Annual Retreat

Life of the Beloved 2015

Friday, May 1 @ 6:00pm  –  Saturday, May 2 @ 7:00pm

Camp Gilead
30919 NE Carnation Farm Rd
Carnation, WA  98014

Each year, we take 24 hours to get away as a community to play, rest, be with God, and simply be together
amidst those everyday, bonding activities like sharing meals and walking to the bathhouse to brush our teeth!

SIGN UP by April 25:  Retreat SignUp Genius Page

PLEASE PAY by April 25:  Click “Give Online” AND be sure to check-mark the box “Retreat 2015”      give_online_red  If you’re able to donate a little extra toward scholarships, please add it to your payment (see “No Beloved Left Behind” below)

Costs listed at bottom of this page & on SignUp Genius page.

If you like having more info, read on!

  Just 50 minutes away in the fields of Carnation, Camp Gilead offers relief from our bustling city, yet isn’t too much of a trek to get to. We loved it so much last year that we decided to return again.

WHAT:  When Beloved “retreats,” we like lots of free time, and the grounds at Camp Gilead offer great space for that:   from mini golf to canoeing in their mini lake, from playing on their playground to tether ball and hay rides, from games & puzzles in the lodge to talking over coffee & napping or reading in the sun… Check out their website if you want to know more:     Some pix from last year:

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NOUWEN’S LIFE OF THE BELOVED:  This year, we’ll also gather after each of our 4 meals to spend a little time reflecting on the 4 main themes from Henri Nouwen’s Life of the Beloved, a foundational book for Beloved when we were forming 9 years ago.  Taken. Broken. Blessed. Given. ~ Four of our community’s guiding principles and the four aspects of the ancient pattern of Christian worship. We’ve got some creative ways to discuss & dig deeper together.  (And if you’re feeling adventurous, feel free to read the book beforehand or bring it with you. Although not reading it will certainly not inhibit your ability to engage!)  Click here for link to the book on amazon.

During these sessions, we’ll take turns with the kids, playing games & doing crafts. We’d love to have 2 adults per session. If you’re willing to help during one of the sessions, please email


ACCOMMODATIONS:  The longhouse dormitory has bunk rooms and private rooms, with bathrooms just a few steps away and heat you can control in each room.

MEALS:  The awesome staff at Camp Gilead cooks great meals & does dishes for us!
Friday 6:00p
Saturday 9:00a
Saturday Noon
Saturday 5:00p

BONFIRE Friday Night!! Bring fixings for s’mores!

KIDS:  It will be up to families to supervise their kids during meals & free time. For “Life of the Beloved” sessions after each meal, we’ll take turns playing games & doing crafts with the kids (see above). If you’re willing to help, please email

Adult Fri & Sat $65 – includes 4 meals & lodging
Adult Sat Only $50 – includes 3 meals
Child Fri & Sat $25 – includes 4 meals & lodging
Child Sat Only $20 – includes 3 meals

Our commitment – NO BELOVED LEFT BEHIND!
If you need a scholarship in order to attend, we want to offer that to you! And if you are able to offer a donation toward a scholarship, please do!
Either way, email by April 25 to let her know.


bed linens or sleeping bag
shower flip flops
games & puzzles (for the kids & for the adults)
fixings for s’mores (Fri night)



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