From 2018 Retreat

New Year’s Retreat:

“In the Beginning, God…”

 Chief Logan Lodge

Hocking Hills (Logan, OH)

January 4-6, 2019

Beginnings are sacred times. They are full of opportunity and anticipation; they can also be unsettling and chaotic. The Genesis creation stories teach us that beginnings, like a new year, can be moments of true renewal if we open ourselves to the One who makes all things new. The divine wisdom hidden in these ancient stories reminds us that renewal comes when we take time to rest (sabbath), embrace nature’s rhythms (seasons), and create reflective rituals of celebration and healing (sacred space). This retreat will provide time and space to seek renewal in the new year by looking back, looking ahead, and looking within. There is something for everyone with a mix of solitude and community, free and programmed time. There will be space for worship, study, playing, praying, hiking, eating, napping, journaling, and sitting by the fire or in the sauna. Gather with us and enter 2019 with a fresh sense of peace, purpose, and presence!

Check out the lodge.

Open the 2019 January Retreat Pamphlet for more details.

Our basic schedule will look something like this:


3:00-6:00 PM- Arrive and Settle In

6:00-7:15 PM- Dinner

7:15-9:15 PM- Welcome/Introductions, Worship, Reflections on Theme

9:15 PM- Free Time or Bed Time


8:00-9:00 AM- Self-Serve Breakfast

9:00-11:00 AM- Morning Worship and Reflections on Theme

11:00-12:00 PM- Free Time

12:00-1:00 PM- Lunch

1:30-5:30 PM- Optional Hike at Hocking Hills, Free Time, Spiritual Direction, Review of Year

5:30-7:00 PM-Dinner

7:00-9:00 PM- Evening worship, Reflections on Theme, Debriefing the Day

9:00 PM-Evening Conversation or Contemplation


8:00-9:00 AM- Self-serve Breakfast

9:00-11:00 AM- Closing Worship and Blessing

11:00-11:30 AM- Clean-Up and Goodbyes

*Potential meet-up for additional hike

Your guides for the weekend will be Andy Henry and Ashlyn Stanton. 

Andy & Ashlyn
Andy and Ashlyn. Photo credit to Kaley Norwood.

Andy makes his home in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, and works at a local public library and community center. He is a member of the Friends of Jesus Fellowship and a graduate of Earlham School of Religion. In his free time, Andy enjoys reading, writing, baseball games, coffee shops, backyard gardening, and tending to his dancing chickens. His ministry interests are focused on the renewal of rural churches and communities. Learn more about his thought and ministry at

Ashlyn also makes her home in Mt. Gilead, Ohio though she identifies as a southerner–born and raised in Knoxville, TN. She has a background in social work; her particular concern for children and families has guided her work as a case coordinator, family specialist, and nanny. Ashlyn is a seminary student at Earlham School of Religion and her ministry interests relate to how we can experience God in nature and the importance of social justice in the life of faith. In her free time, Ashlyn enjoys spending time outdoors, travelling to new places, and spending time with family and her Blue Heeler named Cassie.   

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