Join us for our retreat! May 12-14th, Camp Jewell, Colebrook, CT

Life (Almost) Well Lived with Frank Schaefer 

Citylights Annual Retreat

May 12-14, 2017

Camp Jewell, Colebrook, CT

frank_schaeffer_0My wife Genie and I ask ourselves these questions out loud: What do we want to pass on to our grandchildren? Is success about competing in the global economy or about learning to live fully, deeply, and beautifully? How can I help my grandchildren stumble upon the goodness of life before they’re sold towering mounds of brain-damaging garbage? How do I help save the world? And what kind of deluded messianic fool am I to believe that this is even possible? … Let’s talk about questions like this at the Citylights Retreat.  ~ Frank Schaeffer

We have invited Frank Schaeffer to hold space for our diverse community of members, friends, and guests, from every stage of life, and help us grapple with life’s transitions and most important questions. Frank’s well of wisdom, foolishness, joy, anger, and peace goes deep. His brutal and empowering honesty has nurtured many of us over the years. We want to take a break from current politics (as much as we are capable) and remind ourselves of the larger arc of life. We want to take a break from the element of fire (fight) and wind (visioning), and get more into the elements of water (nourishment) and earth (grounding). We want to replenish ourselves and get ready for the next long stretch before us. Everyone is welcome.

Three golden tips:

Take the Friday off and arrive mid-day. You will be able to unwind and avoid traffic nightmare.

Catch up with Breaking Bad made-for-TV drama. Frank will talk about Walter and Skyler White.

Decide about your Talent Show piece. If you register you are in the lineup.

Frank Schaeffer is a New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books. Frank is a survivor of both polio and an evangelical/fundamentalist childhood, an acclaimed writer who overcame severe dyslexia, a home-schooled and self-taught documentary movie director, a feature film director of four low budget Hollywood features Frank has described as “pretty terrible.” He is also an acclaimed author of fiction and nonfiction and an artist with a loyal following of international collectors who own many of his paintings. Frank has been a frequent guest on the Rachel Maddow Show on NBC, has appeared on Oprah, been interviewed by Terri Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the Today Show, BBC News and many other media outlets. He is a much sought after speaker and has lectured at a wide range of venues from Harvard’s Kennedy School to the Hammer Museum/UCLA, Princeton University, and Riverside Church Cathedral.





IMG_3411bCost: $220 per person, includes 6 meals, accommodation, retreat fees and fun! Children and youth (4-17 years old) are $100 per person.

Retreat Schedule:


3pm: Check in

4pm: Hike (optional)

5pm: Dinner

6pm: Hike/Free time

7pm: Campfire and smores with Frank

10pm: Lights out


7am: Yoga/Hike

8am: Breakfast

10am: Citylights Service with Frank

12pm: Lunch

1-4pm: Free time (Yoga, hiking, canoeing, horse back riding, candle making, rock wall climbing, rope course, etc.)

4-5pm: Sabbath Sundown Service with Frank

5pm: Dinner

7:00pm Talent Show

8:30pm- Campfire/Smores


7am Yoga/Hike

8am Breakfast

10am Citylights Service

11:30am Pack and clean room lodge

12pm: Lunch

1pm: Dismissal

To register: Contact Sarah McCash via email: