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Retreat Spotlight

Retreat Spotlight

 

Squeah Retreat Centre

Refuge

I think a healthy life is marked by a number of important factors. One of those in particular is a place, space or way in which a person is able to find refuge, peace and nurture when needed. But all too often we misuse such a space.

Our culture is great at avoidance. We excel at escaping; playing games to numb our minds – listening to music non-stop because the voice of our own heart is painful to listen to. We’d rather not deal with it. We desperately want refuge from that which causes stress and difficulty, yet in the end we fail to equip ourselves with the maturity, perspective and love that gives us the means to engage the world with the love Christ offers.

A healthy space ought to be some place both in the mind, heart and earth that we can meet with God. A place we can listen to our own heart. A space without distraction with the intent of drawing us close to the creator. But the Almighty does not pull us out of the world – He comforts us, gives us truth, challenges us and fills us with what our souls truly need. Then we are prepared to live as beacons of light in a world desperate for Jesus.

www.squeah.com

 

 

Alexandra Retreat Centre

The Alexandra Retreat & Events Centre is part of the Alexandra Neighbourhood House. A non-profit organization, located in the heart of Crescent Beach, it serves the Semiahmoo Peninsula and beyond. Something else you wouldn’t expect…proceeds of your stay will build community by contributing directly to Alexandra Neighbourhood House programs, services, community events, and summer camps.

Whether you join us for a day or an overnight stay, for a family gathering or a workplace retreat, Alexandra Retreat & Events Centre in beautiful Crescent Beach is the right fit for you. Historic Camp A is diverse, rustic, and quirky. We are a versatile space for any retreat, event or meeting. Accessible multi-purpose rooms and dining halls, peaceful activity and meeting rooms, an outdoor stage, a festive lounge, dorms, guest rooms, and cottages surround a large, open green space.

Beecher Place is another venue we operate in Crescent Beach. It is a perfect space for special events, weddings, receptions, seminars or meetings.  Located right on the beach, it provides an inspiring space for more intimate gatherings – a space decorated by stunning views of sand, sea and sky! Soak up the unobstructed panorama views from the picture windows and the elegant wrap-around balcony.

It’s our Centennial Celebration this year so check our website for events to follow. One hundred years in the community is something special and worth celebrating. We hope you will join us! Come on in and take a peek; we promise unexpected inspiration.

www.alexhouse.net     604-535-0015

 

 

Stillwood Camp & Conference Centre

Over the year Stillwood serves host to tens of thousands of guests. Stillwood is blessed to host close to 40,000 overnight stays each year. Overlooking the picturesque Cultus Lake, our facility is centrally located and provides everything to make your stay productive, fun and relaxing.

With a huge variety of meeting spaces, activities, and a fantastic culinary team – we are passionately prepared to serve you. Our facilities include hundreds of rooms in our cottages, motel rooms, and lodges. In addition to our accomodations, Stillwood has meeting rooms that can provide a space for every unique need. Whether your group requires a small intimate meeting room or a wedding space that can for more than 500 we can meet your needs.

In addition to hosting, Stillwood has several programs running throughout the year. Foremost we are well known for our camp programs that run during the summer months. Christ has blessed our camp programs with the opportunity to share God’s love to thousands of children every summer. Stillwood’s ministry does not end with the summer – we have education programs and retreats running through the fall, winter, and spring seasons.

As a Christian ministry aligned with the British Columbia Mennonite Brethren church, Stillwood’s goal is to engage everyone who comes though our gates to mature spiritually, mentally & physically. We hope that you will join us as our guest and in ministry. For more information on how we can serve you contact our office at office@stillwood.ca

www.stillwood.ca

 

 

The Firs

I can’t wait o get back to the firs!

The young girl, probably about 10 years old, pulling a rolling suitcase and clutching a bag, walked down the sidewalk from the parking lot towards her cabin at The Firs Retreat Center. Just up ahead kids from her church had already gathered on the sports court and were shooting hoops, riding Razor scooters, and throwing Frisbees. “Oh, I’ve missed this place!” she said softly to herself as she passed near me, but loud enough for me to hear. She headed directly to the sports court, passing the cabin her family was busily transferring belongings into. Since her church visits our grounds yearly, her comments were likely based on the memory of previous visits – playing games, riding tubes and paddle-boating at the waterfront, s’mores around the campfire, and participating in age-graded Bible studies and crafts during the adult programs.

