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2023 Alaska Young Adult Eagle Eye Summer Institute
June 29, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - July 9, 2023 @ 4:00 pm MDT
This program accepts only 18 participants.
Early Bird Registrants receive $100 discount.
Join the Brothers and Sisters of St. John and other Catholic young adults ages 20 – 35, June 29 – July 9 and discover God in the beauty of the Alaskan wilderness. Experience the rhythm of the liturgical observances of the Community of St. John. Early in this program we will be hiking the 24 mile Crow Pass Trail, well known in Alaska as part of the historic Iditarod trail. For the 4 days of our backcountry adventure, immersed in God’s creation, we will forge new friendships while we brave the challenges of crossing the glacial waters of Eagle River. Following our hike, as part of our daily rythym at the retreat center near Anchorange, we will continue theology and philosophy, with views of the Chugach Mountains rising up on the fringes of the city. While we explore this year’s theme, expect days that are dynamic and thought-provoking affording you a chance to discern your place as a young adult in the church as well as to search for truth and why it is important.
Please be aware, the hiking we will partake in consists of highly strenuous, technical routes such as crossing boulder fields. At times, we will hike without marked trails (back-country) and on uneven terrain with steep elevation gains for several hours. Additionally, while hiking, participants must be able to carry a backpack weighing about 40 pounds, filled with personal and group gear. At different points during the hike the weather conditions can range from 80 degrees and sunny to 30 degrees and sleet. There is no cell phone service. The camp sites have no facilities. You must be in shape and fit enough to walk steeply uphill, continuously for 3 miles, carrying your 40 pound backpack. A good attitude is required.
Participants can expect to share a bedroom with another person and to use shared bathrooms. Meals will be provided.
If you have any questions please email [email protected]