Transformations Prayer Retreat

Site: Suttle Lake Camp

Dates: 9/22/2019 - 9/27/2019

Age Level: Adult

Cost: $369

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32nd Annual Transformations Prayer Retreat

Leaders:  Rev. Kate Conolly, Rev. Michael Powell, and Rev. Nancy Slabaugh-Hart

The Transformations Prayer Retreat blends contemplation and community. Emphasis is on the communal sharing of the sacraments, with ample time for the solitude of prayer, meditation, and reflection.  Come apart to renew your spirit and re-center yourself through time in Christian community and intentional time with God.

The Prayer Retreat is structured so that your days can be custom made to provide you with the rhythm of community, solitude, and worship you need for spiritual renewal.

There are three worship experiences each day, grounded in daily scripture.  Each morning begins with Holy Communion. At noon we gather for quiet, contemplative worship. At 5 o’clock we share an interactive worship time focusing on the scripture that we have lived with during the day. There is ample free time for rest, hiking, reading, and canoeing on the lake. Kate , Michael, and Nancy will lead evening programs.

All of this takes place in the beautiful and restorative setting of Suttle Lake Camp. The outstanding staff provides us with Christ-like hospitality and delicious, nourishing meals.

This year’s focus will be on Joan Chittister’s book,  The Gift of Years:  Growing Older Gracefully.  Here are some reviews:

"Perhaps you have to be in the second half of life to know how truthfully and helpfully Joan Chittister speaks. We live in a first-half-of-life culture, which makes this wisdom all the more necessary—and all the more wonderful."  —Richard Rohr, author, The Naked Now

"A prophetic voice that is desperately needed in our troubled time."  —Karen Armstrong, author, The Great Transformation
"It's the best book I have read on the subject of aging, a dazzling work radiant with gems of insight on every page. It will be my spiritual reading in the days ahead."  —Andrew Greeley, author, The Great Mysteries

"Brims with insight, pluck, verve and courage. . . . It shows us both the joys and the challenges of growing older, and encourages us to discover the deep spiritual meaning that can come with older age."  —Helen Prejean, author, Dead Man Walking
"An amazing compendium of wisdom not only for people facing aging or providing support, but for everyone who wants to live a spiritually centered and balanced life."  —Michael Lerner, editor, Tikkun Magazine

"This collection of inspirational reflections . . . abounds in gentle insights and arresting aphorisms."  —Publishers Weekly

Joan Chittister is an internationally known author and lecturer, and the executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality. She is past president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Her books include The Friendship of WomenIn the Heart of the Temple, and The Rule of Benedict. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.


  • Please plan to check-in at camp between 3pm and 5pm on Sunday. Please call the camp if you plan to arrive at camp before or after this time. 
  • For directions to Suttle Lake camp, CLICK HERE
  • Bring warm clothes and boots for outside and comfy slippers to wear inside.  You'll also need a warm sleeping bag, towel and toiletries. A robe may be appreciated for the short walk down the hall to the bathrooms.  
  • If you have special dietary needs, please contact the camp at least two weeks in advance. (Contact information below.)
  • This event will conclude Friday at 11am following a closing worship.  
  • For registration information, please contact our camp registrar at (503) 802-9214 or
  • For program or camp related questions please contact Jane Petke, Suttle Lake Camp Director
  • For road conditions call 511 or check

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