The Jewell House

About This Center

The Jewell House, owned and operated by Suzanne Barnes, is a thoughtfully designed retreat and event venue nestled along the Ogeechee River, about 45 minutes outside of Augusta, Georgia. Suzanne’s primary team is her husband Wayne, and their traveling hippie daughter Tara. The team prides themselves on the plethora of local small businesses they are able to collaborate with in order to provide clients with luxurious amenities in a relaxed environment. They prioritize organic, farm-to-table food and emphasize partnerships with other local women business owners to empower their community.      

Let the creative energy we put into this place flow into your projects. You have brilliant ideas for workshops or exercises, and we have the perfect spaces for them to unfold. Whether you are leading sunrise yoga at The Nave, an all-day corporate conference in our Riverwalk Barn, or a small mentorship retreat with one-on-one sessions by the river, our facilities are all designed to provide an inspirational and functional environment.  


Providing memorable events and hospitality in a unique environment has been a long-time dream of Suzanne’s, and we are committed to helping you achieve your dreams just as we have realized ours.

Venue Highlights

The historic 40+ acre Jewell House property includes ½ mile (800 meters) of Ogeechee River frontage and a pond. The serene Forest Pavilion overlooks the river and is an ideal space for workshops, breakout sessions, meals, or more physical activities. The Nave, our outdoor stage and backdrop, lies at the base of our largest meadow, overlooking the pond. Between The Nave and the forest lies the 2,500 square foot Riverwalk Barn, crafted to Suzanne’s detailed imagination, with lumber harvested and milled on site by a local, third generation forester. Options for activities in the barn are as endless as your imagination, but we always recommend indulging in the outdoor bar option, with local wine and beer, or custom craft cocktails.


Master Bedroom with King size bed and 5-piece bath including a huge clawfoot tub.

Bedroom 1 - Queen size bed and a twin-over-twin bunk bed.

Bedroom 2 - 2 twin size beds and two twin-over-full bunk beds.

Bathroom - 4 piece bathroom is shared by Bedrooms 1 and 2.

Parlor - play cards or just chill at the pub table.

Living room - comfy leather chairs and love seat make the conversations linger.

Dining room - comfortably seat 12 under a massive chandelier, with other configurations available for larger groups

Kitchen - modern appliances but country charm. A wood stove sits in the corner and the 10' farm table looks out the sunny southern window. Two couches make it easy for guests to talk with the cook without getting in the way.

Camping and one RV hookup is also available


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


We are located just an hour and 40 minutes from the Atlanta Perimeter and less than an hour from Augusta. We provide Airport shuttle services for up to 6 people for $30 from the Augusta airport and $80 from the Atlanta airport (and that's TOTAL, not per person).

If you put "The Jewell House" into Google Maps you will get a correct result.

Driving Instructions:

From I-20 take Exit 154 and go south to Warrenton. At the stop sign in Warrenton you will go right (west) on GA-16. When you get to Jewell Community, cross the bridge and then turn left onto Hamburg State Park Road. Take the lane on your left that is just past Moss ST.

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in the same way thoughts will always come and go. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

My last retreat at SMC was so inspiring and so relaxing. But i'd love to have more time there to spend at the Stupa, visit the Kami shrine, and generally interact with the beautiful enlightened society happening on that entire land. Brett

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.