Important! The beautiful homes on the bay that we have rented (one is named "Holy Family" and the other "St. Anne") at the Maris Stella Retreat Center are clean, cozy, and comfortable. But Maris Stella is not the modern retreat center with full amenities you may be used to. Please be aware of the following:

  • There are only 23 beds on-site at the Maris Stella Retreat Center available to us. Click here for a lodging update.
  • Beds will be reserved for the weekend on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Only full weekend (both Friday and Saturday) reservations are available. You cannot stay for just one night. Volunteers may come on Thursday night (no additional cost).
  • The accomodations are shared, with 2, 3, or 4 beds per room. All beds are singles.
  • Bathrooms are shared. There are no private bathrooms.
  • You are expected to bring your own sheets and towels.
  • You may reserve a single bed, or an entire room with multiple beds.
  • Some groups may wish to reserve all the beds in a room so that you can stay together in the same room.
  • Even after your reservation, your requests may not be able to be fulfilled. We may need to make changes.
  • Lodging and meal reservations are non-refundable, and must be paid by everyone.
  • The cost is $150 per bed for both Friday and Saturday night (unless you register early or have a promo code, in which case the cost is only $125, or volunteer or do a workshop, in which case the cost is $110 for the weekend).
  • The rooms don't have room numbers, so we've named them after Tai Chi styles and/or Tai Chi Historical Figures.
  • To see the room names, which house they are in, and how many beds are left in each room, click here on the lodging update.

Other Accommodations

If you wish more hotel-like accommodations, or you wish to reserve only one night of the weekend, below we've listed several nice hotels and motels nearby which you can call to make a reservation. (Again, do not wait. September is "wedding month" on the island, and the hotels and motels fill up rapidly. If you wait until after June, you most likely would have to get a room far away, somewhere off the island.)

The following two Motels are Sponsoring Organizations and provide Discounts to our participants:

Islander Motel LLC
1202 Central Ave, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
Talk to Joe at (609) 494-6964 and tell him you are from the Symposium for a 10% discount.
As of June 9th, there are 10 rooms left. You must tell him you are from the Symposium and ask for the 10% discount.

White Whale Motel
20 West 7th Street
Barnegat Light NJ 08006
Call George or Wayne (609) 494-3020 email:
IMPORTANT!!!!! As of March 30th, no rooms are left. All are used by Symposium Steering Committee members and their groups.

Other hotels/motels on the island:
Drifting Sands
119 E 9th St, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008
Phone:(877) 524-7866

Sea Horse Motel
Address: 4204 Long Beach Blvd, North Beach Haven, NJ 08008
Phone:(609) 494-5392

Daddy O Hotel
(the nicest and most expensive hotel of the bunch)
4401 Long Beach Blvd, North Beach Haven, NJ 08008
Phone:(609) 494-1300