The retreat will be held at Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Education Center, 5110 Meadowside Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20855. The site is a beautiful wooded area. It also offers a wide variety of recreational activities. It has adequate facilities to house 160 people.


  • From Northern Virginia: On I-495 North towards Rockville, take exit of 270 N towards Frederick. On 270 N, take exit 8 (Shady Grove Rd). Miss the first ramp towards redland and take a right after ramp on Shady Grove Rd (East) towards Gaithersburg. You will cross Route 355 on 5th light. The 11th light is Midcounty Hwy. Take a right on the 13th light on Muncaster Mill Road (115 East). (This is exactly 3.5 miles from the exit.) You will see Red land middle school on left after 1 mile. After crossing the 4th light (Avery road), make a right on Meadowside Ln (This is not a light and comes at 3.3 miles). Go 0.2 miles and the Lathrop E. Smith Environmental Center is on your right.
  • From Maryland: On I-495 West towards Rockville/Northern Virginia, take exit of 270 N towards Frederick and follow directions above.
  • Alternate route from Maryland: On I-495 West towards Northern Virginia, take exit 31 (Georgia Avenue) towards Wheaton. Make a left onto Norbeck Rd and a right onto Muncaster Mill Rd. Then make a left on Meadowside lane and the Smith Center will be on your right after 0.2 miles.


If you are planning to fly and need airport pick-up or drop-off, please inform us in advance of the arrival and departure timings. The nearest airports are Washington Dulles (IAD) and Reagan National Airport (DCA). The third airport of choice is Baltimore Washington International (BWI).

For further information, please contact:

Gurdeep Singh
President, GHISS
P.O.Box 151
Boyds, MD 20841

Tel: (301) 528 2222