Zephyr Family Camp/Retreat
July 15-17, 2022
Last Day to Claim your room - April 10, 2022
Signups are closing this Sunday, April 10th for WPC’s Family and Friends Retreat at the beautiful Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center on the shores of Lake Tahoe. We have 20 rooms set aside for our group. Enrollment forms are available in the church office, in the sanctuary on Sundays, and online. You may select your option below.
See the enrollment form to calculate your costs for the weekend. Please note the cancellation policy on the bottom of the form. Camperships are available by request for those who have need. Please contact one of the Deacons for more information. Payment is due by the end of June.
We are planning an exciting program this year based on the filmed conversations of two spiritual giants: His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in Dharamsala, India to celebrate his friend’s 80th birthday and to work on a book based on their shared experience and wisdom as a gift for others. They held a week of intense conversations to answer a single burning question: how do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? Is it really possible to be joyful even in the face of our daily troubles – from frustration with morning traffic to fears of not being able to provide for our families, from anger at those who have wronged us to grief at the loss of those we love, from the ravages of illness to the abyss of death? How do we embrace the realities of our lives, deny nothing, but transcend the pain and suffering that is inescapable? And even when our own lives are good, how do we live in joy when so many others are suffering - when the world around us is full of crushing poverty, famine, drought, violence, terror, ecological devastation, and bitter social discord. These two spiritual leaders, from very different backgrounds and religious perspectives, try to answer these questions, and surprisingly point us in a similar direction. We expect some fascinating discussion in our time together with Pastor Mike acting as moderator.
(The book that resulted from these conversations is entitled The Book of Joy – Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. It will not be a direct part of our program at Zephyr because it is too long, but for those interested in learning more about the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu’s philosophy we have copies in our church library that you can borrow. It is also available on Amazon in hardback, kindle, and audiobook versions.)
- There are 2 modern conference facilities on the Zephyr Point property (we’ll be staying at the Tahoe Center) which provide comfortable private rooms with baths to visitors. The rooms come in a variety of configurations and sizes and are furnished with beds, a table with chairs, a dresser, nightstand, alarm clock and lamps. Most rooms overlook the lake. Bed linens and towels are provided. There are elevators for those with mobility issues.
- All meals from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast are included in the cost of the weekend and will be served cafeteria style in the Tahoe Center dining hall. Zephyr has assured us that the staffing issues that caused problems last year have been resolved and that we will not have to walk to the Tallac Center for dinner.
- Our camp headquarters for the weekend will be the Morning Star Conference Room on the 1st floor of the Tahoe Center overlooking a large, grassy lawn with picnic tables and benches. We will have water and snacks available, puzzles and board games to play, and plenty to keep everyone busy. Outdoor games like Cornhole, Connect Four, Jenga, etc are also available.
- The grounds at Zephyr Point have hills with trails and rental cabins, boulders and a rocky shore to explore, giant pine trees, and incomparable views of the lake. There is also a private sandy beach and enclosed swimming area. Rentals of kayaks and paddleboards are available.
- For more information on Zephyr Point you can visit their website at https://www.zephyrpoint.org
- We arrive late Friday afternoon, get settled in our rooms and then have supper in the lovely dining hall. After dinner, we will meet in the Morning Star Conference Room for singing and a short devotional. Later we will show a family-appropriate movie on the lawn outside the conference room complete with popcorn. If the movie isn’t your thing, the Morning Star room will be open for those who prefer conversation, board games or jigsaw puzzles.
- Saturday morning after breakfast, adults will gather for their exciting program moderated by Pastor Mike. Children 4 and up will have special age-appropriate programs including outdoor games and crafts.
- Saturday afternoon is FREE TIME to swim, kayak ( there are generally kayak and paddleboard rentals at the beach), nap, tour, hike, read, enjoy!
- Saturday evening after supper we will gather for an ice cream social where kids will get to make ice cream the old fashion way, We will play a few games and maybe hold a Cornhole or Connect 4 tournament.
- Sunday morning after breakfast we will attend a simple outdoor worship service at Donaldson Point, do a little cleanup and head for home rested and renewed.
Kathy Tucker is the Retreat coordinator again this year. Willing to help with snacks or with set up, or clean up? Would you consider serving as a greeter to welcome people as they arrive and hand out keys? Or helping with luggage and the shuttle up to the parking lot? Or perhaps helping with the children’s program on Saturday morning? Please talk with Kathy or click here to email her.