Our Locations

Brescia Conference Services | Camp Burton at Vashon Island | Centro Espírito Santo e Missão | Chapin Mill Retreat Center | Duncan Center | EarthRise Retreat Center | Ecology Retreat Centre | Elohee Center | Garrison Institue | Great Vow MonasteryHartzer Park | Joshua Tree Retreat Center | Pendle Hill |  Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Center | Sedona Mago Retreat Center  | Shambhala Mountain Center | Siena Retreat CenterSt. Benedict’s Retreat & Conference Centre | Whidbey Institute at Chinook

Clare-HallBrescia Conference Services

1285 Western Road
London, ON N6G 1H2
Phone: (519) 432-8353
E-mail: Brescia.clarehall@uwo.ca
Map and Directions

Set on top of a hill in over 40 acres of green space, right in the City of London, Brescia’s campus is surrounded by nature and enjoys a stunning view of the London and Western University skylines. Brescia offers a peaceful retreat-like setting coupled with state-of-the-art facilities, affordable accommodations, and excellent food. Our close-knit and welcoming campus features the historic, castle-like Ursuline Hall, Mother St. James Building, and Clare Hall, comprising our new state-of-the art residence, dining pavilion and gathering space. Opened September 2013, Clare Hall accommodates just over 300 conference guests during the summer months and includes the Mercato a bright, spacious meeting facility with floor to ceiling windows, built in audio visual equipment, fireplace, soaring 30 foot ceilings and immediate access to a comfortable patio.

For further directions, visit the Brescia Conference Services.

Camp BurtonCamp Burton at Vashon Island

9326 SW Bayview Drive, Vashon Island,
Washington 98070-7024
Phone: (206) 463-2512
E-mail: campburton.vashon@gmail.com

Map and Directions

Located on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound area near Seattle, Camp Burton has a 106 year history of providing a retreat location for non-profit organizations as well as summer camps for all ages of youth and adults.  We have 20 acres of wooded and waterfront property to provide a very peaceful and beautiful setting.   We  often say you can “Escape to the Island” when coming to Camp Burton as we are close to Seattle and Tacoma and yet you truly feel like you’re “getting away” from the fast-paced world.  The majority of our guest groups return each year and are complimentary about our helpful staff, delicious food, and well-kept facilities.  There is more information, photos and sample menus on our website. www.campburton.com.

For further directions, visit the Camp Burton website.

cesm2Centro Espírito Santo e Missão
Rua da Pena nº 225
4750-693 Silva, Barcelos
Phone: (253) 886-370
E-mail: eventos@spm-be.pt

Map and Directions


Nestled in the beautiful North of Portugal, this center is the perfect site for retreats. It offers fresh air, mountain vistas, gorgeous wooded acreage, personalized service and the best facilities around. Located just 40 minutes from Oporto Airport, with great accesses, you will feel a million miles away from the city, but we’re close enough for an easy getaway.
The gardens offers sanctuary to reflect and recharge in natural beauty with the sounds of water all around.

We recommend that you fly into the Oporto Airport and will provide you with a link to an online bulletin board for coordinating shared rides from the airport to the retreat center.

chapin3Chapin Mill Retreat Center 
8603 Seven Springs Rd
Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: (585) 343-5684
E-mail: receptionist@rzc.org
Map and Directions

Chapin Mill is situated on a 135-acre country estate donated to the Rochester (New York) Zen Center by a former member. The grounds include a spring-fed mill pond and the original grist mill built in 1811. Perennial flower beds line many of the walkways that wind within the grounds, and large open meadows, a simple labyrinth, a swimming area, orchard and walking trails are some of the highlights of this idyllic location.

The multi-building complex includes a commercial kitchen, magnificent gathering spaces with reclaimed beams, and dormitory accommodations for more than 50 people. The crown jewel of the facility is the zendo: for the first time in the Center’s more than 40-year history, members are able to sit in a space that was designed specifically for meditation. With dozens of windows opening to the fresh air and tranquil sounds of the countryside, the Chapin Mill zendo provides an ideal setting for quieting the mind and engaging in a meditation retreat training.

