Retreat Programs

Retreat Schedule

All upcoming Retreats

Below is our full upcoming program schedule for retreats.

A close up of pinkish-tan mushroom gills.

Wild Art-Making

With Rain Black

August 10, 2024
The Farmhouse
As artists, we can learn so much from the brilliant colors, textures, and patterns of the forest. Often though we don't work directly with what the wild offers us. Follow forager and artist, Rain Black (fae/he) for a retreat on wild art-making to deepen your connection to the land and your creativity. During this retreat, we will work through two different art-making techniques using plants and mushrooms from the surrounding woods and trails. Foraging is often food-based, but nature is also an excellent source for art making. You'll learn practical skills and approaches you can take with you. Mixing historical…
A person is shown from far away, standing on top of a rocky hill, with their arms raised triumphantly.

Leaping Upon the Mountain

With Mike Lew and Thom Harrigan

August 16 - 18, 2024
Turning Point
The leaders are asking that all participants be fully vaccinated. Double and limited single rooms are available. This weekend workshop is for non-offending adult male survivors of sexual child abuse, rape, physical violence, emotional abuse and/or neglect. Our goal is to offer a safe, encouraging environment of healing. The weekend will provide a variety of healing activities, including the sharing of stories, writing exercises, anger work and other emotional expressions, small group discussion, relaxation and yes, even fun. This event is for men who are actively engaged in recovery work; it is not a substitute for therapy. A letter of…
A road through the Kirkridge woods as the leaves turn.

We are Deaf, Queer, and Here!

With Mervin Primeaux-OBryant and Spencer Grugan

September 6 - 8, 2024
Turning Point
A weekend retreat program for individuals who are 18+ years of age, identify as LGBTQ+, and Deaf/deaf/DeafBlind/Deaf+/hard-of-hearing. This retreat gathering is presented as an opportunity to bring together individuals who are Deaf and queer. Through group facilitations, community-building, and activities, the two co-facilitators will foster a space of healing, connection, and celebration of the intersectionality of Deaf queer people. With our shared identities and experiences with which we’ll have the opportunity to express ourselves in many different modes of communication, art, and expression, we will have the space to acknowledge our best authentic selves. One does not need to know…
A sharp-edged stone is precariously balanced on a larger, rocky boulder.

Friendship, Community, and Resilience in a Time of Turbulent Earth Change: A Circle of Trust® Retreat

With Cat Greenstreet

September 6 - 8, 2024
The Farmhouse
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman Do you long to feel alive and to sustain that feeling in your life and work? How are we creating friendships and community in a time of fragmentation and increasing isolation? What is breaking our hearts? What brings hope and inspiration? How does turning our senses toward Mother Earth affect how we perceive what surrounds us and what lives within? How do we then listen to each other and to…
A still pond shows the reflection of surrounding green trees and bright blue sky.

Silent Wilderness Retreat

With Laurel Dykstra and Lynice Pinkard

September 9 - 12, 2024
The Farmhouse
Limit 5 participants. The focus of this retreat is listening in nature. Your primary “spiritual directors” will be the creatures, beings, and elements of the more than human world on Kittatinny Ridge in the Appalachian Mountains, and you are encouraged to spend significant time out of doors. Each day will include a morning and evening circle and individual listening times with Laurel/a director. The retreat is open to everyone whether you are new to or experienced with silence, but LGBTQI2S+ folk might find that space held by a queer and gender queer practitioner particularly valuable. Kirkridge is a Christian retreat…
A mix of colorful and patterned fabrics hang over a tree branch in a wooded area.

Wild Gender Retreat

With Laurel Dykstra and Celina Medrano-Miller

September 12 - 15, 2024
The Farmhouse
What do creatures, plants, landforms and waterways have to teach us about stealth and fabulousness? How does the more than human world invite us to authentic gender expression? Often people with non-cis gender identities are pushed into urban spaces and find rural and wilderness settings dangerous, or we are told who we are or what we do is unnatural. This is an opportunity to reconnect with and reclaim wilderness as a queer space, to explore what the species, landforms, and elements of territory have to teach and share with us and revel in the goodness of our bodies. Retreat content…
A mostly-full moon peeks out from behind dark, smoky clouds.

