Powell House offers more than 20 weekend retreats each year led by gifted and respected facilitators.

Our Retreats explore a variety of areas including Quaker faith, contemplation, healing, Friends' practice, the environment, peace and social justice, and creativity. Some weekends are held specifically for young adults, men, women, or those following a 12 Step program.

Weekends include opportunities for spiritual renewal and relaxation in a beautiful setting, and the enjoyment of a caring community.

Intergenerational Programs

Powell House offers several intergenerational weekend retreats each year. We have a fall work weekend in October and another each Easter weekend.

Powell House also offers a fun, family-friendly way to celebrate the New Year with an annual conference from December 30 through January 1. Intergenerational men's or women's weekends are also offered.


Most adult and intergenerational retreats are held in Pitt Hall, a large, rambling house, which can provide gathering space for up to 125 people. There are rooms for various size gatherings, a children's playroom, a bookstore and a gift shop. Our dining room can seat up to 70 people. We can accommodate 40 guests overnight in the 14 bedrooms with 10 full and half baths - some attached to rooms and others down the hall. Comfortable furnishing throughout give Pitt Hall a friendly, home-like, and relaxed atmosphere.


Powell House has 57 acres of forests, lawns, gardens, and fields. An outdoor labyrinth, swimming pond, trails through woods, and a campground provide refreshing and rejuvenating outdoor opportunities.

Powell House is the conference and retreat center of the 

New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Powell House
524 Pitt Hall Rd
Old Chatham,  NY
phone  518-794-8811
fax     518-794-8815
Adult Program 
Youth Program