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Refresh, Renew, Rekindle


Group of Pastors on Lake Simcoe

Excursions  are organized outings of several days designed to refresh participants physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.    These excursions are not vacations.  They take the form of structured spiritual retreats in a unique setting designed to refresh, recharge, teach and transform participants as they journey together through a series of tasks and events.

For example, sailing excursions take participants on trips of several days in a variety of weather conditions.  These activities will normally include:

  • Devotional sessions
  • Spiritual exercises (Lectio Divina)
  • Silence, solitude and prayer
  • Reflective sharing  based on readings
  • Group discussion and interaction
  • One on one mentoring and mutual ministry
  • Assigned duties (such as anchor watch, helm duty, cooking, cleanup, crewing)
  • Theological (Biblical) reflection, reporting and discussion

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Participants should approach excursions with an attitude of humilty, expectancy and flexibility.  We believe that the role of the Holy Spirit in mutual mentorng situations is essential.  Sailing excursions may spend several nights in the same port or may sail overnight requiring rotating helm assignments based on the wind conditions and what the participants may need.   Sailing excursions are designed for male participants, unless specifically designated as husband/wife (couple) excursions.

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A typical day might look like this:

7:00  - 8:00 a.m. - Personal devotional free time
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Breakfast
9:00 a.m - 10:30  a.m. - Group Session # 1
10:30 - 12:00 noon - Shore sxcusion or sailing
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Sailing, reading, reflection or group session
4:00 - 5:30 - Shore excursion or free time
5:30 - 7:00  - Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 - Group Session # 2
9:00 - 10:30 - Personal Devotional free time
10:30 - Lights out - anchor watches may start

At the helm

Normally there will be two or three teaching, group reflective sessions per day.

For a diagram of accomodations onboard click here.  Participants will be expected to sign our General Release.

To apply for one of our excursions, visit the Excursion Schedule page and fill out an on line application form.

For more information,  contact us at 1 705 719 6297 or e-mail  info@depositsoffaith.com