COVID-19 Note: We continue to host our retreats and events with adaptations, and with your health and safety in mind. Current practices include small group sizes, social distancing among separate households, and health pre-screening for all overnight guests. Contact us for more info about an upcoming event at (540) 449-0012 or julie@carolinefurnace.org.

Upcoming Retreats and Events

Open for Outdoor Activities (day use)

Call or email before you come. Book your activity time in advance by calling (540) 449-0012. Learn more here.

Work Day

For now, we will continue with Work Days only. Social distancing among separate households is expected. Detailed plans will reflect guidelines and best practices at the time. We hope to return to Work Weekends soon! Get details and the health pre-screening form here.

April 10 2021

Outdoor Worship Series

All are welcome to join us for an ecumenical outdoor worship series at St. John's Chapel! Worship will be on May 2 and June 6 at 4:30pm, rain or shine. The Spring Field will be open by 4pm. Bring your own lawn chairs, picnic blankets, snacks, and musical instruments. Bulletins and/or a projector screen will be available. Social distancing is expected among separate households.

No cost to participate; no RSVP needed.

May 2 2021

Work Day

For now, we will continue with Work Days only. Social distancing among separate households is expected. Detailed plans will reflect guidelines and best practices at the time. We hope to return to Work Weekends soon! Get details and the health pre-screening form here.

May 8 2021

Wild Women Retreat

Join us for a weekend of fellowship and renewal. The Wild Women Retreat is hosted in the Cabin Village, and meals and small group -style, outdoor activities will be available.

Weekend: $115

Day: $30

May 14-16 2021

BBQ Picnic Celebration

Join us in celebrating the Caroline Furnace community! We will provide a BBQ picnic dinner, worship, time outdoors, and live music. No cost to participate. Feel free to bring games, activities, fishing poles, and musical instruments. Overnight lodging and camping is available by household; book at least 14 days in advance. Day guest RSVP is requested by May 15. RSVP online here or call (540) 449-0012.

12-6p   Open House

1p   Staff-led Property Hike option

3:30p   Donor Recognition

4p   Dinner*

*Worship and live music to follow

May 22 2021

Outdoor Worship Series

All are welcome to join us for an ecumenical outdoor worship series at St. John's Chapel! Worship will be on May 2 and June 6 at 4:30pm, rain or shine. The Spring Field will be open by 4pm. Bring your own lawn chairs, picnic blankets, snacks, and musical instruments. Bulletins and/or a projector screen will be available. Social distancing is expected among separate households.

No cost to participate; no RSVP needed.

June 6 2021

Faith Where You Are: Young Adults

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. Lodging is in the Farmhouse OR Cabin Village - TBD based upon current guidelines and best practices.

Weekend: $125   |   Scholarships available - contact us for more info.

September 24-26 2021

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.

October 2 2021

Adventure Weekend

*Contact Julie at (540) 449-0012 or julie@carolinefurnace.org to reserve your cabin. All cabins are heated.

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.

October 8-11 2021

Work Day

For now, we will continue with Work Days only. Social distancing among separate households is expected. Detailed plans will reflect guidelines and best practices at the time. We hope to return to Work Weekends soon!

October 16 2021

Pre-Advent Retreat

Join us for a pericope study of the Gospel texts for Advent. We'll read a contemporary commentary on the text and then discuss. Pastors and lay leaders are encouraged to participate. All are welcome! Hybrid in-person/virtual options will be available; stay tuned for more details. The Pre-Advent Retreat will likely be hosted in the (newly renovated!) Farmhouse.

October 21-22 2021

BeerReformation Retreat

Join us for a weekend of fellowship and renewal, paired with the art of beer brewing. We'll follow our "Earn your Beer" hike with a visit to a local brewery, then bottle a special Caroline Furnace recipe to take home. Meals, lodging, and Saturday transportation included.

January 28-30 2022

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PAST EVENTS:

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 the Farmhouse 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

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

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  |  canceled due to COVID-19

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  |  canceled due to COVID-19

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  |  canceled due to COVID-19

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

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

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