Though it is only three weeks into the school year, students on campus may find themselves needing a break to refocus their mind, refresh their soul and refuel their body for the school year ahead. What better way to do these things than spending a weekend away, trading the cornfields of Iowa for the Black Hills of South Dakota?
The Black Hills Retreat, sponsored by Northwestern’s Campus Ministry, will take place Sept. 15-17 at Camp Judson. Associate Dean of Christian Formation Barb Dewald has been working closely with students Betsy Bolt, Hope De Ruyter and Keaton Hettver to organize the retreat.
According to Bolt, the retreat is “a great opportunity to get a change of scenery and just get away from the busyness on campus.”
The retreat is open to students, faculty, staff and their families.
The retreat’s theme this year is “Wonder.” Each morning of the retreat, Joan and Michael Andres will speak on the theme.
Through discussion groups, personal devotion time and worship, those at the retreat will explore what it means to “recapture the wonder in our everyday lives,” said Bolt.
On Saturday afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to hike Mt. Baldy, visit Mt. Rushmore and the city of Keystone or relax at Camp Judson.
Saturday evening will host both workshops and free time. Many students often use this free time to relax, play games, do homework or star gaze around the campfire in conversation. As noted by past participants, the retreat provides many opportunities to be still in the beauty of God’s creation.
The retreat will come to a close on Sunday with a brief time of outdoor worship followed by a brunch meal at the camp.
Senior Laura Korver has attended the retreat for the past two years. In reflecting on her experience, Korver said, “The change of routine and scenery makes it relaxing, fun and a great chance to reconnect with God.”
The final day to sign up for the retreat is midnight on Friday, Sept. 8. Cost to attend is $55. There is an online sign-up form that can be found on My Northwestern.
Additional questions can be directed towards the coordinators of the retreat or the Campus Ministry desk.