Sabbath Life

Sabbath Life was developed in 2014 by Rev. Grace Hackney and wellness advocate Kelli Sittser using a one-year grant from the Duke Endowment. Since then hundreds of pastors and spiritual leaders have attended these series of monthly one-day retreats with a focus on learning and developing a Sabbath practice, connecting with God in Creation, and connecting with others.

Church in the Wild is excited to bring Sabbath Life to Upper New York!

Sabbath Life retreats will be held the second Monday of each month from March through November at Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center from 10am to 4pm. (April will be the third Monday.) The dates in 2023 to put on your calendar now!:
March 13
April 17
May 15
June 12
July 10
August 14
September 11
October 9
November 13

Registration will be for the entire 9-month series.
The cost is $50/session totaling $450.

The program includes lunch and a CSA of fresh local produce each month for each participant.

To register, click the button below to take you to the Sky Lake registration site. Login or create and account and then select “Sky Lake Sabbath Life Retreats 2023”

The rhythm of a Sabbath Life day includes a time of welcome, engaging Creation, worship and table, rest and recreation in shared silence, and time to reflect and connect.

Quotes from the Sabbath Life creators: “The Church in the United States America is in a time of reformation. The pandemic, along with racial turmoil, and political divisiveness has further brought this to the forefront. We believe that the way clergy order their lives can serve as a witness to their churches and to the world that through Christ, God has given us a better way to live. Standing against the consumerist, “always on” way of life that has strangled many of us to the point that we are literally gasping for air, Sabbath Life is about learning to breathe again, paying attention to and delighting in God’s creation, connecting with God and one another, and taking this way of being into the world.”

“Sabbath Life works to counter exhaustion and burnout by providing a model of Sabbath in which clergy experience delight, rest, and connections with God, each other, and creation. Over the seasons of one year, clergy learn to incorporate sustainable practices that reflect God’s nature of abundance and wholeness, enabling them to lead flourishing lives and ministries.”

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