To help you enjoy a memorable and productive retreat experience, we would like to briefly explain the process and supply you with other useful information.
Big Rock Valley (BRV), our 2,600-acre learning campus, features some of the most beautiful scenery in the Midwest. As part of your retreat, you will participate in short (15 to 30 minute) hikes and walks, as well as other outdoor activities.
Country casual, which is even more relaxed than business casual. That means truly comfortable clothing, particularly for the outdoor activities. Jeans are a wardrobe staple at BRV, and you may want to pack a light rain jacket, hat, athletic shoes or hiking boots. Bringing a pair of backup shoes is also a good idea.
All meals are prepared and served onsite by our guest services staff. Most meals are served in a sit-down style according to the schedule created for your group. Although we can be somewhat flexible with schedule modifications for groups, we don’t serve individual meals at varying times.
Social and personal time are both important components of the retreat experience and typically built into the schedule. Alcohol may be consumed in light to moderate amounts at planned social events and meals. (The foundation does not have a liquor license and is unable to provide or serve alcohol.)
During your stay at BRV, you’ll most likely sleep in one of five renovated railroad boxcars with one or more “boxcar mates” and will receive your housing assignment on arrival. The boxcars reflect Ed Lowe‘s entrepreneurial imagination and flair with hotel-like amenities that include: bathrobes, towels, hair dryer, coffee maker, telephone, shampoo, lotion and soap. Boxcars are a short walk from the main conference center and meeting facilities.
BRV is near Cassopolis, Mich., in the southwest corner of the state. Airports nearest BRV are located in South Bend, Ind., Kalamazoo and Detroit, Mich., and Chicago.
The foundation’s emergency telephone number is 269-445-4222. Our staff will take a message and locate you at any time, day or night. You may make complementary outgoing long-distance calls from your boxcar or phones located at the various meeting facilities. Computers are available to check email at the Tower of Tomorrow, which also features a cell-phone booster that improves reception.
If you have any other questions, contact our programs coordinator, Rita Phillips.