Ronora Lodge and Retreat Center - Watervliet, MI

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Ronora Lodge and Retreat Center is located in Michigan.  Coming from Chicago, the retreat is off 94, just 88 miles after you pass the Illinois border, after St. Joseph and well before (40 miles before) Kalamazoo.  The lodge is in South West Michigan about 8 miles from the Lake Michigan.  The food (when included) includes meat, vegetarian and raw options and I've heard very positive reports about its quality.  Generally we use the kitchen to prepare our own meals.

Ronora is a series of lodging buildings on beautiful nature preserve that has a lake and wooded trails.  The owners have put much love and attention into the buildings and the land, and I am pleased to offer a workshop in this location.

Watervliet is a nice town with many places to eat, a laundry mat and shops.  For residential workshops we will be eating most meals onsite, but the town has a nice variety of food if you feel you need some options.




From East, West or South (Illinois, Wisconsin, Ini): Get to I-94. Take I-94 to the Watervliet/Niles exit 41. Go North through Watervliet on M-140 to Dwight Boyer Road (about 3 miles). Turn right. Continue for about 1/2 mile up Dwight Boyer Road to the Ronora Lodge and Retreat Center entrance, marked with a large sign on your left.

From the North (Most of Michigan): Take I-196 to M-140 exit 18. Take M-140 south to Dwight Boyer Road (about 12 miles). Turn left. Continue for about 1/2 mile up Dwight Boyer Road to the Ronora Lodge and Retreat Center entrance, marked with a large sign on your left. See Grounds Map to get to your building(s).

9325 Dwight Boyer Road
Watervliet, Michigan 49098

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Because Ronora based workshops are residential, we will be staying on site.  If however you have specific needs, ask and we will see if you can be accommodated.

For some workshops, we are in the Ranch Lodge The accommodations are comfortable, bunk style, with showers in each room.  Each room opens to the outdoors. The main room has a kitchen with fridge and stove. For handicap access there is a small step to the deck that leads into the room.  This may make it difficult for wheel chair access, but I believe someone with a cane would feel comfortable.  You can park in front of this building.   

We also stay in the Trinity Lodge.  This is one large building, with rooms that have two to three beds.  There are individual showers, and bathrooms outside of the rooms.  The kitchen is in the basement, but walks out to an outdoor patio.  The main room is large with a fireplace and a large deck just outside.  The building is nestled next to the woods with a trail leading down to the lake.  There is parking near the building.


The buildings are heated we could acquire air conditioning but they will charge a fee.  They report that this generally isn't needed because of cooling effects from Lake Michigan.


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