This year, Brandon Dickerson, a director at the Lodge, started the retreat with Howard Butt’s original invitation to guests in 1973. On opening night, Brandon told everyone in the Great Hall, “Let the child within you come out and play.”
And play they did. Each day began with a morning meditation and discussion, and then guests spent all day, every day, creating. They could sign up for two workshops a day, including painting, woodworking, writing and improv, jewelry-making, songwriting, and building a “sacred space.”
With so many opportunities, Brandon reminded guests that Laity Lodge is a place of freedom and grace. “We have an agenda,” he said on opening night, “but we don’t have an agenda for you.”
Guests said they were grateful for the chance to slow down, play, and create, and they looked forward to carrying these practices back to their daily lives, local communities, and immediate families.
“Laity Lodge is thrilled to bring back what was a highlight of guests’ summers from 1973 to 2008,” says Dickerson. The Lodge looks forward to continuing the tradition again in summer 2019.