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University and community groups will find multiple options for retreats and other gatherings at Horizons at Hemlock. Let us help create the perfect event for your organization.

We host everything from worship services and dance parties to Greek life retreats and college orientation programs and sports teams. We have the experience to help you troubleshoot the planning process.

We have a dining hall and both large and small breakout spaces, so you can pick the areas that are right for your event. Many spaces are equipped with audio-visual equipment, and we can set up tables and chairs to whatever layout you would like. And if you are looking to get outside for some fun during your time here, we have instructors ready to lead your group in team building, high ropes, and (starting spring 2024), even a few trips nearby like hiking or canoeing.

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Field Initiatives 

(min age: 1st grade) Using portable games and team-building activities, groups learn communication, planning, and teamwork while completing challenges and solving problems. With outcomes similar to the Team Development Course, this is a great choice during inclement weather or shorter activity times as all initiatives can be completed inside.


Team Development Course

(min age: 4th grade) Using prebuilt elements such as the Birthday Beam, Whale Watch, Peanut Butter Pit, and Life Walk, participants tackle challenges to complete a task. Some tasks have physical challenges, while others require great planning and cooperation. An instructor will lead your group through challenges that fit your group and meet your needs.



(min age: 5th grade) Participants push their personal boundaries as they traverse cables toward the zip platform. Once at the platform, participants slide off and zoom down the 300ft zipline!

Evening Programs


Field Games

Anything from buddy tag and capture the flag, to gaga and kick ball, participants will enjoy a mix of active games during this activity. Games will be chosen to best fit the group and their interests.


Campfire Program

During this traditional evening program, participants will enjoy a s’more, join in with call and response style camp songs, and laugh along to funny camp skits.



Day Hike

(min age: 4th grade) Head into our 400-acre woods with a pack lunch for an age-appropriate day hike near the historic Bull Run. Both full day and half day hikes are available.


River Canoeing

(min age: 5th grade) Spend a half-day or whole day on the historic Bull Run. Participants learn the ins and outs of rowing a canoe in moving water while making memories and seeing Virginia wildlife along the way. Length and difficulty will be adjusted based on age, ability, and weather.