During springtime in upstate New York, the landscape is striking in its lush greenery and arrays of colorful blooming wildflowers. The weather is temperate and marked by occasional rain, but is generally pleasant and comfortable.

Accommodations are retreat-style in that most rooms are double-occupancy, neatly but simply furnished, and have easy access to common bathrooms that are at most a few steps down the hall. If you do not request a specific roommate, we will assign one for you. All bedrooms are carpeted, and feature a desk and clothing bureau. Linens, blankets and towels are provided.

We recommend that you fly into the Rochester airport (ROC) and will provide you with a link to an online bulletin board for coordinating shared rides from the airport to the retreat center.

For further directions, visit the retreat center website.

duncan2Duncan Center
15820 S. Military Trail
Delray Beach, FL 33484
Phone: (561) 496-4130
Email: info@duncancenter.org
Map and Directions

The Duncan Conference and Retreat Center is a serene, tranquil oasis on five tropical acres in beautiful Palm Beach County, Florida. Owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida, the Duncan Center welcomes all to this spirit-filled, peaceful environment.

Facility includes five meeting spaces of various room dimensions that hold 10 to 120 people. Additionally, the Schofield Chapel seats up to 200 people which provides an inspirational and captivating experience. The dining room with complete kitchen, offers delicious and nutritious meals. Forty lodging rooms, with individual climate controls, private bathrooms with towels, linens, blankets, and daily refreshing of each room, can accommodate up to 80 guests. Amenities also include year-round pool with hot tub and WiFi throughout the Center.

For reflection and meditation, the Duncan Center is proud to offer indoor and outdoor Labyrinths. The indoor labyrinth is comprised of amazing dark green and cream colored granite tiles on the chapel floor. The outdoor labyrinth is tucked in a beautifully shaded space providing a peaceful, serene experience. Both are the same rosette design based on the labyrinth set into the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France.

Just five miles east is beautiful downtown Delray Beach with quaint shops, restaurants and only footsteps from the beachfront Atlantic Ocean.

Easy access from nearby airports:
West Palm Beach, Palm Beach International (PBI): 22 miles
Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL): 35 miles
Miami International (MIA): 56 miles

For conferences in a retreat setting, the Duncan Center staff offers an oasis of hospitality. For more information go to www.duncancenter.org.

Earthrise Retreat CenterEarthRise Retreat Center
101 San Antonio Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone: (707) 779-8224
E-mail: retreatcenter@noetic.org
Map and Directions

The EarthRise Retreat Center is a beautiful collection of indoor and outdoor meeting spaces located on the EarthRise Center in Petaluma, California. Just 30 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Retreat Center is on 200 acres of beautiful rolling hills. It offers such gifts as pristine live oak woodlands, meandering hiking trails, and endless panoramic vistas of the California landscape.

Most meeting sessions will be held in the spacious West Room, just footsteps from the buildings housing sleeping quarters, all of which are nestled in a hollow overlooking the valley, where a small herd of local blacktail deer are frequently sighted grazing nearby. Attendees are invited to wander the grounds, find a secluded spot to meditate or contemplate the simple elegance of the peaceful surroundings.

A short walk at mealtime through the beautiful oak trees leads to the dining area. The spacious and tastefully designed dining hall at the EarthRise Retreat Center provides indoor seating for groups of up to 120, with outdoor garden dining available most of the year. Local ingredients are the inspiration for the cooking and include luscious organic fruits and vegetables, free range poultry, hormone-free meat and dairy products, and extraordinary cheeses. They use organic produce from local farmers whenever possible and draw upon flavors and techniques from around the world to create a diverse cuisine with alluring flavors. (Those who observe a strictly vegetarian diet will be accommodated. Please note any dietary restrictions when you register to attend.)

Accommodations are retreat-style in that most rooms are double-occupancy, neatly but simply furnished, and have easy access to common bathrooms that are at most a few steps down the hall. If you do not request a specific roommate, we will assign one for you. All bedrooms are carpeted, and feature a desk and clothing bureau. Linens, blankets and towels are provided.