I hear this sort of thing regularly. Earlier in the day, a young adult leader from a youth group that was just loading up the buses after a five-day retreat, grabbed me to tell what a great time he had at The Firs and that he would be returning in a week with another group from the same church. “I can’t wait to get back to The Firs,” he said. The best comment I heard was from a retreat leader who shared that one of the members of their group, a relatively new attendee of their church, had made a decision to become a follower of Jesus the previous night.

Our goal at The Firs is to provide a great environment, comfortable accommodations, wonderful food, and attentive service, so that the adult, family and youth retreat leaders, who bring their groups to The Firs, can concentrate on ministry. Our payoff is in hearing about the way God has moved in the lives of those who attend as a result of just a few days, in some cases, of concentrated ministry and relationship building.

Come join us! The Firs would love to host your retreat!  We would be happy to send you a planning packet to assist you in designing a retreat that will not only be a highlight of your church’s year, but will reap eternal rewards for God’s kingdom.

Kirk Potter is the Retreat Center Director at The Firs in Bellingham, Washington.

 www.thefirs.com

 

 

Springbrooke Retreat

Springbrooke Retreat is located less than an hour from the heart of Vancouver on a beautiful sixteen-acre Fraser Valley property nestled in a grove of cedars on the banks of the Salmon River in beautiful Langley, BC.

Our property radiates tranquility and heart and has been an honoured and sacred place for many groups for centuries. In years long past, First Nations elders gathered for ceremony on our river bank, while today we host many organizations committed to personal growth, spirituality and the well being of our world. Our centre is a home away from home for many and we hope you find it the same way for you.

Our grounds offer a perfect sanctuary as we have an uninterrupted wooded area with trails, an orchard, a river and various types of animals and birds for wildlife and bird-watching enthusiasts to enjoy.

Often at night you will hear the owls whoo-whoo-whoo-ing and you can hear the frog songs as you fall asleep in the spring.

We sleep up to 42 people in shared accommodation. We also have a tennis court, a pool, a hot tub, a sauna and beautiful outdoor showers overlooking the river.

www.springbrookeretreat.com

 

 

Ravenstone Retreat

Ravenstone Retreat is a true Canadian-style, three-story log home getaway. It is Whistler-style luxury nestled in the forest in the beautiful Sunshine Valley, just past Hope, BC. Ravenstone sleeps ten people in rooms shared by two people each, has three shared bathrooms and three different spaces to hold your meetings. There is a large 24×12 deck with a view of the mountains and trees where you can relax and enjoy healthy, delicious meals. Your host, Marion Baker, was the manager and head cook at a forty-person retreat centre for thirteen years, so she knows how to make you feel welcome and especially how to tickle your taste buds with tempting food. In between meetings you can go for a walk in the community of log homes and maybe spot a deer or two in the woods. Call Marion today to book your stay. www.ravenstoneretreat.com. 604-616-7634.

 

 

 

Cedar Springs Retreat Centre

With its natural beauty and high quality hospitality service, Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Center stands apart as a refreshing, comfortable environment for Christian groups.

Located just 90 minutes from downtown Vancouver, in Sumas, Washington, the lush, quiet grounds and clean, well-appointed accommodations, make Cedar Springs an ideal place for churches and Christian organizations to hold conferences, training, meetings, planning retreats and other gatherings.

Set far from noise and distractions of the city, the grounds feature both natural and cultivated beauty. Eight acres of tended gardens, ponds and meandering pathways provide a stunning backdrop for conversation or time alone connecting with God. In addition, guests have access to five miles of maintained hiking trails through the surrounding cedar forest. The lodgings feature 62 relaxing motel-style rooms with either a king or queen-sized bed and a private washroom. Many of the rooms come with an additional daybed and trundle, allowing up to 4 guests per room. All linens are provided.

The Lakeside dining room provides an amazing view of the ponds, gardens, and forested hillside. Meals are served family-style with friendly serving staff bringing out dishes of delicious food to your table, inviting further conversation and connection. Cedar Springs uses unique recipes and fresh, high quality ingredients, and is known by guests for its excellent food. The kitchen is able to accommodate gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan diets upon request.

The campus has four lodges, each with its own meeting room that can accommodate groups from 15 to 200 people. Each meeting room is fully equipped with a projector, sound system, wifi, piano, and beverage service. Churches, mission agencies, denominational groups, parachurch organizations and Christian non-profits find Cedar Springs to be a place to receive new vision, build stronger teams, deepen community and become better equipped to serve.

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