Strength for the Journey

Site: Suttle Lake Camp

Dates: 8/20/2020 - 8/23/2020

Age Level: Adult

Cost: $25-$165 sliding scale based on what camper can afford to pay

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Strength for the Journey Retreat is open to any person with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis.

A four-day clean and sober retreat opportunity for persons living with HIV /AIDS. Surrounded by the beauty of Suttle Lake, and supported by a loving and accepting community, participants will be invited to reflect, to rest, and to gain Strength for the Journey.


~the space to be with myself and the lack of pressure to participate if I didn’t want ~ wonderful people no judgments made ~ freedom of thought without prejudice the openness, honesty, friendship and love ~ the variety of activities allowed people to get to know one another quickly ~ the love, caring and acceptance that was ever present in the staff ~ the unity, food, activities, crafts and swimming--I loved EVERYTHING!~

The cost for this retreat is $25-$165, a sliding scale based on what you can afford to pay.  Camperships are available; please visit our website or contact the camping office for more information.

If you would like to attend the retreat, please register here.   You will be contacted by one of the retreat team members, after which additional information and forms will be mailed to you.  Your registration will not be complete until we have received that paperwork.

Bus transportation is available from Portland and Salem.  You may register for the bus online or with your addition paperwork.

If you would prefer to register by mail, you may access that form here

For registration information, please contact our camp registrar at (503) 802-9214 or

For camp related questions please contact Jane Petke, Suttle Lake Camp Director:


If you are signed up to take the bus from Portland/Salem to Suttle Lake Camp, please meet at the Portland First United Methodist Church parking lot (corner of 18th & Clay), next to the Goose Hollow Max station.

The bus will leave at 10am on Thursday, August 20.   

There will be coffee and snacks available to pack for the trip. The bus will make one rest area stop half way to camp.

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A partnership between The Oregon-Idaho Conference of The United Methodist Church
and The Episcopal Diocese of Oregon