Ferry Beach Park Association

About us

What if there was a magical place on the beach where you could bask in the afternoon sun, take a morning walk through a grove of sunlit trees and enjoy the company of others as they travel along this journey called life? What if this place offered a loving community of people, healthy and delicious food, good coffee, lots of music, and time for reflection–in addition to a frolic in the surf?

Ferry Beach is all that and more, a place where those challenges you thought you would never shed just seem to melt away when you are not even looking, a place that offers rest and relaxation in addition to an opportunity to step into your greatness. At Ferry Beach, you can experience the joy of community, the challenge of personal growth, and the comfort of spirit.

With more than 32 acres and 19 buildings, Ferry Beach is a retreat community with 900 feet of beach front in Saco, Maine. Ferry Beach is a respite away from the everyday world. It is a collection of meeting spaces, wide porches, an art and pottery studio, an outdoor chapel, a performance space, many gathering places and a wonderful dining hall. It is a place of renewal and rejuvenation for families, couples, and individuals.


Ferry Beach offers a variety of retreat and conference options. These include summer conference weeks for children, youth and young adults as well as individual weeks for families (all families), men, women and the LGBTQ community.  Most summer conferences are weeklong events, while others may be 3-4 days. There is quilting, writing, dancing, drumming, drawing, weaving, kayaking, educating, communicating, performing, and more…workshops focusing on intergenerational families, military families, transracial families, and gay families. Winter retreats occur from November 15 through March 15 each year. Our shoulder season weekends are available for organizational retreats. 

As a magical place committed to personal and community transformation, each morning and many evenings at Ferry Beach offers the opportunity to explore and worship Spirit individually and with others. A beautiful grove of trees is the most transcendent place to sing, meditate and listen to a speaker share his/her personal journey of transformation. Evenings often include a friendship circle – a time for personal sharing and ideas, and at least one weekday sundown service.

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