Wonder, Wisdom, and Witness: The Legacy of the Beguines for Our Time

With Joyce Hollyday

September 17 - 19, 2024
Nelson Lodge
In an age of intolerance, they practiced compassion. In an era of religious arrogance, they embraced the Divine Feminine and celebrated gifts of the Spirit. Under suffocating patriarchy, they rejected cultural dictates limiting women to the roles of wives owned and subjugated by husbands or nuns cloistered and controlled by the church. They boldly lived together in empowering communities, providing safe haven and education for girls, supporting one another by making lace and candles, baking bread and brewing beer. Come to the mountain as the autumn breezes begin to stir and dive into the mystery of the stunning medieval mystics…
A colorful, rainbow painting.

Sisterly: Intergenerational Queer Joy

September 20 - 22, 2024
Nelson Lodge
For nearly 40 years, women who identify as lesbian have gathered here on the mountain every year to learn from lesbian feminist theologians, engage in spiritual practice, and build lifelong friendships. This year, we will expand the circle to younger people, including those who identify as nonbinary or genderqueer, for an intergenerational exploration of queer joy as well as tender conversations about gender-based oppression over the decades.  As we broaden this circle to a wider age and gender spectrum, we ask that all participants be open to various perspectives and identities as we work to create an inclusive environment.  We…
A child in a purple sweatshirt plays in long grass by a pond.

This Sweet Earth: Walking with Our Children in the Age of Climate Collapse

With Lydia Wylie-Kellerman

October 4 - 6, 2024
The Farmhouse
The effects of climate change are all around us. We feel it in little ways as we harvest from our gardens a little earlier each year. And in big ways as we watch fires blaze through entire towns and our streets fill with rain. Climate anxiety touches nearly everything we do, but perhaps nothing so tenderly as our parenting. What does it mean to bring children into such an uncertain future? What do we do with the fear, grief, and anger we feel? Join us for a weekend retreat to put our bodies on this sacred land allowing the stones…
A book with blank pages lies open on a mossy stone overlooking trees and a wide blue sky.

Writing Table Retreat

With Eileen Campbell-Reed

October 10 - 13, 2024
Turning Point
Join us at the Writing Table in person. Enjoy the beauty of Kirkridge in the autumn and ample structured and unstructured time to inspire a rhythm of writing and rest. We invite you to bring a writing project with you or dream up a new one at this retreat. The retreat includes short teaching sessions about writing craft and habits, daily time for writing, and evening sessions for sharing brief excerpts of your work. Individual coaching spots will be available on a limited basis. After registration you will receive an email to schedule individual time with retreat facilitator and coach,…
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Tending Our Fear, Building Our Resilience: White People for Collective Liberation

With Lucy A. Wachter Webb

October 11 - 13, 2024
Nelson Lodge
Fear keeps us white people from accessing so much of our power. We fear “doing it wrong” or not doing enough. We fear losing relationships because of our commitment to racial justice, which is a fear related to our belonging. We fear violence and the repercussions of taking bold action in the context of empire governed by racial capitalism. These fears are legitimate and are taking care of our basic human needs. And, when we don’t tend our fear well, they get in the way of bringing ourselves into alignment with our values. Like: moving powerfully toward collective liberation. Like: leveraging…
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Cultivating Faith, Embracing Love & Discovering Hope

With Michael Adee

October 18 - 20, 2024
Turning Point
A retreat for gay, bisexual and trans men of faith and spirituality, this annual Kirkridge Men’s Retreat offers time together in community worship, conversations and small groups plus time for reflection, relaxation and casual hikes along the Appalachian trail that runs across the mountain that is Kirkridge. This peaceful setting offers inspiration for body, mind and spirit — a wonderful, peaceful place to celebrate faith and find hope.
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Playing and Praying with Clay

With Denise Griebler

October 22 - 24, 2024
The Farmhouse
Potter, sculptor, philosopher MC Richards said, “It’s not pots we are making, it’s ourselves.”  Come to the mountain at the height of Autumn colors.  Take some clay in your hands and listen to your life.  Listen to the wind and leaves.  Walk the stony paths.  We’ll listen and wonder and create as we reflect on our lives and our place in family of things.  Along the way we may encounter wonder, grief, gratitude, and a sense of coming home to ourselves. No need to worry about being an artist or having any previous experience with clay!  We’ll share poems and…
A stone megalith at dusk is light up by two torches.

