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Workshop Location

The Chapin Mill Retreat Center
8603 Seven Springs Road
Batavia, NY 14020 (between Rochester and Buffalo).

Chapin Mill Retreat Center

The Chapin Mill Retreat Center is located in Western New York State about 35 miles west of Rochester and 40 miles east of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. Weather and temperatures are variable due to the close proximity to the Great Lakes. Lake Ontario is about 25 miles north of the retreat center.

Our recommendation is to check one of the weather sites (l.e. weather.com) close to the time of the event (using Batavia NY, 14020 as the address) to be more certain, but overall, dress in clothing that can be layered and is comfortable. A warm jacket or coat, knitted hat or cap, and gloves will make outside walking comfortable. Local residents find that long underwear is very versatile and provides a good base layer, especially for early morning and evening meditation. The retreat center is located on 135 acres, so if you plan to walk in the surrounding woods and meadows in your free time, you may want to bring hiking shoes or sturdy sneakers. There are some walking paths.

This is really a retreat format, so casual, loose-fitting, comfortable clothing will be the order of the day, and there are no occasions where you would have to be dressed up. Participants are asked to bring dedicated indoor shoes or slippers to wear inside the facility. This preserves the wood floors and helps to maintain a quiet environment.

Accommodations

The Chapin Mill Retreat Center offers comfortable, handicapped-accessible basic accommodations with shared bedrooms and shared bath. Participants are strongly encouraged to stay on-site. Chapin Mill is a Zen Center, and we believe that your experience will be enhanced by participating in the physical aspects of staying in the center. A few single rooms are available, but the majority of rooms sleep 2-4 people. Please reserve early to get your first choice. While Internet access will be available, there will be limited time for outside work.
The facility will provide bedding, linens, towels, and soap. However other toiletries you may be accustomed to may not be available, so please plan to bring what you need. Flashlights are available for those wishing to walk outside in the evening. Since some rooms are shared, you may wish to bring a flashlight & batteries to avoid disturbing a roommate if you need to get up during the night. (Bathrooms are shared and off the main hallways.) There are alarm clocks in the rooms, and most cellular phones have this capacity.

The relatively secluded location makes security only a minor concern, however, with shared quarters and the limited availability of keys to lock rooms, we highly recommend leaving valuable items at home, reducing the possibility of anything being lost or stolen. About half the rooms can be locked, so anyone who has a particular concern may request to be put in one of these rooms. Please let us know ahead of time. There is also a small safe and a lockable cabinet in the office.

Hotel Accommodations

For those who prefer, hotel accommodations are available approximately 5 miles from the retreat center. Those staying off-site will be responsible for paying for their own room and providing their own transportation to/from Chapin Mill each day. The Clarion Hotel, located at 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY 14020. Hotel reservations can be made by calling (585) 344-2100. 

Food & Beverages

Dietary restrictions at Chapin Mill include no flesh foods (fish and meat) and no alcohol. Eggs, cheese and other dairy products are acceptable. Meals will be provided that follow these guidelines.

Air Travel

Please plan flights so they arrive by 4:00 pm on May 2, 2016 and depart after 4:30 pm on May 6, 2016

Group Shuttle Transportation from the Rochester Airport to the Chapin Mill

Shuttle transportation will be provided at 4:30 pm on May 2nd from the Rochester International Airport to the Chapin Mill Retreat Center. Please plan to meet the Rochester Shuttle Express (585-370-1210) outside baggage pickup by 4:30 pm.

Group Shuttle Transportation from the Chapin Mill to the Rochester Airport

Shuttle transportation will also be provided on May 6th from the Chapin Mill Retreat Center to the Rochester International Airport. Please plan to meet the shuttle service outside the Retreat Center at 2:30 pm and plan your flights so they depart the Rochester International Airport after 4:30 pm on May 6th.

