Our policy is one of radical Mercy hospitality, welcoming all to a sacred space of solace, meditation, prayer and reverence for creation. It is our hope that those who visit Mercy by the Sea are refreshed by the beauty. Honoring the retreat center’s mission and purpose as well as the safety of guests is of utmost importance.

We invite all visitors to the house and land to respect one another, the wildlife, beach and grounds. This space is one of quiet or silence. The beach is not public or guarded so we do not allow swimming unless you are a registered retreatant, and never alone. Swimming is at the individual’s own risk.

Guests are welcome to gently walk the land, first inhabited by the Quinnipiac and Hammonasset peoples, mindful that it is home to a variety of God’s creatures. We ask that a spirit of quiet is maintained. Day guests are asked to check out of the house by close of business at 4:30 p.m. and leave the property by sunset.

Guests who wish to walk the grounds or have quiet time in the house are asked to check in at the front desk for a Guest Pass and then return it when they leave.

The public areas of the Retreat Center are open for quiet time during regular business hours. 

The Mary C. Daly Art Gallery is open for guests to enjoy during regular business hours.

The Mercy by the Sea Bookstore is generally open 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. It is advisable to call (203.245.0401) and check ahead as the days and hours may vary with guests in the house.