Walking Awake into the Celtic New Year

With Denise Crawn and Nick Prance

November 1 - 3, 2024
The Farmhouse
If you feel a deep connection to Nature, have an interest in Celtic Spirituality, and a longing to be amongst the stunning autumn foliage at Kirkridge, this annual weekend retreat may indeed call you ‘home’ to the mountain. Throughout our weekend together we will explore some of the many surrounding lessons and gifts available to us as we ‘walk awake’ together into the Celtic New Year. In Nature it is the time of year when the woodlands transform: Leaves begin to turn into vibrant colors and float to the forest floor as the trees prepare for dormancy. Animals are busy…
Two hands cup a tongue of fire while breaking chains that bind them. The rainbow flag overlays the image.

Queering Spirituality

With Maki Ashe Van Steenwyk

December 6 - 8, 2024
The Farmhouse
The world is filled with chains and cages. Though sometimes literal, the most insidious constraints are the ideas and stories that bind our imaginations. Wherever the Spirit is, the spirit subverts—she breaks the chains. Unfortunately, so much of what we call “spirituality” or “religion” serves to press those chains ever deeper into our minds. In this retreat, Ashe Van Steenwyk will guide participants through a process of “queering” spirituality. To “queer” something is to re-examine, deconstruct, or subvert it though a queer lens. It means to pay attention to our deepest longings and listen to the wisdom of our bodies…
A group photo from a Beyond Diversity 101 training. A mix of people sit in circles of chairs with chart paper notes on the walls.

Beyond Diversity 101: Whole System Transformation – Training 1

With Niyonu D. Spann

March 19 - 23, 2025
Turning Point & Nelson Lodge
When you mean to radically change the system, including YOU! (BD101 WST - TO APPLY: Complete this form Form link: The BD101 WST Series invites those who hold a deep commitment to liberation, wholeness, and the well-being of all. It is a response to a world crying out to remember. Some are called to sit on councils helping community to run smoothly, others bring artistic expression, some are led to teach while others master plant medicines and other forms of healing. Regardless of the particular role or the medicine that you bring, making the jump from dominator culture to…

Dreaming Our Way Forward: A Collective Dreaming Retreat

With Michelle Johnson

March 28 - 30, 2025
Turning Point
At this time on our planet, when many things seem to be on fire, literally and figuratively, we must be creative in responding to all that is burning, churning, crumbling, and being dismantled. Systems of oppression make us feel limited in our response to the magnitude of what we are up against. Yet, we have the power to dream and vision outside of systems of oppression such as white supremacy, the cishet patriarchy, capitalism, ableism, and all systems meant to further fracture us from ourselves and one another. In fact, we must learn to dream outside of the constraints of…
A pair of cupped hands holds rich soil.

Re-Connecting Soil and Soul: Exploring Your Inner Self and the Outer World. A Circle of Trust® Retreat

With Dianne Baker and Megan LeBoutillier

May 9 - 11, 2025
The Farmhouse
We are between stories now. We are evolving from the world dominated by technology and entering the age of biology when there will be a resurgence of interest in learning how to work with the forces of nature rather than against them. It will be a time for following what feels most natural, organic and heartfelt. And it is a time for understanding that we do not enter the world; we grow out of it. The seeds of our own unfolding future lie deep within ourselves. —Michael Jones, The Soul of Place “Re-Connecting Soil and Soul” brings participants once again to…

Queer Dating and Relationships: Consciousness, Communication, and Consent

With Max Pearl

June 6 - 8, 2025
Most people think about dating and relationships as just about finding the "right person". But then people are disappointed over and over again when that doesn't work out. Yes, finding compatibility is important, but ironically enough, the most important factor is our relationship to ourselves, our desires, our emotions, and our limits. This workshop will help you hone your skills: skills of self-compassion, learning to navigate and regulate your emotions, learning more about your desires and limits, and learning how to communicate. This workshop is for queer and trans folks of all sorts, whether monogamous, poly, or somewhere in-between. It's…