We recommend that you fly into the San Francisco (SFO) and will provide you with a link to an online bulletin board for coordinating shared rides from the airport to the retreat center. Although it’s less than 50 miles from the airport to the retreat center, estimated travel time varies depending on the time and day of the travel. It will take up to an hour and a half to two hours from the airport.

For further directions, visit the retreat center website.

Ecology Retreat Centre
308046 Hockley Road

Mono, ON L9W 6N2, Canada
Phone: (519)941-4560
E-mail: Contact Ecology
Map and Directions

Taking full advantage of the surrounding Hockley Valley, the Ecology Retreat Centre welcomes groups up to 70 people year round with access to over 200 acres in a beautiful rural forest setting.
Onsite catering features home-style meals. Meeting space includes both the Meeting Hall as well as the recently renovated Creekside Room with gleaming wooden floors and large windows to let in the glorious natural sunlight.
Accommodation includes 22 simple but clean rooms with 3 to 4 beds per room.

This quiet retreat is only 45 minutes from Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up an online bulletin board for coordinating shared rides from the airport to the center.

eloheeElohee Center
81 Hobart Lane
Sautee Nacoochee, GA 30571
Phone: (770) 316-9195
E-mail: Contact Elohee
Map and Directions

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 216 acres of Elohee is just 2 hours north of the Atlanta Airport. Elohee is a retreat center where guests can take part in weekend or week-long educational and experiential courses related to stress-reduction, self-transformation, community building, health maintenance and improvement, trauma (including cancer) recovery, art, music, ecology and sustainability.

Elohee’s mission is to be a place, rooted in nature, for deepening human awareness, facilitating the healing of mind and body, and transforming individuals and society. Such an endeavor involves the integration of opposites: body and spirit, silence and activity, heaven and earth, technology and nature, individual and community. When this integration or balance is achieved, healing naturally ensues. Through teachings such as meditation, movement, yoga, art, and sustainability, Elohee provides an ideal environment for healing on many levels.

We seek to provide a home where sharing and growth occur in an intimate and personal setting. We are also conscious of operating in partnership with nature and respectfully draw upon nature’s inherently transformative power. We honor the ways in which nature can help us awaken as individuals, helping us become the basis for further transformation in the world.
Elohee is a family-based endeavor. Our intention is to create balance, wisdom, and healing: from our family to you and your family, to the wider community, and to the family of man.

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up an online bulletin board for coordinating shared rides from the airport to the center.


Garrison Institute
14 Mary’s Way, Route 9D
Garrison, New York 10524
Phone: (845) 424-4800
Map & Directions

The Garrison Institute is located in Garrison, New York in a former Capuchin monastery overlooking the Hudson River. It is situated on the beautiful 95-acre Glenclyffe property, formerly the estate of Hamilton Fish, Governor of New York and later Secretary of State under President Grant.

Facilities include a variety of spacious meeting and break-out rooms, an inspirational non-denominational meditation hall seating up to 300, a wood-paneled dining hall holding 175 at one seating, a library, a theater, high speed internet access, and state-of-the-art audio and visual resources. The Institute currently offers accommodations for 165 overnight guests, in single, double and dorm style rooms.

One of the Garrison Institute’s primary goals is to create a hospitable environment for our guests. We can offer a place of refuge where people can withdraw from the business of their daily life. Accommodations are simple and quiet with enough space to breathe, rest and meditate. The tranquil, park-like setting, the gardens, the gazebo on a bluff by the river, and the many walking paths together create a natural setting for contemplation. The Garrison Institute property is connected to the Hudson River trail system and the Appalachian Trail.

greatvowgroundsGreat Vow Monastery
79640 Quincy-Mayger Road
Clatskanie, OR 97016
Phone: (503) 728-0654

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Great Vow Zen Monastery is located in tranquil, rolling meadows near Portland, Oregon. The monastery is situated in a peaceful setting on 25 acres of meadow and forest overlooking the Columbia River, a conducive environment for restful reflection and learning.  Guests are welcome to stroll along wooded walking trails, pause in the lovely remembrance garden and enjoy the orchard and large organic gardens which feed body and soul. We will have the entire grounds to ourselves during this training. The meeting rooms, dining hall and sleeping quarters are accessible by all abilities.

