Seabeck Multi-Age UU Memorial Day Weekend Retreat

Seabeck: old Meeting House and lawnFor more than 30 years, the East Shore and University Unitarian Churches have come together on Memorial Day for an all-ages weekend of fellowship at Seabeck Conference Center, in Seabeck, WA on the Hood Canal. Part retreat and part social event, Seabeck puts a uniquely Unitarian Universalist spin on the American custom of “church camp,” providing three days of fun, friendship, relaxation, and revitalization for Unitarians of all ages.

Paddleboats on Seabeck lagoonStrolling on the beach, watching the kids scramble across the huge expanse of rolling lawn, disappearing into the forest with a book, lingering over a glass of wine with friends, singing around the campfire, listening to great live music, laughing through the talent show—this is Seabeck. Everyone moves at one’s own pace and creates their own agenda during this informal, opportunity-filled, and memorable community gathering. Seabeck is the perfect weekend get-away.

Bring the family, come solo, meet up with old friends and get acquainted with new ones. Programs and workshops for all ages are offered at our Seabeck weekend.

Children’s Program: Our kids will have many opportunities to learn, explore, play, create and make lasting friendships. The Children and Youth Programming is always a joyful experience for all involved, and we look forward to having our kids participate with us!

There are always many workshops offered by attendees—like you—from our wonderful communities. Think about bringing your own talents to share with others, formally (in workshops offered) or informally, throughout the weekend as we gather, share and grow community, with families and elders alike.

2017 Retreat

“The Music in Me” with Kiya Heartwood, May 26-29

This year’s theme is “The Music in Me.” Everyone is bursting with spirit and creativity. During the weekend, an optional two-day workshop will run by Kiya Heartwood, an award winning, internationally touring, roots/folk singer songwriter, composer and change artist. Her workshop will include explorations, exercises, experiments and just plain fun. Even if music isn’t the way you relate to the world you can participate through your passion—writing, visual art, movement—whatever calls to you. The first hour each day will be intergenerational and the last hour and a half will be for grown-ups. See the Seabeck webpage (on the ESUC website) for more information on Kiya Heartwood and this year’s program.

Registration will begin for returning attendees on Monday, January 23, 2017 and open registration begins, Monday, January 30, 2017. Registration is on a first come-first serve basis on the East Shore website. Contact Seabeck Registrar, Dianne Upton,, 425-505-3744, for more information.

It’s helpful if you take a look at Seabeck lodging options before you register so that you will be familiar with the housing options and can make sure that the size of your party approximately fits the number of beds per room (can be fewer, but not more people than beds).

We are very excited to welcome back in 2017 former campers and to welcome new ones to the wonderful UU experience that is Seabeck!

Seabeck 2017 Dean: Jennifer Sill Reichert (UUC)