ACTIVITIES

The Hope Ranch is situated in the quiet NW suburbs of Chicago in an area with several forest preserves, lakes, farms, where a variety of activities can be enjoyed. Here are some of our recommended to do's during a silent retreat.

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Trail Walking

There are several beautiful forest preserves in the area, often featuring a river, scenic overlooks, and hiking trails. To name a few: Grassy Lake Forest Preserve, Tower Lakes Fen Nature Preserve, Fox River Marina, Port Barrington Forest Preserve, etc.

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Canoe, kayak, pedal/row boat

Rent a boat, canoe, kayak, fishing pole, and enjoy the scenic beauty of Lake Zurich (230+ acre lake). More details: Bill’s Boats Bait and Marina.

03

Equestrian Activities

Visit one of the equestrian and riding centers, watch horses, or take a riding lesson. Click here for the Barrington Hills Riding Center.

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Biking

Explore the beautiful forest preserves by bike. Suggested: bike and stop to watch birds in Baker's Lake Nature Preserve or Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve. 

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Bonfire

Enjoy an evening out on the property with a bonfire and marshmallows. 

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Gardening

Enjoy some gardening work on our property. Gardening has been proven to improve mood, stabilize feelings of anxiety and depression, and overall, reduce feelings of stress and stress incidents.