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Retreats and Events

“I am so thankful to have had this weekend for rest, reflection, quietness in nature, good food, great fellowship, and spiritual input that was inviting, thought provoking and meaningful.”

Women’s Retreat Participant

Register for Events & Retreats Listed Below

(After you sign in, choose 2021 Events & Retreats and follow the directions at the top of each page.)


A Note About Covid-19 and Retreats

We are working closely with and following the advice and guidance from our local Public Health unit to ensure a safe environment for everyone at Silver Lake. Numerous protocols are in place such as physical distancing, wearing masks inside buildings, limiting shared spaces, extra cleaning and enjoying lots of time outside. More details about SLMC Covid-19 policies will be provided closer to each retreat.


 

FALL Bruce Trail Hike – More spots just opened!

October 15-17, 2021

Come stay at camp for the weekend and spend Saturday hiking on a nearby section of the Bruce Trail with a small group of adults. The hike will be approximately 13 km. Enjoy reflection times, great food  and a comfortable private room at the end of the day! All COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be followed. Two nights (Friday and Saturday) accommodation and Saturday breakfast to Sunday breakfast included. Participants will need their own vehicles to get to and from the Bruce Trail.

Cost:  $160 (+HST)                  See packing list


Fall Work Weekend – Not confirmed yet

October 29-31, 2021

This weekend is only for those who enjoy doing physical labour and cleaning up camp. It is fun and family friendly. Saturday is spent doing various tasks around the property. Generally people divide into small groups or teams and tackle projects on the list that excite them (and have the skill set for!) Food is provided – really yummy food! You can leave Saturday after dinner or stay and leave Sunday. Sunday breakfast is provided. Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or have a parent sign a waiver entrusting them to responsible adult. (That includes CILT 2s from this past summer.)


Fathers and Kids Retreat- CANCELLED DUE TO LOCKDOWN

Skating on the lake, building snow forts, snowshoeing through the woods, roasting smores over the campfire, and playing games in the dining hall! Dads enjoy free-time Saturday morning (coffee in abundance) while staff provide programming with kids. NOTE: Father is defined as any male adult mentor.

Cost per Father: $180 (+HST)   Cost per Child: $50 (+HST)      See packing list and schedule (subject to change)      Register


Winter Snowshoe Hike– CANCELLED DUE TO LOCKDOWN

January 29-31, 2021

Come stay at camp for the weekend and spend Saturday afternoon snowshoeing on some local trails. Enjoy reflection times, great food  and a comfortable room at the end of the day! Two nights (Friday and Saturday) accommodation and Saturday breakfast to Sunday breakfast included. Participants will need their own vehicles to get to and from the snowshoeing trail.

Cost:  $160 (+HST) per person      See packing list and schedule (subject to change)       Register


Women’s Silent Retreat– CANCELLED DUE TO LOCKDOWN

February 5-7, 2021

This year the women’s retreat will be a little different. It will be a silent retreat that will also allow time for social connection. Tanya Dyck Steinmann, pastor and spiritual director and other wise women will guide the group through a nourishing weekend of silence, conversation, yoga, expressive art, walking the labyrinth, good food and outdoor campfire sharing. The idea of a silent retreat can seem a bit daunting at first, but once you experience it, it is actually remarkably freeing. Being silent for a period of time allows us to become more fully present in the moment; it helps to quiet the chatter of our minds so that we can listen deeply to our inner stirrings, bringing clarity and new perspective. For those who need to social (like me) there will be plenty of time to enjoy outdoor activities, conversation and laughter. If you are longing for some time to step back, to ponder, to rest, to let go, to just be… this retreat is for you. (Ages 20 and up.)

Let me seek, then, the gift of silence, and poverty, and solitude, where everything I touch is turned into a prayer: where the sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is all in all.        –  Thomas Merton

Cost:  $200 (+HST) per person      See packing list and schedule (subject to change)      Register


Couples Retreat! – CANCELLED DUE TO COVID

February 19-21, 2021

Take time away to reconnect and enjoy a weekend away together. No meals to make. No obligations pulling you in different directions. Time to relax and breathe deeply to rejuvenate. Wake up to the sounds of nature. Enjoy the fire. Find yourself in good conversation, savouring delicious food, tuning into workshops and enjoying time outdoors. Led by Hendrike and Matthew Isert Bender who have many years of experience leading couples’ retreats.

