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Palestine Retreat
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General Information

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. 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 swimming, canoeing, 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 ongoing Spring Retreat since 1964. The facilities include 1,400 acres, permanent buildings, a new cafeteria, beautiful landscaping, and scenic lakes. It is located in the heart of the dogwood and timber region of East Texas, nine miles south of Palestine, Texas.

A.R.E. 51st Annual Spring Palestine Retreat information and forms you can download (all PDFs)

Registration Information For Retreat

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. EST.
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 REGISTER ONLINE: Go to Online registration form. Attendee Registration Check-in will be located in St. Luke’s auditorium at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Lodging & Meals

palestine scene 01LIMITED UPGRADED LODGING: (Linens provided). Staff House: 5 units, each with 2 beds, 3 baths, and kitchen. Central Building, Family Life & Pat Thompson: motel-like rooms, 2 double beds, private bath. CALL FOR AVAILABILITY (800) 333-4499.

BASIC LODGING: Camp Asbury New Dormitories: designed with Youth in mind. Each unit contains single beds and bath with showers. Located next to St. Luke’s Auditorium. No linens provided: you must bring linens, towels, blanket, and pillow.

CAMPING OR RECREATIONAL VEHICLES : No spaces are available for 2015.

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. Meals will be available on a daily basis at the retreat center by advance purchase (minimum 3 weeks before retreat). Call registrar for details.

Rooms or roommate requests will be honored in order of receipt and will be subject to availability. Check-in time 4 p.m., check-out time is Noon. 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.

Payment 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 for program tuition plus lodging and meals fees are payable to A.R.E. HQ and your deposit ($150 per person) must be received by February 19. Day rates are available.
LATE REGISTRATION: Registrations received after February 19 are subject to a $40 late fee per person. Register early to ensure your place!

Deposits, balance due date, and cancellation fees

palestine scene 04Full payment is due by March 5.The minimum deposit is $150 per person.
CANCELLATIONS: Refunds are available up to February 19, less a $40 processing fee per person. Refunds after February 19 for accommodations: only if allowed by Lakeview.


Donatation to the Scholarship Form

A scholarship fund based on donations enables the retreat to offer limited scholarships to those needing financial aid. For information, contact the registrar. You are invited to donate to this fund and all donations are tax deductible.
Scholarship applications must be received by February 5.

Slient 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 3:00 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 Joanne Bogenschutz at 920-450-5033 or jkbogie23@aol.com.


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 e-mail Mary Bierman at mary.g@marysgoldenjewelry.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 and 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.

Ground Rules

Please do not bring pets, alcohol, drugs, firearms, or fireworks. No food preparation in living quarters (except Staff House). No Smoking in any of the buildings. TVs and telephones not included. Please do not bring any items to sell.


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.