Catholic Young Adult ages 18-35 Hike and Retreat with the Community of St. John
Features monastic prayer, philosophy/theology classes and fun
A hike of the historic Crow Pass Trail, followed by a retreat at Holy Spirit Center, Anchorage, Alaska
August 3 – 11, 2013
Registration is open; Space is limited (Alaska Eagle Eye 2013 Registration Form)
Contact Rachel and David Andrews: email@example.com
The days take the rhythm of the liturgical observances of the Community of St. John. We have morning, midday and evening prayer. We also have daily mass. We will begin by hiking the Crow Pass Trail, part of the historic Iditarod trail. This is a well known trail in Alaska, and you can find much good information about the hike on the internet. In short, the trail runs from outside Girdwood, AK up and over Crow Pass, then down into a valley, across Eagle River to the Eagle River Nature Center where the trail ends. The trail is about 24 miles long. It is a strenuous hike with lots of ups and downs and we do “ford” Eagle River, crossing about 100 yards of opaque thigh-high frigid water by walking on the river bottom of slippery fist- to skull-sized rocks. Participants should be able to carry a backpack filled with personal and group gear and weighing about 40 pounds for the duration of the hike. At different points in the hike the weather conditions can range from 80 degrees and sunny to 30 degrees and sleet. There is no cell phone service on this hike. The camp sites have no facilities. Impressive powers of strength and endurance are not necessary. A reasonable degree of fitness and a good attitude are required.
When we return to town, we will be staying at Holy Spirit Center, a Catholic retreat center on the hillside overlooking Anchorage. We will have daily mass and our thrice daily liturgical prayer there. We arrive Wednesday afternoon, and the in-town portion of the retreat continues until Sunday morning with participants catching flights home in the afternoon. Father Nathan and the Community of St. John will be leading classes on theology, philosophy, and lectio divina- praying with The Word of God. The days are dynamic and thought-provoking. This is your chance to discern your place as a young adult in the church as well as to search for truth and why it is important. Participants can expect to share a bedroom with another person and to use shared bathrooms. Meals will be provided.