About the Pearlstone Retreat Center

The Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center is a beautiful Jewish retreat center and farm nestled on 160 rural acres just outside of Baltimore, MD. We've found the staff to be warm and welcoming, the accommodations to be very comfortable and the grounds to be peaceful.


Accommodations at Pearlstone range from lodge rooms that include two queen beds to a family and teen center set up much like a college dorm with twins and bunk beds and community bathrooms. There are also five cabins on site that can accommodate 5-10 people with twins and bunk beds. Camping at Pearlstone is also available.

Guests are provided linens, a pillow, and towels for the duration of their stay.

Upon arrival you will be provided with a key to your room, which will be your responsibility while at Pearlstone. If you lose your key IMCW will be charged $10, so, please be mindful. If you happen to get locked out of your room, please write a note to the retreat manager, who will have a master key.


Pearlstone offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free alternatives upon request, and can work with other allergy sensitivities as well. Any guest with dietary restrictions or a need for special accommodations is required to provide that information to the retreat manager in the pre-retreat questionnaire. While on site, any special requirements can be found on the side counter or by writing a note to the retreat managers.

Meals are typically served buffet style and guests are asked to help keep the dining room clean by busing their own tables. The staff will point out where dirty dishes, etc are to be placed at your first meal.

In consideration of the staff and other attendees, please make sure that you are on time for all meals.

Nuts, fruit, and granola bars will be available throughout the retreat as snacks.

Kosher guidelines

Pearlstone is a kosher facility, which means it kindly asks participants to honor this tradition by respecting its guidelines. This means:

  • No pork and shellfish are served, as these are considered non-kosher meats. 
  • The mixing of dairy and meat in a meal is prohibited. You will typically eat a dairy-only meal or a meat-only meal. (An example of a kosher meal would be a vegetable lasagna or roasted chicken with vegetables and potatoes.)
  • No outside food is permitted into either the main building, deck or the dining room.
  • Any food or beverages that guests may bring to Pearlstone for dietary or medicinal purposes must be kosher and must remain in their rooms at all times.
  • All guests must leave any water bottles in their rooms as they are not permitted in the meeting facility and dining room.
  • A beverage station in the building offers free coffee, teas, cold water and other beverages along with recyclable cups.
  • After sundown on Friday through sundown on Saturday, there will be limited coffee available, and no warm food will be served at breakfast on Saturday morning.

It is the mission of IMCW/The Insight Meditation Community of Washington is to support the awakening of hearts and minds through the direct experience of the Buddhist path, and the integration and manifestation of wisdom and compassion in all aspects of life, for the benefit of all beings.

P.O. Box 3
Cabin John, MD 20818

Phone: 202.986.2922