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Autumn Re-Creation Retreat

Friday, September 25 - Sunday, September 27

This vigorous summer weekend of exploration promises to be an opportunity to fully experience the spirit of nature and the culture of the Hudson Valley. Includes kayaking on the Hudson River (or Constitution Marsh or Annsville Creek), meditation, affords social interaction, and instills a sense of gratitude for our healthy beings. No previous paddling experience is required. If raining, a Hudson Highlands hike will be offered instead.

The weekend begins Friday evening with group activities. Saturday is a full day of kayaking, and concludes with the movie And Then We Swam. There are outdoor meditations through the weekend. Sunday offers time for Mass or reflection, and concludes with lunch.

  • Accommodations/meal cost is $300 per person for a single room, $225 if sharing.
  • Kayak rental is $60 per person payable to Hudson River Expeditions on the day of the event.

Presenter – Skip Doyle. For a decade at Graymoor, Skip Doyle, in Franciscan fashion, has led nature retreats with a scripture-based spiritual component he has branded as ReCreation weekends combining our lives in the natural world with our spiritual lives.



Friday, September 25
Sunday, September 27
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Graymoor Spiritual Life Center
(845) 424-2111


40 Franciscan Way
Garrison, NY 10524 United States
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The above retreat costs $225.00 per person for a double room (you & your roommate must sign up and put a deposit down to qualify for a double room price) and $300.00 per person for a single room. Both fees include all content of our retreat, the two overnight stays and all meals starting with Saturday’s breakfast and ending with lunch on Sunday. The Center has vending machines with snacks and beverages but you are welcomed to bring your own and store them in our guest lounge refrigerators located on the fourth floor. Towels, linens and one pillow per bed are provided and bathrobes are recommended for shower use. Please bring your own alarm clock, any extra pillows and toiletries you may need. Arrivals can begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday evening. Balances if any are due upon arrival and can be fulfilled by cash, check or major credit cards. The retreat ends after Sunday’s lunch which begins at 12:15 p.m. If you plan to arrive later than 7:30 p.m. on Friday night, please call the retreat center in advance and let us know to expect you.

Pre-registration is required as this retreat is limited in number of participants. If you choose to register through the mail please verify beforehand that space is still available by calling the retreat center at 845-424-2111. Keep in mind that the deadline for registration is one week before the retreat. A $100 deposit per person is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable or transferable. We appreciate payment in full at the time of registration, but we do not require it.