Before arriving please RSVP, sign up for meals, and review the schedule.

The Core group will be holding our annual retreat at the Chi Rho Center near Annandale, MN September 14-16.

Map to the Retreat Location

The map above can help you understand where the retreat will be held and provide directions. Alternatively, you can follow Kathy’s driving directions.


There are two cabins. Each one has 6 bedrooms with two sets of bunk beds in each bedroom, bathrooms, showers and a lounge area with a small refrigerator. Some of us will need to share bedrooms.

The lodge is where we can enjoy the view of Lake Sylvia. On the main floor there is a large dining room and kitchen, a gathering room with a fireplace, comfortable chairs and a piano. Downstairs are the bathrooms and a room with a ping pong table and a pool table.

Outside possibilities: Volleyball, badminton and basketball nets, frisbee golf, canoes, fishing docks, hiking trails, beaches, and a fire pit. You’ll need to bring your own balls, rackets, and frisbees. Kathy isn’t sure about life jackets, so she’ll check that out.

What to bring

Please review the recommended packing list. This is on a separate page for easy printing to use while you pack.


Please check out our retreat schedule so you know what we’ll be up to all weekend. Just remember, it may change!

Retreat Registration and Meal Planning

Please register and sign up for meals by September 9th. That allows us to see what is being brought for food and prepare any handouts for prayer we need. The cost for the use of the Chi Rho facility is $55/person for the weekend or $35/person for one day plus one night. Checks should be made out to St John’s Lutheran Church. Those who paid preregistration owe the remainder of the cost. Have payment available at the retreat. Even if you preregistered with some payment please still fill out the registration form below.