Reconnecting with Creation

The 5th annual retreat hosted by the Diocese of Maine
June 14-16, 2019 
Camp Bishopswood, Hope, Maine


Click here for direct link to registration.


As human beings, we are each part of the divinely created world.  In spite of our busy lives, we are connected to nature, to one another, and to Christ.  Join us for a weekend on beautiful Lake Megunticook near Camden. The annual diocesan retreat is an opportunity to step away from everyday life and explore these connections through deep conversations, scripture, worship, art, poetry and quiet reflection.  Draw closer to God by immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the lake and woods and by joining with others to explore God's love for all of creation.  In the words of Psalm 19, "The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God's handiwork.".


Heart  +  Mind  +  Soul 


Camp will open for recreation at 3PM Friday; Dinner will be at 6PM; Program begins at 7PM. The retreat ends Sunday before lunch. 

Retreat cost (including 2 nights lodging, meals): For a shared cabin clustered around the bathhouse: $95.  A few spaces are available in buildings with shared bathrooms: $125. For those who wish to make their own lodging arrangements: $65. There is financial aid, and also there are scholarships for Maine Episcopal Sunday school teachers and youth event volunteers.

Design Team: Merle Marie Troeger, Jean Cavanaugh, Deirdre Good, Rev. Ben Shambaugh, Jane Hartwell


To Register: Click here for registrationPlease try to register by 5/31, but later registrations are fine.

Please invite your friends.  Everyone is welcome.  Here's an event flyer to share.

For information: contact Jane Hartwell at  


FAQS for 2019: 

Please register using the link above, just below the picture.

Arrival Information: Please arrive between 3:00 and 5:30 on Friday.  Dinner will be served at 6:00.  

Camp Bishopswood is located at 98 Bishopswood Road in Hope, Maine.  (The best directions from Augusta are on the Camp Bishopswood website, because some GPS systems are still leading people down a blocked road.)  

After you turn on to Bishopswood Road follow the road all the way down to the end.  Check in at the Welcome Table and unload your belongings. Then please move your car to the parking lot.

Friday Schedule

3:00-5:30  Arrive and check in.  Move cars.  Enjoy swimming, boating, walking, talking, etc.

6:00  Dinner

7:00  Program (We’ll all go to the Great Hall directly from dinner. Please bring a Bible if you have one, and a flashlight and jacket for the evening.)

9:00  Campfire or whatever you want

(You may want to pack in two small bags instead of one large suitcase.  Rolling luggage is often ineffective on the paths.)

Bed Linens - pillow, sheets and blankets or a sleeping bag (it can get cold at night so please be prepared)
Personal Care Items - toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, etc.
Bath and/or Beach Towels
Swimsuit (optional)
Clothes for warm and cooler weather
Comfortable shoes and sandals


Rain jacket

Bible  - (If you want to borrow a Bible, just email me [Jane] so we can bring one for you.)


Optional things you may want to bring:

Notebook, paper or journal

Colored pencils or other art supplies if you like to draw

Chair cushion

Musical instrument

Binoculars for creature watching (like birds etc.)

Please don't bring any food into the cabins. We can store food in the Camper Kitchen. There is electricity in all of the cabins. 

The retreat leaders are Merle Marie Troeger, Jean Cavanaugh, Deirdre Good, and Revs. Ben Shambaugh (chaplain), Tim Walmer and Jonathan Appleyard and me. Please join us in praying for everyone who’s coming to the retreat.

What people are saying about past retreats:

“Like taking a breath of fresh air.”

“The adult retreat I attended this weekend was soul-lifting and energizing.  Being able to share your thoughts with others at the retreat was great.  I made a lot of new friends and if you want a great and inspirational experience, it would be great for you to think about coming to the retreat.” 

 “Don’t miss it!... Prayer, fun, excellent food, relaxing and gorgeous setting.”  

 “For me, the highlights were Christian learning, kayaking, paddleboarding, being all together in the Great Hall, healing service, meals.” 

 “The highlights for me were group time and reflection time, and most importantly being able to share and hearing what everyone had to share.”

 “The worship was great and inspiring.”

 “A memorable and educational weekend.”

 “Small groups, safe place to be vulnerable and acceptance.”

 “A thin place of closeness to God - through sacred word, art, music, prayer, fellowship, beauty, nature, reflection, singing and silence.”

“A very creative, interactive and imaginative retreat."

 Bell tower in sunlightSmall groupMen in rocking chairsLake through treesKayakingRetreat posters on mantleWicked good coffee mug by lake



This will be the 5th Annual Adult Retreat, held in June at Camp Bishopswood and hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.  Past themes were: God's Story/My Story, Jesus Then and NowPlaying with Fire: The Parables of Jesus, and Where Do You Find God?




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