Welcome to communion with God and nature.

Theme – River Sanctuary is a weekend spiritual retreat–the other side of the coin of Upstream Camp. Upstream Camp (our weeklong summer day-camp on East Fork Lewis River) is designed to train families to go against the flow; to resist the current of secularism; to be “in the world but not of the world.” River Sanctuary, on the other hand, focuses on flowing with the Holy Spirit. How do we practically let God into our consciousness, into our souls? River Sanctuary will give us opportunities to soak in scripture, prayer, and fellowship through natural worship experiences.

Small Group Format – Because of the property size, only small groups are able to participate in the retreats–4-6 families at a time. This ensures a small group intimacy and format.

Location – The location for this event is at a riverfront property with a 95 year-old cabin. The land is on a residential shared driveway. Please respect all neighbors in the area.  The property has water, power, and the bathroom in the old cabin to use. There are no showers at this time. The address is:

2425 Kalama River Rd, Kalama, WA – From I-5, take exit 32. Drive east on Kalama River Rd for approximately 10 minutes. After you pass a large red barn, continue driving .4 miles to a hidden driveway on the right.

Pre-Event Preparation

    1. Optional reading –The Waldenses, chapter 35, The Great Controversy, pages 38-41
    2. Food Assignment – Please be prepared to provide one meal for the group: Fri Supper / Sat Breakfast / Sat Lunch / Sat Supper / Sun Breakfast
    3. Parking reservation – Length of your vehicle ______________
    4. Camping Spaces
      • Fireside Campsite – Upper Roadside parking 1
      • Wellhouse Campsite – Side driveway parking
      • Creekview Campsite – Easement parking
      • Fishing Hole Campsite – Neighbor parking


There are limited parking spaces. Park in designated areas and as tightly as possible to the edges

  • From the road, 25’ from the center line must be preserved as a community easement
  • From the driveway, vehicles should be completely out of the driveway area.
  • From the easement, the vehicle should be off the neighbor’s concrete pad.



3-6pm Arrive and park vehicle in assigned spot

6pm Bonfire & Meal, make meal together

7:30pm Worship Together, songs by the water & Bible Memorization

9pm Relax & sleep

Sabbath Morning

6am Rise, morning walk, paddle, or meditation

8am Breakfast

9am Faith Flows Waldensian Reenactments

12:30pm Sack Lunch

1:30 Waldensian Reenactments Cont & Recreation

6pm Supper

9pm Relax & sleep


6am Rise, morning walk, paddle, or meditation

9am Breakfast

10am Devotional

11am    Float river, depart

Recreation Options – Bring personal recreational gear as you wish, like fishing gear. Drift boat, kayaks, paddle boards, and life jackets will be available.

  • Sleep/Read/Relax
  • Beach play
  • Fish
  • Fort building
  • Paddle/Swim


The upcoming retreat is full. Get on the interest list for the next one!