What is BattleHaven?

BattleHaven is THE world-class gaming retreat.

With 9 years of table-top battle game retreats under our belts, we’re taking this experience to the next level.

As hobbyists we have all traveled thousands of miles to tournaments and cons to experience and express our favorite pastime. After staying in mediocre to moderate hotels, eating overpriced unexciting food, experiencing minimal comfort, crowded cities, long lines, poor public hygiene, and often poor sportsmanship…. We imagined that there must be a better, grander and more affordable way.  In 2009 an idea was born. A path began to be cleared. We built, re-built, learned, made connections, and grew. This is the culmination of that idea and creative process.

At BattleHaven you’ll enjoy:

  • 4 days and 4  nights, immersed in a premier experience within your favorite hobby
  • Custom built, high-end gaming boards and terrain in various themes—perfect for your miniatures army to conquer.
  • Exciting old favorites and new offerings of board and card games to play casually or master.
  • Quality opponents, in many skill levels
  • Great sportsmanship and hygiene – a must!
  • Guru’s, professionals, enthusiasts and masters on hand to enhance the gaming experience, with:
    • Instruction available for learning a new game
    • Pointers and practice to increase your current skill level
    • Skilled opponents to test your limits, and gain you more bragging rights
    • How-to demonstrations that may include painting, assembly, building your army lists, etc.
  • A complimentary 24-hour self-service repair station for miniatures
  • All meals provided by our own Gourmet Chef and team
    • A variety of full hot breakfasts, incredible lunches, themed dinners and mouth-watering desserts. A full Culinary Experience.
    • Delicious snacks and beverages served periodically throughout each day
  • On-site activities:
    • Full-size heated Pool and Spa
    • 15 seat Theater Room
    • Comfortable media areas with flat screens
    • Wood and Gas fire pits
    • Outdoor relaxation on the many large deck areas
    • Private Lake, with boating, sandy beach and floating island dock.
    • Sand volleyball court
    • Basketball half-court
    • Game room with billiards, ping pong, etc.
  • Area, off-site activities available (see a partial list under ‘Venue’, and contact us for details and to make arrangements)
  • Group and/or Private Rooms, so you can tailor your own experience if you are staying on-site.
  • ‘Reserves’ passes – for day attendees who choose to stay off-site.
  • Affordable, all-inclusive packages to fit you and your budget (with payment plan options)
  • A team of experienced hosts who LOVE this hobby, and will be there with you through the whole event

….and more.

Owner and Host:


cropped image -sarah 

I grew up on the east coast, Georgia, Tennessee and New York. I’ve lived in Utah for 23 years now. My husband and I came here to start a few restaurants, and never left. It turns out we love this state. We have 6 amazing kids: ages 8 to 23.
I’m a Sr. Marketing Manager at Franklin Planner in Salt Lake, and always an entrepreneur at heart. I’ve spent several years in the hospitality and events industry, and my favorite activities are: bringing people together with great experiences, and building solid and enduring relationships and organizations. Through BattleHaven I enjoy them all!
I managed a well known miniature painting studio for 5 years, and created the original Valhalla as part of the HollingsGate event company. I loved meeting so many great people and all the experiences I had during that time.
All my favorite games involve strategy and luck. With miniatures, I get to add the element of art – painting figures and building terrain!
I’ve enjoyed working and playing with the best of the best, as the creative and practical process for BattleHaven has been coming together over the last few years. I’m looking forward to renewing old friendships and creating new at the 3rd BattleHaven event in Spring 2019!

Our great team of collaborators, volunteers, and hosts:



I’m a Utah Native, grew up in Payson, UT. Small town girl, with a very big laugh. 

I have 2 kids, Quentin and Alyssa, that are my whole life. I love having adventures with them and really try to not limit this. We travel to new places every year (try not to go to one place more than once to see this whole amazing world we have!) We love dressing up for Comic Con, hiking, etc. — so basically I’m #winningatmommyhood every day with them!

I work at Wayfair and manage a team there, and I LOVE my job.

I LOVE board games and card games! Smash up is by far my favorite, but I will try anything. Quentin got Dominion for Christmas, and we have loved playing that. At Adepticon I bought Angry Sheep. That is a family favorite, and perfect for Alyssa. I’ve spent some time learning how to play XWing though, and it’s pretty awesome.

