Supernatural Retreat

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 4:00am to Friday, May 24, 2019 - 11:30pm
Michigan Sylvania Wilderness Tract

Every odd year (2019, 2021…) Campus Ministry offers this five-day backpacking retreat in which participants are invited to celebrate and explore their relationship to Earth in light of their faith, as encouraged by Pope Francis throughout his landmark encyclical, Laudato Si:

“Our insistence that each human being is an image of God should not make us overlook the fact that each creature has its own purpose. None is superfluous. The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, God’s boundless affection for us.  Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God.”

Set in Upper Michigan's Sylvania Wilderness Tract, an 18,000-acre, 34-lake example of God's pristine creation, the SuperNatural challenges retreatants physically (hiking and canoeing), mentally (studying current environmental issues) and spiritually (new prayer forms). Daily visits from bald eagles and nightly concerts from several loon families provide added inspiration. Open to all undergraduate & graduate students. All are welcome: Eagle Scouts, backpacking tenderfeet, and everyone in between!