October 6-8, 2017
Hallowood Retreat Center in Comus, MD
Gather in the spectacular autumn beauty for a weekend filled with exploration, community, and discovery… with plenty of time for relaxation, reflection, and renewal.
Over our time together, we will discover our own boundary-building biases and spark liberating insights about aging as we chart a course for our best adventures ahead. As friends on a journey, we will discover spiritual resources at our fingertips to wisely reconsider our next adventure. As explorers, we will chart our own course for lives of resilience, renewal, and creativity as we flourish across our lifespan.
Throughout the weekend, we will build foundations and our own signposts to help us navigate life with resilience, creativity, and community. We will walk away with our unique maps as we explore longevity, the transformational power of creative engagement, foundations of a meaningful legacy, and vibrant aliveness on the journey. We will explore the practical realities and serendipities of aging well, aging wisely, and aging creatively. Together, we will learn alongside our companions to illuminate the way with our shared stories of adventure and delight.
Our Retreat Leader
Greg L. Finch serves as the Director for Learning Initiatives for WildGeeseAmongUs, where he designs and delivers programs centered around adult learning, community engagement, and professional enrichment.
As the former Director of Field services for the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), Greg led local, regional, national, and global initiatives to equip individuals and organizations to flourish across the lifespan through creative expression. As Associate for Collaborative Projects at the Washington National Cathedral, Greg designed and managed initiatives to creatively address social, wellness, and humanitarian challenges.
Greg holds adjunct faculty positions at Georgetown University School of Theology, the George Washington University School of Medicine and Behavioral Sciences, and the George Mason University Center for the Advancement of Well-Being. He also holds his doctorate in medicine, spirituality, and aesthetics along with degrees with honors in architecture, arts management, and spirituality from Princeton Theological Seminary, Wesley Theological Seminary, American University, and Texas A&M University.
Arrive as early as 3:00 p.m. and enjoy a stroll around the grounds. Rooms will be available by 4:00 p.m. Greet one another and settle into your room before dinner. Following dinner, we will learn to listen afresh to our own wisdom as we name and explore our themes and goals of our weekend together, then enjoy informal fellowship time with games and snacks.
Greg will guide us with gentle learning experiences that integrate sensory, relational, and spiritual engagement to waken discovery, insight, and intention.
Hallowood offers a world of settings to reflect upon concepts from the morning session as we explore the stunning beauty that wraps itself around us. Take a hike, enjoy a nap or time reading and journaling, go on an outing alone or with others, explore the labyrinth, or simply relax in the autumn woods and beautiful grounds as we surrender to peace and quiet.
Following our shared meal, Greg will guide our reflections upon our explorations and discoveries as we name our own goals for aging well, wisely, and wonderfully.
Together we will set our intention to launch, support, and encourage one another on the journey with a time of blessing and release. We will conclude our time together with worship and lunch. Departure about 1:30 p.m.
This year, we will be enjoying the beautiful setting and facilities at Hallowood Retreat Center in Comus, MD. Hallowood, a handicap-accessible retreat center nestled in the woods near Sugarloaf Mountain, is only 47 miles from Westminster (a one hour drive without traffic!). The center has comfortable, hotel-style double rooms. You’ll find beautiful lawns and a large pond just outside the main building as well as a labyrinth, an outdoor chapel up a short hill, and walking trails right off the main retreat area.
Just down the road and through the woods from Hallowood you can hike at Sugarloaf Mountain or do some wine-tasting at Sugarloaf Winery. You can also visit historic Frederick, Monocacy National Battlefield, C&O Canal, Lilypons Water Gardens, Brunswick Railroad Museum or even Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. There is also great antiquing in the area, including the village of New Market, as well as an outlet mall in Clarksburg and an Amish Market in Germantown.
Double Room: $240
Single Room: $265 (as space allows)
Most of the lodging rooms at Hallowood will be double rooms. There will be a few private single rooms available. All rooms have private baths. A few rooms are upstairs. Please let Nancy Hall Berens know if going up stairs would be a problem for you. The cost is per person and includes two nights and six meals (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch).
Register by Tuesday, September 18.
No refunds after the deadline, except in case of emergency.
Register through the form below or return a completed registration form to the church, Attention: Nancy Hall Berens. Make checks out to Westminster Presbyterian Church with a note for Flying Solo Retreat or pay online at www.wpc-alex.org/donate. Some scholarship help is available as needed.