FAQ

FAQ
The following Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers will provide you with general information about The Bishop’s Ranch. Click on a question to reveal the answer, then click it again to close. We encourage you to contact the Ranch office at 707-433-2440 should you need further details.

 

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Daily Offices are offered Monday through Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. During the half-hour before Morning Prayer @ 7:30 am and Evening Prayer @ 6:00 pm there is often someone in still-prayer in the chapel.   Individuals and groups are welcome to come into the chapel at these times or any time for silent prayer.  If the Office is being said, please feel free to come forward and join in.

Our Holy Eucharist is celebrated every Sunday beginning at 9:30 am.  Please contact Please contact Leda Wagner, Reservations Coordinator at 707-433-2440 or reservations@bishopsranch.org for information on holy holiday service times.

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Pets are not allowed at The Bishop’s Ranch.

Pet boarding facilities near The Bishop’s Ranch

  • Memorial Beach Veterinary Hospital
    343 School Street, Healdsburg
    707-433-2789
  • Town & Country Pet Resort
    4340 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa
    707-569-1394
  • Olivet Kennel and Dog Training
    2404 Olivet Road, Santa Rosa
    707-542-2066
  • Tappen Hill
    4801 Llano Road, Sebastopol
    707-824-9100

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No, guest accommodations are comfortable, but simple to ensure the greatest opportunity for a true retreat experience.  We have a few hairdryers for loan from the Ranch office.

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Yes, almost all cell phones have reception at the Ranch.

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Yes, a Wi-Fi signal is available at a few locations around the Ranch, including the Refectory and the Ranch office Please contact Leda Wagner, Reservations Coordinator at 707-433-2440 or reservations@bishopsranch.org if you have questions about Wi-Fi availability in your group meeting space.

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The Bishop’s Ranch provides all the bed linens and bathroom terry items.  Guests are asked to bring their own swim towels.

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The Ranch has a number of hiking trails of varied elevation.  We recommend wearing hiking boots or sturdy shoes while on the trails.

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Although there is varies elevation throughout the main campus, the buildings located on the top of the hill, which include the Kay Qvale Ranch House, Webb Lodge, the Swing Pavilion, the Refectory, the chapel, and the office, are easily accessible to most individuals with mobility concerns.  All guest accommodations have meeting spaces and bedrooms that meet ADA requirements for persons with disabilities.

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Groups and individuals are welcome to use the pool, in season, at their own risk, as long as it is not scheduled for another program. The pool has solar water heating and is subject to seasonal closure.  No lifeguard is on duty.  Please use the buddy system.  When in the pool area, children and youth must be directly supervised by a designated adult at all times (at least one adult for every five children).

Additional information and pool rules are available upon request.  Please contact Leda Wagner, Reservations Coordinator at 707-433-2440 or reservations@bishopsranch.org to inquire.

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Although it is not required for most groups, the Ranch highly recommends that a lifeguard is hired, especially when there are children in the group.  Groups that include children and have exclusive use of The Bishop’s Ranch, are required to have set swimming times during their retreat and to hire a lifeguard to cover those sessions.

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Weather conditions can vary greatly depending on the season.  In general, the weather is mild, with warm days and cool evenings.  We recommend checking your favorite weather website for the current forecast as your retreat date(s) approach.

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Smoking in never allowed in the buildings or on the hiking trails, and is allowed only in designated outdoor areas on the main campus.  Look for the green ashcans or ask a Ranch staff member for assistance.

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Use of candles is strictly prohibited in all bedrooms.  Candles may only be used in the chapel or during an organized retreat session where they are used as a fixed focal point and not held or moved while lit.  It is the group’s responsibility to ensure candles are monitored and used safely.

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There is not a bookshop at this time, but we do have a small corner in both the Ranch office and the Refectory where books, cards, and water bottles are on sale.

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