Shrine Mont is a place where people are more important than things, where prayer and reflection, rest and recreation are more important than appointments and tasks. It’s a place where people give thanks to God for his creation—from the beauty of the streams, flowers and wildlife which are at home here, to the people who come to this place to celebrate being part of the family of God.
Shrine Mont opens in early spring and remains open through the second Sunday in November. We can accommodate retreat groups and conferences ranging in size from 20 to 550. Family reunions and individuals are always welcome. Individual reservations are accepted on a space-available basis. We host church retreats, camps for children, meetings and conferences for religious and secular groups, high school bands, and are home each year to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival and the Bishop’s Bluegrass Festival.
THE CATHEDRAL SHRINE OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
The Cathedral Shrine of the Transfiguration, an open-air cathedral of the Diocese of Virginia, was consecrated in 1925. Each of its stones was pulled by horse or rolled by local people from the mountain that embraces it. The baptismal font was originally a dugout stone used by Indians to grind corn. The Shrine is the site of regular weekly worship and is available for groups and conferences for their worship. Click here for more information
THE VIRGINIA HOUSE (THE SHRINE MONT CONFERENCE CENTER)
The Virginia House (formerly known as the Orkney Springs Hotel) is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was purchased by Shrine Mont in 1979. With its white clapboard structure and tall, green-shuttered windows, the Virginia House is four stories high. The 96,000 square-foot structure was built in 1873 and restored in 1987. At that time, the common areas, meeting rooms and dining facilities were renovated. Click here for more information
THE VILLAGE OF ORKNEY SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
Nestled among the trees at the foot of Great North Mountain in the Shenandoah Valley is the beautiful, serene community of Orkney Springs. From the days when the elegant and historic Orkney Springs Hotel (currently the Shrine Mont Conference Center) was host to hundreds of guests from throughout the country coming to take advantage of the healthful “cold water springs,” this little town has been a place to get away. And since the 1920s, it has also been home to a respite of a different sort—Shrine Mont, a conference center of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.
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