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Summer Retreat 🌞

  • Audobon Center of the North 54165 Audubon Road Sandstone, MN, 55072 United States (map)

Coming Home To Yourself 🏠

June 22-24, 2018  |  Audubon Center, Sandstone, MN
Led by Stephen Picha

As men, we often define ourselves by what we do, what we know or who we know.  We fear truly living or relating because we don’t know how others might receive or accept us.  We can spend a lifetime searching but somehow miss discovering our authentic and most beautiful selves.

Coming Home to Yourself is a retreat that invites you to walk some different paradoxical paths for discovering, embracing and honoring your True Self.  In the midst of nature and through Ritual, small groups, contemplative time and other active learning, we will together move towards living more full and whole lives in service to ourselves and our world.


Stephen Picha is a leader and teacher with more than twenty-five years of experience in both nonprofit and for-profit organizations as well as in the public school system.  He currently serves as Event Recruiter at Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center.

Stephen served as Executive Director of the Center for Action and Contemplation for over a decade and during that time helped to birth MALEs – Men As Learners and Elders (now known as Illuman), where he also served as a Ritual and Logistics elder.  He has trained in nature-based retreat work with the Animas Valley Institute as well as doing training with Joanna Macy’s The Work That Reconnects and being a part of a local men’s group for 15 years.

Stephen lives in Albuquerque with his wife, Mary Jo, and children Grace and Luke.  They are currently developing their 1/2 acre in the North Valley of Albuquerque into an urban farm with chickens, bees, orchard and plants/vegetables.

Date: June 22-24, 2018

Time: Friday 5:00PM - Sunday 1:00PM
On Friday, you may arrive anytime after 3:00PM to enjoy the space.

Cost: $200 which includes two nights lodging and all meals. Some scholarships are available - please contact T Michael Rock for an application: 

Location: Audubon Center of the North Woods  |  Sandstone, MN
You may tent on the grounds or stay in one of the dorm rooms. Same price for either option.

: T Michael Rock
Phone:  612-275-0387


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After Registering, then click on the Payment button to pay. 

Please consider making a donation to help us facilitate the participation of men unable to afford the Summer Retreat 2018 registration fee. Your contribution will help us to transform the spiritual lives of the men we serve. THANK YOU!

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