All about Chanco on the James

COVID-19 Retreat Guidelines

As of August 10 — and carefully following CDC guidelines — Chanco is once again hosting retreats. Schedule your retreat today by calling us at 888-724-2626 or emailing us at [email protected].

Start Here to Plan Your Next Retreat at Chanco

Chanco on the James hosts a number of retreats that promote the spiritual and physical wellness of God’s people. We also offer a place apart where you can have your own group or individual retreat. Download a Guest Planning Guide and begin preparing for your next retreat today!

Plan Your Budget by Downloading a Rates Packet

A ministry of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Southern Virginia, Chanco is open year-round to meet all of your retreat needs. View our rates & pricing below and download a rates packet.

many options for accomodations

Our Rates and Pricing

Motel-style Rooms
  • Single occupancy rooms: $90/room per night
  • Multiple occupancy rooms: $110/room per night
Additional Lodging Options
  • Manor House: $450 flat fee per night
  • Watson Lodge: $1,000 flat fee per night
  • Taylor Infirmary: $350 flat fee per night
  • Chalets: $20/person per night
  • Tent camping (BYO tent): $10/person per night
Flat Fee Facility Usage
  • Bluff Area: $2,500 flat fee per night (includes Manor House, 24 motel-style rooms, Flournoy Hall, Pipsico Bay Room, and River View Room) 
  • Entire Facility: $3,750 flat fee per night
  • Chanco will provide one meeting space, appropriately sized for your group, complimentary with overnight stay. Additional meeting spaces may be reserved for a nominal fee if available.
    • Flournoy Hall: $300 (Main room – 30′ X 35′, 100 guest capacity; Study – 24′ X 15′, 20 guest capacity)
    • River View Room (D): $200 (24′ X 48′, 50 guest capacity)
    • Pipsico Bay Room (C): $200 (24′ X 34′, 40 guest capacity)
    • Private Dining Hall: $250 (fee waived with reception)
    • Pavilion (up to 300 people): $350 (50′ X 100′, 300 guest capacity)
    • Spirit Hall/Chapel: $500
Standard Dining Menu Options
  • Breakfast $8.50 per person
  • Lunch $10.50 per person
  • Dinner $18 per person
  • Children age 4 and under eat free!
Economy Dining Menu Options
  • Breakfast $6.50 per person
  • Lunch $8.50 per person
  • Dinner $12 per person
  • Children age 4 and under eat free!
Retreat-in-a-Box Program

Chanco has skilled facilitators who will organize and facilitate your retreat. An experienced Christian educator will present material, lead open discussions, train small group leaders, and provide age appropriate ideas and materials for you group. 

  • One day: $350
  • Two day: $500
  • Three day: $750
Swimming Options

Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No lifeguard on duty, swim at your own risk.

  • Swimming pool: $50/day
Boating Options

All participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. No river use after 6pm. Life jackets must be worn at all times.

  • Kayaks: $10/person per day
  • Canoes: $10/person per day
Ropes Course Options (Minimum 8 participants)

A typical ropes course adventure lasts roughly 1.5 – 2 hours. Ask about our combo packages to experience multiple challenges for a longer adventure. In addition to participant fees, an instructor fee of $200/day is required – covers groups up to 30 people.

  • Zip lines: $10/person
  • High ropes: $10/person
  • Low elements: $5.50/person
  • High/low ropes combo: $12.50/person
  • Zip/low ropes combo: $12.50/person
  • Zip/high ropes combo: $17.50/person
Additional Options
  • Campfire (includes wood, set-up, and lighting): $50
  • S’mores: $2.50/person


Why Chanco for Your Next Retreat? 

Chanco offers the perfect location for your next retreat or conference. We offer beds for 70 in double occupancy, climate controlled rooms with private restrooms and can fit additional guests with roll-out cots and sleeper sofas.

Groups of up to 192 can be accommodated using the rustic chalets located in our campsites.

From any of these buildings it is just a short walk to the full service dining hall.


Benefits of a Chanco-Hosted Retreat 

Two houses, complete with kitchens and meeting areas are also available to meet your lodging needs. If you are looking for a more rustic experience, you may bring your own tent, or sleep in one of our chalets. Groups may request menus addressing special dietary needs including allergy restrictions, and or vegetarian and gluten free options.


Examples of groups who have held their events at Chanco

Groups from within the Episcopal church diocesan family, area business organizations, and other church and non-profit groups enjoy the opportunity to learn, grow, and work together at Chanco on the James.

Clergy events

Parish retreats

Vestry retreats

Other faith-based groups

School programs


Family Reunions

Business meetings and professional retreats