Orcas Island, Washington

Moving Forward Not Backward

Read the Gospel of Mark. In many ways the gospel is organized according to the “advances” Jesus took. Count the number of times Mark says “And Jesus came apart.”

Now look deeper into where Jesus “came apart”:” the mountains, the desert, and the water. Three different bons vaux, sacred spaced, landscapes of the sacred. The three natural places which have the power to help restore us to physical, mental and spiritual harmony. Your soul needs three sacred spaces. Which one depends on the state your soul is in.

In creating SpiritVenture Ministries, Len, Elizabeth and their partners are building a decentralized model of “advancing” (a mountain advance, an island/water advance, and a desert advance).

  • The Atlantic Advance is in Ocean City, New Jersey.
  • The Pacific Advance is on Orcas Island, Washington.
  • The Desert Advance is TBD (to be determined)

At each one of the “advances,” you will not find motel-like (centralized buildings with square-box accommodations linked by long narrow corridors and wide parking-lots) spaces. Instead SpiritVenture Ministries is bringing back the old-fashioned, decentralized get-away-cottages you used to see all along US America’s blue highways — except each one of these cottages is more “English cottage” in size, luxury-class in appointments, and future-fitted with what you need for a healthy mind, body and soul. See for more details.

*The cost of each Advance includes all registration fees and six meals for the two days. Each Advance begins with breakfast on the first morning, and concludes with supper and after-dinner conversation on the second evening. You are responsible for your own housing, although we are available to help you find lodging and make recommendations.

Advance Conversation Partners:

Ken Ulmer
Mike Riddell
Sally Morgenthaler
Brian McLaren
Mark Driscoll
Erwin McManus
Ron Martoia

Chris Seay
Greg Paul
Luci Shaw
Lisa Samson
Alan Jamieson
Alan Hirsch
Mike Slaughter

Joan Ball
Jessie Rice
Mark Batterson
Reggie McNeal
Margaret Feinberg
John Stackhouse
Matt Knisely

Karen Swallow Prior
Frank Viola
Bob Roberts Jr.
Carl Medearis
Bill Easum
Mark Pierson

2018 Pacific Advance – March 7th & 8th


North Shore Cottages

271 Sunset Avenue
Eastsound, WA 98245

Cost: $500 per person or $950 per couple.

This fee includes 6 meals for the 2 days. You are responsible for your own lodging.

Conversation Partner: Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection
in Leawood, Kansas. He grew up in the Kansas City area, earned a B.A. degree in Pastoral
Ministry from Oral Roberts and a Master of Divinity Degree from Southern Methodist
University where he was awarded the B’nai B’rith Award in Social Ethics.

He was named one of the “Ten people to watch in America’s spiritual landscape” by
Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. For his work in racial reconciliation Adam was awarded
the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award. He was named United Methodist Person of the
Year for 2012 by the United Methodist Reporter for his leadership within the United
Methodist Church. He’s received numerous other awards for community service.
Hamilton launched The Church of the Resurrection with his wife and two children in 1990.
It has since grown to over 18,000 adults and children in 2014 under his leadership. Today
the church is the largest United Methodist Church in the United States with an average
weekend attendance of 8,600.

The congregation has a three-fold focus: Connecting with thinking people and inviting them
to become followers of Jesus Christ, engaging in acts of justice and mercy in the
community, and working to renew the United Methodist Church.

Adam has written 21 books, published by Abingdon Press and Harper Collins, including
When Christians Get it Wrong, Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White, The Way:
Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus, Making Sense of the Bible, and Revival. Adam and
LaVon have been married 32 years and have two adult daughters and a new granddaughter

Information about Orcas Island can be found at:

If you are flying you will want to fly into SeaTac Airport in Seattle. From there
you can either rent a car and drive or you can fly on Kenmore Air to East Sound
(Orcas Island).

Ferry Information: You will take the ferry from Anacortes to Orcas

Kenmore Air Information


For more information, please contact:
Melissa at 609-645-3800 or by email:

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You must complete a registration form and submit your deposit. Tap HERE for registration form. 


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