Theme: “Ravished by God’s Beauty”

On this retreat, we’ll be using storytelling and poetry, desert hiking, and contemplative practice in exploring how a wilderness landscape awakens a desire for what we long for most.

Presentations will include the following:      

  •          The Great Conversation and the Teaching Office of Trees
  •          Wilderness, Storytelling, and the Power of Place
  •          Lectio Divina: Reading God’s Green and Brown Scripture
  •          Ignatius Loyola: Entering the Dark Cave of One’s Life

Rev. Dr. Belden Lane will be our teacher for the Men’s Retreat this year. Belden Lane is a storyteller, wilderness backpacker, and Presbyterian minister who taught theology with the Jesuits at Saint Louis University for many years. He’s also been active in the work of Illuman, a gathering of men influenced by Fr. Richard Rohr. His books include The Solace of Fierce Landscapes, Backpacking with the Saints, and The Great Conversation: Nature and the Care of the Soul.

Aspen Ray Lodge will be the destination for this retreat. A secluded property in Price, UT. It is surrounded by mountains and has views of Pinnacle Peak. The location boasts beautiful sunsets and no light pollution for stargazing at night. It is equipped with a hot tube, a foosball and pool table, a game room, a basketball and volleyball court, and horseshoes, as well as two fireplaces. The surrounding area is filled with many outdoor recreation opportunities. Nearby state and national parks include Nine Mile Canyon, San Rafael Swell, Goblin Valley, Green River, and more.

For more information and a detailed itinerary, click HERE.

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