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Winter Retreat

February 23 – 25 | Lake Waubesa Bible Camp

Winter Retreat is a great way to take a break from your normal routine and enjoy some time away from campus with friends! We eat, play, and make memories together while holding space for spiritual reflection and conversation. Whether you are brand new to Pres House or have been a part of the community for years, Winter Retreat is one of the best ways to build relationships at Pres House.

The registration fee is $70. However, if this is your first Pres House retreat, you will automatically receive a $10 discount. Scholarships are available if you are unable to pay the full cost of the retreat; please contact Nii Addo if you need a scholarship. The deadline to register is February 19.


Winter Retreat is in McFarland at Lake Waubesa Bible Camp, a 20-minute drive from campus. The rooms are dormitory style with bunk beds (2-4 people per room). There are two shared bathrooms with multiple sinks, stalls, and curtained showers. All the meals are cooked on-site and served family style.

During free time, there are lots of fun outdoor activities to choose from: hiking, sledding, snowshoeing, skiing, and more.

Please note that this schedule is subject to change. We give everyone an updated schedule at the retreat.

5:15 ~ Meet at Pres House
6:00 ~ Arrive at Lake Waubesa Bible Camp
6:30 ~ Dinner
7:15 ~ Session 1
7:45 ~ Small Groups
9:00 ~ Free Time

8:15 ~ Breakfast
9:00 ~ Session 2
10:00 ~ Break
10:30 ~ Small Groups
12:30 ~ Lunch
1:30 ~ Free Time
6:00 ~ Dinner
7:00 ~ Session 3
8:00 ~ Small Groups
9:00 ~ Free Time

8:15 ~ Breakfast
9:00 ~ Session 4
10:00 ~ Closing
11:00 ~ Pack up and Depart
12:00 ~ Back in Madison
4:30 ~ Worship at Pres House

  • Clothing:
    • Clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty (on Saturday afternoon, we have lots of free time to play outside)
    • Warm clothes for sitting/playing outside (weather permitting, we will have a campfire on Friday and/or Saturday evening)
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Check the forecast!
  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothbrush, etc.)
  • Personal items (medications, etc.)
  • Water bottle
  • Journal (if you have one)
  • You do not need to bring bed linens, a pillow, or a towel; the retreat center provides those. 
  • Please DO NOT bring alcohol, drugs, controlled substances, fireworks, firearms, or weapons of any kind (this includes pocket knives).

You’re not alone! There is free time on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon if you need to work. But we also encourage everyone to put down the books if they can. It’s important to make time for rest and play! Just ask Kevin (or anyone else who’s been to a Pres House retreat).

Registration Deadline: February 19

Please note the following before you register:

  • Once you have successfully completed your registration, you will IMMEDIATELY receive a confirmation email. If you do not IMMEDIATELY receive a confirmation email, YOUR REGISTRATION WAS NOT SUBMITTED SUCCESSFULLY.
  • After you press “Submit,” this page will reload. After the page reloads, please check this box for any error messages, even if you receive a confirmation email. If you have repeated errors, please contact Nii Addo as quickly as possible so we can troubleshoot.
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