Seabeck Multi-Age UU Memorial Day Weekend Retreat

Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27, 2019

Registration now open!

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. (Click here to watch a short video.)

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.

“Seabeck 2019: A Moving Experience” with Guy Nelson

Guy Nelson is well-known in the Seattle area as a long-time radio host on KUOW-NPR. He’s also a professional actor and musician, and he travels around the world training people and organizations in communication and creativity. Guy has performed and directed improvisational theatre for decades in the Puget Sound region and nationally, and he believes there is a deep connection between creativity, improvisation and spirituality.

Returning by popular demand to our retreat and community for the second year in a row, Guy will lead us this year in plenty of fun games that explore the many ways we move our bodies.  That includes various dances and improvisational activities, done solo or in groups. The games are simple and all-inclusive; no dance experience is needed, just bring some comfy clothes. Like other forms of improvisation, they can transport you into a creative mental space that raises your self-awareness and deepens your connection to others. Participation – mind, body and spirit – is as you are willing and able, as always.

For those who are interested we’ll offer an advanced session that builds on these and other improvisational skills to create an epic performance event involving skits, songs, poetry, music and movement. And most of all, we’ll laugh, play and have fun together.

It’s helpful if you take a look at lodging before you register, www.seabeck.org, 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). The Seabeck lodging selection on their website shows the number of people allowed per room. There is an extra charge of $100 if a single person uses a room that sleeps multiples. Registration and housing assignments will only be considered complete upon full payment for your weekend.

Registration is on a first come-first served basis (via the East Shore Unitarian Church website).

We are very excited to welcome back in 2019 former campers and to welcome new ones to the wonderful UU experience that is Seabeck!

For more information: Seabeck 2019 Co-Deans: Jennifer Joslyn Sill (UUC), jenniferjoslynsill@gmail.com, (206) 755-0052 and Beth Wilson (ESUC), bethwilsonphd@cs.com or Nicole Duff, Membership Development Manager, ESUC, (425) 747-3780, ext. 106, membership@esuc.org. If you run into registration difficulties, please email Dianne Upton.