Inspiration Wood is a private Cottage Retreat. The natural environment consists of secluded cottages that sleep from two to eight guests, indoor and outdoor gathering areas, formal gardens, walking trails, and informal recreational areas. See our Lodging page for more information on cottage rates. Click on the photos below for information and more views of these amenities.
The Gathering Space
Overlooking Prophet's Pond and Grace Garden & Meadow at Inspiration Wood is The Gathering Space, a state of the art conference center equipped with the latest in multimedia and internet connectivity. Grace Garden & Meadow are blissfully joined with the Gathering Space so you and your guests can delight in the formal gardens during your day retreat. Across the Meadow is the Greeting Barn where you will find Wildflower Sundries and wonderful Watkins products.
The Greeting Barn
The Greeting Barn is the welcome center and check in point for the lodging and recreational areas of Inspiration Wood. Walk the Princess Path through the Inspiration Garden: our scale model of Inspiration Wood inspired by Sarah's love of miniatures. For the enjoyment of our guests, please whisper with the butterflies in this beautiful devotional garden on your way to the recreation areas of Inspiration Wood.
Every afternoon we feed the animals at Inspiration Farm, a not-for-profit rescue farm for a variety of animals including pigmy goats, miniature true cross donkeys, an injured rodeo horse and an old nag. We add new animals every year and sometimes babies are born here. Please consult the website for updates on who you might see. Don't forget to look for our own character squirrel Inspiration WOODIE too!
During the summer months, you may reserve the Lavender House for up to 100 guests for a private party any day but Sunday. Inside you will find the Friendship Room & Dutch Treats for refreshments and snacks. Just outside is our playground area - the Noble Knoll. The patio can be reserved for up to 36 guests at tables with umbrellas. The Friendship Room can be reserved for indoor parties up to 24 guests in colder weather. A tent package can be arranged for up to 100 guests with tables and chairs for a family picnic, graduation party or retreat. Lavender House may also include Council Clearing and Chapel in the Wood. See below for more information on how these may be included in your retreat package.
Noble Knoll is for the Lords and Ladies - your royal family will love our hilltop site. You may rent a tent along with The Lavender House and bring up to 100 of your closest friends to enjoy the Noble Knoll. The recreation areas include a Sand Volleyball Court, Horseshoe Toss and Dueling Hook & Ring games. Weather permitting-A fire pit may be set up for your group complete with a "smores" package(by reservation only). In favorable weather, Family movie nights can be held here with your group and can include a hayride to visit Inspiration Farm.
Across the bridge along Purity Path is Council Clearing - our bonfire circle with log benches and a large fire pit for council meetings and memorable tales. Council Clearing is attached to the Chapel in the Wood. Both can be reserved along with the Lavender house for private groups. Through the Wood is our Warrior's Walk leading to the Tranquil Trail and Paw Paw Patch & picnic area for registered overnight guests.
Chapel in the Wood
Hold communion with nature in the Wood. A large wooden Cross highlights the stage for your family service and devotion - perfect for twilight wedding ceremonies or evening reunions. Handmade log benches (that seat up to 100) are waiting for you. Please reserve this space for your family's tribute along with the Lavender House. Behind the Chapel in the Wood is the Warriors Walk (reserved for our registered overnight guests) leading to the Tranquil Trail, Pawpaw Patch & Picnic area and the fruitwood cottages.
Warrior's Walk (our nature trail meandering through the Wood) is reserved for our overnight registered guests. While you walk the Wood you will find the Pawpaw Patch & Picnic area, a secluded natural open area for picnics and peace. Bring your own sack lunch or pick up a picnic in the pool house to carry on your walk. The Tranquil Trail leads to the family cottages. The Warrior's Walk leads back to the three fruitwood cottages.
Recreational areas of Inspiration Wood include: Lavender House, Noble Knoll, Purity Path, Council Clearing & Chapel in the Wood. Past the Chapel in the Wood is the Warrior's Walk reserved for our overnight guests only. Please contact Inspiration Wood to reserve any of the Recreational Areas for a private party. Catering Services and Picnics may be arranged through our retreat Planning Services at 219-983-9922 extension 228. Ask for Kim or Ron to plan your retreat.