The Clearing

The Clearing The Clearing is a retreat center in a peaceful, natural forest setting located within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia.

Temporarily closed

08/17/2020

The Clearing remains closed as we prepare for reopening in a manner that is safe for all of The Clearing's visitors. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Please check back with us later this fall for updates on visiting The Clearing.

05/26/2020
04/30/2020

“An act of love that fails is just as much a part of the divine life as an act of love that succeeds. For love is measured by its fullness and not by its reception.” Harold Loucks

04/26/2020

“We can fall no deeper than God’s arms can reach, however deep we fall.” William Penn

Stay safe, friends. We look forward to seeing you again at The Clearing in the coming weeks or months ahead!

This event has been postponed until the COVID-19 situation is clearer.Join us on Saturday, May 2, 2020 for a day of cont...
03/09/2020
Richmond Peace Education Center

This event has been postponed until the COVID-19 situation is clearer.

Join us on Saturday, May 2, 2020 for a day of contemplation and peace on behalf of Richmond Peace Education Center (www.rpec.org). Start with a morning meditation session, followed by a guided walking tour of our 88-acre Quaker retreat, and a healthy lunch. The afternoon includes yoga and a “forest bathing” spiritual exercise with an accredited guide to recenter for health and happiness. The day starts at 10 and ends around 4...all donations go to RPEC. Visit here to sign up: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/dlRB_IJ0CIjumwEtFOy3SQ

This workshop is the foundation for all the Peace Center’s conflict resolution programs and provides essential skills and insights to adults of all experience levels.

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03/08/2020

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If your 2020 resolutions include... ✅ Spending more time outdoors✅ Being more present ✅ Less screen time, more family ti...
01/01/2020

If your 2020 resolutions include...

✅ Spending more time outdoors
✅ Being more present
✅ Less screen time, more family time
✅ Getting closer to nature

... Then check out our availability calendar and book a reservation today.

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12/21/2019

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03/24/2019
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03/08/2019

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02/11/2019

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Located within an hour's drive of Richmond and Charlottesville, The Clearing offers a peaceful, natural forest setting f...
09/15/2018

Located within an hour's drive of Richmond and Charlottesville, The Clearing offers a peaceful, natural forest setting for meetings, retreats, family reunions, educational programs, workshops and youth events. The Clearing is owned and managed by Richmond Friends Meeting and is available for use by the Friends community, local civic and church organizations and like-minded groups and individuals.

Located within an hour's drive of Richmond and Charlottesville, The Clearing offers a peaceful, natural forest setting for meetings, retreats, family reunions, educational programs, workshops and youth events. The Clearing is owned and managed by Richmond Friends Meeting and is available for use by the Friends community, local civic and church organizations and like-minded groups and individuals.

Planning a birthday party, reunion, retreat, meeting or other unique event this fall? The Clearing currently has availab...
09/15/2018

Planning a birthday party, reunion, retreat, meeting or other unique event this fall? The Clearing currently has availability the following weekends: Sept. 22-23; Oct. 13-14; Nov. 10-11, 17-18, 24-25. Contact us to schedule your event. Fall is a gorgeous season at The Clearing. https://www.richmondfriendsmeeting.org/theclearingrentalinformation/

As autumn breeze flows through, we are witnessing the first color of fall. Take a day from your schedule and visit The C...
09/11/2017
Richmond Friends Meeting – The Richmond (VA) Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

As autumn breeze flows through, we are witnessing the first color of fall. Take a day from your schedule and visit The Clearing where the wilderness is filled with surprises. So peaceful. Many discoveries. The perfect getaway.
Visit our website to learn more & schedule. TheClearing.net

Home Welcome! We warmly welcome visitors and newcomers, including children, to worship, religious education and our other activities. For Information about Richmond Friends Meeting, our way of worship and Quakers in Richmond, read About Us. To find out about upcoming events, see our Calendar. To see...

02/09/2017

With spring-like temperatures dodging March-like winds, it's a perfect time to discover the beauty of winter. Consider taking a weekday out of your busy schedule and enjoy the quiet of The Clearing.

01/01/2017

May 2017 bring peace and joy into your lives. No better place to find the wonders of nature than the woodlands of The Clearing. Plan a visit soon & experience winter at its finest.

