Retreats

Retreats

At our best, we become Sabbath for one another

~Wayne Muller

Retreats are a kind of Sabbath — a time apart:  apart from our everyday lives, perhaps apart from the city, sometimes apart from the people with whom we generally spend our days, maybe apart from what we are used to, apart from noise, apart from loneliness, apart from the news, from stress, from obligations, apart from what we know.  They are also a time of coming together — to learn, to play, to grow, to listen, to remember, to feel, laugh, engage our spiritual selves intentionally, to embrace the Mystery.  Jesus spent a good deal of time apart – by himself and with his friends.  As followers of the Way of Jesus, we do the same. 

With a variety of retreats and opportunities to choose from, we welcome all ages and walks of life to join us. We have lifestage-targeted retreats, as well as topical retreats around issues such as immigration justice and prayer. Each retreat is a unique experience to go deeper with our relationships, our faith, and our community. 

Bearing Witness: Women's Retreat, October 23, 2021

multi-colored graphic of women from different backgrounds and ethnicities with text overlay of Bearing Witness SFBC Womens' Online RetreatListening is a sacred act, and a revolutionary act in a world where we as women are expected to hold so much of the weight and to hurry, hurry, hurry in the process. Plan to slow down for a few hours on October 23rd so you can hear your sisters’ stories and feel heard yourself. Cherry Johnson will do a bit of teaching about the importance of BEARING WITNESS, but mostly it will be you doing the talking with one another. We will laugh, probably cry a bit, maybe sing some (on mute sadly), and revel in one another’s good company. Absolutely no preparation needed. FREE TO ALL

Sabbath - a Time Apart

…apart from our everyday lives, perhaps apart from the city, sometimes apart from the people with whom we generally spend our days, maybe apart from what we are used to, apart from noise, apart from loneliness, apart from the news, from stress, from obligations, apart from what we know

Coming Together

We gather to learn, to play, to grow, to listen, to remember, to feel, laugh, engage our spiritual selves intentionally, to embrace the Mystery.

All ages - All Stages

Different people want and need different things from retreats.

Our retreats highlight different aspects of our shared lives together – intergenerational, young adults, women & seniors, or topical (like prayer, the environment, or immigration). Regardless of what the retreat is about or who it might be geared for – our arms are open to welcome you!

Retreat Coordinator - Cherry Johnson

Cherry Johnson – a Companis Worker – serves on the church staff as Retreat Coordinator.  Any questions or concerns about retreats and thoughts about future retreats can be addressed to

Be nourished - body and soul

Many of our in-person retreats are also complete with delicious nourishment – in both food and spiritual form. At our Intergenerational Retreat, these s’mores filled our bellies as our stories filled our hearts.

Words of Life

Our retreats allows us time and space to fill our hearts and minds with words of love and life. Between craft activities and writing times, you’ll be invited to join others in communal expression.

All Ages Welcome Here!

Snow!

Our Winter Snow Retreat always brings together the entire SFBC church family with fun, food, games and laughter.

The snow
began here 
this morning and all day 
continued, its white 
rhetoric everywhere 
calling us back to why, how; 
whence such beauty and what 
the meaning . . . 

–Mary Oliver, from First Snow 

Planting Good Things in Creation and in our Lives

Now the whole earth is at rest and at peace, singing for joy!  Even the pine trees . . . rejoice!

Isaiah 14:7-8 

Young... or just Young at Heart?

What is laughter?  What is laughter? 

It is God waking up!  O it is God waking up! 

–Hafiz, from I Heard God Laughing: Renderings of Hafiz – Daniel Ladinsky 

Some of our past retreats include:

 

Intergenerational Retreat: A Day of Fun for All Ages at SFBC, September 2019

Contemplative Half-Day Retreat at Peace and Spirituality Center, Bellevue, April 2019, in cooperation with the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace 

Snow Retreat for Families, at Cascade Meadows Camp, February 2018 & 2019

Tell Me More:  A Story Sharing Mini-Retreat for Women and Girls, May 2021 via Zoom

The Thing with Feathers:  A Women’s Retreat on Hope, Rainbow Lodge, October 2019 

Learning from One Another:  A Women’s Retreat at Rainbow Lodge, October 2018 

Circles and Seasons:  A Women’s Retreat at Rainbow Lodge, October 2016 

Resilience:  A Women’s Retreat at Rainbow Lodge, October 2015 

 

Spiritual Napping:  A Lenten Mini-Retreat for Seniors, March 2021 via Zoom 

Shall We Gather:  A Senior Retreat at Rainbow Lodge, July 2019 

Legacies:  A Senior Retreat at Rainbow Lodge, July 2018 

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