If you would like to participate in the shuttle services but have not signed up, please contact:
Diane Frank
diane_frank@urmc.rochester.edu
585-275-9782

Ground Travel On Your Own from the Rochester Airport

Rental Cars

Can be reserved prior to arrival. It is best to book your rental 2 weeks in advance.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
1200 Brooks Ave
Greater Rochester International Airport
Rochester, NY
(585) 235-1449

Budget Car Rental
1200 Brooks Avenue
Greater Rochester Intl Airport, Greater
Rochester, NY
(585) 464-6093

Avis Car Rental
1200 Brooks Avenue
Greater Rochester Intl Airport
Rochester, NY
(585) 328-6600

Taxi Service

Available at the Rochester Internation Airport outside the baggage claim area. The charge is about $125 one way service.

Airport Taxi Service
(585) 737-5272

Airport Taxi Rochester, NY
(585) 957-2470

Yellow Cab Express
(585) 978-9099

Rochester Airport Transportation
(585) 369-6667

Ground Travel On Your Own from the Buffalo Airport

Rental Cars

Can be reserved prior to arrival. It is best to book your rental 2 weeks in advance

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
4200 Genesee St-Buffalo Airport
Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Buffalo, NY
(716) 565-0002

Avis Car Rental
4200 Genesee Street
Buffalo Niagara Intl Airport, Buffalo Niagara International Airport,
Buffalo, NY
(716) 632-1808

Alamo Rent A Car
Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF), 4200 Genesee St
Buffalo, NY
(888) 826-6893

Taxi Service

Available outside the baggage claim area. The charge is about $135 one way service.

Buffalo Airport Taxi
(716) 633-8294

Buffalo Airport Taxi Service
(716)-543-5200

Liberty Yellow Cab
716-877-7111

If you have any questions regarding your registration, please contact the Center for Experiential Learning at cmeregistration@urmc.rochester.edu or (585) 275-7666.

Driving Directions to the Chapin Mill

Chapin Mill Address:
8603 Seven Springs Rd
Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: 585-343-5684
(for emergencies call Wayman at 585-409-6496 or Eryl at 585-409-6497)

From the Greater Rochester International Airport / Rochester Area

Head east on Airport Way toward E Airport Rd/Greater Rochester International Airport
0.5 mi

Take the 2nd right onto Airport Rd
358 ft

Take the 1st left onto Brooks Ave/NY-204 W
1.1 mi

Turn left at Chili Ave/New York 33A W/NY-204 W
0.8 mi

Turn right at NY-204 W
0.8 mi

Merge onto I-490 W via the ramp to Buffalo
12.4 mi

Take exit 2 for NY-33/New York 33 A toward Bergen/Batavia
0.3 mi

Keep right at the fork, follow signs for NY-33 W and merge onto New York 33A W
0.2 mi

Continue straight onto Buffalo Rd/NY-33 W. Continue to follow NY-33 W
10.9 mi

Turn left at 7 Springs Rd
Destination will be on the left

After turning left onto Seven Springs Rd, go 0.8 miles to the Chapin Mill Retreat Center driveway. Turn left onto the drive at the Retreat Center sign (3 Trees on a white background) and proceed about 0.5 miles down the hill, past the pond and outbuildings to the main building at the end of the drive. There is temporary parking in front of the building to unload luggage. After unloading proceed to the parking area at the east end of the building.

From the Buffalo Niagara International Airport / Buffalo Area

Head west toward Cayuga Rd/Genesee St
0.5 mi

Continue straight onto NY-33 W
1.3 mi

Take the exit onto I-90 E toward I-290/Niag Falls/Albany (Partial toll road)
31.3 mi

Take exit 48 toward NY-98/Batavia  (Toll road)
0.3 mi

Continue straight  (Toll road)
0.2 mi

Turn left at Oak St.
1.1 mi

Turn left at W Main St/NY-5 E
3.1 mi

Turn left at 7 Springs Rd
Destination will be on the right
0.5 mi

After turning left onto Seven Springs Rd, go 0.8 miles to the Chapin Mill Retreat Center driveway. Turn left onto the drive at the Retreat Center sign (3 Trees on a white background) and proceed about 0.5 miles down the hill, past the pond and outbuildings to the main building at the end of the drive. There is temporary parking in front of the building to unload luggage. After unloading proceed to the parking area at the east end of the building.