Day Visits
All are welcome to pay a day visit to Vivekananda Retreat, Ridgely, but you must call to arrange your visit at least a day in advance. Please contact us. The minister and other residents may be away or otherwise occupied and it would be unfortunate for anyone to make the trip and not be able to visit the Retreat. Follow this link for directions to Ridgely, and travel information.

For all day visits, please call (845) 687-4574 at least one day in advance to arrange your visit.

Extended Visits

Retreats longer than two weeks can be made only with the permission of the minister in charge. You must arrange your visit at least 5 days in advance. Please write an email to

Suggested Donation

Maintaining the Ridgely buildings and land is expensive. Keeping guests also is expensive. Therefore we have to ask those who stay at the Retreat to help us defray our costs. The amount we ask helps, but it really covers only a fraction of our essential yearly expenses. The major portion of our operating expenses come from generous donations from many people. If those that have the means wish to give more than our requested fee, that will be very gratefully received as it will help to keep Ridgely operating and developing.

One to six nights: $65/night
One week: $300 ($30 for each additional night)
Two weeks: $450

For those who really don’t have the means to pay, we can usually offer a work-exchange, but that must be arranged before arriving. A work-exchange is not for those who can afford to pay but would rather not.

If you are interested in staying at Ridgely, please write an email to