The links below offer a few tips that will help you prepare for your trip to Laity Lodge. If there is anything else you need, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you in the Canyon soon!

Reminder » Cell phones do not work in the Canyon. For those that may need to reach you during a retreat, they may call the Laity Lodge front desk (hostess office): 830-232-3640.

Questions People Ask

1What time do the retreats start?
Unless otherwise indicated, retreats begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and conclude at noon on the last day of the retreat. Arrivals begin at 3:00 p.m.
2What is the typical retreat schedule?

Retreat Sample Agenda

This sample schedule represents the design of all Laity Lodge retreats. Every retreat is unique, however, and the official schedule for your retreat will be posted at the hostess office. Note: for 3-day retreats (Fri.-Sun.), simply substitute the Thursday schedule for Friday's.


6:30 | Reception
7:00 | Dinner
8:15 | Large group session
9:30 | Refreshments


8:00 | Devotional
8:30 | Breakfast
9:40 | Large group sessions and conversation
1:00 | Lunch
2:00 | Free Time (includes art and other activities)
6:30 | Dinner
7:45 | Session


8:00 | Devotional
8:30 | Breakfast
9:40 | Large group sessions and conversation
1:00 | Lunch
2:00 | Free Time (includes art and other activities)
6:30 | Dinner
7:45 | Concert


8:30 | Continental Breakfast
9:30 | Large group session
11:00 | Brunch
12:00 | Departure
3What activities can I expect at a retreat?
A relaxed pace allows time for developing new friendships, sharing in small groups, interacting with gifted resource people, or enjoying solitude. Afternoons afford a variety of recreational activities. Depending on one’s individual need, ample opportunities abound for canoeing, hiking, reading, study, a paddle-boat ride, kayaking, biking, a set of tennis, arts/crafts, or simply a peaceful nap in a hammock. The Laity Lodge bookstore offers countless volumes of varied literature for hours of reading pleasure.
4What accommodations does the registration fee cover?
All meals, programs, and sleeping accommodations are included. All rooms are double occupancy.
5Where is Laity Lodge?
Laity Lodge is located in the Frio River Canyon, 12 miles north of Leakey, Texas, on Highway 83. For the most direct route from San Antonio, go west on Interstate 10 past Kerrville to the Highway 41 exit. Turn left on Hwy. 41. Travel about 22 miles to Highway 83. Turn left on Highway 83 and travel 15 miles to the H. E. Butt Foundation entrance on the left. Please watch for deer and other wildlife—especially if you are traveling at night. Also, there is only one small gas station available after leaving Kerrville.

See the map below for detailed driving directions, but keep in mind that smart phones and GPS devices may be unreliable due to our remote location. We recommend printing or downloading directions before you travel.
6What is the nearest airport?
San Antonio is the closest commercial airport to Laity Lodge. Be sure to include the two-hour drive from the San Antonio airport to Laity Lodge in your travel arrangements. Private aircraft can land at the Leakey airstrip, 12 miles away from the Lodge.
7Will my mobile phone/tablet/computer work?
Mobile phones don’t work in the Canyon. There are no telephones, televisions, radios, or internet access in the rooms. Yes, it really is a retreat place, time to truly get away. Consider it a blessing. We do have publicly available wifi access in and around the Great Hall, so you can use that if needed.

Smart phones and GPS devices may be unreliable due to our remote location, so we recommend printing or downloading directions before you travel.
8What should we bring to Laity Lodge?
The atmosphere at Laity Lodge is very informal, so casual or sport clothes are appropriate. Please dress comfortably. Pack appropriate footwear for your involvement in any of the many recreational activities available, including hiking, tennis, and biking. Be sure to include any personal toiletries and a hair dryer if you need one. Towels, bedding, housekeeping service, and laundry facilities are provided.

Suggested items include:

Good walking shoes
Comfortable, casual clothes
Warm outerwear for cool nights
Swimsuit (for those considering swimming in the Frio)
Hair dryer
Sun block
Bible and notebook
9Do you have accommodations for special needs?
Please indicate on your registration what your special needs are. We are amazingly flexible with advance notice. Let us know if you have special dietary needs. Since there are upstairs and downstairs rooms, indicate if you have a mobility limitation. There are a couple of wheelchair-accessible rooms equipped with grab bars. Laity Lodge has several golf carts and wheelchairs to help folks get around.
10What’s the camp’s relation to the H-E-B grocery store?
Laity Lodge sits on a 1,900-acre ranch purchased by Howard and Mary Holdsworth Butt in 1954. Howard was the president of the grocery company, which his mother started in Kerrville in 1905. Laity Lodge Family Camp took shape under the direction of their son, Howard Butt, Jr., and now the third generation, Deborah and David Rogers.
11How can people reach me at Laity Lodge?
The emergency phone number to leave with folks at home is 830-232-3640 to reach the host/hostess desk at the Lodge. The host/hostess will take a message for you. Return calls can be made by using the complimentary “pay” phones. The fax number at the Lodge is 830-232-3642 if you need to receive a fax.
12May I bring my pets? May I bring my firearms? May I bring my in-laws?
Although we welcome registered service animals if they are needed to assist you during your stay, please leave your pets and firearms at home. In-laws are optional.
13May I bring my child?
Laity Lodge is an adult retreat center. There is no babysitting provided for children at the facility. High school aged children can attend a retreat for the same registration fee as an adult.