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Episcopal Church Women Claggett Center Retreat 2017

“Sacred Ceremonies of Everyday Life: Exploring the Divine through Food, Song, Poetry, Nature and Meditation”

Presented by Reverend Rowena Gibbons

St. James Episcopal Church, Mansfield, PA

Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

Episcopal Church Women

The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania Episcopal Churchwomen invite women to come together in fellowship as the Body of Christ, The Church, at the Claggett Center – 3035 Buckeystown Pike, Adamstown, MD  21710 on September 15th – 17th, 2017.

Retreat Program for 2017:

Sacred Ceremonies of Everyday Life: Exploring the Divine through Food, Song, Poetry, Nature and Meditation”, presented by Rev. Rowena Gibbons.  This retreat will explore the importance of ceremony in our everyday lives to root us in living out a gospel of love that seeks to do no less than transform the world.  We will connect ceremony to a recovery of the sacred wonder of the cosmos and how this is expressed in Episcopal liturgy, hymns, Christian mystics and biblical texts. Participants will be encouraged to develop spiritual practices around food, body, song, word, mysticism, nature, and meditation.

The Rev. Rowena Gibbons has been the rector of St. James Episcopal Church since 2005. She is bi-vocational and has been practicing holistic health coaching since 2014. Rowena has particular interest in the healing and transformation of Christian communities through the recovery of the sacred, which is intrinsically holistic, and expressed through individual and communal practices.

Recommended reading: Participants are encouraged to chose a Christian mystic to study over the summer, and bring a sampling of the author’s works to the retreat.

All lodging will be in the Christiane Inn, which is a two story hotel featuring 60 guest rooms with queen size beds and private bathrooms in both single and double rooms. This facility is fully accessible, with centrally located microwaves and full size fridges on each floor as well as gathering space with fireplaces for socializing. All lodging will be on a first come, first served basis.

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You will be able to choose your lodging type, request special needs such as: dietary restrictions, mobility and/or allergy concerns.  If you are requesting more than one person in a room, you must indicate your roommates during registration. Retreat committee members are not responsible for finding any participant a roommate.

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Lodging Options and Pricing:

42 Single rooms w/1 queen bed – 1 person = $225.00,

If sharing the room with 2nd person = $195 per person.

18 Double rooms w/2 queen beds – 2 people = $195 each,

May have up to 4 people in room = $195 per person.

Registration fee includes: Retreat fee, 2 nights’ accommodations, 4 meals (3 Saturday and Sunday breakfast plus snacks) and all supplies for activities.

The retreat starts with Registration between 4:30 – 6:30 pm on Friday and runs through Sunday morning 11:00 am.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me at


Amy Swiernik

Retreat Chairperson

Diocese of Central PA