A Desert Stay Retreat at Spirit in the Desert – ELCA Grand Canyon Synod

The GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY retreat will inspire you to go out, connect with creation, laugh and play more, and follow Jesus in the world.

Go outside and play!

A retreat to remind you to live life aloud and outdoors.

Dave’s exasperated mother used to tell her anxious son, “Go play outside!” “ Maybe we all still need that incentive. This retreat explores meaning and puts these wise words into practice.

  • GO… You will deepen your experience of the Great Commission of Jesus and follow him in the world.

  • OUTSIDE… You will go outside and experience God’s good creation in the wilderness, on the water ** and by the pool.

  • TO PLAY… You will reconnect with your inner child and stretch your heart and mind through fun activities.

Join Dave on his adventures, hear stories from new friends and imagine new “go out and play” adventures! “


Sunday March 11 ~ GO!

  • 1:00 p.m. Greeting and singing

  • Presentation and sharing of childhood memories

  • To break

  • Introduction of the theme “Get out and play! “

  • 4:00 p.m. Free time

  • 6:00 p.m. Having dinner

  • 7:30 p.m. Wine, Snacks and “Reflections” by the pool

Monday March 12 ~ OUTDOOR!

  • 7h00 Nature walk (prayer trail)

  • 8: 00a Breakfast

  • 9h00 Wake up in the daytime singing

  • Caring for and Celebrating Creation in the Large Outdoor Classroom

  • 10:30 Meet the bus (parking lot)

  • Lunch bag on the bus

  • 12h00 Desert Belle Narration Cruise on Lake Saguaro

  • Group photo

  • 1:30 p.m. Take the bus to Spirit in the Desert

  • 3:00 p.m. Small group conversation ~ questions provided

  • 4:30 p.m. Free time

  • 5:30 p.m. Having dinner

  • 7:00 p.m. Paddle Epiphanies with Dave the “Paddle Pilgrim”

  • 8:00 p.m. Hospitality

Tuesday March 13 ~ PLAY!

  • 7h00 Nature walk (Labyrinth)

  • 8: 00a Breakfast

  • 9h00 Wake up in the daytime singing

  • Grace and growth in the great open-air cathedral

  • To break

  • Small groups: Sharing outdoor play activities ~ questions provided

  • 12h00 Breakfast

  • 1:00 p.m. Open

  • 5:30 p.m. Having dinner

  • 7:00 p.m. Go home, a film about Dave’s outdoor adventure on the Norwegian fjords

  • 8:00 p.m. Refreshments under the stars

Wednesday March 14 ~ GET OUT AND PLAY!

  • 7h00 Nature walk (Islands of Silence)

  • 8: 00a Breakfast and departure

  • 9:30 Wake up in the daytime singing

  • Go + Outside + Play = Refresh and renew

  • To break

  • Large group sharing of visions of “going out and playing” at home

  • 11:00 Fence worship outside

  • 12h00 Breakfast


Price per person:

  • One person, private room: $ 625 per person

  • Two people, two in a room: $ 520 per person

  • Three people, three in a room: $ 435 per person

The price includes: Three days of programming, three nights of accommodation and 9 meals (3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners) as well as transport and ticket for the Desert Belle Narration cruise on Lake Saguaro.

Guests can arrange with Spirit in the Desert to arrive early and depart late for an additional fee.


Call 480.488.5218 or send an email to [email protected] to register.

All are welcome to this desert stay retreat at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, Arizona!

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