Transformations Prayer Retreat

Site: Suttle Lake Camp

Dates: 10/2/2022 - 10/7/2022

Age Level: Adult

Cost: $385 (A $75 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. If you need to cancel, this deposit may be transferred to another session.)

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The retreat is now full.  You may register to be placed on the waitlist in the event there are cancellations.  

35th Annual Transformations Prayer Retreat

Leaders:  Rev. Kate Conolly and Rev. Michael Powell

Greetings, fellow Transformers

Kate has just returned from Kenya and we’ve been discussing our plans for this year’s Transformations Prayer Retreat.  We will be celebrating our 35th year of sharing contemplative  prayer, stimulating discussions, nourishing food, outstanding fellowship, music  and the magnificent manifestation of GOD (the Great Out Doors) at our beloved Suttle Lake.

Our retreat will be a week later than usual.  Please mark your calendars for October 2nd – 7th. We will have rapid COVID tests available upon arrival so we’re all on the same page healthwise. The format will be similar to last year with as many meals and activities outdoors as possible.  Suttle Lake Camp has been allowing singing in Wesley Meadow Lodge if everyone is comfortable with that.  There is a small group that will be using the upper camp for some of the week, but for the most part we’ll be the only people on site. 

We have selected a truly classic book: Living Buddha, Living Christ, by Thich Nhat Hanh, who passed away on January 22nd, at the age of 96.  He was an internationally recognized, scholar, teacher, and engaged activist.  He travelled to the United States on a scholarship to study Comparative Religion at Princeton Theological Seminary and the following year went on to teach and research Buddhism at Columbia University. Martin Luther King, Jr. called him “an Apostle of peace and nonviolence” when he nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. His Holiness The Dalai Lama has written, “Thich Nhat Hanh showed us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth."

In their book review, Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat write:
Buddha and Christ, perhaps the two most pivotal figures in the history of humankind, each left behind a legacy of teachings and practices that have shaped the lives of billions of people over two millennia. If they were to meet on the road today, what would each think of the other's spiritual views and practices? 

Thich Nhat Hanh has been part of a decades-long dialogue between two great contemplative traditions, and brings to Christianity an appreciation of its beauty that could be conveyed only by an outsider. In lucid, meditative prose, he explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the two traditions meet, and he reawakens our understanding of both. "On the altar in my hermitage," he says, "are images of Buddha and Jesus, and I touch both of them as my spiritual ancestors."

We are both looking forward to being with you again and having the opportunity to  share this book. 

May Christ be your shalom,

Kate & Michael
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 and Michael will lead evening programs.

All of this takes place in the beautiful and restorative setting of Suttle Lake Camp where your retreat will be grounded in Christ-like hospitality and delicious, nourishing meals.


  • 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 registering by mail, please send a completed health form to the camping office at least two weeks before the camp begins.  
  • If you have special dietary needs not addressed on the health form, please contact the camp at least two weeks in advance. (Contact information below.)
  • You will be contacted by email closer to the camp with any additional information specific to your event, as well as current pandemic requirements.  Please note that all participants are highly encouraged to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19.  Face coverings may be required. 
  • This event will conclude Friday at 11am following a closing worship.  
  • For registration information, please contact our camp registrar at  A non-refundable $75 deposit is required to hold your spot.  This deposit will not be refunded but may be transferred to another session.  All balances should be paid at least two weeks before camp unless prior arrangements have been made.
  • For program or camp related questions please contact Jane Petke, Suttle Lake Camp Director
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