We have purposely chosen this location in an effort to lower costs and enable more people to attend.

Please note: In order to keep costs to a minimum, participants (health permitting) will be asked to assist with a half hour of wash-up after meals and to make and strip their beds.

The kitchen staff prepares delicious, healthy and well-balanced meals, including local seasonal fruits and vegetables, many of which come from the monastery’s organic gardens.  Meals are ovo-lacto-vegetarian. Coffee, hot tea and snacks are available throughout the rental period free of charge.   If you have specific food allergies please indicate that when you register.

Accommodations are modest, clean and comfort dormitory style sleeping quarters with visual privacy, furnished with a single bed.  All linens, blanket and towels are provided.  Shared gender-designated bathrooms and showers are steps away.  Because many people are sensitive to scents, please do not wear perfume, cologne, scented soaps, hair products or creams during our week together.

Springtime in upstate Oregon is beautiful as the meadows fill with colorful wildflowers and the tall conifers set a green backdrop. The weather will most likely be temperate, marked by occasional rain, layering clothing for comfort is advised. It’s always wise to check the weather forecast shortly before traveling.

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up a Ride Share Bulletin Board in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air at Portland International Airport. If you will be traveling by car, bus or train, please see specific directions to the monastery on their website.

courtyard1Hartzer Park
25 Eridge Park Road
Burradoo, NSW 2576
Phone: 02-48613223

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Hartzer Park is situated in Bowral in the beautiful Southern Highlands,
a convenient 90 minutes drive from the heart of Sydney.
Set on 16 acres of lush countryside Harter Park is in a world of its own and is renowned for providing a tranquil and peaceful escape.

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up a Ride Share Bulletin Board in coordinating rides for those arriving by air at Sydney International airport.

Joshua Tree Retreat CenterJoshua Tree Retreat Center
59700 29 Palms Highway
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Phone: (760) 365-8371

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Joshua Tree Retreat Center is a secluded, peaceful, desert getaway that provides a unique opportunity for contemplation, study and reflection. Within the 420 acres of pristine desert land that comprises the Retreat Center, is the facility known as Friendship Hall and adjoining accommodations that will house the 5-Day Professional Training. Designed by architect Lloyd Wright, in collaboration with his father Frank Lloyd Wright, the building affords desert vistas from nearly all directions and opportunities to explore the surroundings during breaks in the program.

All sessions and meals will be held in newly-remodeled and updated Friendship Hall, which features a marvelous stone fireplace and views across the retreat center, to the desert and mountains beyond. Attendees can wander out onto the deck area to take in a sunset or bask in the warmth of a winter sunrise. Roadrunners and other desert wildlife are frequently visible among the surrounding foliage and in the shadow of the intriguing Joshua Trees scattered across the landscape. Late fall through mid-winter in the desert is typically comfortable and February in the desert is typically comfortable (mid-60s to 70s) during the day, and intermittently windy, and a bit chilly (40s) at night and in the early mornings.

Immediately adjacent to Friendship Hall are the retreat-style accommodations in which participants will be staying during the training. Recently updated and refurbished throughout, the double-occupancy rooms are furnished with single beds and all linens and towels are provided. Most rooms share an adjoining bathroom with another room. If you do not request a specific roommate, we will assign one for you.

We will have this part of the Joshua Tree Retreat Center to ourselves during the 5 days and attendees can wander the facility’s labyrinth, medicine wheel and trails during short breaks in the program. While there may not be sufficient time during the workshop, you might want to allow some time before or afterwards to visit nearby Joshua Tree National Monument. Joshua Tree is a spectacular and striking area that is worth exploring.

