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SLMC Retreats and Events

“We left without saying good-bye to you or to thanking you for the excellent weekend.  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.”

2018 Women’s Retreat Participant

Register for 2020 Retreats and Events

(Click 2020 Events, hit the blue “add sessions” button and choose your event.)

Retreats

Throughout the year Silver Lake offers organized Retreats.  Just register, pack and show up! All retreats include delicious food, excellent programs and exceptional staff.  See below for a description of each retreat.


Fathers and Kids Retreat

January 17-19, 2020

Skating on the lake, building igloos, snowshoeing through the woods, roasting smores over the campfire, playing games in the dining hall and watching Hockey Night in Canada on the big screen! 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: $250 for Father and 1 Child (each additional child$50) See packing list and  schedule (subject to change).

Women’s Retreat

February 7-9, 2020   

Theme: Let Your Love Sing! Lessons of the Singing Bowl.  Have you ever tried to get a singing bowl to sing? It’s a lot harder than it looks! Singing bowls have much to teach us about life and love. This year you will be invited to Let Your Love Sing! Delve into the mystery of love and be inspired by spiritual teachers. Tanya Dyck Steinmann, pastor and spiritual director and Suzanne Bender, ukulelist extraordinaire will offer times of worship, reflection and creative expression to open the heart and mind and enrich the spirit. Experience the beauty of creation. Be nourished by the relaxed pace, good food and meaningful conversation. Play in the snow, breathe deeply in yoga, treat yourself to a massage, cross country ski, enjoy late night laughs in the sauna. Just breathe and become an open singing bowl.   Retreat Cost: $225 per person.  See packing list and schedule (subject to change).


Couples Retreat! 

February 21-23, 2020

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.  Retreat Cost:  $400 per couple. Click here for the packing list and schedule (subject to change).


Winter Camp for Grownups! 

Feb 28 – Mar 1, 2020

This camp is for 20 and 30 somethings who wish they could do camp again! Enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating on the lake, relaxing in the sauna, walking through the woods, good conversation by the fire and exceptional food.  This weekend is the perfect winter escape and is a collaboration between Pastors in Exile and Silver Lake. Sliding Scale: Full: $150. Subsidized: $110. Student/Underemployed: $65.  Register through PiE at pamela@pastorsinexile.org.


Child Development Workshop

March 29, 2020 12:30pm

This workshop is for anyone wanting to learn more about children’s development and how to connect well with children.  More info. to come.  Join in person or remotely (information provided after registration).  There is no fee but please register so that we know who is planning to come.


Spring Work Weekend

May 1-3, 2020

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.)


MCEC Junior Youth Retreat

May 8-10, 2020

Register via the MCEC website.


Paddle the Grand Fundraiser

May 9, 2020

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!


Family Camp

May 15-17, 2020

Enjoy a weekend of fun-filled memories!  Families experience waterfront activities, sports, campfires, 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:  $400 for a room at the Meadows or in the Staff Cabin; $375 for a shared cabin or $295 if you bring a tent or trailer.  See packing list,  menu (subject to change) and schedule (subject to change).


Spring Bruce Trail Hike

May 22-24, 2020

Join us for a hike along the Sydenham section of the Bruce Trail. hiking about 30 kms over 2 days.  Reflection times, great food and a comfortable bed at the end of the day!  Must be able to walk at least 10 kms with relative ease prior to the hike.  Cost:  $400 per person (includes 2 nights accommodations).  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


Newcomer Family Holiday

May 29-June 1, 2020

Register through MCC Ontario.


Men’s Retreat

September 18-20, 2020

Participants enjoy a weekend of relaxation, connection and good food. Enjoy low ropes activities, swimming, boating, games, campfires, nature walks, and the sauna. This year’s theme is “Into the Wilderness.” with Marcus Shantz, President of Conrad Grebel University College.  The retreat is full every year so register early! Cost is $225 per person.  See packing list and schedule (subject to change).


Bruce Trail Hike FALL

October 17-18, 2020

Join us for a hike along the Blue Mountains section of the Bruce Trail. hiking about 30 kms over 2 days.  Reflection times, great food  and a comfortable bed at the end of the day!  Must be able to walk at least 10 kms with relative ease prior to the hike.  Two nights (Friday and Saturday) accommodation included.  Cost:  $400 per person.  See packing list


Fall Work Weekend

October 25-27, 2020

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. CILT 1s stay together with staff supervision and help with tasks around camp including dishes!!  Anyone else under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or have a parent sign a waiver entrusting them to responsible adult.

MCEC Fall Youth Retreat

November 8, 2020 

Register online via the MCEC website.


Child Development Workshop

November 8, 2020 12:30pm

This workshop is for anyone wanting to learn more about children’s development and how to connect well with children.  More info. to come.  Join in person or remotely (information provided after registration).  There is no fee but please register so that we know who is planning to come.


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.