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What is Bethabara?
Tucked in the wooded duneland
near Saugatuck, Michigan, Bethabara is a place set aside for the purpose of retreat; a time just to step back a bit, think and pray, rest and get a fresh perspective. Places of retreat have offered hospitality to spiritual pilgrims for centuries. Bethabara continues the ancient tradition of hospitality, in the setting of a comfortable and welcoming retreat cottage and country home. At Bethabara, you will find protected time and space for sabbath in the deepest sense of the word.


At Bethabara, you can discover and return to that which is most essential - communion with God.

Bethabara (pronounced Beth-ah-bah-rah, John 1:28 KJV) is an ecumenical ministry, anchored in the Judeo-Christian tradition and offered by Christians, for the purpose of cultivating and welcoming communion with God. Guests who share this purpose are welcome, whether they claim a faith tradition or not. Spiritual pilgrims as well as scholars and artists of all kinds have often found Bethabara a place that elicits creativity and fresh perspective.