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July 13, 2020

We were talking with a fella this week who was considering doing a SMALL retreat in August.  He lamented that it was probably too small to even attempt.  We got to share how Monk retreats first started, with just 2 young men in the top of the tower writing out 1st Pete...

June 1, 2020

Work/Study camps went so well as the fellas studied from

Do Hard Things & Philippians each day. 

They saved pine trees, built a paved gathering place on the knoll, and lit fires galore both for clearing the woods and for nightly talks!

 Now it is time to prepare...

May 6, 2020

In February we picked a theme for this summer's camp.  Do Small Things Well.  It is centered around the thought that whatever our lot is from the Lord, whether big or small, to do it well unto Him.  Oftentimes, our lot and that of most of God's children is seemingly sm...

April 5, 2020

Some of you have joined us on facebook/instagram to write out Scripture together this past week, as we virtually come together as a world to seek God in the midst of great trial. Since we are not able to host groups on the property this month, may you consider joining...

March 1, 2020

So…first, the name.

Yes, it’s a bit odd. We know. It is, in fact (to use another odd-sounding word) a portmanteu:

portmanteau: a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others

Lewolkien is the combination of the last names of the beloved authors C.S. Le...

August 1, 2015

The idea is to come up on a Friday evening after work prepared to camp out. It is a 20 minute drive from Knoxville plus a 20 minute hike up the hill at the Nordmoe farm. The 2nd Men on the Mountain event is this next Friday evening, Aug. 14th. The price of admission is...

February 17, 2014

Recently the bathroom had water damage and needed serious remodeling. Of course this is discovered a week before a retreat is to be held with a dozen girls sharing bathroom space! Boys would have been fine, but girls... So, I dug in and have slaved away all week trying...

May 1, 2013

Many things have changed in the past 2 years here in Strawberry Plains. In fact, the fruit of some of that change is really set to roll out in 2014. Monk/Abbey retreats are expanding, the new Retreat House will be finished next month, and the log cabin will be ready fo...

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