Retreat Program (2013)

retreat program

Along with taking a time out from our regular domestic and professional routines, to relax and rejuvenate in the Redwoods; we have several opportunities to connect with self, with others and, should we choose to, join in on a larger group conversation. Our schedule looks something like this:

Friday: (Arrive at Monte Toyon 5pm-8pm). Evening Gathering, Sandwiches and Snacks, Welcome Circle, Affinity Groups, Games.

Saturday: Meditation/Morning Nature Walk, Breakfast, Group Gathering, Affinity Groups, Photo, Lunch, State of the Church, Sessions/Free Time, Dinner, No Talent Show, Healing/Fire Circle, Games.

Sunday: Meditation/Morning Nature Walk, Breakfast, Affinity Groups, Sessions, Worship, Clean up/Pack, Lunch and Goodbyes.

About our theme…
In the study of other’s lives we can often find ourselves in the journeys they have taken. What did they experience in childhood? What experiences and relationships shaped their adult lives? As adults, what challenges did they face and how did they respond? How did they handle hardship? How did they handle heartbreak? How did they handle joy? How were they shaped by their environment? What did they find in their old age?

At this year’s men’s retreat, the larger conversation will be a chance to learn more about the lives of two incredible men, Frederick Douglass and Walt Whitman, who captured the bookends of the Civil War. From Frederick Douglass, who was instrumental in creating the political movement that ended slavery, to Walt Whitman, the country’s first poet laureate who wrote the poem of Lincoln’s death, we shall dig deep to find humanity, love, intellect, shortcomings, and revolutionary insight. Two powerful historical figures, three days of thoughtful retreat. Please join this year for a walk in Whitman’s leaves of grass, and for a good ‘ol brawl in Douglass’ days of abolition. Come, it shall be good.

frederick douglassFrederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an American social reformer,orator, writer and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. Read More

walt whitmanWalter “Walt” Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. Read More