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Nature Retreat: Finding Hope in the Wilderness

August 17 - August 19


Nature & Spirituality Retreat

Olmsted is partnering with Deep Green Journey to offer an intentional time of connection with self, others, nature, and God. Participants will enjoy a variety of sessions with pastor and naturalist Beth Jones, as well as the creature comforts of Olmsted’s famous hospitality. Nestled in the Allegheny National Forest, surrounded by gardens, trails, and water features, find the perfect setting to discover all God has to show you through Creation.

Finding Hope in the Wilderness

In our daily lives,  in our encounters with the natural world, and throughout scripture, we often see how God reveals hope in the most unlikely places. We invite you to come wander in the wilderness for a while and discover how vulnerability, questions, and creativity can lead us to lean into a hope that sustains.

Rev. Beth Jones 


Beth Jones grew up in Central PA  and has served for almost 25 years as a pastor in the (former)Wyoming and Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist church.  In 2018, she began serving as Director of Deep Green Journey, a ministry that utilizes retreat and workshop settings as well as hiking and backpacking excursions to connect people to God through their experience in the wild.  She is a certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. She enjoys leading groups to discover extraordinary possibilities in life, faith, and relationships through a restorative connection with the natural world. She believes in the power and mystery of wilderness to help people recover greater health, peace, creativity, and vision in their lives and to strengthen their relationship to God, to others, and with themselves.

Event Information

  • Event  begins with dinner on Thursday, Aug. 17 and concludes with lunch on Saturday, Aug. 19. Check-in is in Groves Lodge from 3-6pm on Thursday.
  • Pricing includes two-nights stay (private hotel-style room with linens), six meals, and course tuition. Discount available for those willing to select or be assigned a roommate. Please contact Olmsted for commuter rates.
  • Register online, print and mail the registration form, or call to register at (814) 945-6512.


August 17
August 19
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Olmsted Retreat Center
17 East Main St.
Ludlow, PA 16333 United States
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