Eisner Retreat Center is located in Great Barrington, MA in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains. Set on 200 of our 600-acre property, our grounds include a pond, streams, a waterfall, and beautiful hiking trails on East Mountain. We have many different playing courts and fields, two outdoor swimming pools, a high and low ropes course, and adventure area. We have a mix of restored original buildings as well as recently built cabins and retreat buildings, providing both a comfortable and camp feel for all. Nestled conveniently between New York City and Boston, Great Barrington is the perfect backdrop to any retreat or special event!
This beautiful turn of the century Berkshire estate home contains more than 20 rooms of various sizes and many unique spaces to gather, meet and entertain. Built in 1904 and formerly the home of high society, the building maintains its historical character while including modern upgrades. Our historic Manor House affords the luxury of having sleeping accommodations and programming space under one roof. The housing rooms vary from private rooms to dorm style located on the second and third floors. The entirety of the first floor of Manor House is comprised of five rooms, ranging from small and intimate to large and majestic. The Tudor-Inspired library, working fireplace in the Great Room, and the old-world craftsmanship all add to the building’s character, beauty and utility. Making it a perfect setting for your event.
Kivie Kaplan Center
This building, named after civil rights activist Kivie Kaplan, offers a great retreat space to both sleep and meet. Our cozy Kaplan Center is perfect for guests that seek privacy in hotel-style accommodations. The building offers twelve rooms that comfortably sleep four people each and have en-suite bathrooms. With a large programming space on the lower level and lounge areas on the first and second floors, Kaplan Center offers a great combination of living and meeting space for your retreat.
Messinger Leadership Center
Newly built in 2015, our Messinger Family Leadership Center offers comfortable dorm style accommodations. The building has two levels that mirror each other. Each contains four dorm-style rooms with ten wooden bunkbeds and shared hallway bathrooms as well as two private rooms with en-suite bathrooms for group leaders and adult staff. The focal point of the building is a large, brightly lit common space with a fireplace. Perfect for everything from educational programs, meetings, to relaxing in the evenings.
We offer several winterized cabins, each with an open layout that features ten bunk beds. These nine modern cabins can house up to 186 people. Each containing full bathrooms with showers, toilets, and sinks. They are all well insulated and heated to provide toasty places to sleep over the winter months. Cabins work best for youth groups, both small and large! Three of the cabins offer a private room for chaperones or adults, one of which has a private bathroom and the remaining two share with the rest of the cabin. Groups staying in the cabins have a choice of the Merkaz or the Beit Am as their programming space, just a short walk away.
Our theatre is a great open programming space. Air conditioned and heated, the Beit Am tends to be our most popular gathering space. With the ability to house up to 1,000 people, including a stage, large-screen projector, and sound system, this space is very versatile, and can be used for any number of needs. It is perfect for movies, presentations, worship services and special events.
Our state-of-the-art gymnasium offers a full-length basketball court that can be separated into two smaller courts and can be easily converted to volleyball or tennis courts, or any other need for indoor space without a carpet. It also contains a fitness room with cardio and weight training equipment, as well as an aerobics room that can also be used for meetings. The building also includes full bathrooms and lockers.