you cancel 7 days or less because you have tested positive for COVID Elohee will refund your payment minus the 40% deposit, no exceptions. Must provide proof of positive COVID test.