Distances from nearby airports:

San Diego Lindbergh Field (SAN): 160 miles
Los Angeles International (LAX): 140 miles
Ontario International Airport (ONT): 86 miles
Palm Springs International Airport (PSP): 36 miles

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up a Ride Share Bulletin Board in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air at Palm Springs (PSP), Ontario (ONT) and Los Angeles International (LAX) airports.  Contact us at mindfulness@ucsd.edu for more information.

owens_gardenPendle Hill
338 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, Pennsylvania 19086-6023
Phone: (610) 566-4507 / (800) 742-3150
Fax: (610) 566-3679

Pendle Hill is a Quaker study, retreat and conference center located just 25 minutes from Philadelphia’s airport and Amtrak station. We are known for our beautiful grounds, our really good food, and most especially for the sincere warmth of our welcome and joyful care for our guests.

Our lush 23-acres of Pennsylvania woodlands and meadows feature 140 species of trees and flowering shrubs, a mile-long woodchip trail, ponds, and labyrinth. As your schedule permits, we also welcome you to explore our Art Studio and Library, and experience open Quaker meeting for worship held every morning. Situated in the ash, maple and gum tree woods overlooking one of our ponds, the Brinton House conference center offers an extraordinary location for your training. Your meditation space features a hardwood floor with radiant heating, cathedral ceilings and large windows which bring warm natural light and lovely views over our woods and pond.

The cooks at Pendle Hill see our job as a ministry of love and concern. We cook from scratch as much as possible, making our own bread, granola, organic yogurt and salad dressings. Organic fresh fruits and vegetables are used extensively. Wherever possible, we patronize local organic farmers. We also enjoy the bounty of our own garden in season. We rotate entrees to include fish, fowl, meat and vegetarian dishes. For those who prefer to eat only vegetarian or vegan food, an alternative dish is prepared each meal.

Our private and double guest rooms are simply furnished with bed, desk, chair, and lamp. There is drawer space and closet space in each room. All rooms have windows that open and access to controls for heat and air conditioning. Most of our guest rooms share a bath with one or two other rooms. Bathrooms are family style, not dormitory style, and are a few steps from your bedroom door. We supply linens, blankets, towels, and liquid hand and body soap. Out of respect for those with allergies, we ask that you refrain from using scented grooming products- perfume, aftershave, hairspray, deodorant, lotions, etc.- while at Pendle Hill. If you typically use a strong perfume, you may need to wash these clothes before packing.

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up a Ride Share Bulletin Board in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air at the Philadelphia airport.

Rolling Ridge Retreat & Conference Centerz
660 Great Pond Road
North Andover, MA 01845
Phone: (978) 682-8815


Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center is a peaceful, beautiful and historic place offering hospitality and programs for the renewal of spirit and transformation of the world.
Nestled on a private peninsula and surrounded by Lake Cochichewick in North Andover, Massachusetts, just 25 miles north of Boston. The 40 room Georgian estate and Carriage House on 38 acres of woods, rolling hills and lakefront is the perfect setting for retreats and conferences, day meetings, or personal retreats. Twenty-Eight bedrooms accommodate 64 adults. Excellent, freshly prepared food in the Lakeside Gallery Dining Room, filled with original art by the Andovers Artists Guild, enhances their stay whether for one day or several. Two labyrinths, nature trails and “Ridge” wellness provide opportunity for relaxation, recreation, and renewal.

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up a Ride Share Bulletin Board in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air at the Boston Logan International airport.

lake photo2Sedona Mago Retreat Center
3500 E. Bill Gray Rd.
Sedona, AZ 86336
Phone: (800) 875-2256


Sedona Mago Retreat is a 163-acre spiritual retreat center, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to Love Humanity, Love the Earth.  It is operated by the Tao Fellowship to provide guidance and education to those who seek an open minded, integrative and practical spiritual direction.

Sedona Mago Retreat offers a variety of healing, inspirational and transformative retreats that will guide you toward living a mindful and balanced life.

