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Date | Location: July 25 – August 2, 2017  |  Centennial, Wyoming

Purpose of the Trip:
The Wilderness Retreat is provided as a unique opportunity to grow deeper in relationship with Jesus Christ through the intentional practice of silence, solitude, simplicity, and participation in community.  Our chosen means is to embark on a week-long trek into a wilderness setting using llamas as pack animals to assist in carrying our gear.  We are very intentional to establish a daily rhythm that includes morning prayer together, work (e.g. washing dishes; filtering water; feeding, watering and caring for the llamas; setting up/breaking camp; other chores as needed), physical exercise as we hike, specified times for silence and/or solitude, meals together, and evening prayer.  We chose to simplify our lifestyle by eliminating phones and other distractions, limiting our clothing and equipment to essential needs only, and eating a simple diet.  Participation in community life through praying, working, sharing, and worshipping together helps us to better understand what it means to be active participants in the Body of Christ.

Our practice of these disciplines and experiences are guided and supported by engaging three books before and during our journey.  Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a challenging classic on what it means to live in genuine Christian community.  Invitation to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Haley Barton is a practical introduction to implementing these spiritual exercises into our daily lives in a way that will nurture our souls and spirits.  In the Name of Jesus is full of wisdom regarding Christian leadership by Henri Nouwen.  As a participant in the Wilderness Retreat, you will be expected to read these books (which we provide for you) and to engage in our conversations as to their content and application.

Because we choose to travel in the wilderness with pack animals, exposed to whatever the prevailing weather may be, each and every trip develops along its own unique path. We must adapt our specific schedule, routes, campsites, and plans based on the conditions that we experience.  In general terms, typical hiking days cover 3-5 miles and would seldom exceed 6-7 miles.  We do have some layover days in which we stay in one campsite and do not do any extended hiking.  In most cases, our weekly mileage is 20-24 miles for the week.  The nature of this experience is such that each year we are given the opportunity to see God’s care and provision for us as we trust and adjust throughout the journey.  We invite and welcome you to join us as we walk with Jesus.

We invite anyone who has a serious interest in “growing as a disciple.” You will be stretched spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally as you engage in this wilderness retreat.

Along with your $100 non-refundable deposit and registration form, please include a ONE PAGE essay as to your current walk with Christ, and why you have interest in participating in this retreat. This essay will function as your “application” for the retreat itself. Please consider strongly why you want to go on this retreat and be prepared to explain your reasons.

The team is limited to 12 persons, so begin praying and deciding whether you want to go and start working on your application essay and registration form.

See reflections from previous trips here.

Required Orientation Date: July 23 – 24, 2017 in Hutchinson, KS

Required Reading:

  • Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Invitation to Solitude and Silence, Ruth Haley Barton
  • In the Name of Jesus, Henry Nouwen

Items to Bring: Packing List

Wilderness Retreat Registration Process:

  1. Download and PrintWilderness Retreat Liability 2017
  2. Download and Print Wilderness Retreat Application 2017
  3. Include a non-refundable deposit of $100 by check written to EFC-MAYM.
  4. Mail Application, Liability Form and Deposit to:

Friends Ministry Center
2018 Maple
Wichita, Kansas 67213

Wilderness Retreat Deadlines:

  • March 15, 2017:  Application Form and Liability & Medical Release Form Due
  • March 15, 2017:  $100 Deposit Due to EFC-MAYM
  • June 1, 2017:  Remaining balance of registration cost ($579) due in full.       

The cost of the trip is $679. This includes:

  • All trip meals & orientation meals
  • All gas, supplies, llama food
  • Hotel costs
  • All required reading books
  • Shirt

Email for questions or more information.