Designed as a silent retreat facility, the Pelican House is a unique part of the Diocese of East Carolina. Pelican House is an apt name for the beautiful residential building, as flocks of these magnificent birds fly past the house skimming the ocean waters. The pelican is also an ancient Christian symbol for Christ.
The Pelican House is used for a variety of retreats. Trinity Center provides space for guided spiritual retreats, silent retreats, and opportunities for quiet personal time throughout the year. Groups of up to 12 people may reserve the Pelican House for small group retreats that are meditative or spiritual in nature.
Pelican House Facilities
The Pelican House building can accommodate up to 12 guests. The individual sleeping rooms have one or two single beds, a small desk and dresser. Four in-home style bathrooms are shared. The facility has a common living area, which can be used as a casual meeting space, and a kitchenette with refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave (meals are served in the Trinity Center dining room). The oratory can be used both for meditation and services. One of the finest features of Pelican House is the cupola at the top of the house, with superb views over the ocean, eminently suited for solitary meditation. This cupola is accessed by way of a spiral stairway, making it the only area not accessible to persons with physical handicaps. There are three outside porches: one screened and two open. Adjacent to Pelican House is the Prayer Garden and a pathway through the maritime forest with the Stations of the Cross.
Pelican House Small Group Retreats
Looking for a place to have a small spiritual or meditative group retreat? Trinity Center's Pelican House may be the perfect space for your gathering. The Pelican House was originally designed as a silent retreat facility, but is also the perfect space for vestry and church council meetings, personal writing sessions, Sunday school workshops and other cloistered, contemplative retreats. Make use of the living room, porches and other common areas for group gatherings or for one-on-one talks. Prayerful time may be spent in the oratory, cupola or in your own private room. Your group of 8 to 12 people may reserve the Pelican House and enjoy the views while still enjoying the services of Trinity Center's dining facility and other attractions. Simply contact Trinity Center's Group Coordinator. (Conferencing rates and contract agreements apply.)
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