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A.R.E. 54th Annual Spring Palestine Retreat
Soul Renewal: A Retreat to Recharge Your Spirit and Revitalize Your Better Self with John Van Auken
Enjoy a weekend of renewal and revitalization—physically, mentally, and spiritually—with one of the most popular teachers of ancient mystical wisdom and Edgar Cayce methods.
March 22, 2018 - March 25, 2018
Palestine , TX


In this soul-nurturing program, created exclusively for this year’s Palestine retreat, best-selling author and Edgar Cayce readings expert John Van Auken brings a lifetime of studying, practicing, and teaching spiritual advancement techniques as he breaks these concepts down into practical, easy-to-understand steps toward enlightenment, health, and happiness. He will conduct experiential practice sessions for raising your body’s vibrations and expanding your mind’s understanding. These methods will promote deep contentment and renewed vitality, and will awaken your connection to your Higher Self and the Source of Life, our Creator.

As a teacher of the most complex concepts in the Cayce readings as well as the mystical ancient wisdom from Egypt, Maya–Toltec–Aztec, China, India, the Essenes, Kabbalah, mystical Christianity, and more, John brings deep understanding and depth of knowledge to his presentations. Having taught so many people and seen their results over many years, he is certain that you will get results from these methods!

With experiential exercises, practical tools, entertaining examples, and beautiful visuals, John’s retreat program brings you life-changing insights from the amazing Edgar Cayce teachings and:

  • Ancient and modern methods for nourishing our hungry souls
  • The true story of our souls’ long journey and magnificent destiny
  • Practical and easy methods that you can take home and use daily
  • Prayer, meditation, and dream methods that really work
  • Diet and health tips from Cayce, the “Father of Holistic Medicine”
  • Tips for making yourself and those around you happier

“As ye use that as is known, there is given the more and more light
to know from whence ye came and whither ye go.”
Edgar Cayce reading 364-4

Through guided meditations, reveries, chanting, dream analysis, and other helpful spiritual tools, this will be more than just a retreat—this annual event is a vacation for the soul! Don’t miss this opportunity to recharge your spiritual batteries as you immerse yourself in this profoundly life-changing experience. 




Lakeview Methodist Conference Center has been hosting life-changing retreats in Palestine, Texas, since 1947, and was recently recognized as one of the "Camps that Change the World" by The Huffington Post. The conference and retreat center offers a unique environment, consisting of more than 1,300 acres in Piney Woods of East Texas. Though you'll be just a stone's throw from town, once you've arrived, you'll feel as though you are a thousand miles away. The Lakeview Methodist Conference Center serves as a center for assemblies, retreats, and camps for United Methodist Church groups and those of other denominations. Featuring serene hiking and nature trails, Lakeview has served the A.R.E. Community for its on-going Spring Retreat since 1964. Lakeview Methodist Conference Center is located at 400 Private Road 6036, Palestine, TX 75801. For complete directions and instructions on how to get to Palestine and their campus map go to Click on MENU, Then Click on About and then Directions or Campus Map.

Want to talk to someone who has been there?
Call Toni Russell at 469-337-3799 (CT).



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. Experience a soul-awakening, inspiring retreat with like-minded individuals at our 54th annual A.R.E. spring retreat and expand your mind with popular longtime A.R.E. speaker John Van Auken.

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. Onsite Registration will be located in the Great Hall and begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday.


Please call Marlene Duet FIRST at 985-893-9025 (CT) to select a room, then contact A.R.E. HQ at 800-333-4499 (ET) to register and let them know your room choice. Fees for Tuition PLUS Lodging & Meals, Meals only or Grounds Fee should be paid directly to A.R.E. HQ in Virginia Beach. Day rates available, call 800-333-4499 for details.

You can register online, or mail your registration form with payment to Conference Registrar, Edgar Cayce's A.R.E., 215 67th St., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. A registration confirmation email will be sent to you. You will receive a welcome letter a few weeks before the program via e-mail (or by U.S. mail if you do not have an e-mail address). You will receive a program packet at registration check-in. Signup by February 22, 2018, to receive a $40 advanced registration discount!


Tuition payments are separate from lodging. All attendees must pay tuition PLUS choose from one of the following three options:
1) Lodging (includes meals and grounds fees), OR
2) Meals-only (no lodging, includes grounds fees), OR
3) Grounds Fees ($6 per day).
Day rates are available. Contact our Conference Registrar for more information. Registrations received after February 22, 2018: add $40 per person.


A full refund, less a $35 processing fee per person, is available by Feb. 22. After Feb. 22 there will be a late cancellation fee of $75 per person.

** Register early to ensure your place! **



Lodging availability and information. Please call Marlene Duet FIRST at 985-893-9025 (CT) to select a room, then contact A.R.E. Headquarters at 800-333-4499 (ET) to register and let them know your room choice. Basic and limited upgraded lodging facilities are available. Motel-style or Cabins include linens. Dormitory-style guests should bring their own bed linens, pillows, and towels. Dormitory rooms are designed with youth in mind: single beds and a shared bathroom with showers. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m., check-out time is after 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 A.R.E. Headquarters for more information.

CAMPING OR RECREATIONAL VEHICLES: No spaces are available for 2018.

LOCAL MOTELS: Hampton Inn (903) 723-0016 (6.7 miles from Retreat). Super 8 (903) 731-9495 (6.7 miles from Retreat). If staying offsite, day rates and grounds fees apply. Meals Only, a meal package (for the entire length of the retreat) may be purchased and must be reserved three weeks in advance. Call A.R.E. Headquarters for details.

ROOMS or ROOMMATE requests will be honored in order of receipt and will be subject to availability. 


A scholarship fund based on donations enables the retreat to offer limited assistance to those needing financial aid. You are invited to donate to this fund and all donations are tax deductible. Scholarship applications must be received by February 2. For information, contact the registrar and obtain a scholarship form.


Donations of crafts, collectibles, novelties, metaphysical books, and similar items are welcomed to support scholarships and retreat expenses. Drop off your donations after 3 p.m. on Thursday in the main auditorium at Lakeview. Please contact Jean Moore at with any questions.


Every 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


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 Toni Russell at to find out how you can help.



Comfortable, 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. PLEASE BRING YOUR COMPLETED A.R.E. RETREAT EMERGENCY INFORMATION FORM to turn in at registration at Palestine.


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 Click on MENU, Then Click on About and then on Standards of Conduct.


There is NO YOUTH PROGRAM. Youth ages 12–18 may register and attend the adult program with an adult at 50 percent of the program tuition price plus the regular lodging price. Please call A.R.E. Headquarters to register. Youth ages 0–18 are the full responsibility of their parent(s) at all times. 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.



Additional Info and Schedule
March 22 - 25, 2018
Lakeview Methodist Conference Center
400 Private Road 6036
Palestine, TX 75801
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is an internationally renowned speaker, a long-time A.R.E. staff member, a current director at A.R.E, and a popular leader of A.R.E.’s tours to sacred sites around the world. He is the author of numerous bestselling books including Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces Within You, Angels, Fairies, Demons, & the Elementals, and is co-author of his most recent, Edgar Cayce on the Mysterious Essenes: Lessons from Our Sacred Past. His extensive knowledge of the Edgar Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient Egypt mysticism, world religions, and Christ Consciousness make him a popular and authoritative teacher.

To view John's upcoming schedule of events, visit our events search page for "John Van Auken."