Winter Retreat 2018




Friday - Sunday, January 19-21 2018

Please join us for our Winter '18 Retreat!
Fellowship, Fun, Steps, Sharing, Hiking,
Yoga, Abundant accommodations,
AND Healthy Delicious Meals.
Get and Stay Abstinent.
Together we can!
Register and Share with our fellows to have this be the Biggest Best Retreat yet!

The prices below are per person, not per room.
  • Single Room: $440

  • Double Room (shared): $345

  • Triple Room (shared): $315




Friday night arrival: We will have a brief orientation with an overview of the retreat weekend. The balance of the weekend is dedicated to our program workshops and includes free time for activities such as hikes, guided meditation, a Saturday night talent show and simply relaxing and getting to know other retreat attendees. Strong bonds are forged at NY Metro Intergroup retreats. 

All OA members are welcome! Newcomers to OA frequently find that by being surrounded by others in the fellowship round-the-clock, they feel safe and come to understand program in an accelerated fashion. Many who had been struggling have said that attending a retreat was the turning point in their becoming abstinent. Long-timers find that retreats give their program a welcome refresher.

Registration must be paid in full and is non-refundable. If for any reason you cannot attend, you are welcome to find someone to take your place. Metro Intergroup will maintain a waiting list; however, it is your sole responsibility to find your own replacement and secure payment. For those who pay by personal check, you are considered registered only when your check has cleared. Bounced checks will incur a $35 service fee.

To provide a relaxed environment for all, we ask that you only use your cell phones to read your literature. Otherwise, this is a PDA-free atmosphere from the time we board the bus on Friday until we disembark on Sunday. By coming on this retreat, you agree to refrain from using any communication devices—voice or text—in the presence of others. If you cannot honor this policy, this is not the retreat for you.



Located in Chester, Connecticut, the Guest House Retreat and Conference Center is a beautifully renovated country inn on private wooded land, 115 miles from New York City.

All guest rooms are under one roof, each with a full bathroom. Every guest room is decorated with elegant and functional furnishings, and no two rooms are exactly alike. Every room has a private bathroom with a full tub. All linens are provided. Central heating and air conditioning are available in all guest rooms and throughout the building

We will do our best to match you with a compatible roommate; however, Metro Intergroup takes no responsibility for compatibility in any way. If you have any special issues that would affect your sleep or stay in the room, we encourage you to find your own roommate or select a single room accommodation.

Pictures, more information and driving directions are available at:

Five buffet–style meals are included in the price of your package. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday. If you want to measure your food, please bring your own cups/scale. We brown bag our dinners on Friday evening; you may eat your dinner on the bus or when you arrive.

Beverages: Unlimited beverages are available at all times for the entire weekend. Hot beverages include brewed regular and decaf coffee, hot water and a wide selection of regular and decaf teas with accompanying sweeteners and milks. Cold beverages include filtered water and iced regular and decaf tea.

Supervision of Menu: The Guest House believes that the health of our bodies and the environment is always connected. All beef is grass fed and organic, and all chicken is pastured and organic. Organic dairy products and produce are purchased locally whenever possible. Vegetarian options are available. The Guest House never uses products that contain hydrogenated oil, high- fructose corn syrup, aspartame, MSG, ingredients with preservatives, artificial colors, or flavors. They run a “scratch kitchen,” making almost everything on the premises. Food is served buffet style. Although we cannot guarantee everything for everybody, you can be assured there will be plenty of healthy choices available.

Scholarship Information


Our chartered bus departs from Manhattan promptly on Friday, 5:00 pm, from West 58th Street and 8th Avenue near the Time Warner Center. The exact corner will be determined by the driver according to traffic on that day. Boarding begins at 4:30 pm. Our departure location is directly above the Columbus Circle-59th St. subway station, which is served by the 1, A, B, C, D lines and is handicap accessible. The departure location is 2 blocks from the Q, W, N, R lines (57th St.) and 3 blocks from the F & M lines (57th St.). The Manhattan 5, 7, 11, 20, 31, 57, 104 buses also serve this location. The trip on Friday evening is in heavy traffic and may take more than three hours.  Make sure you have with you what you need to be comfortable for the trip.

‚On Sunday, we depart from The Guest House at 3:00 pm.  Whether you choose to travel on the bus or come on your own, the price of round-trip transportation is included, and no pro-rata refund is available. Our anticipated arrival time at Columbus Circle is no later than 6:00 pm.


Help out a Fellow who may not be able to come to Retreat!  Please consider a tax deductible donation to NY Metro Intergroup to offset Retreat expenses and provide scholarships to Fellows who could not otherwise attend the retreat. Visit the Retreat Scholarship Fund Page to find out how you can help another in need and donate to the fund.


Online registration is strongly preferred (it is fast, safe, and ensures your room selection is promptly received). You may however choose to register via mail. In this case, payment options include only personal check or money order. Download the paper registration form: Retreat Registration Brochure - Winter 2018 (.pdf).

Mailed registration with payment must be received no later than January 9, 2018. Due to inherent mail delays, Metro Intergroup cannot guarantee that your room selection will be available at the time paper registration is received. It is possible that room options will be sold out before then, even if you send it in before the deadline.

Important: Those who register by mail with a personal check are considered registered only when your check has cleared. Checks returned as insufficient funds will incur a $35 service fee.


Registration must be paid in full and is non-refundable. If for any reason you cannot attend, you are welcome to find someone to take your place. NY Metro Intergroup will maintain a waiting list; however, it is your sole responsibility to find your own replacement and secure payment.

Paper registrations must be received by January 5, 2017
Online registration ends on Tuesday, January 9, 2017

Please contact the committee directly: