annual weekend retreat


August 24-26, 2018


Koinonia Retreat Center

165 Lake View Drive, Highland Lake, NY 12743 | 845-557-8335


Join us for a weekend of recharging yourself, your faith, and your connection to community.


Our Annual Congregational Retreat from August 4-6 is about spending time in community and in nature -- and it's amazing to see how these two things recharge people to live out their faith and take on life in the city. New friendships are made. Our sense of community is deepened. And everyone leaves feeling re-centered and rejuvenated. 

Unbound & Uncontained


This year's theme is Unbound and Uncontained. Come get in touch with how the Holy Spirit is moving in you and in this community.


We will be looking at the book of Acts, where the apostles Paul and Silas are in jail. They defiantly and joyfully sing praises to God anyway. When an earthquake breaks the jail wall, they stay, and the jailer is moved to become a Christian like them.

Using this text a starting point, we will be delving into how the Holy Spirit is moving through us today. We'll do so in worship, meditation, prayer, action, and intentional faith-building activities. There will also be time for the usual fun, like kayaking, hiking, s'mores, and board games.


Make new friends, deepen relationships, and strengthen community.


You really get to know people at this retreat.

And you get to feel more connected to this faith community. These relationships don't just make for a fun weekend. They enrich every Sunday at Advent thereafter, and open up new doors for ongoing friendships, exploring your faith, and getting involved.


Register today!


Sample Schedule

Friday, August 4

6:00pm | Meet at Advent (if you are taking group transporation)

6:30pm |  Depart for Koinonia

9:15pm | Arrive at Koinonia. Room assignments. 

9:30pm | Welcome and Taize Service

10pm | Social time with drinks, snacks, and games

Saturday, August 5

8:00am | Morning Prayer 

8:30am | Breakfast & Announcements (Coffee available earlier)

9:15am | Morning Witness: Encountering the Holy Spirit

9:30am | Bible Study: Unbound and Uncontained! Acts 28:17-31.

10:00am (till 12:00pm) | Children's Activities led by Koinonia staff

10:15am | Faith Conversations (1-on-1)

10:40am | Tuning in to God: Prayer Practices

11:45am | Group Processing

12:00pm | Break

12:30pm | Lunch

1:30pm | Afternoon Activities: Rest and Rejuvenate

Activities include Hiking, Lake (Kayaking, Canoeing, Swimming) Napping, Playground, etc.  

3:30pm | Art and Crafts

4:45pm | Choir

5:30pm | Dinner  

7:00pm | Campfire & S'mores

8:00pm | Ice Cream Social and Talent Show

9:00pm | Evening Prayer/Guided Meditation

9:30pm (till late) | Snacks/Games for Night Owls

Sunday, August 6

8:30am | Breakfast & Time for Packing

9:00am | Koinonia Store Open

9:30am | Gathering Activity

10:00am | Wagon ride to Chapel in the Pines for worship

10:30am | Sunday worship with the whole Koinonia Community

12:00pm | Lunch up at the Chapel    

1:30pm | Bus departs back to Advent


Private Room | $207

2 person Room | $161/adult

3+ person Room | $131/adult

Bringing children? Children 5 and

over cost $76/child and children

under 5 are free for all room options.

Group Transportation | $30/person


Koinonia is a Lutheran camp and retreat center in upstate New York with full retreat center amenities. Bedrooms, bathrooms, and meals are all included in the retreat cost. Koinonia is situated on 1,200 acres of land, including a lake, a petting zoo, and more.


We provide group transportation from Advent for $30/person. Group transportation departs from Advent at 6:15pm on Friday, August 4.