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former volunteer retreat nov. 6-8

JVC Northwest is happy to announce that our next former volunteer retreats will take place simultaneously November 6-8 at Falls Creek Retreat Center in Raymond, WA and the David Darst Center in Chicago, IL. More details and how to register below.


Years of anecdotal evidence, on top of the stats and feedback received in our recent former Jesuit Volunteer (FJV) survey, tell us that former volunteers from year-long service programs crave retreats. In fact, nearly 60 percent of survey respondents indicated they would attend a FJV retreat if it were held near them. Thanks to a generous grant from the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) and their Volunteers Exploring Vocation (VEV) program, we are able to host two of these retreats November 6-8, one in Raymond, WA (halfway between Seattle and Portland) and one in Chicago.

Br. David Darst Center in Chicago, IL

JVC Northwest is partnering with Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) and Mission Year (MY) to plan and coordinate the retreats. JVC Northwest will handle primary coordination and facilitation of the Raymond, WA retreat while BVS and MY combine will do the same for the Chicago retreat. Content will be the same across both retreat sites and will focus on vocational discernment and making sense of how your time of service has impacted/continues to impact the story of your life. Vocational discernment, in this setting, will be broadly understood to mean the ongoing process of discerning and discovering the alignment of passion and purpose in your unique spiritual and professional journeys.

Falls Creek Retreat Center chapel in Raymond, WA

Retreat sessions will offer space for individual, small group, and large group reflection and processing, with adequate free time for activities, journaling, relaxing, or games. There will also be opportunities for one-on-one spiritual direction/discussion with experienced retreat facilitators from multiple faith traditions.

Registration is open to any former volunteers who served for a year or more in a faith-based, community-living style service immersion program. However, preference will go to former volunteers who served in JVC Northwest, BVS, and MY. There will be 20-22 spots available at both retreats for former volunteers.

Specific logistical details for these two retreats are as follows:

  • Friday, November 6 through Sunday, November 8
    • Retreat will begin Friday evening and conclude late Sunday morning (~12 p.m.)
  • Falls Creek Retreat Center, Raymond, WA  AND  David Darst Center, Chicago, IL
    • Falls Creek Retreat Center located ~2 hours northwest of Portland, OR and ~2.25 hours southwest of Seattle, WA (map)
    • David Darst Center located ~1 mile north of US Cellular Field in Chicago (map)
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    April 2015 former volunteer retreat in St. Helens, OR

    Cost: $35.00

    • Retreat includes room and board (3 meals on Saturday, brunch on Sunday)*
      • Snacks provided Friday night and throughout retreat
      • *Chicago retreat will provide dinner Friday evening
    • Attendees are responsible for transportation to and from retreat (assistance with carpool coordination available at outreach@jvcnorthwest.org for Raymond, WA retreat and dmcfadden@brethren.org for Chicago retreat)
    • Modest cost thanks to FTE & VEV!
  • Registration
    • Due to limited spots available, please email your name, service information (year and program), and which retreat you’re registering for (Raymond, WA or Chicago) to outreach@jvcnorthwest.org to receive a link to the registration page
    • Registrants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis until all spots are filled, keeping in mind the priority for alumni of the three coordinating programs
    • Waiting list available in case of any cancellations


  • Questions?
    • General questions about the retreats and their content, as well as specific questions concerning the Raymond, WA retreat, can be directed to outreach@jvcnorthwest.org
    • Questions specific to the Chicago retreat (logistics, dietary accommodations, etc.) can be directed to dmcfadden@brethren.org

2 thoughts on “former volunteer retreat nov. 6-8”

  1. Hi Gloria,
    Thanks for your interest in the retreat! Our Outreach and Events Coordinator, Zach, will be in touch with you about how to register and to answer any other questions you may have.


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