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What to Expect as a Guest

Louhelen’s scenic and serene campus welcomes participants. Within your first moments on campus, one realizes that they’ve arrived at a special place. Prepare to meet new and old friends who are excited about taking part in a spiritually uplifting experience.

Check-in & Departure

Unless otherwise noted, check-in starts at 4:00 p.m. and ends at 11:00 p.m. on the first day of your session. Dinner is served from 6-7:00 p.m. in the dining room. Please let us know if you will arrive after dinner by calling the registrar at 810-653-5033, ext. 7202 or email If you must arrive after 11:00 p.m., please advise the Registrar before 9:00 p.m. that night.

Check-out time is 1:30 p.m. on the last day of the session.

Most spring, fall, and winter weekend programs begin with Friday dinner and run through Sunday lunch; summer programs typically begin with Friday dinner and end with lunch on Wednesday; and Winter School always begins with dinner on December 27 and ends with lunch on January 1.

Please note that no reductions in fees are made for late arrivals, early departures, or missed meals. Louhelen provides sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels in all on-campus housing.

Guest Guidelines

We kindly ask that Louhelen guests follow these guidelines:

Children must be fully supervised by their parents or adult sponsor while not in their assigned children’s class. The school does not provide supervision for children outside their scheduled classes.

Pets: Pets are not permitted on campus.

Tobacco-Free Campus: The Bahá’í National Center and all its agencies are dedicated to maintaining a healthful work and learning environment, free from the effects of tobacco in any of its forms (cigarettes, pipes, cigars, and chewing tobacco) as well as e-cigarettes. Accordingly, Louhelen is a totally tobacco-free campus, whether inside or outside of the buildings, on the grounds, and in vehicles parked on campus property. Thank you for your commitment to our healthful environment and for observing this policy.

Dress Standards: Casual attire reflecting modesty is appropriate for all sessions.  

Recreation: To promote a retreat atmosphere of spiritual community and to foster fellowship together, we request that you leave all portable entertainment devices such as portable music players and electronic game units at home. Please note that Louhelen enforces this policy during all programs and sessions designed to serve the needs of children, junior youth, and youth. Please note that inline skates and skateboards may not be used on campus.

Messages: Although we are unable to transfer incoming calls outside our office, our staff will be happy to accept messages for you during our regular office hours. Messages can also be left on our voicemail, which is checked frequently.

Laundry: Limited laundry facilities are available on campus. Detergent is available in the laundry room. Kindly pay $2.00/load (wash and dry) at the front desk.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Phone Service and WiFi

T-Mobile users are challenged to receive a signal on the Louhelen campus. Other cell phone providers (i.e., AT&T, Verizon) experience good reception. Wi-Fi is available in all meeting rooms, the dining room and the Bookstore, and in dorm rooms