Spend time in nature. Connect with God. Renew your spirit. Refresh your mind. Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer. Sign up here.

Outdoor retreats that will last about an hour. Every activity will include a reading from a sacred tradition to center us, a contemplative practice using the natural surroundings as our primary source, and silence. Re-Creation is open to people of all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please, no pets (except on August 3).

Note: All activities will proceed unless weather conditions are dangerous (lightning, flooding, high winds). If you sign up we will contact you 48 hours before the event with the organizer’s contact phone number so you can get updates the day of the event.

Sunday, August 11, 8:00 PM – Labyrinth at Kingswood UMC

A labyrinth isn't a maze. Though the path twists and turns, you can't get lost. There’s only one way in and one way out. It's an ancient contemplative practice. We’ll meet at 8:00 PM at Kingswood UMC, 401 W. Dundee at 8:00 PM and walk the labyrinth by candlelight. Plan on a 90 minute event.

Meet: Kingswood UMC is in Buffalo Grove off of Dundee Road.



Sunday, August 18, 9:00 AM – Lakewood Forest Preserve

We will first do introductions and begin with a contemplative practice to center ourselves. On our walk together we'll have the chance to talk with each other and enjoy time of silence. We'll stop once or twice to engage in a contemplative practice together. The total hike will be about 4 miles, depending on our pace.

Meet: We will meet at Shelter C at Lakewood Forest Preserve, 27277 N. Forest Preserve Road, Wauconda.

Visit the Lakewood Forest Preserve website here.



Saturday, August 24, 9:30 AM – Chicago Botanic Garden

We'll meet at the Chicago Botanic Garden for a morning of walking, connecting, and enjoying the beauty of the gardens. We will start with introductions and a centering prayer or poem. We'll explore the garden some and then do some moving meditation/contemplation. We'll close with a time of sharing and another prayer.

Though admission to the Garden is free, it costs $30 for nonmembers to park on the weekends. We will arrange carpooling with Garden members.