Join us at the Buckhorn Retreat


On a sunny afternoon on Labor Day weekend, a group of Foothills friends are gathered on a mountain
hillside at the Buckhorn Camp for nature journaling. We choose some colored pencils and wander to find a particular plant, pinecone or vista to draw. I can hear the distant laughter and shouts of kids playing at the gaga pit and I feel the sun and the air on my skin and breathe in the spicy smell of mountain sage.

I soak in the beauty of the view of the valley and the mountains that takes my breath away. Time slows and everything falls away except the particular wildflower that I have chosen to draw. Later that evening we gather in the lodge for a very silly game show that features the unique and varied stories of all of the people at the retreat – long time members, children, elders and brand new friends. These are some of the reasons that I love the Buckhorn Retreat. It offers a unique chance to gather with Foothills members and friends to rejuvinate, to grow in faith and to connect in shared stories and experience. So many people have told me that the Buckhorn Retreat was where they began to feel a deep sense of connection and belonging and where they “found their people” at Foothills!

The Buckhorn Retreat is coming up again on Labor Day weekend, Friday August 30th through Monday September 2nd. The Retreat is located at the beautiful Buckhorn camp, just a one hour drive away up Rist Canyon.

Registration for the retreat is now open! REGISTER HERE!

You can stay in rustic cabins or tent camp and three delicious meals per day are included in the retreat fee.The retreat includes a variety of fun and immersive experiences, all designed to deepen your relationships with other Foothills folks and to rest, rejuvenate and form deep relationships that matter. Foothills Ministers and Staff will be in attendance. The weekend includes workshops, small groups, spiritual practices, outdoor games, campfires, singing and beautiful outdoor worship services.  Judy Fjell will return as our retreat musician in residence. Judy has led music for numerous UU conferences, churches and retreats and has a well-earned reputation as a multi-level “Musical Activist,” having empowered thousands over her performing and teaching career to discover their own voices and play their own music.

Scholarships for the retreat are available – APPLY HERE

Deadline to complete the scholarship application is August 1st, 2019. After this deadline we will divide the available funds equally among the people requesting financial assistance. We will notify you about your scholarship by Monday, August 19th.

Questions about lodging or food? Contact Heidi Schaub, Retreat Registrar at
Questions about Scholarships or have an idea for a workshop or activity you could offer at the retreat? Contact Eleanor VanDeusen, Director of Family Ministry at

Come join us at the Foothills Buckhorn Retreat. Because relationships matter!



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