St. Joseph Institute

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134 Jacobs Way, Port Matilda, PA 16870 United States 


This serene mountainside retreat, with its log-and-stone buildings, quiet valleys, and forest trails, offers a casual atmosphere to "relax, rejuvenate, and seek greater personal well-being." The Laurel Wellness Center, a state-of-the-art facility committed to wellness, features more than 60 spa and healing treatments, as well as a variety of programs and packages available for singles, couples, girl friends, groups, and families. Focusing on individual requirements, the unique Just For You program encourages guests to complete an online questionnaire and receive a customized program that matches their needs and interests.
Institute founder and director Jenny Sheetz, MA, CN, oversees the Laurel Wellness Center and provides many of the healing treatments. Offering services aimed at advancing personal wellness — fitness, healing, weight loss, personal growth, and professional development are just a few — is a passion for the experienced staff, whose skills are constantly being expanded through the Institute's School for Holistic Studies.
Guests at this Pennsylvania resort will find a tranquil, serene haven, where the only sounds are those of nature. Groups up to 32 can be accommodated.


The Laurel Wellness Center is housed in three log-and-stone buildings that are understated and elegant, appointed with accents of wood, flowers, indoor gardens, a waterfall, and a saltwater fish tank. Expansive windows overlooking the forest allow guests to observe the changing seasons. The well-equipped gym, resistance pool, indoor walking track, hot tub, and saunas are just some of the amenities.

The Institute specializes in healing treatments that address a variety of health and wellness issues, including therapies for chronic pain, stress, celiac disease, personal and relationship issues, fibromyalgia, weight loss, and nutritional support. Spa services include 10 types of massage and many skincare treatments that incorporate Moor Spa products, featuring 30,000-year-old mud containing hundreds of plants with known medicinal value. Fitness experts, nutritionists, physical therapists, counselors, and body workers are included on the wellness center staff.





Facilities & Amenities

There are several miles of walking trails on the 207-acre property. Guests can enjoy additional recreation facilities that include tennis, basketball, volleyball, and shuffleboard. There is a large children's area with tree houses, a playhouse, swing sets, and a selection of games and toys. Guests may also spend quiet moments in the spiritual garden and the beautiful non-denominational chapel with statues, stain-glass windows, and other artifacts collected from around the world.

Nearby communities offer many opportunities for excursions, including museums, art galleries, antique stores, theme parks, and historic villages. State College, the home of Penn State University, is a 25-minute drive to ample shopping. Numerous golf courses have agreements with the Institute, and some of the northeast's best trout fishing is just down the road.


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Rooms & Dining

Three log-and-stone buildings contain 22 guest rooms, including one- and two-bedroom suites. Decorated with handmade furniture, warm quilts, and pictures of local wildlife, the atmosphere is personal and cozy. In addition to its homey accommodations, the property's Hospitality House includes a fireplace lounge, designed with heavy timbers and a cathedral-style ceiling, and a library with thousands of books and DVDs. The game room has billiards, chess, and many other activities.

The dining room offers tasty and nutritious meals made with natural, mostly organic ingredients. The kitchen specializes in accommodating the needs of guests with food allergies and special diets, including gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian. Juicing detox and weight-loss meals can be provided.