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

2017 Pacific Advance – March 10 & 11

When: March 10h & 11th, 2017

Where: 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: Douglas Murren

Click to learn more about Douglas

For more information:

Email or call Melissa at 609-645-3800

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).

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You must complete a registration form and submit your deposit.

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