Men's Retreat

March 1-3 at Huston Camp and Conference Center in Goldbar, WA

Theme: Becoming a Wise Guy

At the 4th annual Men's Retreat we gather for a weekend of renewal, rest, reflection, laughter and fun—time and space to get away from the demands of daily life and to build relationships with men in the congregation.  It’s a wonderful time to make new friends and to be renewed in one's faith journey.

The theme is "Becoming a Wise Guy”, a time of reflection and conversation regarding the practical wisdom we can acquire from the Bible, tradition, the arts, and the natural world. Dave Ellingson, Lutheran Pastor, college professor, author, outdoorsman, and Master Gardner will once again (Dave led our 1st retreat) facilitate our time together. He is planning various activities to help us look at “wise sayings” to live by from Biblical and other perspectives.

Jason Bendickson, from Salt House, will lead us in song.


About Huston Camp and Conference Center

Camp Huston, in Gold Bar, is a year-around retreat center that is part of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia.  It is located adjacent to the entrance of Wallace Falls State Park and borders up to the Wallace River, with views of Mt Index on a clear day.

Our lodging is barracks style (bunk beds) in the “Saint Clare” dorm, with two separate heated sleeping areas, complete with their own bathrooms and showers.  The sleeping areas are joined together by a common living area with fireplace, sink and COFFEE POT!  Group gatherings will be located in a separate building known as the “Long House”.  All meals (dinner Friday and Saturday nights, breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings, and lunch Saturday) will be in the main lodge called “Curtis Lodge”.  In addition there is a covered sports court for basketball, etc. during free time.  All areas of camp are accessible by foot trails, or by car, if preferred. 



You should bring personal items (bedding and towels are provided).  Bring your bible and a notepad to jot things down.  Bring things you like to do during free time—books, games, sporting goods, musical instruments, hiking boots and possibly rain gear (i.e. for hiking to Wallace Falls) – whatever you find relaxing and fun. 


Please bring snacks to share, especially for the evenings.  Beer and wine are allowed, so you can bring them to share as well.  We are planning a “blind” beer tasting competition for late Saturday afternoon so come prepare with some of you favorite beer(s) to enter the competition. Some snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will also be provided.



Friday, March 1

5:30pm – Arrive at Camp Huston (if possible).

6:00pm -- Dinner at Curtis Lodge

7:30pm—Introductions and logistics

8:00pm –Evening Session, “Home Grown Wisdom” led by Dave Ellingson


Saturday, March 2

8:00am—Breakfast at Curtis Lodge

9:30am—Morning Session, “Wisdom from the Bible and Beyond” Led by Dave Ellingson

11:30am—“Fun and Games if the allows

12:30pm—Lunch at Curtis Lodge

1:30pm—Free time (personal journey options include hiking, games, resting, coffee or ice cream in Gold Bar)

4:30pm—Beer/Wine gathering - Slide show of Dave’s kayak adventures in Norway

6:00pm—Dinner at Curtis Lodge

7:30pm—Evening Session, “Sharing Wisdom ” Led by Dave Ellingson


Sunday, March 3

8:00am – Breakfast at Curtis Lodge

9:30am—A ½ hour of Silence

10:00am— “Take Home Wisdom”: Worship and Celebrating the Holy Meal

11:30am – Final Pack Up and Departure




The address is: 14725 Ley Road, Gold Bar, Washington

Phone:  (360) 793-0441

From Kirkland take I-405 north to Highway 522 to Monroe.  From Monroe take U.S. 2 East to Gold Bar.  Upon entering Gold Bar follow the signs to Wallace Falls State Park, which means turning left off U.S. 2 onto 1st Street.  At the end of 1st Street turn right on May Creek Road.  Stay left of the “Y” intersection of May Creek Road and Ley Road.  At the end of Ley Road you will be at the Camp Huston entrance. 

The office and the Curtis Lodge dinning hall are up the hill from the entrance gate. Take an immediate right after the entrance to find your way to the Saint Clare dorm/barracks and the “Long House” group meeting area.


Cost of the retreat is $150.00.  Mark Weiseth ( is collecting monies (checks or cash only) on Sunday mornings or please contact him to make other arrangements.  However, money should never keep someone from participating.  Scholarships are available—talk to Pastor Katy or Pastor Mary-Alyce.  All conversations are kept confidential.


Questions?  Contact Mark Weiseth at

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