The Winthrop Rockefeller Retreat is a unique experience for up to ten guests to visit the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, engage in our mission, and enjoy a respite from their daily lives and work amidst the beauty and serenity of Gov. Rockefeller’s historic cattle farm atop Petit Jean Mountain. Groups can include coworkers, leadership teams, scouts, book groups, families — all are welcome!

An Overnight Retreat

Your group will be in retreat together to foster connection and team building during your overnight stay at The Orchard, a historic building built in 1964 that once housed the veterinarians employed by Winrock Farms.

The Orchard is a self-contained lodging facility with 10 private bedrooms and baths, connected to a common living area and fully equipped kitchen. A charming screened porch and courtyard provide plenty of space to enjoy a quiet evening dinner or early morning coffee.


Guests are encouraged to cook meals together, take a picnic lunch over to Lake Abby, or visit the restaurant at Mather Lodge or the Petit Jean Coffeehouse. All private rooms offer a mini-refrigerator, television and private bath. The Institute’s Fitness Center is just a short walk away.  Outdoor activities on the Institute campus include:

  • Biking 
  • Volleyball
  • Bocce Ball
  • Kayaking and Fishing on Lake Abby
  • Sunset Viewing at the Studio overlooking the River Valley


Groups who select the Winthrop Rockefeller Retreat experience will engage in one of the following available educational workshops. 

Length: 2.5 hours (Indoor or Outdoor)

A leadership development experience led by an Institute staff member tying the life lessons that made Gov. Rockefeller such an influential leader to sites on his historic former cattle ranch. This “walk” through the Governor’s life and across his former homestead incorporates team building dialogue exercises, personal reflection, and a close examination of why Gov. Rockefeller’s legacy is still impacting Arkansas today. Indoor sessions will be offered at The Stables. 

Length: 90 minutes (Indoor, 10 person minimum)

A workshop on how to engage in meaningful and respectful dialogue in order to foster collaboration, promote mutual understanding and resolve conflict. This workshop will be led by an Institute staff member and will take place at The Stables.  .

Length: 60 minutes (For Weekend Retreats Only)

Visit the Institute’s Legacy Gallery for a look at Winthrop Rockefeller’s life and experience as governor of Arkansas, see the history of the building of Winrock Farms, and learn more about how the Institute continues Winthrop Rockefeller’s collaborative approach to creating transformational change


  • Includes an educational program and lodging for one night. 
  • Does not include food or beverage, as groups are encouraged to bring their own supplies and prepare meals together in the Orchard kitchen. Meal kits are available at an additional cost from the Institute; please inquire about the availability when booking.  
  • 7 person minimum: Weekday: $1,100; Weekend: $1,250
  • 10 person maximum: Weekday: $1,500; Weekend: $1,750 

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