Celtic Prayer Retreat – August 7-9

This year’s theme:  Shalom and the Reconciliation of God


For in him [Christ] all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.         (Col 1:19-20)

August 7-9

Main Event All Day Saturday

It’s too late to register online! You can still register at the event:

  • Adults – $50
  • Students – $40
  • Children – $12
  • Camping both nights, one tent – $20
  • Camping one night, one tent – $10

Download directions and other important information HERE!

Reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel message. Through the Holy Spirit, God’s love has flooded our hearts, reshaping and transforming us. We are journeying not just toward renewed relationships and communities, but toward a new creation in which we are all reconciled to the image of God within us, within others, and even within creation.

Our annual retreat on August 7th-9th is your invitation to enter this journey. With the inspirational 6th century Irish monk Columba as our guide, we will walk together through scripture, reflection, worship, and creative spiritual exercises, stirring our imaginations and opening our hearts and minds to the reconciling power of God. There will be plenty of time and space for inner renewal, plus lots of fun, fellowship and food as we journey together toward restoration and wholeness.

We will set aside the busy clutter in our lives and create a quiet space for prayer and renewal as we worship God in a beautiful outdoor cathedral surrounded by maple and cedar trees.

Following the Celtic Christian tradition, this retreat will incorporate the rhythms of work and rest, community and solitude, prayer and biblical study.

Camping, great conversations, and morning/evening prayers, Friday & Sunday

We will have tea and coffee available when you arrive.

Schedule of Events:

Friday: Evening prayers

Saturday (the Main Event): All Day Retreat beginning at 10 a.m. and ending with a potluck BBQ dinner at 5 pm.  

  • 9:30 – 10:00 – Gathering
  • 10-12:30 – Morning session with prayer, worship and lectio divina. (Christine Sine will lead us in prayer. Sean and Julie Hall will lead music)
  • 12:30 – Potluck lunch
  • 2:30 – 4:00 – Open time to walk the prayer trails, labyrinth & participate in other active prayer practices.
  • 4:00 – Worship, Eucharist and sharing.
  • 5:30 – Great shard feast – potluck BBQ dinner.

Saturday we will meditate on Scripture and listen for the movement of the Spirit on forested prayer trails and in the wood-rimmed labyrinth. We will work together, worship and eat together as we enjoy a potluck lunch and BBQ dinner, and fellowship around the fire pit. Those that camp with us for the weekend will participate in morning and evening prayers and enjoy extended opportunities for fellowship and meditation. Truly, this will be a spiritual retreat to restore rhythm in our lives, rebuild our souls and renew our call to go out into the world.

Christine Sine will direct the liturgical program and meditation times.

This year there will also be  separate children’s program during some of the morning and afternoon sessions, but we will all preparing the altar and take communion together. Apart from stinging nettles, the land is a very safe environment for kids.

Sunday: (optional) A time of quiet worship and prayer to prepare us for our return to the busy world in which we live.



Prayer Retreat

Note: Registration fees do not cover the full cost of this event. Please consider an additional donation to enable us to cover our costs including scholarships and student discounts

If these fees are beyond your budget please contact us. We do have some partial scholarships available.

This Year Featuring:

  • Worship led by Sean and Julie Hall
  • Responsive readings and reflections by Christine Sine
  • Personal and group meditations on scriptures
  • Afternoon free-time to walk prayer trails, meditate amongst the trees and engage in creative spiritual exercises
  • Final session with time to share, take communion and worship together
  • Pot luck lunch and BBQ dinner
  • A children’s program for kids 5-12 runs throughout the day

Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to attend the Celtic Retreat for FREE?
We have several volunteer opportunities:

1. Help us prepare for the retreat
2. Help run our children’s program
3. Help with registration, set-up, and clean-up
4. Help coordinate one of our reflective activity centers

Don’t want to camp?

Camano Island Inn –  2min.

Inn at Barnum Point – 10 min.

Blue Moon Beach house – 10 min.

Hotel Stanwood – 15 min.

Holiday Inn Marysville  40 min.

Extra Notes

For those of you camping with us over the weekend, please note that this is “rustic” camping on mostly undeveloped land. (We do have nice, clean, “Honey Buckets” for bathrooms) 

Be aware that it will take about 1 ½ hours to get from Seattle to the retreat. We’ll have signs out on SE Camano Drive once you get close. The last ¼ mile once you turn off  S. Hagen Rd. is a gravel track. For those joining us for the whole weekend please try to arrive and if possible set up your tent before 7pm on Friday August 9th, so that you have time to set up before evening prayers at 8:30pm. For those coming Saturday morning try to arrive by 9:30 a.m.

What to bring for Saturday:

  1. Bible and journal
  2. Camp chair or blanket for worship times
  3. Shoes for hiking
  4. Recyclable or reusable eating utensils
  5. Dessert, salad or pasta dish for the potluck lunch
  6. Something to grill for dinner
  7. Extra water
  8. Rain jacket, just in case
  9. Work gloves

If you come for the whole weekend, keep in mind that the land is completely undeveloped. Bring:

  1. Tent
  2. Sleeping bag
  3. Plenty of water
  4. Food for Friday evening and Saturday and Sunday mornings

Note: Registration fees do not cover the full cost of this event. Please consider an additional donation to enable us to cover our costs including scholarships and student discounts

If these fees are beyond your budget please contact us. We do have some partial scholarships available.