12/21/2016

The Winter Solstice. The shortest day. A time after the hibernation that began on the Autumn Equinox when nature began its rest. During the Winter Solstice, nature begins its underground work...developing the roots, the grounding for a spring bloom.

Put aside the hustle and bustle and take a day or two with your family and friends to visit The Clearing. A magical woodland retreat...great place to welcome 2017. The our website: TheClearing.net to make reservations.

Peace to all.

The Clearing
11/17/2016

The Clearing

11/15/2016

At this time of reflection, The Clearing provides an environment of natural woodlands. Consider visiting through the holidays...plan a family Thanksgiving...a winter holiday away from social media.

09/18/2016

September 21, Wednesday, 9:30a - 3:30pm, please join Chrysalis Institute and friends for a silent retreat honoring the Autumn Equinox 2016. Take a day out of your busy schedule to spend quiet and reflective time in the woodlands and wilderness of The Clearing, where the retreat will be held. Please bring a bagged lunch, refreshments will be provided. Suggestion contribution: $10. For directions to The Clearing, please visit: TheClearing.net

Join Chrysalis and friends tomorrow, June 15, at The Clearing. A silent retreat honoring the Summer Solstice. Join us fr...
06/14/2016
Richmond Friends Meeting

Join Chrysalis and friends tomorrow, June 15, at The Clearing. A silent retreat honoring the Summer Solstice. Join us from 9a-3:30p at this beautiful wilderness meditative space. TheClearing.net for more details.

The Richmond Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Reminder: This weekend is the annual Richmond Friends Meeting Spring Retreat. Join us at The Clearing for a relaxing and...
05/26/2016

Reminder: This weekend is the annual Richmond Friends Meeting Spring Retreat. Join us at The Clearing for a relaxing and community-centered gathering of Friends. If you are planning to attend, be sure to register or contact a committee member.

05/26/2016

The Clearing is a meditative retreat center in a peaceful, natural forest setting located within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia. The Clearing is under the care of Richmond Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), used often by the Friends community, and also made available to like-minded groups and individuals for meetings, retreats, family reunions, educational programs, workshops and youth events.

The 75 acres are mostly wooded except for the spacious grassy clearing from which the site takes its name. A small creek meanders through the woods. The gravel road and loop trail through the woods can accommodate bicycles. Adjacent to the Amelia Wildlife Management Area and close to Bicycle Route 1 and the Appomattox River, the Clearing has nature at its heart.

For rental information, please visit our website: TheClearing.net
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02/11/2014

Friends, The Spring Retreat dates for Richmond Friends Meeting are set for May 23-25. Mark your calendar for "Bee-ing in Community!"

08/09/2012

Our website is being updated -- stay tuned!

06/07/2011

As we celebrate the Summer Solstice, join us for a Silent Retreat, Wednesday, June 22, 9:30a-3:00p, bring your lunch, beverages provided. No prior registration required. For directions, see TheClearing.net

06/22/2010

Summer is coming --
a time full of activities and fun. Take a moment before launching into
summer to enjoy some silence at The Clearing, Richmond Friends'
Meeting's retreat center just outside of Richmond.

We will
gather at 10am, go into the silence and enjoy a silent potluck lunch. Bring sketchbooks, notepads, spiritual readings or
anything that speaks to you. Take a moment to reconnect.

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14006 Genito Road
Amelia Court House, VA
23002

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The Clearing

The Clearing is a 75-acre, mostly-wooded retreat in rural Amelia County, Virginia that was gifted to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) Richmond Meeting by the late Louise Whittington. Facilities include a modern lodge with a new, large multipurpose room, a smaller meeting room, full kitchen and two bathrooms; a large sleeping cabin; a smaller cabin; an Adirondack shelter; campsites; two outdoor privies; a worship circle with fire pit; a picnic pavilion adjacent to the large clearing; and trails with access to the adjacent Amelia Wildlife Management Area.

The Clearing may be rented for daily use or overnights. When you rent the Clearing, you and your group will be the only ones on the grounds during your rental period.

You may rent the Clearing for a solitary retreat for a single person, for a family event, or for a group event.

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