Cost:  $180 (+HST) per person        Click here for the packing list and schedule (subject to change)      Register


Family Camp– CANCELLED DUE TO COVID

May 21-23, 2021

Enjoy a weekend of fun-filled memories!  Families experience waterfront activities, sports, campfires and games.  Meals provided and much more!  Join us for a weekend of fun, good family time, and enjoying everything Silver Lake has to offer.  The weekend is especially beneficial for any camper considering coming to camp for the first time.

Cost depends on type of accommodation chosen:         See packing list, menu (subject to change) and schedule (subject to change)


March Break Family Getaway- CANCELLED WITH MARCH BREAK POSTPONED

March 14-20, 2021

Come to Silver Lake for a week away at a “cottage” and build your own adventure! Homecooked meals and a room or cabin for each family will be provided. Enjoy time as a family playing board games, having campfires and just hanging out at camp! Some winter equipment and limited programming will also be available. Information about local areas and attractions can be provided for those who want to explore Grey Bruce County. There are many local snowshoe, cross country ski trails and sledding locations – weather dependent of course! And don’t forget about the nearby Blue Mountains and Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Cost:  $800 (+HST) per family for a room or cabin of up to 5 people      See packing list        Register


Spring Work Weekend CANCELLED DUE TO COVID

April 30-May 2, 2021

This weekend is only for those who enjoy doing physical labour and cleaning up camp. It is fun and family friendly. Saturday is spent doing various tasks around the property. Generally people divide into small groups or teams and tackle projects on the list that excite them (and have the skill set for!) Food is provided – really yummy food! You can leave Saturday after dinner or stay and leave Sunday. Sunday breakfast is provided. Anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or have a parent sign a waiver entrusting them to responsible adult. (That includes CILT 2s from this past summer.)


The Grand Paddle Fundraiser

May 8, 2021

Silver Lake has only one fundraiser each year for it’s annual budget called Paddle the Grand. Funds raised from this event are used to support all kinds of camp costs, such as staff wages, camperships, programming, food, etc… Last year was a record-breaking year so let’s continue the trend!  Register to let us know you’re planning to come to Paddle the Grand this year!


SPRING Bruce Trail Hike- CANCELLED DUE TO COVID

June 4-6, 2021

Join us for a hike along the Sydenham or Peninsula section of the Bruce Trail, hiking about 30 kms over 2 days.  Reflection times, great food and a bed at the end of the day!  Must be able to walk at least 10 kms with relative ease prior to the hike.

Cost:  $160 (+HST)  See packing list

“What a wonderful hike! and so well organized! I feel so energized and inspired after all the kilometers covered, both ups and downs AND more importantly the wonderful conversations.”     – 2019 Hiker


Men’s Retreat

September 17-19, 2021

Participants enjoy a weekend of relaxation, connection, good food, swimming, boating, games, campfires, nature walks and time together at Silver Lake.

Click here for the packing list

Cost: $200 (+HST)


Family Fall Hike- CANCELLED

October 1-3, 2021

Come stay at camp for the weekend, carve a pumpkin and spend Saturday hiking on a nearby section of the Bruce Trail. The hike is approximately 5.5 km and is suitable for young children. Enjoy relaxation, great food  and a comfortable room at the end of the day!  COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be followed. Two nights (Friday and Saturday) accommodation and Saturday breakfast to Sunday breakfast included. Participants will need their own vehicles to get to and from the Bruce Trail.

Cost:              See packing list

“The weekend was amazing! We had such a great time on the family hike weekend. Girls loved it and everything was well run with lots of great ideas to keep folks busy.”     – 2020 Hiker

 

Interested in booking the camp?

Silver Lake Mennonite Camp is available for rental from early September to late June.

To find out about rental availability and pricing, please contact fun@slmc.ca or 519-422-1401