Seabeck Church Retreat

September 23 - 25, 2016

Alicia at Seabeck
Alicia at Seabeck

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Whether you have been to Seabeck Umpteen times, are considering it for the first time or something in between, we hope you come this year for a weekend of fun, relaxation, friendship and community of the annual getaway to Seabeck. This year’s theme is “The Power of Play.” Download the registration form.

Schedule

The weekend offers a bit of programming and a lot of free time. Here are some highlights of the weekend:

  • Check-in begins on Friday at 2 p.m. The dining hall does not serve dinner on Friday, so plan to bring something or go to a local restaurant.
  • Camp fire sing-a-long, Friday evening
  • Breakfast at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday
  • Age-specific programs from 9 to noon on Saturday
  • Polar bear swim, Saturday 4 p.m.
  • Variety show at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday
  • Folk dancing at 9:45 p.m. on Saturday
  • Chapel in the Woods (weather permitting) at 10 a.m. on Sunday
  • Final check-out at 1 p.m. on Sunday

Variety Show

A highlight of the weekend is always the Variety Show on Saturday evening, whether you entertain or come to be entertained. People share poetry, play music (there is a piano), sing, perform skits, and do myriad acts for awe, smiles, or laughter. Here are a few ideas to help you think up a creative performance of your own:

  • Bring and play your favorite instrument.
  • Come with an idea for a skit you can do with others.
  • Little ones are happy to simply walk on stage with a hat or boa.

Accommodations

We spend two nights in rooms of the Inn, old houses, and newer buildings. You can request a room for your family, or you can share a room with others from the congregation. Sheets, blankets, and towels are provided.

What to bring

  • Layers for hot days and cool evenings.
  • Rain gear because we live in the Pacific NW.
  • Flashlights for walking at night.  The campus is big and dark.
  • Bathing suits, beach towels and sun screen.
  • A sitting pad because the Cathedral of the Woods is dewy on Sunday morning.
  • Songbooks and instruments (spoons and Kazoo’s count) to play and sing.  Or just tap your foot.
  • A notebook and pen for journaling, notes, and drawing.
  • Outdoor games like Frisbee and Foxtail. Seabeck has equipment for volleyball, tetherball, ping-pong, horseshoes, swimming and boating.
  • Board games and card games.

Food and beverages

We will enjoy three delicious meals on Saturday and two on Sunday in the Dining Hall. Meals are served family style around tables of 8, so it's an excellent time to chat with others in our congregation. Dinner is not provided on Friday, so make plans to provide your own dinner. Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free and Dairy-free options available.

If you need other special foods, such as a sugar-free sweetener, or special snacks you will need to bring them. You may use the self-serve refrigerator in the dining hall.

Historic Seabeck

Seabeck Conference Center turned 100 years old in 2015. Our congregation has been holding a fall getaway there for almost half that time. Come, join in the tradition, and make new memories.

Directions

 

Seabeck Conference Center
15395 Seabeck Hwy NW, Seabeck, WA

  1. Take the Edmonds ferry to Kingston.
  2. Follow the cars out of the Kinston ferry terminal and onto WA-104 W. Go 4.1 miles.
  3. Go straight onto WA-307 S (Bond Road). Go 5.2 miles.
  4. Turn right onto WA-305 N. Go .7 mile.
  5. From the right lane go onto Washington 3 South ramp to Bremerton. Go .5 mile.
  6. Merge onto WA-3 S. Go 9 miles.
  7. Exit for NW Newberry Hill Road. Go .3 mile.
  8. Turn Right onto NW Newberry Hill Road. Go 3 miles.
  9. At the T intersection, turn right onto Seabeck Highway NW. Go 4.5 miles.
  10. The Seabeck Conference Center is on the left.

Download driving directions.

Forming friendships and having fun together

The annual church retreat is at the Seabeck Conference Center‍ on beautiful Hood Canal. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island and the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church join us there for the weekend. We promise a weekend of relaxation, fellowship, programs, and fun.

A typical Seabeck experience

Grassy hills and trees at Seabeck
Beach and trees at Seabeck

We spend time relaxing, having fun and connecting with new and old friends. Friday evening we check in and visit with each other.

On Saturday morning we have separate programs for adults and children but with a shared theme. In the afternoon, people play games, row on the lagoon, stroll through the woods, hike to the old cemetery, or simply sit in a rocking chair on the porch and soak up the conversation and sun—we hope. Don't forget to bring your bathing suit for the annual Polar Bear Swim on Saturday afternoon! Saturday evening we gather for the popular variety show.

Sunday morning the congregation gathers at the Chapel in the Woods for a service. Then, it's time to pack up the cars and enjoy lunch at the Inn before heading home.

Download a map of the Seabeck campus.

Questions? Got ideas for future retreats? Contact us!

Contact:  Amanda