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Wellness Retreats -A.R.E. Spa

Sep 17 to 23, 2016 
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General Information

Every year this A.R.E. retreat allows people from all walks of life to gather in an open, nonjudgmental environment to explore spirituality, different world philosophies, and principles contained in the Edgar Cayce readings. Reunite with old friends and connect with new ones as you refresh your spirit! Experience a soul-awakening, inspiring retreat with like-minded individuals at our 52nd annual A.R.E. spring retreat and expand your mind with popular longtime A.R.E. speaker and author, Sidney Kirkpatrick and his wife, Nancy Kirkpatrick. Featuring serene hiking and nature trails, Lakeview is located in the piney woods of Palestine, Texas. The program schedule allows for flexibility to attend most sessions as well as free time to pursue the many other recreational activities Lakeview offers including fishing, boating, hiking, and more. The Lakeview Methodist Conference Center serves as a center for assemblies, retreats, and camps for United Methodist Church groups and those of other denominations. It has served the A.R.E. Community for its on-going Spring Retreat since 1964. Onsite Registration will be located in St. Luke’s auditorium at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

A.R.E. 52nd Annual Spring Palestine Retreat information and forms you can download (all PDFs)  

Registration Information For Retreat

Please call Marlene Duet FIRST at 985-893-9025 (CDT) to select a room, then contact A.R.E. HQ at 800-333-4499 (EDT) to register and let them know your room choice. Fees for Tuition, Lodging & Meals should be paid directly to A.R.E. HQ in Virginia Beach.
Day rates available, call 800-333-4499 for details.
TO REGISTER BY PHONE : Credit card customers may CALL TOLL FREE 800-333-4499 or 757-428-3588, ext. 0, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.
TO REGISTER BY MAIL: Make check/money order payable to A.R.E. and mail to: A.R.E. Conferences Registrar, 215 67th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-2061.
TO REG ISTER ONLNE: Follow this link

Lodging & Meals

palestine scene 01Lodging availability and information. Please call Marlene Duet FIRST at 985-893-9025 (CDT) to select a room, then contact A.R.E. HQ at 800-333-4499 (EDT) to register and let them know your room choice. Basic and limited upgraded lodging facilities are available. Motel type or Cabin: linens provided. Dormitory style: guests bring their own bed linens, pillows, and towels. Room designed with youth in mind: single beds and a shared bathroom with showers.

Camping or recreational vehicles: No spaces are available for 2016.

LOCAL MOTELS: Hampton Inn (903) 723-0016 (6.7 miles from Retreat) 5 stars. Super 8 (903) 731-9495 (6.7 miles from Retreat) 2½ stars. If staying offsite, day rates apply. Call registrar for details. Meals may be purchased on a daily basis and must be reserved three weeks in advance.

Rooms or roommate requests will be honored in order of receipt and will be subject to availability. Check-in time 3 p.m., check-out time is prior to lunch on Sunday. Meals start with dinner on Thursday and end with lunch on Sunday. Meals served for 45 minutes only. Extra meals available at an extra cost. If you wish to exclude meat or fish from your diet, please specify Vegetarian on the registration form. Please specify if you have any other special dietary or housing needs. Contact registrar for more information.

Great Value! For around $100—or less—a day you get an all-inclusive three-night retreat with meals, social activities, lodging, AND a transformative program with two dynamic speakers!

Payment Information

Payment for program tuition plus lodging or daily grounds fee plus meals fees are payable to A.R.E. HQ and your deposit ($150 per person) must be received by February 18 in order to receive the advanced registration discount. Day rates are available. A $6 per day grounds fee applies. Contact registrar for more information. Registrations received after February 18, add $40 per person. Register early to ensure your place!

Deposits, balance due date, and cancellation fees

palestine scene 04The minimum deposit is $150 per person. Full payment is due by March 10, 2016. CANCELLATIONS: Refunds are available up to February 18, 2016 less a $35 processing fee per person. Refunds after February 18, 2016 for accommodations: only if allowed by Lakeview.


Donations to the Scholarship Fund 

Scholarships: A scholarship fund based on donations enables the retreat to offer limited assistance to those needing financial aid. For information, contact the registrar and obtain a scholarship form. Applications must be received by February 4. You are invited to donate to this fund and all donations are tax deductible.

Silent Auction & Used Book Sale

Donations of crafts, collectibles, novelties, metaphysical books, and similar items welcomed to support scholarships and retreat expenses. Drop off your appropriate donations after 3 p.m. on Thursday in the main auditorium. If you have questions please contact Jean Moore at jm21539@aol.com.

Volunteer Mini Workshops

palestine scene 02Every year our own group of attendees share their amazing gifts by volunteering to do free workshops. Ideas for workshops include dreams, dowsing, astrology, nutrition, yoga, and more. Leaders/facilitators, please keep in mind that these workshops are uncompensated donated services. You will be allowed to have business cards and brochures available during your workshop for your attendees. If interested, please contact Gretchen Douthit at gdouthit@suddenlink.net.


Your help is needed for activities. Donating a few hours of your time to assist the all-volunteer staff is a great way to meet people and enhance your retreat experience. Please email Joanne Bogenschutz at jkbogie23@aol.com to find out how you can help.

What to Bring

palestine scene 03Comfortable, casual clothing for all types of weather. Comfortable walking shoes. A jacket or sweater for cool evenings. Appropriate items for the silent auction. Alarm clock. Flashlight. Notebook or journal. Help save Mother Earth, bring an unbreakable cup to use in the conference room and your gently used books for the book sale. Please bring healthy snacks to share. Bring linens, blankets, pillows, towels, and washcloths for basic dormitory lodging and a camera to take and share pictures.

Ground Rules

Please do not bring pets, alcohol, drugs, firearms, or fireworks. No food preparation in living quarters (except in a cabin). No Smoking in any of the buildings. TVs and telephones not included. Please do not bring any items to sell. Please review Lakeview’s Standards Regarding Disorderly Conduct at https://lakeviewmcc.org/resources.


We sincerely regret there are no provisions for children or babysitting services at this Retreat. Therefore, we ask if you bring a child you make arrangements for someone to care for them outside of the meeting room during presentations. Camp rules that pertain to children must be adhered to.



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