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Gwen Spirit House

Transformative programs on Sacred Land

Our Mission

Hope Springs Institute holds sacred space and transformative programming for growth, leadership, and healing while honoring mind, body, spirit, and the earth.

Sacred, in our context, means actions that support community, inclusion, authentic relationship, love, support, care, respect, and attention. 

Our Core Philosophy

We believe in the inherent worth of every individual.


We value healing for ourselves, humankind, and the planet.

We practice theory-based and experiential learning that fosters right relationship.

We believe in respect for ourselves, each other, and the land.


We value the land as a sacred teacher.

We practice an intersectional approach to our work that honors life's natural diversity and the dignity of every being

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core values

We nurture people + organizations who desire to make a positive change in themselves and their communities.

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Our Facilities


  • 7 Bedrooms with single, double, triple occupancy options

  • Cozy living room with  wood fireplace

  • Covered porch with rocking chairs


  • 2 rooms with double occupancy

  • Jack & Jill bathroom

  • kitchenette in both rooms

  • Ideal accommodations for facilitation teams


  • 1500 sqft octagonal building

  • Large meeting space

  • 4 Bedrooms with single, double, triple occupancy options and attached bathroom for each room

  • Yoga mats, blankets, & props

  • Extensive art supplies

  • Percussion & music instruments

Commercial Kitchen

  • Fully licensed catering kitchen

  • Gourmet meals

  • Seating for 60 inside, 40 outside

Sacred Land

The Land

  • Access to 130 acres of protected forest and prairie

  • Walking and hiking trails

  • Three ponds

  • 11-circuit walking labyrinth

  • Celtic Circle for contemplation

  • Outdoor fire pit 

The Spirit House

  • Hand-built, all-wood structure

  • Indoor fire pit for ceremony, fire meditation, etc

  • Backjacks, meditation cushions, blankets, & fire supplies provided

Meeting Space

  • Use of whole facility available. You will be the only group here.

  • Accommodations sleep 32 people

  • Facilities equipped with AC & heat

  • Comfortable, modern amenities

  • Hot tub

  • Sound system and microphones

  •  Standard supplies provided for meditation, movement, creative process, instruction, presentation, and outdoor experiences.

  •  Our on-staff naturalist is available for direct instruction/guided hiking and consulting on use of the land

  • Our leadership team is available for brainstorming and planning. 

  • We are an alcohol-free and drug-free environment

We are located about 75 miles east of Cincinnati, OH, and we recommend flying into Cincinnati (CVG).

We are also close to many other metropolitan areas. We are a 2 hour drive from Columbus, a 4 hour drive from Cleveland, a 4.5 hour drive from Pittsburgh, a 2.5 hour drive from Charleston, WV, a 2 hour drive from Lexington, KY, and a 6 hour drive from Chicago.

Want to bring your group here? Send us an email at the address below to get started

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