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Winter ReCreation Weekend Retreat

Friday, February 21 - Sunday, February 23

This vigorous winter weekend of exploration promises to be an opportunity to fully experience the spirit of nature, is relaxing for the mind, includes social interaction, and instills a sense of gratitude for our healthy beings.

The weekend begins Friday evening. The heart of the retreat is the cross-country skiing on Saturday for both beginners (free clinic) and experienced skiers. Saturday evening we will enjoy sharing and meditation. Sunday begins with an outdoor tour of Graymoor including a visit to the Saint Francis chapel, time for services or reflection, and concludes with lunch.

Given snow is unpredictable, if conditions are not ripe for skiing, we shall offer hiking instead. The Appalachian Trail runs through the Graymoor property and there is access to many hiking trails in the nearby Hudson Highlands as well. For hiking, be sure to bring hiking boots, traction aids, gaiters, backpack, and proper clothing layering – the instructor is available beforehand to answer any questions (OutdoorSkipper@gmail.com). No special gear is needed for cross-country skiing other than layered clothing since you will need to stay warm during instruction and shall generate much heat when skiing.

The cost for the retreat is $300 for a single room, $225 if sharing a room. Additional cost for the weekend.

  • Fahnestock fees are $15 for the park pass and $25 for equipment rental (skies, poles, boots). Rentals are done on Saturday only if there is snow, so there are no Fahnestock fees if we hike.

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 Re-Creation weekends combining our lives in the natural world with our spiritual lives.


Friday, February 21
Sunday, February 23
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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.