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Fall Retreat

November 11 – 13 | Lake Waubesa Bible Camp

Fall 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, Fall 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 November 7.

*** All participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a negative COVID test 48 hours before November 11.


Fall 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 activities to choose from: basketball, frisbee, paddling (kayaks & canoes), hiking, 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

This year’s topic is, “As You Love Yourself: Rediscovering a Foundation of the Golden Rule, in Faith & Mental Health” and will provide a time to reflect on self-love and practice self-care.

Matt Sablan will be our guest speaker and facilitator for our retreat.

“When we want to understand or do something better, we not only keep exploring it, we do it on purpose. Best friends learn each other’s birthdays, students attend class, stargazers buy telescopes, athletes practice, and musicians seek out instructors — all in the name of exploring what matters to us most.

Our interior world is just as wonderful, mysterious, and an important frontier to explore. What is needed to feel most alive? When do I feel safe? Why do we get anxious? How does our body let us know what we need? Can feelings be wrong and who taught me to feel this way? What is true for all and what is unique to me?

From an early age I’ve always been interested in being happy on purpose. This has led me to spending my career within the fields of theology and mental health. I received my BA in Theology, along with minors in Peace Studies and Archaeology from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, completing my thesis in the history of Love of Self in the Christian tradition. I then completed my Masters’ in Theological Ethics at Boston College’s School of Theology & Ministry where I focused on the boundaries between love of self and others. Finally, I completed my Master’s in Social Work at Boston College’s School of Social Work, studying to be a clinical therapist with a focus in trauma. In my previous work, I’ve practiced in private clinics, as a mental health emergency responder, and as a trauma therapist for survivors of torture seeking asylum in the US. I now work at UW Madison’s Mental Health Services clinic where I do intakes, crisis care, and outreach. Throughout my academic and professional career, I’ve also worked in youth ministry, catechetical, and retreat programs.

On a more personal note, I’m originally from Southern California, an avid soccer fan, on bad terms with mathematics, and happily prepared to discuss Star Wars with all those interested in high culture. If anybody knows of any good Mexican food in Madison, please contact me.”

  • Clothing:
    • Clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty (on Saturday afternoon, we have lots of free time to play: kayaking, frisbee, basketball, etc.)
    • Warm clothes for sitting 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, or firearms

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: November 7

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