Seabeck Multi-Age UU Memorial Day Weekend Retreat
“A Moving Experience” with Guy Nelson
May 24-27, 2019
What is Seabeck?
Seabeck is the annual church retreat on Memorial Day weekend. It is held at the beautiful Seabeck retreat center, overlooking the Olympic mountains on the Hood Canal. This is a wonderful way to get involved with East Shore and feel more connected. You will spend the weekend in community with other East Shore and University Unitarian Church members (it has been a joint retreat and tradition for over 40 years!) and so there are continual opportunities to meet and get to know other Unitarian Universalists. Seabeck is an intentionally inclusive and multi-generational experience.
If you bring your children, many age-appropriate activities are organized for them and, before you know it, they will have made friends and will be running around with other children.
Activities, workshops, worship events, musical collaborations for the adults are all optional, but can be very rewarding given the extraordinary richness of our talented community. Activities such as the Opening Ceremony, the Talent Show, a Sing-along, S’mores, UU Olympics and Salmon Bake are just a few of the beloved gatherings that bring people back to this weekend retreat year after year.
Guy Nelson is well-known in the Seattle area as a long-time radio host on KUOW-NPR. He’s also a professional actor and musician, and he travels around the world training people and organizations in communication and creativity. Guy has performed and directed improvisational theatre for decades in the Puget Sound region and nationally, and he believes there is a deep connection between creativity, improvisation and spirituality.
Returning by popular demand to our retreat and community for the second year in a row, Guy will lead us this year in plenty of fun games that explore the many ways we move our bodies. That includes various dances and improvisational activities, done solo or in groups. The games are simple and all-inclusive; no dance experience is needed, just bring some comfy clothes. Like other forms of improvisation, they can transport you into a creative mental space that raises your self-awareness and deepens your connection to others. Participation – mind, body and spirit – is as you are willing and able, as always.
For those who are interested we’ll offer an advanced session that builds on these and other improvisational skills to create an epic performance event involving skits, songs, poetry, music and movement. And most of all, we’ll laugh, play and have fun together.
There will be many other workshops offered by other attendees—like you—from our wonderful communities. Think about bringing your own talents to share with others, formally (in workshops offered) or informally, throughout the weekend as we gather, share and grow community, with families and elders alike.
Your kids will have many opportunities to learn, explore, play, create and make lasting friendships. The Children and Youth Programming is always a joyful experience for all involved, and we look forward to having your kids participate with us!
Priority Registration will begin for returning attendees on Monday, January 28, 2019 and Open Registration begins, Monday, February 4, 2019. Registration is on a first come-first serve basis at esuc.org. Registration and housing assignments will only be considered complete upon full payment for your weekend. If you do NOT receive an email confirmation back, your registration was not completed properly! This year, there is the option to “hold” your registration for $25.00 per person with the intention of paying in full at a later date. Please note that if you select this option, you will be invoiced on April 1, 2019 and your full payment will be due by May 1, 2019 or you will forfeit your registration position. Remember, we offer Scholarships to assist with the registration deposits and fees. Please contact Dianne Upton (contact info at the bottom this email) if you need assistance. If paying by check, please note full payment must be received by May 1, 2019 as well. Make check payable to “ESUC” and write “Seabeck” in the memo line. Drop it by the office or mail to:
East Shore Unitarian Church
Attn: Dianne Upton
12700 SE 32nd Street
Bellevue, WA 98005.
It’s helpful if you take a look at lodging before you register, so that you will be familiar with the housing options and can make sure that the size of your party approximately fits the number of beds per room (can be fewer, but not more people than beds). The Seabeck lodging selection on their website shows the number of people allowed per room. There is an extra charge of $100 if a single person uses a room that sleeps multiples.
Your Seabeck Team
We are very excited to welcome back in 2019 former campers and to welcome new ones to the wonderful UU experience that is Seabeck!
Seabeck 2019 Team
Dean: Jennifer Joslyn Sill (UUC)
ESUC Dean: Beth Wilson (ESUC)
Registrar: Dianne Upton (ESUC)
Publicity: Nicole Duff (ESUC), Susan St. John (UUC)
Entertainment: John Chmaj & Barb Clagett (ESUC)
Children and Youth Programing:
Volunteer Coordinator: Barbara Stevenson
Workshops Coordinator: Lindsay Fogelquist (ESUC)
Supplies Coordinator: Carolyn Cunningham (UUC)
Grounds and Skies: John Angell (ESUC)