• 800-232-LOWE (5693)
  • info@lowe.org
  • 58220 Decatur Road, Cassopolis, MI 49031

Leadership retreats

Retreats at Big Rock Valley enable entrepreneurs to step away from daily distractions and really focus on building their business. Sessions are highly interactive and content is geared to push participants out of their comfort zone and think differently. Content revolve how your organization is changing, how your team is changing and how you as a leader are responding to these changes.

What makes our retreats different?

Your takeaways include:

CEO feedback

“One of the great things about retreats at the foundation is being able to spend time with leaders of other second-stage companies. You hear their struggles — and know that you’re not alone.

Hearing the story of Ed Lowe and how he got out of second stage is also very inspiring. As you walk around the property where he used to walk, you sense that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”

Chris Straw, founder of Team Quality Services in Auburn, Indiana

“Before the retreat, I questioned whether I should go — and had my doubts.  Can I afford to be out of the office for 2-3 days? Would the trip be worth the time and effort? Is this going to be any different than the other leadership programs I’ve attended in the past?

By the morning of day 2, I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be — and the answer to the previous questions was a resounding “YES!”  

Rob Wise, CEO of ITinspired in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Our facilities​

The Tower of Tomorrow

Opened in 2010, this state-of-the-art conference facility is LEED-certified and features a geothermal HVAC system. Recycled materials, as well as stone and wood from the foundation’s property, have been used throughout the building

Box Cars

Five railroad boxcars provide overnight housing for our retreat participants — each with two bedrooms, a large bathroom and a sitting area. Although renovated, the cars have their original floors; paneled interiors have been built with wood from BRV.

Guest Houses

Guests may also be housed in one of our renovated farmhouses (some date back to the 1830s). Interiors feature the design style that our co-founder, Darlene Lowe, is known for. Guests will share a house with their peers, but have their own private bedroom.


Numerous running and hiking trails can be found at BRV, and we also have a small fitness center with weights, a treadmill and elliptical machine. To accommodate less aerobic activities, our leisure center has games, TV and free Wi-Fi.