Cedars of Peace FAQ's

How much does it cost and when do I pay?


The fee is $50 per night* with a two night minimum or $550 per month. We accept checks or cash. We ask that you leave your payment on the table in your cabin at the end of your retreat. We don't require a deposit but we do ask for a donation from anyone who cancels with less than two weeks' notice for short retreats or one month notice for retreats of a month or more. Click here to read our cancellation policy. The fee is based on the number of nights reserved, so we ask that you pay the number of nights you confirmed in your reservation, even if you need to leave early. *The fee for 2 individuals in Joy is $100 per night




What are the cabins like?


The cabins are simple but comfortable. They each have a kitchenette, comfortable sitting space in front of a large picture window, a full bath including hot/cold running water, and a twin bed (with the exception of our cabin able to accommodate two). Each cabin also has a screened-in porch.




What is included in the kitchen?


The kitchens have everything needed for basic food preparation, including an apartment-sized stove or counter cooktop, refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven, french-press coffee maker, pots and pans, cups and utensils.




Are the cabins air conditioned/suitable for year-round use?


All of the cabins are air conditioned and have electric heat. They also have ceiling and floor fans.




What do I need to bring?


You will need to bring: any personal items and food (including all ingredients needed for preparation). We will supply: towels, bedding, cookware, and cleaning supplies.




Can two people stay in a cabin?


We have one cabin suitable for two people that has a double bed upstairs and a futon downstairs (the fee is $100/night for 2 people). The other cabins each have a twin bed are only suitable for individuals.




When can I check in?


You are welcome to arrive anytime after 12pm and depart anytime before 12pm. It's fine to arrive later or leave earlier. We will send directions straight to your cabin (which will be unlocked) so you don't need to check in when you arrive.




Can I request a particular cabin?


We always like to know which cabins people prefer and do out best to honor preferences when we are able. However, we cannot guarantee any particular cabin and ask for your understanding and flexibility as we strive to accommodate as many individuals as possible.




What if have to cancel or leave early?


We don't require a deposit but we do ask for a donation from anyone who cancels with less than two weeks' notice for short retreats or one month notice for retreats of a month or more. Click here to read our cancellation policy. The fee is based on the number of nights reserved, so we ask that you pay the number of nights you confirmed in your reservation, even if you need to leave early. COVID-19 Response: We are currently waiving our cancellation fees for those who test positive for COVID-19 and consequently have to cancel with less than two weeks notice.




Is it possible for me to eat in the Motherhouse dining room?


This option is no longer available for Cedars retreatants (as of April 2020).




Is there daily liturgy?


COVID-19 Response: At this time, no visitors are allowed in any of the Motherhouse buildings and unfortunately that includes not being able to share in our services. Those who wish are welcome to attend silent prayer in the chapel at Cedars of Peace.
All are welcome to attend daily Mass at the Motherhouse church about ½ mile from the cabins. Other prayer options include lauds, vespers, and centering prayer at the Motherhouse . A notebook in each cabin explains the schedule.




Is there internet access?


There is access to WiFi in the Utility Room at Cedars of Peace, though we are asking extensive time not be spent there (an hour or less). We cannot provide a space totally free of interruptions so if you have need private access, please plan accordingly. The public library in Bardstown provides internet in the parking lot or you can bring your own hotspot.




Will I have cell phone coverage?


That depends on your carrier. Verizon and Bluegrass Cellular are very reliable, while other carriers are less so.




What number should I give family and friends for emergencies?


The best number to use is the Cedars of Peace office number: 270-865-5291




Can I bring a pet?


We have one cabin available for those who wish to bring a dog. If you are interested in bringing your dog, we ask that you first come alone to get a sense of the quiet. Some dogs (like some people!) don’t do well in silent spaces. If you do come with your dog, we ask for an additional $10/night as well as a friendly agreement that you will cover any damage that your pet might do to the cabin. We trust that you will monitor if your pet interferes with the quiet for retreatants or with the peacefulness of the wildlife that live here and will leave if that happens.