Star Gathering Weekend (Laity) – The Bamboo that Bends is Stronger than the Oak that Resists

September 1 or September 2 to September 4

Exploring the Capacity for Resilience through the Lens of Art, Poetry, and creative spiritual practice. Human history is a story of achievement and joy, of premature death and suffering. Natural disasters and wars, along with smaller-scale threats to life and well being, have been ubiquitous, and humans always have had the task of managing responses to horror and fear. Religious beliefs and cultural rituals traditionally had specific functions of offering thanks for well-being and achievement, and of seeking relief from suffering. Throughout history, events have often been framed in terms of individuals conquering adversity and surviving with resilience, triumph and progress. Our weekend at Star Island offers us an opportunity to reflect on our capacity for resilience and to try our creative means to strengthen our individual and communal resources. We will explore the power of our imagination, our intuition and gentle strength that comes from integrating body, mind and spirit. We will get inspired by reflecting on the art of Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse as models for resiliency before we venture into creating beauty through coloring mandalas, tapping into our imagination through guided imageries, bringing body, mind and spirit together in communal labyrinth walks, preparing for darker times of the year by creating our own resiliency candle and writing our resiliency psalms.

Minister and Theme Speaker

Rev. Ute Schmidt, BCC, Manager of Spiritual Services and CPE, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA

Program Fee

$30/person 15 ys+
$20/person under the age of 15


For scholarship information contact our registrar, Lee McTighe at

Room & Board Rates

These rates include lodging, meals, and ferry transportation.

SG Weekend Standard Shared Standard Single Motel Shared Motel Single
3-night $446 $590 $546 $809
2-night $343 $449 $419 $590


Youth rates are determined by age on the first day of the program, regardless of room type.

SG Weekend Under 6 6-11 Yrs 12-17 Yrs
3-night Free $212 $304
2-night Free $162 $234

Ferry Schedule

Friday, September 1 
Departure: Portsmouth 9:25 a.m.
Arrival: Star Island  10:25 a.m.
Saturday, September 2
Departure: Portsmouth 9:25 a.m.
Arrival: Star Island  10:25 a.m.
Monday, September 4
Departure: Star Island 1:15 p.m.
Arrival: Portsmouth 2:45 p.m.


Contact our Registrar, Lee McTighe at