Date:September 18, 2016

Christian Formation for Community Leadership Duncan Park, CO – Summers 2016 & 2017


To participate in a Benedictine experience of Christian formation for community leadership. This experience is a collaboration between St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and St. Benedict’s Workshop. We will be led by the Rev. Dr. John Lewis, the Rev. Matt Wise, and John McClung.


Duncan Park, Colorado, a wilderness camp of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas

  • Duncan Park is the Diocese of West Texas’s mountain top retreat center, located 20 miles west of Boulder, Colorado, with the beautiful, clear and fast-moving St. Vrain Creek running through the property; many nearby hiking trails provide many opportunities for exercise and adventure
  • Existing completely off-the-grid with solar panels providing electricity, no cell phone service or wireless internet, and water pumped from the nearby creek, this facility captures the rugged beauty of the surrounding mountains and allows for a true respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life
  • Accommodations are rustic but comfortable; there are new toilet facilities in the main lodge building, as well as another building that houses separate men’s and women’s shower and toilet facilities, along with washing machines and dryers
  • At 9,500 feet above sea level just a few miles west of Rocky Mountain National Park, the camp offers participants a true mountaintop experience!


  • The total cost to participants is only $600, which includes airfare, ground transportation, lodging, all meals and camp fees
  • St. Benedict’s Workshop and St. Mark’s are underwriting approximately 50% of the total cost so that this experience is affordable for everyone
  • Interested persons should not let the $600 cost prevent participation; payment plans or special financial planning are available by phoning Matt or John for details
  • Participants will depart San Antonio and fly to Denver on Monday morning, August 8, and return by air from Denver on Saturday evening, August 13
  • Sleeping accommodations: participants may choose between beds in the main lodge (men and women sleep separately in the main lodge’s two large bunk rooms on either side of the kitchen and great hall) or comfortable air mattresses in high quality, two-person tents scattered throughout the camp in choice locations that provide a degree of privacy
  • Responsibility for meal preparation and cleanup will be shared by all participants
  • Participants will share in certain work responsibilities around the camp, as suggested by the needs of the Diocese of West Texas; last year’s work component included staining a new wood deck and gazebo; stacking wood for winter fires; changing out light bulbs throughout the camp to more energy efficient bulbs; building a foot bridge across the beautiful St. Vrain River that runs through the camp (nothing of this magnitude is on the agenda this year!)