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Frequently Asked Questions

Preliminary Questions

May I make an appointment to visit or tour?

We are happy to set up an appointment for you to tour the center. Please call ahead as the rooms you wish to see may be occupied.


Is the Center available for booking every day?

The Center is available for booking every day of the week from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Weekends are most popular so reserve your date as early as possible.


How far in advance can I make a reservation?

We accept reservations a year in advance for weekend events. We accept reservations six months in advance for weekday events. Reservations made earlier than six months in advance are tentative.


Can I hold a reception or party at the center?

We are unable to accommodate weddings, funerals, parties, or other such events.


Are children allowed if they are supervised?

We are an adult only facility. We are not available to children or youth groups. We do not allow children of our adult guests regardless of whether or not they are supervised. Our insurance policies prohibit children.


Are there overnight accommodations available?

Overnight accommodations are available for individual retreatants only. We do not have the facilities to host groups overnight.


Once You Have Settled on a Date

What time can I begin the event?

We ask that you do not arrive before 8:00 a.m. If set up time or catering is required, we suggest you begin your event at 8:30 or 9:00 a.m.


How late can I end the event?

We ask that all events and clean-up be concluded by 8:00 p.m.


Is the sisters' chapel available for my use?

The chapel is not available for general use or drop in visits. It is a part of the private residence of the sisters. We do, however, allow mass to be said in the chapel by visiting priests if prior arrangements are made.


Do you cater?

No, we do not cater events. You are welcome to use outside catering or to bring your own food to the Center. Should you choose to cater, we have a full catering kitchen available for your caterer including ovens and refrigerators.


Is there a list of recommended catering options?

We do not recommend a specific caterer. We do have a list of available catering companies that have worked with the groups that use our Center. We are happy to provide that list to you.


May I bring my own food and drink?

You may definitely bring your own food and drink to the Center. We have coffee bar kitchens and a full catering kitchen available for your use. This includes oven and refrigerator.


Do you provide coffee?

We do not provide coffee or tea for events. If you would like to serve coffee or tea to your group, please bring it. We do provide coffee and tea pots for your use as well as large coffee urns for large groups.


Can I serve alcohol at the event?

Yes, many of our guests like to serve alcohol at the end of a retreat. That is certainly acceptable as long as we are made aware ahead of time and the proper banquet permit has been obtained. Only beer, wine and champagne are approved, no beer kegs or hard liquor. Alcohol must be served and consumed inside the building or on the patio and not extend to the rest of the campus.


Do I need a banquet permit to serve alcohol?

Yes, all local, state and federal alcohol-related laws apply. We require that you provide us with a copy of your banquet permit before you begin your event. You may obtain a permit online at http://test.liq.wa.gov/licensing/banquet-permits


May I use candles at the event?

We prefer that you use battery operated candles. We ask that you use safe containers if using non-battery operated candles. They are available in the office.


May I use incense at the event?

We ask that you do not use incense.


May I bring my pet?

Pets are not allowed except for guide or service animals.


What do I do if my number of attendees changes at the last minute?

We appreciate knowing the number of attendees at your event. The number of guests will impact the suggested donation for the space that you are reserving. It will also impact the set-up you choose (number of tables and chairs). If the number of attendees changes, we can make adjustments to your invoice and set-up plans if you let us know immediately. We are not always able to make changes the day of the event.


What if I need to cancel my event?

Should you need to cancel an event, please let us know immediately so that we may make the space available to other guests. If you have already paid for your event, we will be happy to refund your donation, less the deposit. All deposits are non-refundable.


Questions for the Day of the Event

How do I get to the Center?

The Center is centrally located in the greater Seattle area on the shores of Lake Washington in Bellevue. The street address is 1663 Killarney Way in Bellevue, WA. Please see the web page Directions and Map.


What is the process for parking?

We ask guests to park in the guest parking lot adjacent to Killarney Way and walk down the path that leads from the parking lot to the Peace and Spirituality Center. The circle drive in front of the Peace and Spirituality Center is a fire lane and is reserved for deliveries and emergency use only. Please do not park in the sisters/staff parking lot. Please do not leave any valuables in your vehicle.


Do you have disabled parking available?

We have three handicap parking spaces available at the Peace and Spirituality Center. If you have someone in your group who cannot walk down the path from the parking lot, please let us know and we will reserve a parking spot for them. If all the handicap parking is taken, drop that person off at the Peace and Spirituality Center and then park your car in the guest parking lot. Please do not park in the sisters/staff parking lot. Please do not leave any valuables in your vehicle.


What is the process if I have many things to drop off before the retreat?

If you have materials or equipment you may drop them off at the loading zone before parking your car. Please do not park in the sisters/staff parking lot.


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