About This Center

Gaelic for “sanctuary of trees,” Cranaleith is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that offers serene and rejuvenating space to those who wish to reflect on what matters deeply in their lives, renew their spirit for life and work, or restore themselves from life’s traumas. Individuals and groups are invited to participate in retreats and other programs offered in a spirit-rekindling environment of well-being, respect, and harmony. Cranaleith is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Mercy.

Fantastic retreat and spiritual center. They offer 5-star dining options and wonderful, comfortable meeting facilities. On the property is a beautiful pond and waterfall. In the snow it is a winter wonderland. Very peaceful place to recharge.

Venue Highlights

The sacredness of this place beckons to those seeking spiritual renewal, personal and professional growth, healing, transformation and deeper self-awareness. Whether you come for a program, private or sponsored retreat, a Sabbath time, spiritual direction, a hosted board or staff retreat or to volunteer in our garden, you will find a warm welcome, quiet peace and a sense of belonging.

Cranaleith is an ideal and affordable location to host meetings, workshops and retreats. We welcome many different groups including companies, nonprofits, religious groups of all faiths, community organizations, and more. We invite you to experience our 10-acres of beautiful grounds, delicious food, caring and professional staff, and proximity to major transit – all just outside of Center City Philadelphia.

Accommodations

Overnight accommodations are currently available for up to 14 persons. All guests have access to a room with a view of the surrounding landscapes with its natural beauty, unique to each season.

Victorian Main House – Our 120-year-old Main House is primarily used for day retreatants and overnight guests sleeping up to 11 persons. It is a great space for individuals or groups. The Center can offer a self-contained area, including 5 guest rooms, 2 bathrooms with showers, and a kitchenette, dining area and living room. In addition, a library, a small meditation room, a garden, and a space dedicated to creative arts are available to enhance one’s stay.

Carriage House – Three bedrooms are available on the second floor of the property’s Carriage House. All guests have access to a room with a view of the surrounding landscapes.

Amenities

  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Coffee/Tea
  • House-Keeping
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

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

Menu/Cuisine

Fresh, organic, locally sourced, and seasonal—these words reflect our commitment to nourish you during your stay at Cranaleith. While focused on plant-based cuisine, daily menus also include sustainable sources of animal protein as well as gluten-free, lactose-free, and paleo options. Our year-round garden, hen house, and honey hives yield a range of harvests that inspire our menus.

Directions

From I-95: Take Woodhaven Road exit (Route 63 WEST) almost to the end, to where it narrows to one lane. Turn left onto Evans Street. At slight, turn right onto Byberry Road for approximately ONE mile to Proctor Road. Turn RIGHT and continue for 1/8 mile and Cranaleith will be on the RIGHT. From Roosevelt Boulevard: If coming North, turn LEFT onto Southampton Road (If coming South on Route 1, make a RIGHT on Southampton). Continue on Southampton Road for ONE mile to Worthington Road (stop sign). Turn LEFT on to Worthington Road, continue for ONE block to Napier Street. Turn RIGHT and proceed for THREE blocks to Proctor Road. Turn RIGHT onto Proctor Road and then make an immediate RIGHT into Cranaleith’s driveway. From PA Turnpike: Exit at #351 (Bensalem Exit). Go SOUTH on Route 1. Immediately after the Street Road Exit and Andy’s Diner, the lanes divide. Be sure to stay in the far RIGHT lane. When you come to the intersection of Southampton Road, turn RIGHT. Continue on Southampton Road for ONE mile to Worthington Road (stop sign). Turn LEFT onto Worthington Road, continue for ONE block to Napier Street. Turn RIGHT and proceed for THREE blocks to Proctor Road. Turn RIGHT onto Proctor Road and then make an immediate RIGHT into Cranaleith’s driveway.

PROBLEM WITH GOOGLE DIRECTIONS: If you are coming from the PA Turnpike, online directions automatically send you onto Street Road/132W after exiting the Turnpike and heading down Route 1 South. Many people mistakenly go East on Street Road. And others miss the subsequent Trevose Road turn because it isn’t properly marked. It’s much easier to avoid Street Road by staying on 1 South (in the right-hand lane) until Southampton Road, where you make a right. Then make a left on Worthington, a right on Napier and a right on Proctor.

By Train:
From the city (University City, 30th St. Station, Suburban Station, Market East, etc.), take the West Trenton commuter train to SOMERTON. From the station walk LEFT on Edison Avenue for two blocks. Crossover Trevose Road and then RIGHT onto Proctor Road. Cranaleith will be on the LEFT. Transportation from the station may be arranged.

By Bus:
From the Frankford Terminal, take No. 58 bus up Bustleton Ave. to Byberry Road. Walk EAST on Byberry Road for two blocks to Proctor Road. Turn LEFT onto Proctor Road and proceed for 1/8 mile. Cranaleith will be on the RIGHT.

By Plane:
From Philadelphia International Airport, take the airport train to 30th Street Station, and transfer to the R3 — West Trenton Commuter Train to SOMERTON. From the station walk LEFT on Edison Avenue for two blocks. Crossover Trevose Road and then RIGHT onto Proctor Road. Cranaleith will be on the LEFT. Transportation from the station may be arranged.

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