The essence of Tao is to attain oneness with all and to live in harmony with nature.  While each retreat is distinctive, they each share a common goal–to help participants to heal themselves through the ancient wisdom, principles and practices of Tao. Healing is facilitated by focusing on the physical, energetic, and spiritual body, the elements of energy, and the practice of meditation.  Through continued practice, participants connect to their true nature and find the Tao within—the authentic key to health and happiness. Healing is intensified by the unique and transformative vortex energy of Sedona, turning every moment into a profound healing experience. Sedona Mago Retreat is open to all levels, with no prior practice or spiritual training required.

Tao Fellowship was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1998 to promote the spirit of Tao as a universal principle of harmony and peace. The tradition of Taoism that Tao Fellowship represents is a 10,000-year-old Korean Taoist tradition, Sun Tao (仙道). Sun (仙) is the combination of human (人) and mountain (山), meaning a human being living in harmony with nature.

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up a Ride Share Bulletin Board in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air at local airports.

shambhalaShambhala Mountain Center Center
151 Shambhala Way
Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545
Phone: (888) 788-7221


Nestled high in the Colorado Rockies in a serene 600-acre valley surrounded by rocky peaks and pine and aspen forests, Shambhala Mountain Center provides a safe and supportive container for the teaching of paths of personal health, deepened awareness and transformation.

Offering over 100 different programs per year, taught by a remarkable array of accomplished practitioners and teachers, Shambhala Mountain Center combines natural beauty, unspoiled wilderness, blue skies and crisp mountain air with the comforts of a modern retreat campus. Our accommodations range from fine lodge rooms with private baths to shared same-gender dormitories and economically priced seasonal tents on wooded hillsides. Meals, with vegetarian options, are included.
Shambhala Mountain Center welcomes all people with inspiration, interest and curiosity about understanding the nature of self and society. We welcome you to join us and enjoy our beautiful location and warm hospitality.

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up a Ride Share Bulletin Board in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air at local airports.

sienaSiena Retreat Center
5637 Erie St.
Racine, WI 53402
Phone: (262) 898-2590


Siena Center is named after St. Catherine of Siena, a fourteenth-century Dominican of great religious depth and influence. The center is located on the shore of Lake Michigan, five miles north of downtown Racine.

Siena Retreat Center offers a variety of programs for spiritual growth, reflection, and enrichment. Sponsored programs, offered throughout the year; vary from a few hours in length to week-long retreats. Individuals may also come for their own private retreat, or schedule spiritual direction on a single or recurring basis. Siena Center also has facilities available for rental by groups for their own retreats or workshops. The retreat book and gift shop contains a wonderful selection of contemporary books on spirituality, along with music, cards, candles, weavings, statuary, and fair-trade items.

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up a Ride Share Bulletin Board in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air at local airports.

stbenedict1St. Benedict’s Retreat and Conference Centre
225 Masters Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R4A 2A1
Phone: (204) 339-1705


St. Benedict’s Retreat and Conference Centre is bright, spacious, fully equipped and flexible enough to host a wide range of programs or meetings. Since 1970, we have hosted meetings, retreats and in-services for groups of all sizes from churches, government departments, schools, other educational organizations and business.

Located on 72 acres of wooded grounds, St. Ben’s offers city convenience in a rural setting along the Red River. There are bicycle and walking paths and acres of land to roam. We are pleased to offer a space where you can find rest and renewal. If your company, team or department requires a natural site where you will be served efficiently and warmly,

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up a Ride Share Bulletin Board in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air at local airports.

The Whidbey InstituteThe Whidbey Institute at Chinook
6449 Old Pietila Road
P.O. Box 57
Clinton, WA 98236
Phone: (360) 341-1884

Among 70 secluded historic acres of forest on Whidbey Island, The Whidbey Institute at Chinook facilitates programs and events that inspire practical and lasting changes in the areas of:

  • Leadership Transformation
  • Community Vitality
  • Sustainable Action

The Whidbey Institute is a place where people connect deeply to the natural world and to each other, renew their life energy, and engage in deep conversation and learning to imagine and create an abundant, sustainable and life-affirming future.

The UCSD Center for Mindfulness will set up a Ride Share Bulletin Board in coordinating shuttle rides for those arriving by air at local airports.