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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Retreat Reservations

We send out emails for weekend reservations whenever groups are unable to utilize all of their contracted space.  The emails are usually sent anywhere from a few days or two to three weeks before the weekend in question. Fill out the form below to be added to our mailing list.

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Yes, a waiting list is used when we receive group cancellations.  Once on this list, you will be contacted when accommodations fitting your group needs and requested dates become available.

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Groups are responsible for the total charges indicated on their contract unless we are notify of a change in arrangements by the date noted in the Policy for Changes or Cancellation section of the contract such as:  a decrease in the numbers of people, an adjustment in the meal schedule, or a cancellation.  There are no rebates for late arrivals, early departures, beds not used or meals not taken.

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The Bishop’s Ranch staff must often clean up and prepare after one group departs and before another arrives, so we ask that you be aware of your group’s scheduled arrival time and make plans accordingly.  Meeting spaces and rooms will not be made available to early arrivals until all of the buildings have been cleaned and stocked with linens.

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The regular check-in time is 5:00 pm, and checkout is 12:30 pm from the bedrooms and 2:00 pm from the meeting spaces. These times may vary depending on a group’s reservation, so contact Leda Wagner at 707-433-2440 ext. 102 or reservations@bishopsranch.org to confirm the correct times.

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In addition to any items you might need for your retreat, which you would be notified of through the program information packet received one to two weeks before a scheduled program, the following may be useful: alarm clock, flashlight, layered clothing for warm days and cool evenings, hairdryer, walking shoes, notebook and pen.

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Groups are welcome to reserve chapel time during a retreat around the regular schedule of services offered by the Bishop’s Ranch. The Ranch holds the daily offices of Morning Prayer at 7:30 am and Evening Prayer at 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday, and Holy Eucharist every Sunday at 9:00 am.

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Subject to availability.  Please contact Leda Wagner, Reservations Coordinator at 707-433-2440 or reservations@bishopsranch.org to confirm group set-up needs and availability.

  • TV/VCR/DVD Player
  • CD Player
  • Sound System
  • Microphones

  • Tables/Chairs
  • Easel Stands
  • Podium/Music Stand
  • LCD Projector

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Please contact your group leader for information on how to register or for details regarding the retreat schedule.

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We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard or American Express.  There is a 3% surcharge for all credit card transactions over $500.00

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A 20% deposit is due along with a signed contract to hold a reservation.  The final payment is due at the time of the retreat.

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A 20% non-refundable deposit is required for every reservation.

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The Ranch welcomes individuals for self-directed retreats when space is available.  We schedule individuals in around the groups we serve and only about two to three weeks ahead on the calendar.  To check on availability contact Leda Wagner, Reservations Coordinator at 707-433-2440 ext. 102 or reservations@bishopsranch.org.

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Absolutely, we’d love to have you come for a tour to see if the Ranch is a good fit for the needs of your group.  Please contact Leda Wagner, Reservations Coordinator at 707-433-2440 or reservations@bishopsranch.org to make an appointment.

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The Bishop’s Ranch has 106 beds.  We offer a variety of occupancy levels, including double (two per room), standard (3-4 per room), or dorm (5-8 per cottage).  Limited camping space is also available.  Please contact Leda Wagner, Reservations Coordinator at 707-433-2440 or reservations@bishopsranch.org to discuss availability and which accommodation might be right for you group.

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No, but if there is no other group booked, at least 12 people are required for us to prepare meals.

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Because of the impact they would have on group retreats, the Ranch is not available for weddings.

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The Ranch serves a wide variety of groups:

  • Nonprofits (churches, school groups, etc.)
  • Government agencies
  • Clubs
  • Art/Craft groups
  • Family/Friend gatherings

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Yes, each lodging building offers at least one ADA compliant bedroom and all meeting spaces accessible.

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No, The Bishop’s Ranch is open to a variety of nonprofit groups and individuals whether or not they are affiliated with the Episcopal church.

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Please call the Ranch office main number at 707-433-2440, and then enter the appropriate extension.

Reservations and general information:
Leda Wagner, Reservations Coordinator
ext.102

Ranch programs:
Shannon Reilly, Conference Coordinator
ext.106

Summer camps or volunteer opportunities:

Marguerite Cauchois, Camp Director
ext.133

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