Retreat Spotlight – Spring 2020
Retreat Centre profiles
The Alexandra Retreat & Events Centre is a non-profit organization located in the heart of Crescent Beach. With two distinct facilities, the Society has successfully served the needs of church groups and private organizations for decades.
Known by the community as Camp Alexandra, the 2.5 acre fenced property features a huge activity field surrounded by both heritage and modern buildings. The facility can accommodate up to 84 overnight guests which include cabins, lodges, lounges, halls, kitchens and activity rooms. Enjoy homestyle cooking prepared by the camp’s in-house caterers. Just steps from the beach, Camp Alexandra is the perfect retreat for groups looking for a spacious getaway in a rustic setting with modern amenities.
For daytime or evening events, Beecher Place is another great option. Located directly on the beach, guests enjoy stunning panoramic views of the ocean from the wrap-around balcony. Recently renovated, Beecher Place adds class and sophistication to any event. Included with each rental are tables and chairs for 80 people, a full kitchen and projector screen.
Whether you come for a day, or an overnight stay, Alexandra Retreat & Events Centre in beautiful Crescent Beach can accommodate your group’s needs. Proceeds from each stay are invested back into the community through programs, services, and special events.
Located just 30 minutes away and a short ferry ride from Vancouver, Bowen Island Lodge is surrounded by natural beauty overlooking Deep Bay’s shoreline. With 24 guest rooms and 3 well-appointed meeting rooms, the Lodge can host events of up to 200 guests. An ideal setting for spiritual retreats or summer camps, the extensive grounds at Bowen Island Lodge leave plenty of space for exploring and enjoying relaxing activities such as kayaking, cycling, bocce, or yoga to name a few.
Our meeting space, the Bowen Room, offers ample natural light with incredible views of Howe Sound. Featuring a cozy fireplace to enjoy a quiet evening among friends, the Bowen Room also provides direct access to an outdoor patio equipped with a comfortable lounging area. Visit our website or contact us to get inspired at Bowen Island Lodge.
Pacific Life Bible College offers affordable and complete conference facilities with available openings between May and August. For over 20 years, churches, missions groups, and others have used our campus to host their events. Our chapel area seats 100+ and features a built-in data projector. The chapel and classroom foyer features leather couches and a bistro-style seating area.
Classroom sizes vary from 25 to 100 people and all feature built-in data projectors.
We have accommodations for overnight stays with beds for 76. Our dorm-style accommodations are very affordable and comfortable. Every two rooms share a bathroom.
Onsite amenities include a soccer field, sand volleyball court, recreational room featuring a pool table, table tennis, foosball, couches, and television. Our lounge area is available for use by overnight guests as well in the dorm building.
It’s not by chance that Young Life properties are in spectacular settings across North America. Locations are intentionally selected to reflect God’s grandeur in creation.
RockRidge Canyon was designed as a place for high school students to hear the Good News and consider a relationship with Jesus Christ. Since everyone should know how valued they are by God, standards are set high, for a resort-like experience. Yet “camping” is only a component of the Young Life mentoring mission. Students attend and return home with their leaders, who continue to do life with them.
From September through June, rental groups of all ages are invited to experience the extraordinary. Nestled in a peaceful valley, RockRidge Canyon provides endless fun and a retreat from the busyness of daily routines. Guests enjoy kayaks, mountain bikes, challenge courses, hikes, lake-side walks and swimming. During the winter, there’s a sledding hill and groomed outdoor rink. Year round zip-lines provide lake-crossing thrills.
Meals are created by RockRidge Canyon’s Red Seal chefs. Large groups dine in the 425 seat Pinnacle dining room with 180 degree lake views.
Events are a hit in the state-of-the-art 320 seat theatre. There’s also a coffee shop, snack shop, store, games-room and 20+ meeting rooms.
You’ll sleep well too. Accommodations include the 47 room luxury Wolfe Creek Lodge and 3 lake view Dorm Lodges, 100 beds each. Comfy fresh bedding and towels come standard.
Support the mission! RockRidge Canyon excels at hosting groups of 50-400 for retreats, reunions, camps, and conferences.
Six Steps to an Effective Retreat,
by Kirk Potter, The Firs Retreat Center
An effective retreat does not typically happen by accident. All the variables need to be carefully planned in advance and expertly executed to ensure that retreat attendees will enjoy themselves and disengage from daily distractions so that they can engage with the leaders, the other attendees, and the spiritual objectives of the retreat. To this end, retreat planners need to consider the following:
1. Know why you are holding the retreat. Define the specific goals and objectives of your retreat and ensure that all the elements of the retreat support them.
2. Know your retreat attendees. Know their needs and expectations so you can design your retreat to maximize the opportunity for them to engage with the spiritual objectives of the retreat.
3. Choose a site carefully. The site and facilities must support both the needs of those coming and your objectives.
4. Plan carefully and extensively. A lack of planning on your part will mean that the outcome will be harder to ensure.
5. Create a team. Share ownership of the retreat as well as the many tasks involved in planning, implementing, and following up after the retreat.
6. Pray. Prayer needs to be foundational to every aspect of the retreat, including the planning and implementation stages, and during the retreat itself.