FAQs

What time does the retreat begin and end?

  • The retreat is scheduled to start with orientation at 5:00pm on Thursday October 4, and ends around 1:30pm on Sunday October 7, following a celebration banquet luncheon in your honor. We encourage you to attend the orientation as information will be shared specific to our retreat, and stay for our celebration lunch which is an integral part of our retreat experience.
  • Optional walking tours of the Unity Village grounds and its prayer places are offered; these typically take place during the check-in period.
  • We encourage you to plan to be part of the morning program on Sunday, as it offers meaningful closure to our silence experience.
  • If possible, securing an outbound flight around 3:00 p.m. or later would allow plenty of time to participate in the retreat closing, check out of your room, and be part of the Banquet lunch.
  • Prior to our retreat banquet on Sunday there is break in the program that allows those retreat guests who choose to do so to have the opportunity to attend the Unity Village Chapel Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m.

Where do I check-in for a retreat?

  • Check-in for our retreat is currently scheduled to begin at 3:00pm in the Unity Conference Center and Hotel lobby. You will be notified via email if any time changes to this time occur.

When can I check-in to my room and what time is check-out?

  • Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 pm and hotel check-out is at 11:00am on Sunday.

Accommodations – to be booked separately


On-Campus Accommodations

  • Touching the Stillness Ministries has worked with the hospitality department at Unity Village to secure a preferential rate for accommodations that include meal packages. Rooms must be booked by September 4, 2012 to take advantage of these rates. (See below for details about meal packages).
  • See Unity Village’s website for more information about booking your accommodation

Meals – to be booked separately


Retreat Meal Package
For those retreat guests staying on grounds at the Unity Hotel and Conference Center, meals are included in the accommodation package.

Meal Packages for Off-Campus Retreat Guests
Retreat guests who commute or stay off-campus have the option to purchase a Three- Meal Package (includes dinner, breakfast, and lunch) for $48.00 per person per day, or a Two-Meal Package (includes lunch & dinner) for $36 per person per day. Meal packages can be purchased at the front desk of the Hotel & Conference Center using the contact information above.

Banquet Luncheon
As mentioned, the closing banquet planned in your honor is also an integral program within the retreat and, unlike other meals in the cafeteria, is a formal seated affair designed to begin promptly at 12 Noon on Sunday. Please also note this celebration lunch is included for guests with full meal/accommodation packages. (See below). Those without a meal plan can purchase a Banquet ticket separately.


Transportation


Local Airport
The Kansas City International airport (MCI), also known as KCI, is the nearest airport to Unity Village. It is approximately a 60-minute drive from Unity Village, so please allow at least 90 minutes between the time you depart from the airport and the time you intend to arrive for your retreat and hotel check-in.

Shuttle Services
Although Unity Village does not provide transportation to or from the airport, the following shuttle services are available:

  • Serving You: 816-522-3582, (Accepts cash payments only) e-mail: glsjds@hotmail.com
    (Key in the words, “Serving You” in the subject line).
  • BATS: 913-634-5484 816-588-4301, e-mail: esther@bats-online.com

For your return home, please arrange your shuttle service back to the airport at least three hours before your flight’s scheduled departure time.


Other Information


Children
Touching the Stillness Silent retreat is currently designed only for adults. There are no facilities designated for the care of children. We recommend that retreat participants be at least 16 years of age.

Massage
Soothe your soul during the afternoon free periods with an optional table or chair massage with a certified massage therapist. Sessions start at 1:30 pm each day; available slots can be booked at the Hotel Front Desk on arrival.


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