Seabeck Multi-Age UU Memorial Day Weekend Retreat

“The Music in Me”
with Kiya Heartwood
May 26-29, 2017


Register Here


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.

Theme for 2017

This year, our theme is “The Music in Me.” Each and every one of us is bursting with spirit and creativity.

During the weekend, Kiya Heartwood, an award-winning, internationally-touring, roots/folk singer songwriter, composer and change artist will perform a concert and will be with us all weekend. Her workshop will include explorations, exercises, experiments and just plain fun.

\Even if music isn’t the way you relate to the world you can participate through your passion—writing, visual art, movement—whatever calls to you. The first hour each day will be intergenerational and the last hour and a half will be for grown-ups.

Kiya Heartwood

Kiya Heartwood (Stealin Horses, Wishing Chair, Tejas) is an award winning, internationally touring, roots/folk singer songwriter, composer and change artist. The UK’s Broadway Baby describes Kiya Heartwood as “an award-winning American singer-songwriter who writes smart, funny and poignant songs about the famous and not-so-famous legends of America.” Heartwood “serves up a lively batch of original songs that follow on to two of the oldest traditions of folk music: storytelling and political broadside.” Kiya has at B.A. in Creative Writing and Music Composition and a M.A. in Cultural Studies. She has won many awards including S. Florida Folk Festival, Outmusic Songwriter of the Year and 2008 Jane Schliessman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women’s Music. Kiya tours solo and with her band, Tejas. She is also the Artistic Director of The People’s Orchestra of Austin Kiya makes her happy home in Austin, Texas with her wife, Rev. Meg Barnhouse.

More Workshops

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.

Children’s Program

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!


Registration will begin for returning attendees on Monday, January 23, 2017 and open registration begins, Monday, January 30, 2017. Registration is on a first come-first serve basis on the East Shore website, Contact Seabeck Registrar, Dianne Upton, for more information.

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.

Once You’ve Registered

Letter to Campers

Volunteer Info

We are very excited to welcome back in 2017 former campers and to welcome new ones to the wonderful UU experience that is Seabeck!

Seabeck 2017 Dean: Jennifer Sill Reichert (UUC)