At Emmaus Farm, we invite volunteers to be part of our mission by living the cornerstones of service, simplicity, community and prayer during a rural immersion experience in Appalachia, participating in direct service, ministry of presence, retreat, and Lewis County life.

Inquire here about scheduling your trip to Emmaus Farm.


$325 per volunteer per week (Sunday afternoon/evening—Saturday morning)


All forms are due upon arrival to Emmaus Farm for your volunteer week.

additional information

Below you will find helpful information for planning your trip. If you have any questions, please contact us.

  • Group Leader ChecklistHelpful To-Do and To-Bring lists to prepare for your trip

  • Pre-Trip Group MeetingIt is important that each group meets before their trip to Emmaus Farm. Information about what to cover at that meeting can be found here.

  • Packing ListWhat to bring and not to bring to the Farm

  • Donations We are always grateful for tax-deductible donations. If your group would like to gather some items to bring with you as a donation, our current needs are listed here.

Cell phone Policy

We receive no cell service at the Farm. We have a land line to be used in emergencies or to touch base once during the week: (606) 796-2363. However, to create a more immersive and beneficial experience for all, cell phones are not to be used at all during retreat weeks at Emmaus Farm. Chaperones, youth ministers, campus ministers and/or student leaders should plan to collect all cell phones from participants prior to arrival at the Farm for the benefit of all participants, chaperones, and Farm staff. Participants should not plan to charge cell phones at the Farm during the week.

Possible Schedule


  • Arrival - Groups should plan to arrive between 3:00 and 5:00 pm unless arrangements are made ahead of time.

  • Tour of the Farm, supper and dishes, leaders/chaperones meeting

  • Introduction of Emmaus Farm, staff, cornerstones, and service sites

  • Reflection, bed time


  • Wake up & morning prayer

  • Breakfast, dishes, prepare for service sites

  • Service sites in the community or on the Farm

  • Lunch at the Farm or at service site

  • Afternoon projects/free time

  • Supper and dishes

  • Night site

  • Reflection/free time

  • Lights out


  • Wake up and breakfast, Farm cleanup

  • Farm traditions and final prayer

  • Departure by 9:00 am - Groups should plan to leave the Farm no earlier than 7:00 am unless arrangements are made ahead of time.


In the evenings, we might stay at the Farm, or we might have a Night Site, which is an opportunity to experience Appalachian culture more fully. Night Sites might include local music, a religious service at a local church, daily Mass at Holy Redeemer, local art and flavors, home visits to friends of the Farm, night hikes, bonfires, to name a few.