Pyramid Life Center's Programs

Mother's Retreat

May 14-16 - $175

Mothers of children of all ages and stages are welcome to enjoy a weekend of rest at Pyramid Life Center the weekend of May 14-16, 2021. There will be plenty of opportunities to explore the outdoors, spend some time relaxing in a hammock or Adirondack chair, and maybe even take a nap or two! We will look at the lives of several Saints who were mothers, look to Mary's examples of motherhood in the Bible, and talk with other moms about the challenges we face in taking care of ourselves and the people God has entrusted to us. Opportunities for pampering and self-care will be available! This weekend was developed by a team of mothers, and will be led by Anne Borghetti, a mother of four ranging in ages from toddler to teen. We hope you will take a weekend to join us, rest, and just BREATHE.


Out of the Woods: the Journey to Long Term Recovery

June 4-6 - $175

Often in 12 step rooms we hear newcomers being told, “It takes three to 5 years to get out of the woods.” This advice suggests patience with all that must be learned and experienced in those early years.

Later, near the five-year mark, many of us realize that it can take that long just to get into the woods and to make real changes in our thinking and behavior. But if we stay and work the program, a wonderful thing happens: long-term recovery takes hold. A new and wonderful life begins.

Join author and teacher, Diane Cameron and a group of women in recovery for a weekend of recovery strategy, conversation, laughter, healing and reflection on the journey to long-term recovery. This retreat is for all women from all Twelve-step programs. Bring your friends, your sponsor, and sponsee.

BIO: Diane Cameron is a teacher and speaker. She has led retreats on recovery and writing and spirituality for many years. She is the author of, “Out of the Woods—A Woman’s Guide to Long-term Recovery”, and “Looking for Signs—essays on spirituality and community.”

Diane is a Times Union columnist, yoga teacher, spiritual director and recovery coach.


Renew and Refresh: a Young Adults Weekend

June 11-13 - $10-$40 based on length of stay

We’re offering an opportunity for young adults to recreate and re-create in community. This weekend is intended to leave you feeling relaxed, renewed, and refreshed! You can choose to spend the day on Saturday, one night, or two nights at Pyramid Life Center, with all meals and activities included in the cost. The Diocese of Albany is subsidizing part of the cost of this retreat for participants as well.


Father's Day Weekend Open Camping

June 18-20 - $120 per adult, $60 for children 4-12


Camp Breakaway

June 27 - July 1 - $300 - $350

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 Click the register button below to be taken to the registration page where you can pay online and download the full registration documents.


Catholic Volunteer Corps

July 11-15

Catholic Volunteer Corps is a four-day service mission for middle and high school youth and their adult leaders providing a hands-on service experience, faith learning, community prayers, and summertime fun. Participants will experience different forms of service with various local organizations and enjoy the beauty of Pyramid Life Center.


Friends of Lois 12 Step Weekend Escape: Progress, not Perfection

July 16-18 - $150

This weekend we will take time to recognize our growth and willingness to continue on our spiritual journeys. Mindful that that we are all works in progress, let’s place the yardstick behind us and appreciate how far we have come!


Mom's Camp

July 16-18 - $200

Mom’s Camp offers quality teaching, focused one-on-one time with your daughter (ages 8-12), and adventurous activities that can deepen your relationships and spiritual perspective. Bring your daughter to conquer the low elements course, wake up early to canoe along the lake, explore our hiking trails, and enjoy the evening campfires. There are an abundance of fun camp activities to experience together.



July 16-18 - $175

A gathering where experienced and beginning storytellers explore ancient tales and the stories within. Facilitated by Marni Gillard, this weekend will include workshops, coaching and story swaps.


Family Camp (2 Sessions)

July 30-Aug 2 and Aug 2-5 - $180 per adult, $90 per child 4-12

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. You are invited to bring fruits and vegetables from your garden to share. Our theme day is "Superbowl", and will take place in session 2.


Marian Lodge

Aug 6-8 - $120


Dad's Camp

Aug 6-8 - $200

Dad's Camp offers quality teaching, focused one-on-one time with your child ( ages 8-12), and adventurous activities that can deepen your relationships and spiritual perspective. Bring your child to conquer the low elements course, wake up early to canoe along the lake, explore our hiking trails, , and enjoy the evening campfires. There are an abundance of fun camp activities to experience together.


Nature Retreat

Aug 22-26 - $275

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.



Sept 10-12 - $175

Take a weekend to nourish body, mind, and soul as we enter into the beautiful fall season at Pyramid Life Center. This retreat will focus on the theme of “meditation in motion” and will include practices to help us discover the divine in the everyday. We will dabble in a little of everything: journaling, lectio divina, meditation, collage-as-prayer, music and more. Optional daily yoga classes will be offered by the retreat leader, who is also a certified yoga teacher. Participants may also personalize this retreat by creating prayer practices around their own interests — photography, hiking, kayaking — in the abundant free time that will be scheduled into our weekend. Silence will be observed in the early morning and through breakfast to allow us to dive deep into this time apart. (For those who want deeper silence, there is the option to take all meals in silence or to choose silence in the evenings as well.) Retreat leader: Mary DeTurris Poust


Fall Writers

Sept 12-16 - $300

Deepen your writing craft in Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Play Writing, or Poetry plus a new independent study track for those with a work in progress. Full morning workshops, brief afternoon seminars, lots of free time, and evening readings. Writers pre-register for the morning workshops; seminars are on a walk-in basis. For questions about workshops or seminars and to select a workshop, email Ellie O'Leary at For questions about registration or lodging, email Nelle Stanton at Pre-registration with full payment is required for a workshop assignment. You must be in a workshop to attend.


Fall Open Camping

Sept 17-19 - $120 per adult, $60 per child


Spiritual Journaling

Sept 17-19 - $150

Spend a weekend appreciating the beauty of nature and the blessings in your life. Use your Spiritual Journaling practice to focus on the positive and watch your gratitude grow!


Saint Kateri Conservation

Sept 24-26 - $175

The Saint Kateri Conservation Center will be hosting a retreat titled "Catholic Ecology at Home" at the Pyramid Life Center, a program of the Diocese of Albany nestled in 750 acres of Adirondack Wilderness in upstate New York. This retreat will focus on Catholic Ecology; the nexus between our Catholic Faith and the stewardship of creation.

This is a unique retreat! Hosted by the Center's own professional ecologists. It will include concrete actions that you can take at home and in your parish to be good stewards of creation, including how to create a Saint Kateri Habitat.

Come and join us as we walk in the footsteps of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, in the present-day Diocese of Albany where Kateri was born and lived for most of her life.


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