About DaySpring

About

DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center is one of the country’s finest camp and conference centers. Owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, it is conveniently located a little more than an hour’s drive from all the major metropolitan areas of West Central Florida. It offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to experience peace and tranquility, stunning natural beauty and a sacred place where spirits are renewed, refreshed and made ready to re-enter the world.

DaySpring is truly a place for all seasons, and all people. Our ministry of hospitality extends to persons of all ages and all faiths.

Guests leave DaySpring having experienced rest and renewal. They find it in the natural beauty and tranquility of this sacred place and in the love and caring expressed by others on their own spiritual journeys. Each year thousands come to DaySpring and leave enriched and empowered.

History

The DaySpring Conference Center opened in 1983. The Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida built DaySpring on the north bank of the Manatee River just east of Ellenton, Florida. The first buildings constructed at DaySpring were Curry Hall and six cottages for 90 overnight quests.

DaySpring gained instant popularity. Demand quickly outgrew its capacity. Dormitory buildings along with additional meeting rooms and a pavilion were added to accommodate larger groups. St. Thomas Chapel, originally built in 1914 for an Episcopal congregation in Safety Harbor, Florida, was moved to the site in 1986. Over the years, DaySpring has purchased adjoining property and buildings. Four Youth Cabins and a second large pavilion were added in the late 90’s.

Today, DaySpring has 18 buildings on its 92-acre campus and features tranquil settings, nature trails, a canopy walk, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a full-scale ropes course for team building and leadership training as well as our waterfront offering canoeing, kayaking, and sailing on the Manatee River. Future development calls for expansion of our current dining hall and kitchen and construction of additional private and semi-private overnight accommodations and additional meeting rooms.