Group Retreats

As a Group Retreat on Porphyry Island you will be immersed in the beautiful surroundings and environment that the former light keepers and their families called home and getting there is half the fun.

A Group Retreat (Min 3 / Max 6) allows your organization or it’s just friends, the opportunity to develop your own program and deliver it in a lighthouse setting.

Arts, photography, travel, nature, rock hounds, bird enthusiasts, yoga and writer groups have already been welcomed to Porphyry Island Lighthouse. What are you waiting for?

Package Includes transport to and from the mainland, entrance fee, accommodation, guided orientation and lighthouse tour, access to sauna, beach, walking trails and panoramic view.

Food packages and programming extras can be secured on request. To reserve your retreat, email the Managing Director for further information at:

Our charter leaves on a Thursday afternoons and brings your party back on the Sunday.

While on the island you can learn what it took to be a light keeper on an isolated island surrounded by the changing moods of Lake Superior. Enjoy panoramic views black-sand beaches, all while staying at a historic Lake Superior Island lighthouse. Step into the role of Light Keeper for a weekend and embrace Lake Superior's history, awe and beauty.

Follow in the footsteps of former keepers and immerse yourself in history or make up your own schedule and do a session on photography, yoga, fitness, lighthouse book reviews, environmentalists issues or do some art.

By day, enjoy the light keepers experience while engaging in your own programming. Do morning and afternoon sessions at our many locations, such as the boathouse, lighthouse dwelling, campgrounds, beaches or at the Gordon Graham Gallery.

By night enjoy relaxing in the sauna, sitting by the campfire or be dazzled by the illumination of stars in the dark sky. The keeper’s dwelling provides basic amenities for your four-day stay including a kitchen helper and an opportunity to order in your own supplies.

Enjoy the nature of the Lake Superior environment that keepers embraced. Visit the black-sand beaches to see where wrecks have come ashore. Spot the sea-glass from broken bottles and pottery left behind by former keepers. You’ll find out time runs at a different pace!

As a Group Retreat visitor, you’ll need to pack your sleeping bag and pillowcase for your overnight stay; bring layered clothing for changing conditions. The dwelling accommodates six people: 1 double bed, 2 single-beds, and another room with 2 single beds, includes on-site solar and generator power and running water, wood stove, propane stove and fridge.

WIFI is available for people to post their adventures online or email home. Your food previsions are included in a set menu, or you can opt-out and look after yourself. Once you have received your basic orientation and tour you can start your retreat programming or just hang out.