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District Retreat 2019


  • Horseshoe Resort 1101 Horseshoe Valley Road West Barrie, ON, L4M 4Y8 Canada (map)

2019 District Retreat Theme: Harmony

In art, harmony consists of different colours, shapes, values and space coming together to create one beautiful masterpiece. In music, various instruments, voices, musical notes and volumes result in one harmonious feast for the ears. Even a cupcake has harmony!

In God's kingdom, harmony is the intentional act of interdependence amid a diverse people for the sake of a united goal. It is the quality of interdependence within tension and diversity. It is the state of freely knowing who you are, whose you are, and where you are going together with others.

Within the life of the triune God, harmony is seen in the unity with distinction of the one God eternally existing in relational exuberance as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In November at District Retreat, we are going to be exploring what it looks like to embrace the tension of our diverse alliance from the freedom of knowing who we are and whose we are in Christ, so that we can be an interdependent movement reaching the unchurched with God.



Retreat Schedule*

TUESDAY NOVEMBER 5, 2019

2pm - Registration Opens
5pm - Appetizers & Dinner Buffet
7pm - Opening Celebration
9pm - Campfire & s'mores!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2019

7am - Breakfast Buffet 
9am - Session #1
11am - Free Time (lunch on your own + group activity options)
6pm - Dinner Buffet (kid-free dinner)
7:30pm - Session #2

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2019

7am - Breakfast Buffet
9am - Session #3
11am - Retreat closes

*This schedule is subject to change.


Accommodations @ Horseshoe

The rooms at Horseshoe Resort DO NOT have pull-out couches NOR do they offer cots so if a room has 2 queen beds, it sleeps up to 4 people comfortably. If you are planning to share a room and/or bring your family, please bear this in mind. Should you require 2 rooms, please email Lisa AFTER you register and we can help you organize a second room.


Group Activities

We really try NOT to schedule every minute of your retreat because we know that can be exhausting, which is the opposite of what a retreat should do for your heart & soul. When we plan the schedule, we prioritize space for you to rest, be an introvert, reconnect with God and your spouse, journal or whatever else you want to do.

And for all you extroverts, for the people who enjoy connecting through activity, for those with high energy levels, we've planned a couple optional activities for you: Axe Throwing & a Sign Making Workshop! More details on the registration page.


Kids Program

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Want to share the retreat experience with your kids? We have a program planned for them too! Programming will be made available during main retreat sessions. The ticket price for children will cover the cost of food & programming (kids under the age of 4 get their food for free).

This year we are accepting kids from the ages of 2 to 12 - register early as spots fill up fast!

*This program is subject to change, any changes will be reflected online.



Earlier Event: October 25
BEDLAM 2019
Later Event: March 26
Resilience Tour