Welcome to Shepherd's Spring

Shepherd’s Spring is a retreat and conference center designed to be a place for renewal for you away from the rush of today's world. We believe the experience of God in the peacefulness and simplicity of the outdoors fosters renewal and learning for children and adults alike.  Social scientists determine that today's families are overwhelmed by clutter, are too busy to go in their own back yards, and rarely eat dinner together.  Shepherd's Spring, nestled on 220 acres of rolling, wooded land along the Potomac River and C&O Canal, is a place set apart for renewal, growth, and personal connections. We welcome you through our doors (and meadows) and invite you to explore our many programming and hospitality services:

Conference and Retreat Facilities 

Book your next event with us for the week of September 18th and receive a 20% discount off of peak-season pricing! 

  • Book a corporate luncheon in our beautiful dining room with panoramic views, reserve an indoor or outdoor meeting space, or schedule a teambuiling session for your staff.
  • Groups, families, and individuals looking for retreat packages are all welcome here. Leave behind the hectic pace of everyday life and reconnect to the beauty of nature.
  • Beautiful indoor and outdoor wedding venues abound at our facilities and on our property.
  • Book a one-of-a-kind birthday party in the Heifer Global Village, Poplar Village, or Lodge.
  • Looking for a volunteer experience or to complete service project?  We can help. 
  • The possibilites are endless! 

Join us at the Sun's Game and Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, 9/23, and support Chefs Heilman as they prepare their finest chili!  

• Heifer International's experiential learning programs at our Global Villagejoin one of our new programs, such as Fair Share Meal or Seeds Program

• Road Scholar Adventures in Lifelong Learning programs on a variety of topics

Christian Summer Camps  


As we look to the beginning of a new school year soon, let's take a moment to savor the best of the 2017 Summer Camp season with this wrap-up video. Thanks to Grace, our fabulous photographer, for an outstanding job capturing and compiling these special moments! If you'd like to help support the summer camp ministry, it's never too late to donate! Our thanks to everyone who makes it possible.

We invite you to join us here to enjoy all that Shepherd's Spring has to offer, as well as welcome your donation in any amount that will ensure Shepherd's Spring continues to be a unique place where people of all ages can experience life peacefully, simply, and together. 

As an indication of our commitment to excellence in camping, Shepherd's Spring is accredited by the American Camp Association. To learn more about why this matters, visit the American Camp Association website

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