About Common Ground

Through innovative programs and vibrant experiences we help nurture the body, challenge the mind and renew the spirit of each individual to embrace who they are, to realize their potential, and to experience their connection to all things.

Common Ground, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, helps people realize their potential through conscious living. Its mission is to provide transformational opportunities for individuals and groups to realize their potential through conscious living. The Retreat Center is located on 21 beautiful acres in the heart of the Vermilion River Valley near Oberlin, OH. Signature programs include Pathfinders, our youth programs, and Pathways, our adult programs. Our innovative programs foster the development of human potential in body, mind and spirit.

By helping youth and adults learn new skills, develop personal assets, expand their potential, integrate their lives, and develop a sense of belonging and purpose in the world, Common Ground provides the building blocks for more integrated, happier and healthier people in all dimensions of life and work. This in turn contributes to engaged youth, functional families, thriving organizations and vibrant communities.

Founder and Benefactor

Rose Bator, Founder and President Emeritus of Common Ground, is an educator, spiritual counselor, writer, and consultant. Rose guided and directed the organization from 1994-2005. In addition to her current roles as ex-officio Board member and President Emeritus of Common Ground, Rose has been an invited presenter at national and international forums on peace and justice, particularly as they relate to women and children.

Common Ground – The Cindy Nord Center for Renewal would not have attained its current level of extraordinary programming, services and facilities were it not for the generosity and support of our benefactor Cindy Nord. Dr. Cindy Nord, child psychologist, author, and community philanthropist, lived for many years in Oberlin, OH and currently resides in South Carolina, where she is an active supporter of numerous community initiatives and organizations.


Common Ground is located in Oberlin, Ohio. Head to our directions page and find out about other things to do and places to stay in the area, or you can learn more about our organization, which has always proudly been not-for-profit.