WELCOME TO COMPANIONS ON THE INNER WAY RETREATS
YOUR JOURNEY STARTS HERE
Companions on the Inner Way offers a safe communal place to explore our deep longings for the Holy. Grounded in the Christian tradition, our contemplative retreats incorporate body, mind, and soul through presentations, dialogue, spiritual practices, art, music, movement, and worship with Eucharist. We strive to create an environment that is theologically curious, radically welcoming, and liturgically vibrant.
UPDATES FOR 2023
Happy New Year to all Companions on the Inner Way participants and leaders, past and recent. We are writing to give you an update on what 2023 will bring. As we have communicated, when Carolyn Foster decided to step down after 10 years as Director, a Search Committee was formed and after months of work extended an offer to Rev. Tim Burnette. While Tim initially accepted and attended our August 2022 retreat to better know the community, he found that for personal and family reasons he had to step away from taking over the position. Since then, we of the Leadership Council of Seventh Avenue Church have been discerning a path forward. We believe strongly that Companions is to have its next chapter, and we will communicate as the way becomes clear. For now, we realize, with regret, that we will not be ready to hold our usual winter retreat in Malibu, but we are committed to resuming both southern and northern California yearly retreats. We are focused on how best to put on our August 2023 retreat (August 6-11) at Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center, Lake Tahoe, and we will be working with the core staff to decide on format and presenter. For now, we send love and blessings for health, inspiration, and fulfillment in the coming New Year.
-The Leadership Council of Seventh Avenue Presbyterian Church
One participant's impression of Companions / Tahoe 2019:
“I was desperate for silence, but to do my inner work, I also needed the support of beauty and love. These I received.”
-S. S. - Tahoe Retreat 2016
“This was the best of the best of any retreat I have ever attended. My challenge in my spiritual path is to get out of my head and into my body and heart. The content, process, and pacing really supported that.”
M. R . - Malibu Retreat 2017
"After our last Lectio Group, we got ready for our last worship service. Dr. Luther Smith preached a great sermon, and just like the rest of the week, the worship was phenomenal. One line that Luther shared during this sermon, from Howard Thurman, really sunk in for me. It was about prayer, and the power of prayer in the lives of those doing the praying. Thurman said: 'God’s answer to a prayer may be no, but God’s answer to a pray-er is always yes'.”
Adam Walker Cleveland - Tahoe Retreat
"This week was so much more than I could have imagined – a gift of grace, creativity, and beauty.”