Putting on our gaming retreats in the past are some of the best times that I have ever had. I love that you could be complete strangers at the beginning of the week, and by the end of the week you have dear friends for the rest of your life. People come from all over the world for our events, and it is always such a pleasure to meet every single one of them. I love the atmosphere, the people, the food, and all of the great stories I have.

BattleHaven is organized with a great team, each with their own special skills, allowing everyone more time to develop friendships!



Hello! I grew up in Orem Utah, and spent a lot of time in the deserts and mountains of this beautiful state. My first experience with miniatures was building WW2 model tanks, ships, and aircraft with my grandfather, who served in the Pacific, and my father.

Since the age of 5, I’ve been smitten with small plastic and metal toys. My first experience with wargames was at my friend’s house in 5th grade. He had the 2nd edition 40k boxed set, and we used to set that up on his living room floor and supplement the models with green and tan army men.

From very early on, I’ve loved playing all sorts of games, be they board, card, miniature, roleplaying, or some form of computer or console. Occasionally, I also enjoy physical games, like traditional sports and firearms competitions. If you can get me to play it once, I’ll probably really like whatever it is.

My normal job is as a photographer and media expert for an education company, 3 Key Elements. I’m also trained as a teacher, and I love opportunities to teach and to create art in any way possible.

My favorite part of Valhalla in the past, and now BattleHaven, is meeting all the wonderful people who came out to the events. You guys are amazing!!! No matter where we come from, or what our backgrounds, games bring us together and help to form lasting friendships. I also really like giving demos of some of the games I like best, like Infinity and Dropzone Commander.

As for specific games I play… like I said earlier, if it exists I’ve probably played it at least once, and probably have at least one book or set of figures associated with it. I got started with Games Workshop games and Decipher Inc’s Star Wars and Star Trek CCG’s. From there I collected everything I could get my hands on. My recent crush is FFG’s Star Wars titles, mainly X-Wing and Imperial Assault.

I can’t wait to see you all at BattleHaven, and I hope I get to play at least one game with you there!


40KAH guys

James (center) is a member of the 40K Amateur Hour team (shown above), and an enthusiastic supporter, volunteer and collaborator for BattleHaven. 

He’s spent countless hours creating terrain, filming and editing video, setting up and taking down events, supporting our team and guests, sponsoring gaming tables, sharing the dream and message of BattleHaven, and generally being an amazing guy and friend.

Keep your eyes open for him at conventions and tournaments. He’s a great guy to know and play miniatures battlegames with. He even joins us in board and card games at BattleHaven.  James has a myriad of skills to share. He’s been a firefighter and EMT for many years as well. (A good person to have around in an emergency, and in the calm.) Come meet James at BattleHaven!



Know, oh prince, that between the years when The Gipper defeated the Soviets and it’s frozen cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world like blue mantles beneath the stars. Hither strode Rich, trampling the games of his youth beneath his booted feet.

I began gaming with red box D&D, my first experiences led me to understand that I must be the Dungeon Master, and that my joy would come as those around me had fun and told a ‘wicked story man’. Some of my earliest characters of note were Yuri Yakovevich (a priest of Halav), Ammon al Sadam a Ylari (thief), and Ahira Bandylegs (a dwarven fighter). I still run my D&D games in the world of Mystara and have had much joy in that journey. I have been playing D&D since around the age of 12.

Fantasy led to Sci Fi and to Warhammer 40k just as 2nd edition was beginning. The many years of battle have filled my home and head with visions of Orks trampling da bones of their victims into the dust. I have many painted armies, but Orks is da best.
I lived in Arizona most of my youth, with some time in Alabama.

I am a letter carrier by day, where I wear shorts all year, even in the cold snows of Utah. The barbarian in me warms the blood.

I have played every GW game except Mordheim, and still have armies and fleets for most of them. 40K and Blood Bowl are played the most currently, but I am always dreaming of the Battlefleet Gothic, Epic, 40K campaign, or the Warmaster, Uncharted Seas campaign. D&D will always have a place in my heart, and I still play. Star Wars X-wing is a blast, and I desire to learn Star Wars Armada (please GW, license Armada’s rules for your IP), and  many board and card games.

I love playing games with people from all over and love the challenge of having fun against any kind of opponent, from the hardest tournament lists to the most narrative themed army, I love to bring that gift I learned about myself in D&D long ago: that my joy comes as those I play with have fun, and tell ‘a wicked story, man’.

I am a veteran of Valhalla and now BattleHaven. I have so much fun at these events playing games and supporting the BattleHaven team. I can’t wait for our next event!