Pyramid Life Center's Programs

Connecting to the Earth

June 2-4 - $150

Learn through nature and ceremony the ways of love, peace and harmony as well as the path that can ultimately lead to the Creator. Experience the physical, emotional and spiritual healing energy of the Earth. Create a drum.


BE - A Directed Retreat

June 9-11 - $150

A Directed retreat gives us the opportunity to enter into the silence and solitude to discern the ways that God is moving in our life. Come experience the beauty, stillness and quirt of PLC. Daily meetings with a Spiritual Director will be available each day. For more information please contact Brian Evers at


Breakaway! Middle School Retreat

June 25-29 - $225

Breakaway will be an experience of faith and fun. Participants will participate in workshops, prayer experiences, small group sessions, hiking, boating, social activities and more. We will also participate in liturgical experiences including Mass each night. Each day we will participate in a service project that will be done on site and will benefit local charities. The team will be staffed by youth ministers from around the diocese, college students, and local high school youth. For questions regarding the program please contact Brian Evers at Download the registration form.

Story Telling Weekend

July 14-16 - $130

A gathering where experienced and beginning storytellers explore ancient tales and the stories within. This weekend will include workshops, coaching, a concert and story swaps.

Coordinator: Marni Gillard.


Poetry Weekend

July 14-16 - $130

For inspiration, participants will listen to Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, and several famous 20th century poets reading their work. We will explore the importance of imagery in our poems, using Linda Pastan’s poetry as an example. Diverse poetry prompts (beginning with haiku) will be offered in the welcoming, peaceful backdrop of PLC, which will mirror this workshop’s environment. Constructive feedback will be available, as well as information on and submitting poetry for publication. Following the retreat, Cynthia offers all participants an opportunity to be published in the third annual anthology of the poetry we create together. For those attending the Women’s Writing Retreat, this will be a great jumpstart into the poetry workshop offered that week. Facilitator: Cynthia Brackett-Vincent


Peace Retreat

July 14-16 - $150

Peacemaking in A Time when the Wood is Dry: Brian Terrell a long time peace activist and member of the Catholic Worker. Presently he lives on a Catholic Worker Farm in Maloy, Iowa and is a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. This retreat will be a time in the wilderness to listen to what the prophets can tell us about how we are to live and be faithful in such times. We will draw on scripture, history and the prophetic experience of the participants. It is now 50 years since Martin Luther King, Jr delivered his “Beyond Vietnam” sermon at Riverside Church, a text that will be given special attention.


Women's Writing Retreat

July 16-21 - Open to Adults - $280

Spend your mornings attending workshops in journal writing, fiction, storytelling, poetry, travel writing and creative non-fiction. Spend your afternoons hiking, contemplating, writing, boating, swimming, reading and relating. Spend evenings listening to published writers read from their works or hearing workshop participants share their writings. For additional information, contact the PLC registrar.


St. Pius X Adirondack Summer Weekend Full

July 21-23
Adults - $50 nt
Kids $25 nt

Join us for a weekend filled with the sounds of the waves rippling along the shore, children's laughter and crackling campfires! Joing the St. Pius X parishioners in the Adirondacks at Pyramid Life Center for a summer weekend of fun and renewal. Deadline to register is July 16, 2017. You can book a whole cabin or a single room. Families will meet at PLC on Friday night. Cost per night is $50 per adult and $25 per child (ages 3 and under are free). Cost includes lodging, all meals and activites.

Music and Liturgy at Pyramid Lake XVII

Open Concert July 27th

July 23-27

A Pyramid Lake experience for Catholic youth. Come and enjoy music-filled days and nights, ensemble sessions, and mini courses on music skills and leading music at liturgy. Enjoy outdoor activities in and around the lake. To inquire or to apply contact Marie Bernadett at: or 518-464-0970. Note: you may not register for this program through Pyramid Life Center.

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Family Camping

July 28 - August 4
Adults - $325
Children 4-12 - $165
Children 3 & Under - FREE

This program gives families the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature and outdoor recreation in an atmosphere that fosters family interaction, group activities (e.g. planned hikes, nature walks, informal discussion and communal meals) are all part of this experience. Participants are expected to assist at least one day in food preparation and clean up. You are invited to bring fruits and vegetables from your garden to share. Our theme day is "Harry Potter".


Nature Retreat

August 20-25 - $250

The natural beauty of Pyramid Life Center will serve as a catalyst for exploring how god speaks to us in sound, sight, touch, smell, and taste. We will take time to reflect on their connection to our spiritual journey. Hiking will be an optional activity. Sr. Carole Davis OP, Father Tom Zelker, Ted Miles, Dr. Harry Owens and Claudia Gregoire facilitate this week of quiet, prayerful re-creation. For more information, download the brochure.


Photography & Nature

Photography, Drawing, and Journaling Retreat

August 25-27 - $130

Take a break - and come away for a weekend dedicated to nurturing your creativity amid the natural beauty of Pyramid Lake. This retreat combines directed, short presentations and group sharing with plenty of "personal time" to renew and refresh your unique, creative soul. All are welcome!


Joy of the Gospel

August 25-27 - $130

Come away for the weekend to learn of our God as a loving God. Through the beauty of nature and the sharing with one another may we come to treasure the gifts within and around us. Director Ted Miles and Jane Angha.


Thomas Merton in the Mountains: 24th Annual Silent Retreat

September 8-10 - $130

"Our real journey in life is interior" wrote Thomas Merton. Join us, as the wisdom of Thomas Merton again becomes our "Adirondack guide" to the heights and depths of silence and solitude amidst the awesome beauty of the wilderness.


Stillpoint: Creating Calm Amid Life's Chaos

September 8-10 - $150

Take a weekend to nourish body,mind, and soul. Retreat will include collage-as-prayer, journaling, silent breakfasts, meditation in motion, and prayer practices to help us discover the divine in the everyday, the miracles in the mundane moments of life.

Mary DeTurris Poust is Director of Communications for the Diocese of Albany, a retreat leader, and author of six books on Catholic Spirituality.

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