The Copper Beech Institute

(Also known as the Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center)

303 Tunxis Road – West Hartford, CT 06107-3119

Known for its Tranquil Setting and Gracious Hospitality

The Copper Beech Institute / Holy Family Retreat Center has long been a favored destination for those seeking a peaceful site in which to hold a special event. Comfortable and immaculate quarters, creative meals, walking trails, open lawns, and landscaped gardens all contribute to a relaxing stay.

Covenient Hartford-Area Location

pathofpeaceLocated minutes from I-84 in West Hartford, the Copper Beech Institute is a 30 minute drive from Bradley International Airport and a 15 minute commute to Union Station, Hartford’s Transportation Center.

Airport: Bradley International Airport (BDL), Hartford/Springfield

Train or Bus: Union Station, Hartford CT

Delicious Food

At Copper Beech, soups are made from scratch each week and cookies are baked fresh each day. Over 75% of our produce is organic and we strive to source our meat and poultry from local Connecticut farmers whenever possible. Traditional menus always incorporate vegetarian and vegan options and often include a vast salad bar. We take pride in accommodating people’s allergies and unique dietary needs.

Executive Chef, Joe Ethier, is a master of healthy and fresh homecooking reminiscent of the comforting meals you had as a child visiting your grandmother’s house on Sunday. Joe has been instrumental in creating the dynamic and exciting West Hartford food scene for over twenty years. Before coming to Holy Family, Chef Joe was the Executive Chef at Mezzanotti in Hartford and has also brought his love of Mediterranean cuisine to The Blacksmith Tavern, Apricot’s, and The Union Oyster Company in Mystic.

Comfortable Accommodations

Most of the rooms are single rooms with shared bathrooms. There are a few double rooms that can be requested, though there is no discount for shared rooms and shared rooms are not guaranteed. The retreat center is very large. If you have any mobility issues, please let us know so that we may accommodate you.

We are pleased to return to Holy Family / Copper Beech Institute for the 11th Intensive, and are confident that you will enjoy your experience at the retreat center.

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