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Retreat! Retreat!

By Wendy Weiss, Programs & Membership Coordinator

Well, the good kind of retreat, where you get to rest and relax in the beauty of nature! Westside has a couple of fall retreats this year, each with a unique way of celebrating being in community together. Both are open to all members and friends of Westside!

Spirit Quest An earth-centered camping retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains September 27-29, 2019 (Friday-Sunday) Led by Rev. Carol Bodeau & Wendy Weiss Join us for this 3-day Adult RE retreat in the Great Smoky Mountains, which will include: • Camping with a group of fellow UU’s interested in exploring their own spirituality through contact with nature • A day-long spirit quest: solo time on the land, which we will prepare for with reflection, sharing and ritual • Fire circles each night • Guided reflection and meditation • Art activities • Shared meals and play time • Intention Setting for your personal life and journey • Closing ceremony Cost: $20 per person, plus everyone brings food to share

Camp Lackadogma Westside’s Annual Retreat Pickett State Park October 11-13, 2019 (Friday-Sunday)

A long-standing tradition open to all members and friends of Westside. Join us for a weekend of family-friendly fellowship and shared hikes, meals, bonfire, and general hanging out in the lodge. Camp Lackadogma features the following activities: ● Bunkhouse or cabin lodging ● Shared meals ● Shared kitchen work to help prep, cook, and clean up at shared meal times ● Group hikes ● Children’s play area ● Plenty of time for rest and relaxation ● Gorgeous fall colors--we usually go the first week of November, but this year we’ll be there for near peak colors! ● Good old fashioned fun: puzzles, games, cards, ping pong ● Sunday morning service Suggested donation of $40 per adult, $80 for family. All are welcome; we are happy to waive the fee if it makes it possible for you to be there!

Registration link: Last year we had a Camp Lackadogma Team that helped organize the kitchen schedule and the menu and who worked together to shop for, gather, and transport the food and supplies to camp. Many hands make light work! Contact Wendy if you’re willing to help with Camp prep. For more information, contact Wendy Weiss 865.226.9191 or email

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