Winter Peace Retreat at St. Mary of Providence Center

February 10-12, 2017 (Friday-Sunday)
Elverson, PA (Chester County)

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Family retreat with separate programs for adults and children, sponsored by The Peace and Justice Committee, Eastern District Conference and Franconia Mennonite Conference of the Mennonite Church USA.

Adult Program:

  Rewilding the Way:
Break free to follow an untamed God

with Todd Wynward who is a wilderness guide, author, and educator. When he's not rewilding Christianity, Todd Wynward spends his time reinventing public education and re-imagining the American way of life, starting with his own. Todd has been engaged in experiential education and social change movements for twenty years. He is co-founder of a wilderness-based public charter school, leads backpacking and river trips for adult seekers, and is an animating force behind TiLT, an intentional life-change movement in Taos, New Mexico. Our retreat theme is based on his new book, Rewilding the Way: Break Free to Follow an Untamed God. Todd is married with two sons.

Youth Options:

This year we are not offering a separate program for youth, because many of our congregations now hold winter retreats specifically for high school and junior high youth. However, youth will be welcome to participate in this retreat if they come with other family members. Some mature youth may benefit from participation in the adult program; also, there may be an opportunity for a few youth to help with the child care. Please check with us for details.

Note that we can also work with church youth group leaders to help plan a youth retreat with a peace and justice theme.

Child Care/Children's Activities

We will provide child care and activities for children up to age 12 during the adult sessions. Pat and Mike Hedrick will lead peacemaking activities for children ages 6-12. We also appreciate parents or other adults who would like to help out with child care for one or more of the sessions.


St. Mary of Providence Center
227 Isabella Road, Elverson, PA 19520.
( St. Mary of Providence Center is about halfway between Norristown and Lancaster )

Preliminary Schedule

Friday, February 10
7:00 PM Check-in
8:00 PM Opening program for All
Music, sharing of peace stories
9:30 PM Snack*
11:00 PM Bedtime (Quiet)
Saturday, February 11
8:00-8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00-12:00First Session (Adult & Children's programs)
12:00-12:30 PM Lunch
12:30-5:00 PM Free Time** - outdoor and indoor activities available
  - 1:00-5:00 PM Videos / Discussion
5:30-6:00 PM Dinner
7:00-9:00 PMSecond Session (Adult & Children's programs)
9:00 PM Snack*
11:00 PM Bedtime (Quiet)
Sunday, February 12
8:00-8:30 AM Breakfast
9:00-10:30 AM Final Session
10:45 AM Worship Service with Communion
(adults & children)
12:00-12:30 PM Lunch

*Please bring bagged snacks (cookies, pretzels, chips, etc) to share with others during the evenings. You are also encouraged to bring your own mug for snack times or coffee during the program sessions.
**During "Free Time" on Saturday afternoon there will be videos and discussion time (on peace issues) as an alternative to outdoor recreation. (There will not be child care or children's activities on Saturday afternoon. Parents are encouraged to enjoy recreation with their children.)

  • After Sunday lunch you and your family may stay for more recreation or head for home.
  • The following recreational activies are available at St. Mary's of Providence: swimming ($4 per person), and -- weather permitting -- hiking or cross-country skiing.

    Registration Information

    [Printable Registration Form [HTML] or [PDF]

    Please plan to register early; space is limited. Sometimes we have had to turn away families because of the space limitation.

    Most rooms accommodate two people (two single beds with private bath), and one or two additional family members may be accommodated in the same room on the floor if you wish to bring bedding for them. Single adults who wish to room together should send in their registration forms together, otherwise they will be paired with other singles.. (Note: There is an additional $30 charge for a single person who requests a private room.)

    Cost to Participants:

    $150.00 Adult
    $180.00 Adult, private room
    $130.00 College Student
    $ 70.00 Youth (rooming with parents)
    $ 40.00 Children (Ages 3-10)
    Children under 3 are free!
    [It is possible for adults to register for only the Saturday program; cost is $60, including lunch and supper. Check with us for additional details.]

    Mail registration form to:
      Carolynn Boyd, Registrar
      1162 Lucy Drive
      Schwenksville, Pa 19473

    Registration deadline is January 20, 2017*
    [*Availabilty of meals & lodging not guaranteed after Jan. 20th -- check with Registrar]

    Any questions? Need more information?
    Call Carolynn Boyd, 610-489-9084, E-mail:

    Financial Information

    Our registration rates are listed on the registration form above, but the actual cost of the retreat is substantially greater than what the participants pay. The difference is made up with funds from the Eastern District and Franconia Conferences. Registration charges cover personal expenses for lodging and meals, but not our program costs such as honorariums, travel, and accommodations for our presenters, publicity, and other miscellaneous expenses.

    Your donations are much appreciated since they allow us to provide scholarships for low-income families or individuals.

    Some financial help is available for those who find it difficult to pay the amount we charge. We want to enable as many people as possible to attend this retreat. (Contact Carolynn Boyd, 610-489-9084.)

    Special needs: If you have dietary restrictions or require other special accommodations (e.g., diabetic, or vegetarian, or difficulty climbing stairs, etc.) please include information about your needs.

    Resources:     Rewilding the Way: Break free to follow an untamed God

    Follow-up Resources related to this event

    Watershed Discipleship -- Look for additional resources here in March, 2017.

    Todd Wynward - Publications and Resources

    Stoltzfus family sabbatical with Todd Wynward at Taos, New Mexico. In June 2016, John and Paula Stoltzfus came out to Taos for a family sabbatical with three of their children. During this time, they explored the history, culture, and nature that surrounds Taos, as well as the cultural, societal, personal, and spiritual change that is a part of "Rewilding the Way."

    For more information about the Peace and Justice Committee, see

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