You might be wondering: What in the world is an EDLYA retreat and why would I ever want to come to one!!??? Well, wonder no longer!

An EDLYA retreat is a weekend long get-together full of faith, fun and fellowship! There are four retreats every year, each held in varying locations across our wide and beautiful district. The format of a retreat is typically as follows:

Friday: Arrive sometime in the evening after supper and greet people

Saturday: Sessions led by a speaker, usually the pastor, other fun activities *

Sunday: Church, goodbyes

That being said, there are a few notable exceptions to this rule.

One is the Autumn Retreat, the time for our much anticipated ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING!! (AGM for short!) JOIN US for hours of pure unadulterated BUSINESS! Make motions! Make amendments to motions! Second Motions! Vote on motions! Carry motions! The excitement never stops! And if you're lucky, you might even be able to snag a elusive elected position! Find out more about our executive positions here!

The other exception is the summer retreat. The summer retreat lasts not just Saturday, and not just Sunday, but Friday, Saturday, Sunday AND MONDAY! Four days long! WOW!!! And did I mention it takes place OUTSIDE??!! Yes that's right, the summer retreat is usually a CAMPING RETREAT! Join us for smores and roaring fires! What can be better than that?

But most importantly, all EDLYA retreats offer exactly that; a retreat from the stress and worries of everyday life by surrounding yourself in spiritual fellowship. It's a great opportunity to meet fellow Lutherans and support and encourage each other in faith.


* Fun activities found at an EDLYA retreat include (but is not limited to): hanging out with new and old friends, eating delicious food, singing songs, staying up all night, bible studies, singing MORE songs, playing get-to-know-each-other games, sleeping on the cold hard floor, skating, swimming, sports, board games, AND MORE!