Retreat of Our Own

About the Retreat Of Our Own (ROOO)

Currently organized by Joe Stolee (Calgary) and Pamela Giles (Saskatoon), “A Retreat of Our Own” is an annual retreat for lay people and interested rostered leaders which runs from Friday evening to Sunday lunch each September.

The retreat offers an opportunity to explore theology with an engaging speaker and to relax in a beautiful setting. Worship, shared meals, and free time for fellowship or outdoor activities round out the weekend.

2022-September 9-11 at Kuriakos on Sylvan Lake.  Rev. Dr. Kristine Ruffatto (retired–ELCA) – An Adult Look at Sunday School Stories

Find information and register here.

2021 – September 10-12 at Kuriakos on Sylvan Lake.  Rev. Dr. Tim Wray (Lutheran Church of the Master, Airdrie) will speak on the theme Valuing Creation : The Economics of Saving.

2020 – cancelled due to covid

September 11-13 at Kuriakos


The sixteenth annual Retreat of Our Own (ROOO), September 13–15 at Kuriakos on Sylvan Lake, was excellent. The speaker was Dr. Faith Nostbakken, Spiritual Director and Northern Ecumenical Officer for our Synod.  She spoke on the topic, “A Tapestry of Sacred Stories: Yours, Mine, God’s.”


The fifteenth annual Retreat of Our Own (ROOO), September 14–16 at Kuriakos on Sylvan Lake, was wonderful. This year’s speaker was Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen from OMG Center for Theological Education, who had previously spoken at the Bishop’s Study Conference (2016) and the ABT Synod Convention (2018). Dr. Madsen challenged the 53 participants with her ideas about radical grace and justice; on the final morning, she read posts from her blog and then expertly answered audience questions about grief. -submitted by Pamela Giles