We can see from [the natural world], as though in a mirror, how perfection stems from variety in heaven as well, since things that happen in the natural world, offer us a reflection of things in the spiritual world.

Heaven and Hell #56

The retreat will be held over the Memorial Day weekend at the beautiful St. Dorothy’s Rest Retreat Center, nestled in the redwood hills of Sonoma County California. All are welcome to join us in a weekend of fun, relaxation, and Swedenborgian explorations.

The Retreat is a great time to make new Swedenborgian friends and reconnect with old ones. St. Dorothy’s Rest is the perfect setting to unwind from work-a-day stress and reconnect with your spiritual side.

The program includes

  • Interesting and exciting workshops,
  • Programs for children,
  • Matins & Vespers services created and led by retreat participants,
  • Campfire with sing-along and s’mores

There is plenty of time to relax, read, walk the forest paths, shop at the quaint boutiques in near-by Occidental or have fun on the Russian River or at the Pacific Ocean.

The retreat starts with a light dinner on Friday, May 24th and ends after lunch on Monday May 27th.

Go to the FAQs page for detailed information.

To be notified of any new information regarding the retreat, be sure to click on the “follow” button in the right-hand column.

Check out the “Photo Gallery” tab for pictures from previous retreats!

Early Bird Registration Open Through April 14th!


About St. Dorothy’s Rest

Chapel Panorama flattened and distortedLocated in Camp Meeker, Sonoma County, a redwood forest provides a magnificent backdrop for St. Dorothy’s Rest, as the majestic trees lend an aura of serenity to all of camp and instill in guests an appreciation of nature. Retreat guests are welcomed into a rich historical tradition at the oldest continually operating summer camp in California, sleeping in historic buildings from the Arts-and-Crafts movement of the early 1900s. More information at http://www.stdorothysrest.org/.

The West Coast Swedenborgian Retreat is co-sponsored by the Swedenborgian Pacific Coast Association and the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church.

Additional support provided by

 Photographs © Douglas Stinson or Randy Wiederhold.


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