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Sunday Youth Gatherings - ongoing

Are you a small church trying to figure out how to engage with and support your junior high and high school students? Are you a student looking for a youth group?
Laurelville Retreat Center’s new Sunday Youth Gatherings invites 6th-12th grade students to weekly meetings from 6-8 p.m. on Sundays in the Shenandoah gymnasium, beginning Jan. 8 and ending March 26.
Organizers intend for Sunday Youth Gatherings to be a support network for small churches to create a space for youth to have fun, form friendships and explore their faith. Youth Program Manager Leah Rittenhouse will lead this group and invites supportive adults from participants’ home congregations to join in and spend time diving into the Scripture and exploring Christian spirituality together.
Each gathering will include a group game/activity, short Scripture teaching. breakout groups, closing reflection and prayer, and snacks. The theme will be “I AM” — looking at the seven “I am” statements Jesus makes about himself in the Gospel of John.
Questions? or 724-423-2429

RESCHEDULED to Sun March 19! Hike grounds & Sculpture Garden at Kentuck Knob

  We need to reschedule the hike to our raindate of 2pm, Sunday, March 19, there’s a huge front moving in that could make us miserable, high winds and snow and such. Cost for us is $10 payable upon arrival.
Kentuck Knob is a beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright designed home in Fayette County, near Ohiopyle. It boasts an incredible sculpture garden. We’re going to be hiking the grounds, NOT touring the house. House tour tickets are about $50. We can certainly arrange that sometime though if the group is interested!
Register here. The paths are established but includes graduate inclines and declines. The sculptures are a collection by the home’s owner, Lord Palumbo, and include a piece of the Berlin wall. Meet at Laurelville at 12:45pm to carpool/caravan or meet at Kentuck Knob. Spaces are limited to 25.
Here’s their website if you want to peek…


Thurs, April 6, National Walking Day hike

Join the YMCA Laurel Highlands at 1pm on Thursday, April 6 for a National Walking Day hike at Laurelville. Details coming soon!



Friday, April 14, noon, Gardening topic - Lunch & Learn


Back by popular demand, Martha Oliver of Scottdale will present a gardening Lunch and Learn in the Small Dining Hall.

Where do new plants come from? Enjoy a delicious lunch AND learn the fascinating process of breeding new plant cultivars from Garden Designer Martha Oliver of Scottdale. At noon on Friday, April 14, she will discuss, “Striving for perfection: plant breeding toward specific goals.” Since 1986, Martha and her husband have operated a wholesale nursery called The Primrose Path that is devoted to creating hybrids from their own breeding program. They are known worldwide for their heuchera, tiarella and phlox cultivars, which can be purchased through Northcreek Nurseries and European wholesalers. Cost is $20, pre-registration is required by April 10 or until tickets sell out. Register HERE.


Sunday, April 16, Wildflower Walk

The Laurelville Women’s Outdoor Adventure Club will hike the Cedar Creek Gorge Trail and hunt for wildflowers!  Meet at 2pm at the parking lot at the kayak/boat launch at Cedar Creek Park, Westmoreland County. Carpool/caravan from Laurelville at 1:15pm. Bring snacks to share after and we’ll have cupcakes for our guide’s birthday. Walking sticks/trekking pole recommended, appropriate hiking boots a must. Somewhat challenging terrain, with options to stay on easier paths. Cost is $5 donation to Laurelville. Registration is required as space is limited. Register here.

Swim Lessons - Registration opens May 1, 2023

Swimming lessons for the Pittsburgh / Laurelville area

Watch for details about our 2023 swim lessons! Registration opens May 1, 2023.

June, July, Aug, Pool Zumba water exercise class - 2023


Pool and activities at Laurelville in the Laurel Highlands

Pool Zumba is back! Join us twice a month on Fridays in June, July, and August at 10:30am.  Cost and registration links coming soon!

For those looking to make a splash by adding a low-impact, aquatic exercise to their fitness routine, this Zumba pool party is for you!  Taking a Zumba workout into a pool offers less impact on your joints.  Water creates natural resistance, which means every step helps tone your muscles. Perfect for all fitness levels.

Instructor Daynelle Sanner of Find Your Fire Fitness will again bring on the fun in the sun with Latin flavor.

Classes meet the second and fourth Fridays in June & July: June 9 & 23, July 14 & 28, and first and third Fridays in August: Aug 4 & 18 at 10:30am.

Sunset Yoga - 2023

Watch for our 2023 schedule !

Classes are held outdoors in a serene setting atop Laurelville’s wooded 600 acres on Sunset Hill near our labyrinth. Class moves indoors if the weather is uncooperative. This “fun-raiser” benefits the non-profit’s programs. Questions?

New Year's Kick-off Zumba Party! 9-11am, Jan. 6, 2024

Shenandoah gymnasium, registration opens in December

Let’s start 2024 off right with a New Year’s Kick-off Zumba Party! This 90-minute dance party is perfect for anybody and every-body, who is looking for a calorie-burning, fun fitness event.

Join our certified instructors; Daynelle, Emily and Missy, as they collaborate to take the “work” out of “workout” by mixing fun low intensity and high-intensity moves. This total body workout combines all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, and flexibility, while boosting energy and giving each participant a serious dose of awesome when they leave!

Cost is $15 per person or $24 for two people!

Instructors may include: Daynelle Sanner (Find Your Fire Fitness), Emily Porch Gardner (Find Your Fire Fitness) and Missy Troxell (Mt. Pleasant YMCA).

February 2024 Galentines Yoga & Singing Bowls

Laurelville hosts Galentine’s Day Yoga with Singing Bowls

Enjoy some self care at Laurelville Retreat Center’s Galentine’s Day Yoga class on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. Embrace the calm with gentle stretches and breath work in this class for ages 12-99; beginners are very welcome. Bring a mat and a cozy blanket or throw. Herbal tea provided after. Taught by yoga instructor Robin Albright in the Meetinghouse, with Nicole Craig playing her crystal singing bowls during savasana for 1/2 hour.

Cost is $15 per person or two for $24. Pre-registration preferred but walk-ins welcome. Check back for reservation link.

Laurelville’s year-round, 600-acre retreat center is located at 941 Laurelville Lane in Mount Pleasant Twp., Westmoreland County. Email with questions.


Seasonal or Ongoing Events

Have Church at Camp

Have church outside, at camp in Laurelville, PA

Have a special service, social, or retreat for your congregation or youth group!


  • Meeting Space
  • Prayer Labyrinth
  • Recreational Activities
  • Meals and low ropes course available (additional charge)

We’d love to know how we can accommodate your group! For questions or to book, call 724.423.2056.


Pastors, Retreat for Free

Free pastor's retreat in Laurelville, PA near Pittsburgh

Pastors, as a thank you for all that you do, enjoy a free, two-night stay at Laurelville once a year.  Experience a solo retreat or bring your spouse/family along for a time of refreshment!

Call 724-423-2056 to book your retreat!