Things to Know

Before the Retreat

For those who are coming to the retreat and are wondering what to bring, the following information should be helpful:


Sheets, pillows, towels and a blanket are provided by Koinonia Retreat Center. Feel free to bring your own pillows, towels and blankets if you like. 


If you are able, please bring:

·         A scarf or shawl for the large group gatherings

·         Scissors and old magazines

·         Poetry

·         Journal

·         Water bottle

·         Snacks to share (kept in the dining space for on-demand snacking)


Additional options to bring if you like:

·         Alarm clock, flashlight, or just your phone

·         Bathing suit/towel for sauna

·         Binoculars

·         Books, coloring books, markers, pencils

·         Camera

·         Casual clothing (layers)

·         Comfy clothes for yoga, meditation, or relaxing

·         Ear plugs-we will have some at registration

·         Games and puzzles

·         Jackets, gloves, hats

·         Knitting

·         Money for services: massage, spiritual coaching, readings

·         Music

·         Phone charger

·         PJs, robe, and slippers

·         Rain gear

·         Running gear (if you plan on running)

·         Walking shoes, hiking shoes, or boots

          Wine (Yes, wine is allowed!)

·         Yoga mats (don't worry if you don't have one)



·         Firearms

·         Pets (exceptions for guide dogs and companion animals)

·         Perfume or heavily scented lotions

·         Perishable food: there are refrigerators in the guest houses, but we are not allowed to 

               use the kitchen


We have tried to make food for everyone with gluten free, dairy free, meat free options. If you have specific food requirements and are unsure about the food that KRC will provide, please feel free to bring your own food.


This is Minnesota, so the weather might be cool or snowy. Pack accordingly.


There is poor to no cell phone service at KRC.  You may get reception in the parking lot. Wi-Fi is available in the main building. But this is, after all, your opportunity to unplug. Enjoy the bliss!


Directions from the Twin Cities:

Head west on state highway 55 to 2.5 miles beyond Annandale. After Annandale, you will pass Montgomery Ave, Nevens Ave and next is Oliver Ave.

Turn Left (south) on Oliver Ave-also called Cty Rd 3 and drive 0.4 miles.

Turn Right (west) on 80 th street (A big Koinoinia sign). Continue one mile.

Turn Left (south) on Pilger Avenue and in a minute you will see the Koinoinia driveway.

The main parking lot is beyond the Main lodge on a little rise.


Contact Information

Koinonia Retreat Center (KRC)

7768 Pilger Ave NW

South Haven, MN 55382



Retreat FAQs

Who can attend?

Women aged 18 and up.

Are children allowed?

No. The retreat is a space to get away from “normal life” and responsibilities.

When will I get confirmation of a spot and my scholarship request (if any)?


Do I have to stay both nights?

There are partial retreat attendance options with reduced fees, but we encourage everyone to attend the entire retreat.

Can I have a single room?

The very few single rooms are allotted for those with certain special needs. Most of the rooms are shared.

Are there refunds for last minute cancellations?

Only for medical emergencies.

What is the time period during which I can cancel without penalty?

You can cancel until March 16.

How does the waiting list work?

If registrations are cancelled, those on the waiting list will be contacted in order. Many on the waiting list do get in eventually, so be patient!

How is the Kate Tucker Scholarship fund managed?

Donations to this fund throughout the year are tracked and tallied. The total amount will be distributed to scholarship requesters as fairly as possible by an AUW member appointed by the AUW Board.

Are pets allowed?

No. Only physician-prescribed service animals.

When should I arrive?

Any time after 4 p.m. on Friday and before dinner at 6 p.m. if possible.

What kinds of activities will be available?

Nature Hikes; Healing Touch; Writing Memoirs; Meditation: Why and How; Poetry Out Loud; What Are You Reading; Creation Station; board games; lakeside sauna; yoga, outdoor labyrinth, singing, massage (for an extra fee) and freedom to do nothing or whatever you choose!




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