Upcoming Retreats and Events

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For more details on an event, email julie@carolinefurnace.org​ or call (540) 449-0012.

Quiet Days
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Faith Where You Are
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Play-Pray-Play
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Quiet Day

10am to 2pm will be dedicated to calming, quieting, centering reflection. We'll begin with orientation and meditation in the Upper Room led by Rev. Heidi David-Young, then conclude in the same way. Bring lunch to eat at your leisure; no cost to participate and no RSVP needed.

April 2 2020

Faith Where You Are

Answer the Call. Come Canoe. Let's Connect.

Let's spend time together out in God's beautiful creation, sharing the weekend with an inspiring community of diverse leaders. You'll learn and discern how your faith can thrive in your everyday - where is your faith leading you, and how can you lead through your faith? This retreat is designed for young adults and adults in life transition, but all beliefs and ages are welcome and encouraged. Faith Where You Are includes meals and a Saturday canoe trip on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. Scholarships available - contact us for more info.

*Update: Faith Where You Are has been moved to the Cabin Village. 

Weekend: $125

May 1-3 2020

Spring Open House

Come spend time with us in God's creation! Spring Open House begins with a Bluegrass worship at 11am in St. John's Chapel, our 19th century chapel in the Spring Field. Following worship we'll provide lunch, make s'mores, create spring crafts, and go on a property hike. Come experience Caroline Furnace! No RSVP required, but please RSVP for Spring Open House on the Facebook event posting if  able.

May 9 2020

Spring Work Weekend

Join us in giving back to Caroline! No cost to register and attend - but there is an option to Fund a Project during registration and we will request free will donations for meals throughout the weekend. Spring Work Weekend is hosted in the heated Cabin Village.

May 15-17 2020

Play, Pray, Play

Come find renewal in and through God's creation! Begin with a day of play: hiking, fishing, canoeing, creekwalking, playing gagaball, crafting and more. We'll begin the day with interactive, camp-like worship and Bible study, and end with a campfire. Day 2 is set aside as a Day of Prayer - time for silent meditation, praying the labyrinth, reading, and contemplation. We'll wrap up the retreat with another day of play: hiking, fishing, canoeing, creekwalking, playing gagaball, crafting and more. Local horseback riding, wineries, and river trips may be available on the play days as well at additional cost. 

Lodging is modern-rustic and scratch-made meals are provided Tuesday lunch through Thursday lunch. Lodging and meals will be in the Cabin Village.

2 Day (Mon/Tues or Tues/Wed): $80

3 Day (Mon to Wed): $125

June 1-3 2020

Quiet Day

10am to 2pm will be dedicated to calming, quieting, centering reflection. We'll begin with orientation and meditation in the Upper Room led by Rev. Heidi David-Young, then conclude in the same way. Bring lunch to eat at your leisure; no cost to participate and no RSVP needed.

June 2 2020

Quiet Day

10am to 2pm will be dedicated to calming, quieting, centering reflection. We'll begin with orientation and meditation in the Upper Room led by Rev. Heidi David-Young, then conclude in the same way. Bring lunch to eat at your leisure; no cost to participate and no RSVP needed.

September 2 2020

Adventure Weekend

Come on your own, bring your family, or organize a group and explore the Shenandoah Valley! We'll provide lodging and meals in the Cabin Village and help you plan your adventures. During warm weather, nearby activities may include river canoeing/kayaking/tubing, horseback riding, rock climbing, ziplining, hiking, biking, and fishing. In the winter, we're just under an hour from skiing, snowboarding, and tubing at Massanutten and Bryce Resorts - plus, winter hikes in Fort Valley are spectacular. Year round, we have some great breweries and wineries nearby, plus apple orchards, farm tours, antiquing, and more.

September 18-20 2020

Pre-Advent Retreat

Get a jump on your Advent planning! All are invited to join us for a time of discussion, preparation and fellowship before the Advent season. Join us at modern Buttonwood Lodge to take a look at the four gospel texts for the Sundays of Advent. Using Anna Carter Florence's method of Rehearsing Scripture, we'll delve into the story to find the script in scripture and emerge with fresh insight. Pastors and lay leaders are encouraged; all are welcome. 

3 Day: $125

September 22-24 2020

Fall Work Weekend

Join us in giving back to Caroline! No cost to register and attend - but there is an option to Fund a Project during registration and we will request free will donations for meals throughout the weekend. Fall Work Weekend is hosted in the Cabin Village.

