Wayfarer's Cottage (The Quiet House)
A place for contemplative retreat
Dear Friend, The Quiet House of Laity Lodge is an island of everlastingness, of quiet, of contemplation, in a sea of "instant culture." One affliction of our generation is instantitis. Instant coffee, fast food, and microwave dinners: these are the gastronomic symbols of our common haste, our rush, our speed. Exhaustion and rest are not synonymous. Technology and mobile devices leave our souls out of breath. The Quiet House will help us change the way we experience time. Gladly acknowledging our debt to the Catholic monastic tradition and its heritage of silent retreats, we strive to synthesize that multifaceted legacy and its marvelous riches with the more historically Protestant emphasis on a secular priesthood and the ministry of the laity. The vision for a contemplative retreat house was born in the heart of Bill Cody, former Laity Lodge director. In 1978 the generosity of the donors, together with the skill of the builders made his vision a reality. Their obedience to the command "Be still, and know that I am God" ennobles its beauty, enshrines its roof, and hallows its stones.
For thus says the Lord God,
the Holy One of Israel;
In returning and rest shall
you be saved;
In quietness and confidence
shall be your strength." Isaiah 30:15
—Howard E. Butt, Jr
Mrs. H. E. Butt, Sr., who did much of the planning and furnishing of the Quiet House, saw it as a place to strengthen families at a time when changing values are threatening the stability of God's primary institution for societal living. A husband and wife having a few days together for thinking, talking, praying, and responding to each other's needs in a quiet, undisturbed, and comfortable place is a major purpose of the Quiet House.
A life of prayer is often difficult, but silence has its own unique ministry.
Quiet may be the greatest need in our society. Most of us are overscheduled. The part of life most neglected is time alone for reflection with God. Jesus developed the strong rhythm of time alone, time with a few, and time with the crowds. For us the rhythm could be time alone with God, time with our families and friends, and time with our work.
The Quiet House provides the gift of silence and an opportunity for stillness, meditation, and prayer for an individual or a married couple.
Hidden among cedars and live oaks on a rugged Texas hill, the rock and copper-roofed house is an ideal place to withdraw from the pressure of busy activities. Many who have given themselves to the silence witness that God reveals himself in it.
We encourage you to bring your own books, especially if they relate to spiritual formation and a contemplative retreat process. Selected books are available to Quiet House guests as supplemental reading.
The Quiet House is available for one or two adults who desire the gift of silence and time for prayer and meditation. Reservation dates may be requested for two to six days, except for some holidays.
- Sunday arrivals are only available during the summer months of June, July, and August.
- Fee is $100 per night, paid in advance prior to arrival. A nonrefundable deposit equal to one night's stay is required to secure your reservation.
- Check-in time is 3:00-5:00 p.m.
- Check-out time is no later than 1:00 p.m.
Destination point for arrival is The Camp Office. There you will be met by a Guest Services Manager who will transfer you, your food, and luggage into our 4-wheel drive vehicle and transport you up the mountain to the Quiet House.
Guests are responsible for providing and preparing their own food.
The one-bedroom house is furnished with one queen-size bed (including bedding and linens) with a living room, small loft, one bath with tub and shower, kitchen, and breakfast room. The kitchen is equipped with a microwave oven in addition to a conventional oven and stove, refrigerator, coffee pot, utensils, and dishes. Some basic items are provided such as salt, sugar, coffee, tea, and paper goods. Also available is a gazebo, porch swing, hammock and barbecue pit with charcoal and lighter fluid. Each guest is responsible for leaving the house clean.
There is no phone or cell reception at the Quiet House. In case of emergency, there is a two-way radio that will put you in contact with guest services.
The Quiet House is located on the H. E. Butt Foundation Camp property on Highway 83, 12 miles north of Leakey, Texas.
A Ministry of Laity Lodge®
Foundations for Laity Renewal
P. O. Box 290670 Kerrville, Texas 78029-0670