Attending the Conference

Welcome to the 2017 Downeast Spiritual Life Conference!

We’re fortunate this year to host the conference in a beautiful location that is unspoiled and close to nature. The only part of Acadia National Park located on the mainland, the Schoodic Peninsula boasts panoramic ocean views, spectacular granite outcroppings, pounding surf, and nature trails that wind through secluded spruce and fir woods. Included here are instructions for attending the conference and getting to know the area.


The 2017 conference is being held on the campus of the Schoodic Institute, an independent nonprofit organization committed to advancing ecosystem science and learning for all ages through a unique partnership with Acadia National Park. The Schoodic Institute has complete conference and meeting facilities for up to 125, with on-site room accommodations and dining.

How to Reserve Lodging & Meals

All lodging reservations and meal arrangements are managed directly by the Schoodic Institute’s hospitality staff. After July 7, all lodging reservations can only be made by phone Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern at 207-288-1337 or 207-288-1356. In addition, the Institute will no longer accept meal reservations after July 7.

The Schoodic Peninsula is a popular destination spot and the Institute fills up rapidly for the summer months. All unreserved room reservations for the conference were opened to the public on June 15. After that date, rooms can only be reserved on an “as-available” basis. Please refer to information behind the “Lodging & Meals” tab on the top navigation for everything you need to know about their on-site lodging and meal plans.

Room Check-In/Check-Out

If you are staying overnight at Schoodic, please note the following room check-in times and locations.

3 – 6:30 p.m. | Moore Auditorium at the Conference Registration Desk
After 6:30 p.m. | Campus Host Apartment #19C at the Schoodic Shores Complex

8 – 10 a.m. | Moore Auditorium at the  Conference Registration Desk
After 10 a.m. | Rockefeller Hall Welcome Center

Sunday Check-Out
Check-out on Sunday is at 10 a.m. Please leave the room key inside and lock the door as you leave.

Conference Registration

registerThe only registration requirement this year is to reserve a seat at the conference. The conference is limited to 125 people and we strongly urge you to register early — space will fill up rapidly. Link here or on the image at the right to register for the conference.

It’s important to read the “Register” page before you begin the registration process. It explains how the system works and what you should know before you sign up. If your are familiar with the process, the graphic link at the right will take you directly to our secure conference registration site.

Registration Desk & Bookstore

Conference materials, including campus maps, meal and lodging reservations and an updated printed schedule, will be placed in a program packet created for you based on your registration information. These packets will be available at the conference Registration Desk from 3 – 8 p.m. on Friday, and from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Registration Desk is located at Moore Auditorium. Lodging and meal confirmations will also be provided by the Schoodic Institute at room check-in.

A selection of books, CDs and DVDs by the speakers will be available in the Conference Bookstore, which is also located in the Moore Auditorium. The Bookstore will be open from 3 – 8 p.m. on Friday, and from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. Speakers will be available for book signing beginning at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

What’s Available in the Schoodic Area

The first place to check for restaurants, grocery stores, B&Bs, and local landmarks and activities is the Schoodic Chamber of Commerce. Their calendar of events showcases the arts, lobster festivals, shopping and a wide variety of outdoor activities like hiking, sailing, golf, biking and more. Should you require additional lodging and dining options, check out their list of bed and breakfasts, cottage rentals, cabins, and campgrounds. They also list places to eat in local villages from Winter Harbor to Gouldsboro to Prospect Harbor. If you’re looking for alternative lodging, link to the Schoodic Chamber of Commerce’s list of other lodging providers in the area.



The Schoodic Institute

Located within more than 2,000 acres of Maine’s Acadia National Park, the Schoodic Institute features over 10 miles of accessible ocean shorefront, miles of peaceful nature trails, and a state-of-the-art lecture hall, as well as meeting and breakout rooms.

ba2013-51Up to 300 event attendees can be accommodated in its state-of-the art meeting facilities, and its lodging options can host more than 100 overnight guests.


The Schoodic Institute was created in 2004 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting scientific research in the park and throughout the region, providing professional development for teachers, and educating students to become a new generation of stewards who will help conserve our natural and cultural treasures.

It is one of 20 research learning centers located at national parks across the United States and is the largest of all these facilities.


Downeast Spiritual Life Conference

The Schoodic Institute
Administrative Offices

Hospitality Team