Pyramid Life Center's Programs

Breakaway! Middle School Retreat

June 26-29 - $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.

Friends of Lois W. Weekend

July 5-7 - $125

Surrounded by the beauty of lake, mountains and wildlife, we will explore and enrich our conscious contact with God. Facilitator: Anne S. who can be contacted at 518-322-1373.


Story Telling Weekend

July 12-14 - $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 Workshop

July 12-14 - FULL

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 12-14 - $150

A gathering of people who want to help make this world a more peaceful place. This retreat will be a time in the wilderness to listen to one another and to find a way to work and live as people at peace with our God, with each other and with the earth. More information will be forth coming.


Women's Writing Retreat

July 14-19 - Open to Adults - FULL

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.


Family Camping

July 26 - August 2
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 "50th Anniversary of Woodstock".


Nature Retreat

August 18-23 - $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. Susan Leslie 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 23-25 - $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!


God is Love, We are Love!

August 23-25 - $130

In unique and varying ways, yet with one voice, scriptures and mystics throughout time proclaim the mystery of our oneness with the Divine. We are immersed in God’s ever-present, unconditional love! And God is always inviting us into a deeper experience of that love through a oneness with each other and all God’s creation. Through contemplation, dialogue, and time in nature and community, this retreat will help us explore our experience of Divine love – with God, each other, in creation – and how we share that love in a quest for wholeness.


Spiritual Journaling and your Divine Connection

September 6-8 - $130

As autumn color begins to kiss the leaves, come closer to the God of YOUR understanding by developing and deepening your spiritual journaling practice. The sacred space of Pyramid Life Center will support our journaling journey. Facilitator: Anne Samson who can be contacted at 518-322-1373.


Thomas Merton in the Mountains: 26th Annual Silent Retreat

September 6-8 - $130

“ In this wilderness I have learned how to sleep again. I am not alien. The trees I know, the night I know, the rain I know. …the world goes on with me in it.” wrote Thomas Merton. Join us as the wisdom of Thomas Merton becomes our “Adirondack Guide” to the silence and solitude found in the awesome beauty of the wilderness. Sister Monica Murphy CSJ will be the facilitator of this weekend.


Fall Writerfest 2019

September 22-27 - $300

Come to Pyramid Lake in the Fall. Spend a week honing and deepening your writing craft in Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, or Poetry (participants will be asked to select one area of focus). The program is open to both men and women. Morning workshops will be followed by afternoon writing craft seminars, free time, and evening readings. The retreat starts Sunday evening after dinner and ends after lunch on Friday. For more information about workshops, email Email with any questions or concerns about registration and lodging.


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