All-Church Bishop's Ranch Retreat: Receiving the Gift of Today

  All-Church Bishop's Ranch Retreat: Receiving the Gift of Today  
Please note that when you register for the retreat, you will be asked to indicate your first choice for accommodations.  Prices include 5 meals.  You will be notified when your lodging is confirmed, and will be INVOICED at that time for the amount due! We never want anyone to be excluded from the retreat for financial reasons.  If you are in need of scholarship assistance, please click on the confidential Scholarship Request Form below or speak privately to the Rector.  

Friday evening, September 29 through Sunday morning, October 1 are the dates for our 2017 All-Church Retreat at beautiful Bishop's Ranch in Sonoma County.  We begin by gathering on Friday evening. People generally arrive through the evening from about 5:00 pm onward.  There is no dinner provided on Friday, but there will be snacks and beverages available in the common area of the Ranch House.  At about 9:00 PM, we share the brief night-time prayer service of Compline.  

Saturday morning begins with breakfast (Bishop's Ranch is known for their great food!) which is followed by  the program portion of the retreat.  The theme for this year's retreat will be "Receiving the Gift of Today."   Jennifer Kitt, Assistant Vice President at Standford University responsible for development of the hospital and medical school, will be the leader of the prgrammatic part of our retreat.   Jennifer is an active Episcopalian at Epiphany Church in San Carlos, and this is a topic that she loves very much.   

Arguably, the most precious resource that we have is our time.  For many people, giving away time to something is more difficult than giving away money.   What is our relationship with time?  How do we give thanks for the gift of time?  Indeed, how do we receive time as a gift?  How do we receive this day, this moment as a gift?  We will explore how we Receive the Gift of Today during our Saturday morning program time, which will also include a separate time for children to explore this theme in their own way.

Please note that our Sunday schedule will be like it was last year:  we will share the Eucharist together at about 9:30 on Sunday morning in the Pavillion.   Participants will be asked to help create and enact the liturgy that we will share together.

While we hope the programmatic part will be fun, engaging, and educational, we are also mindful of the fact that the retreat is also a time to get away, relax, and deepen our relationships.   So there will be generous amounts of free time provided during the course of the weekend.  In fact, there will be more time devoted to relaxation than to program!  That, we hope, will make the retreat both an opportunity for spiritual growth and sabbath time.
The exact schedule for the retreat will be made available closer to the time.   Please note that the retreat is limited in terms of the number of people we can accommodate, so we encourage you to register early.