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What to Bring for Your Stay at Guest House:

Here are a few things to consider that will make your stay more enjoyable:

  • As is typical in retreat housing, many of you will be sharing bedroom space with others and therefore less is more. We advise loose, comfortable clothing and layers for warmth. Connecticut is typically warm (55-79) this time of year during the day, but it can get cooler in the evenings. Buildings are heated and air conditioned.
  • Bring indoor slippers or heavy socks since you'll be asked to remove your shoes at the entrance to each meeting space. Consider what shoes to wear to ease slipping them on and off.
  • Linens, pillows and towels are provided for your bedroom.
  • Participants should bring their own toiletries (shampoo, toothbrush, tooth past and shaving items). For outdoor activities, please consider bringing, sunscreen, insect repellant, sturdy shoes and a hat. Hairdryers are available upon request from the front desk/
  • Guest House is a smoke free facility. There are two designated areas located outside, which you will be advised of upon your arrival. Those are the only smoking areas on the property, so please use this area only if you will be smoking during the weekend.
  • High-speed wireless internet service is available in all guest rooms.
  • Guest House menus are creative and imaginative and meals are always satisfying and healthful. Fresh local and regional organic products are used whenever possible. Every meal offers variety and a vegetarian/vegan option is included whenever necessary. If you have any special dietary restrictions, please contact Trisha Massa with these by Monday prior to the weekend via email at ytamassa@aol.com.
  • Please pack a flashlight for evening walks
  • This is optional: Please bring one plain white t-shirt adult size or kid size (not a tank) you would be willing to donate to our male survivor clothesline project. The clothesline is displayed during future weekends and also at MaleSurvivor awareness events and conferences... during the weekend, we will give you time to decorate your t-shirt with a variety of art supplies... absolutely no prior art experience or design ability is needed for this...
  • Any lost & found items will be mailed back to you on request, and The Guest House will ask to be fully reimbursed for the postage.
  • MaleSurvivor and Guest House have a no alcohol or non-prescription drugs policy. Please be sure to bring any prescription drugs you need.
  • Feel free to bring your camera for taking nature pictures. We request you reserve taking pictures of participants until the last day when we will arrange a group picture time.
  • Feel free to bring any musical instruments/drums you want to bring, as we'll have an optional drumming circle and campfire (weather permitting) on Saturday evening
  • Feel free to bring any furry stuffed animals to keep your company. The facilitators will also bring a stash of friends in case there isn't room in your suitcase.
  • We'll be providing each of you with a journal to use during the weekend. You can of course bring your own personal journal if you prefer.
  • Guest House is wheelchair accessible, and the dining room and some meeting rooms are located on the first floor. Elevator service to available to all residential floors. There are also several bedrooms with wheelchair-accessible toilets and safety handles in the bathtub. Guest House can offer a wheelchair, a walker, or a motorized scooter for your convenience.
  • To obtain directions to Guest House, please visit their website at: http://guesthousecenter.org/page/4441-Location