The Merritt Center and Lodge: A Retreat Center was founded in 1987 by Betty Merritt and is dedicated to individual and group renewal and empowerment. Retreat programs are held in a charming rustic lodge tucked away in the rural community of Payson, Arizona; endowed with a rugged inheritance of mountains and trees (elevation 5,000 feet): healthy meals, hiking, hammocks, hot tub, and clean mountain air. Therapeutic body work and forest walks are specialties of the Lodge. Located 90 miles north of Phoenix, a beautiful 1 1/2 hour drive from Sky Harbor airport through spectacular desert mountain terrain to one of the largest stands of Ponderosa pine in the world. All programs are limited to fewer than 30 participants; double/single occupancy rooms; private and shared baths.