Next Retreat:

June 28 - July 16, 2017

Location & Travel

The Conductors Retreat at Medomak takes place at the Medomak Retreat Center, 307 Liberty Road (Route 220), Washington, Maine 04574. It is about 90 minutes north of Portland and south of Bangor. It is located about 30 minutes inland from Camden and 30 minutes east of Augusta, the state's capital.

Washington is a small, rural village with a general store, library, church, and post office.


Registration at Medomak takes place from 2:00 until 4:00 on the first day of the Retreat.  

Air Travel

There are airports in Portland, Bangor and Rockland. Usually, the best choice is the Portland airport, which is about 90 minutes from Medomak. Rockland is closer, but has the smallest airport with the fewest connections and most expensive flights. It's also possible to fly to Boston, Massachusetts and Manchester, New Hampshire, which are much farther away. Prices for flights to Boston and Manchester are sometimes lower, but there is the added expense of ground transportation.

Ground Transportation from the Portland, Maine, airport

The Conductors Retreat charter bus will transport participants from the Portland airport to Medomak on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 2:00 PM, arriving at Medomak around 3:30. When planning your flights, please be sure to allow for the possibility of weather delays, which can be frequent this time of year throughout the US. There is little flexibility in the departure time, so please plan for the bus to depart at 2:00. If you're flying from the West Coast, Mexico, Europe, or Asia, you may need to fly to Portland the day before. We'll be happy to facilitate hotel reservations in Portland. Participants are expected to arrange transportation so as to assure an on-time arrival (no later than 4:00pm on the first day of the Retreat, June 28, 2017); the first meeting begins at 4:30.

On Sunday, July 16, the charter bus will depart from Medomak no later than 9:30 AM, arriving at the Portland airport at approximately 11:00 AM. It is probably best to schedule flights after 12:30. Those needing to depart earlier are often able to make arrangements with participants who are driving.

Commercial airport transportation services are available and must be arranged well in advance. It is expensive to take a taxi from the airport to Medomak. It is far better to take our charter bus from the Portland airport.

Train and Bus Travel

Portland is serviced by bus and AMTRAK. Once you arrive in Portland, you'll need to make your way to the airport in order to meet the charter bus to Medomak.

Carpooling

It's sometimes possible to arrange a ride with another participant. We'll help facilitate contacts between drivers and riders.

Information For Those Driving to the Retreat

From the South: There are two routes. One is shorter and uses more highways; the other takes a bit longer and is more scenic. We've included both here.

Shorter, less scenic, possibly less traffic:

6: Merge onto I-95 N (Portions toll) (Crossing into MAINE).
44.3 mi
 
7: Merge onto I-295 N via EXIT 44 toward SOUTH PORTLAND/DOWNTOWN PORTLAND (Portions toll).
51.3 mi
 
8: Take the ME-126/ME-9 exit, EXIT 51, toward GARDINER.
0.3 mi
 
9: Turn RIGHT onto LEWISTON RD/ME-126/ME-9. Continue to follow ME-126/ME-9.
3.0 mi
 
10: Turn LEFT onto US-201/BRIDGE ST.
0.3 mi
 
11: Stay STRAIGHT to go onto ME-126/ME-27/ME-9.
0.2 mi
 
12: Turn RIGHT onto ME-126/ME-27/WATER ST.
0.2 mi
 
13: Turn SLIGHT LEFT onto WINDSOR ST/ME-226. Continue to follow ME-226.
5.5 mi
 
14: Turn RIGHT onto EASTERN AVE/ME-17. Continue to follow ME-17.
16.4 mi
 
15: Turn SHARP LEFT onto WALDOBORO RD/ME-220. Continue to follow ME-220. After passing the school on the right, follow the curves by bearing RIGHT, going past the grocery store, then LEFT up the hill.
3.7 mi
 
16: Look for the Conductors Retreat at Medomak sign on the right, at 307 Liberty Road. Go right up the hill and find a place to park while you register. After unloading your car, please move your car the participant parking lot on the other side of Route 220 (going right out of the driveway, you will see the parking lot on your left).  

Coastal route through some of Maine's picturesque seacoast villages:

Route 95 north to Scenic Route 1 north. You can get on Route 1 either just south of Freeport (if you want to shop at LL Bean, etc.) or farther north, at Brunswick. You will ride through Bath and Wiscasset, around the town of Damariscotta and then - in about 10 miles - past the sign announcing the town of Waldoboro. The famous Moody's Diner will be on the right, Route 220 on the left. You will see the sign for Bodacious Breads on the west.

Go LEFT onto Route 220, and follow it about 10 miles to the stop sign at Route 17. Go straight across Route 17, and continue straight ahead on Route 220 (north) about two miles into the town of Washington. In Washington, you will pass a school on your right, then bear RIGHT at the curve, go past the grocery store, then LEFT and up the hill.

Go approximately 1.5 miles until you see the "Conductors Retreat at Medomak" sign on your right at the entrance to the Medomak Retreat Center. Go right, up the hill and find a place to park while you register. After registering and moving into your cabin, please move your car to the participant parking lot on the other side of Route 220 (going right out of the driveway, you will see the parking lot on your left).

From the North, starting at Bangor International Airport:

1: Start out going NORTH on GODFREY BLVD.
0.2 mi
 
2: Go STRAIGHT toward EXIT TO CITY.
0.1 mi
 
3: Stay STRAIGHT to go onto GODFREY BLVD.
0.5 mi
 
4: Turn RIGHT onto UNION ST/ME-222.
1.0 mi
 
5: Turn LEFT onto 16TH ST.
0.2 mi
 
6: Turn RIGHT onto OHIO ST.
0.0 mi
 
7: Merge onto I-95 S toward NEWPORT/AUGUSTA.
10.4 mi
 
8: Take the ME-69 E exit, EXIT 174, toward WINTERPORT/NEWBURGH.
0.3 mi
 
9: Turn LEFT onto ME-69/HAMPDEN RD. Continue to follow ME-69.
1.8 mi
 
10: Turn RIGHT onto WESTERN AVE/US-202/ME-9. Continue to follow US-202/ME-9.
20.3 mi  
 
11: Turn LEFT onto THORNDIKE RD/ME-220. Continue to follow ME-220.
9.2 mi
 
12: Turn LEFT onto N MOUNTAIN VALLEY HWY/ME-220. Continue to follow ME-220.
10.6 mi
 
13: Turn RIGHT onto PINNACLE RD/ME-220. Continue to follow ME-220.
7.8 mi
 
14: Look for the Conductors Retreat at Medomak sign on the left, at 307 Liberty Road. Go up the hill and find a place to park while you register. After unloading your car, please move your car the participant parking lot on the other side of Route 220 (going right out of the driveway, you will see the parking lot on your left).