The Notre Dame Spiritual Retreat sits atop Shaker Hill in Alfred, Maine. The hill was home to a Shaker community from 1793 until 1931, when the Brothers of Christian Instruction bought the property. The Brothers, who still have a religious order here, opened the center in 1981 to groups looking for a place to host retreats. In 2017, the Brothers turned over the management of the property to their neighbors on Shaker Hill, York County Shelter Programs.
The center is a perfect setting for groups and organizations that come here for:
- Spiritual retreats for activities such as yoga, meditation and mindfulness
- Church groups of all faiths
- Recovery groups
- Crafting retreats
- Private retreats
- Classes and workshops
- Business and organizational meetings and conferences
- Special events, such as birthdays, anniversaries, showers and reunions
We have a 1.5 woods trail perfect for walking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. In the fall, pick apples at a nearby orchard. We are also near many other nature trails, lakes and the ocean.