October 23-25 2020

Wild Women Retreat

Join us for a weekend of fellowship and renewal. (details TBD - stay tuned.)

Weekend: $115

Day: $30

December 4-6 2020

Quiet Day

Start the New Year off right! 10am to 2pm will be dedicated to calming, quieting, centering reflection. We'll begin with orientation and meditation in the Upper Room led by Rev. Heidi David-Young, then conclude in the same way. Bring lunch to eat at your leisure; no cost to participate and no RSVP needed.

January 2 2021

BeerReformation Retreat

Join us for a weekend of faith, education, fun and fellowship, paired with the history and art of brewing. We'll follow our "Earn Your Beer" prayer hike with a visit to a local brewery, then bottle a special Caroline Furnace recipe to take home. BeerReformation includes scratch-made meals, lodging, and Saturday transportation.

In 2020, the BeerReformation recipe was a Persimmon Porter. The 2019 brew was a Fort Valley Dubbel.

See 2018 BeerReformation photos here.

Weekend: $115

Day: $30

January 22-24 2021

Adventure Weekend

Come on your own, bring your family, or organize a group and explore the Shenandoah Valley! We'll provide lodging and meals in the Cabin Village and help you plan your adventures. During warm weather, nearby activities may include river canoeing/kayaking/tubing, horseback riding, rock climbing, ziplining, hiking, biking, and fishing. In the winter, we're just under an hour from skiing, snowboarding, and tubing at Massanutten and Bryce Resorts - plus, winter hikes in Fort Valley are spectacular. Year round, we have some great breweries and wineries nearby, plus apple orchards, farm tours, antiquing, and more.

February 5-7, 2021

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Fall Fest

Come spend time with us in God's creation! Fall Fest begins with a Bluegrass worship at 11am in St. John's Chapel, our 19th century chapel in the Spring Field. Following worship we'll provide lunch, make s'mores, create fall crafts, and go on a property hike. Come experience Caroline Furnace! No RSVP required, but please RSVP for Fall Fest on the Facebook event posting if you are able.

October 5 2019

Renew & Retreat, presented by Roots & Wings

Renew & Retreat is a Christian Formation Retreat for Family Ministries, presented by Roots & Wings, a ministry of the Virginia Synod, ELCA. This year's facilitator is Debbie Striecher, Co-Director at Milestones Ministry and past president of the Christian Education Network of the ELCA. Debbie is passionate about family ministry and the importance of daily immersion in the language of faith. Her vision is to involve all ages in faith formation, strengthen family relationships through spiritual growth, and empower God-given gifts to do ministry. All are welcome, to include other Synods, denominations, and ecumenical partners.

Early Registration until Sept 1: $100

Registration after Sept 1: $117

October 8-10 2019

Summer Staff Reunion

Each year, our Summer Staff spend a weekend together at camp - sharing new ideas, spending a few days in retreat after the holidays, catching up with one another, and getting excited for the coming summer! This year, you're invited! Come spend the weekend with us if you're thinking about working at camp or would like to learn more. 

January 3-5 2020

Pre-Lenten Retreat

All are invited to join us for a time of discussion, preparation and fellowship before the Lenten season. Join us at Buttonwood Lodge to take a look at the four Matthean gospel texts for the Sundays of Lent. Pastors and lay leaders are encouraged; all are welcome.

3 Day: $125

February 4-6 2020

Spring Paul Bunyan Weekend

Pack your chainsaw and work gloves - come spend a weekend at camp, dropping trees, splitting wood, and chipping mulch! Priorities are dead and downed trees near structures, along the camp roads, and affecting the field and trails (trees are pre-marked and some will be pre-dropped). Paul Bunyan Weekend is hosted in the heated Cabin Village and meals are provided Saturday breakfast to Sunday breakfast. No cost for lodging/meals. This work weekend is open to everyone (not just men!). No chainsaw experience required - other roles include moving/loading cut sections, clearing brush, chipping limbs, running the log splitter, and stacking firewood.

March 6-8 2020

Spring Break Work Weeks

Grab your work gloves and come spend Spring Break at camp; we need your help with the Moyer Lodge and Farmhouse upgrades! This is a large-scale project and many hands make light(er) work. Lodging and meals are provided for the length of your stay - come for a day or stay for both weeks. There is no cost to participate, but an option is available during registration to help fund the project. No skill required. Spring Break Work Weeks are for all ages, not just college students. Invite your friends!

March 9-13, 16-20 2020

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