Koinonia Retreat Center

A donation of land in 1961 and 50 years of loving care have produced “Koinonia” for thousands people from Hennepin and the greater community.  Nestled in 100 acres of property on Lake Sylvia, about 90 minutes west of the Church, our retreat center offers a relevant, inclusive and beautiful setting for worship, small group development, study and service.  Koinonia’s name comes from the Greek New Testament and means, “fellowship in Christ.”  In addition to its role as a retreat, conference and reunion venue, Koinonia is home to the Big Woods Heritage Forest, birds, wild flowers and other natural resources.  This is how Koinonia fulfills its hospitality mission today.  For more information call 888-801-7746 or go to the Koinonia website.

2014 Schedule of Events

Feb 28 – Mar 2: Created by God Retreat (5-6 graders focus on life and healthy relationships with Paula Colton and Dana Neuhauser)

Mar 21 – 23: Women’s Retreat (Sally Johnson and Leah Rosso focus on the practice of Sabbath, slowing down and nurturing our spirits)

April 25 – 27: Confirmation Retreat (HAUMC confirmation age youth go on their annual retreat with Paula Colton)

May 15-16: Spring Work Days (Volunteers prepare the retreat center for summer activities. Free room and board!)

May 16- 18: Life Adventures Retreat (Seniors and others enjoy Springtime at Koinonia. MN Conference Bishop Ough speaking)

May 27 – 29: Dignity Center Retreat (select clients and volunteers learn about self-sufficiency while enjoying the beauty of Koinonia)

June 22 – 25: Harry Potter Camp (Led by Teri Johnson, 5-6 graders learn about friendships and decision making as modeled by Harry and his Hogwarts friends)

July 7 – 10:    Earth Camp (annual retreat with Paula Colton for 1-4 graders focusing on developing a sustainable lifestyle)

July 30 – Aug 1:  Arts and Spirituality Retreat (Sally Johnson and other faculty focus on expressing our spirituality through art. Lectures, discussion and activities)

Aug 1 – 3: Holden on the Road (second visit of Holden Village at Koinonia, faculty TBD)

Sept 28: Connect at Koinonia (Annual outing for friends and members to visit our Church’s Retreat Center. Free transportation and meals)

Oct 15 – 16: Fall Work Days (Volunteers prepare the retreat center for winter activities. Free room and board!)

Oct 16 – 19: MEA Weekend Family Retreat (Singles, couples and families gather for Fall fun)

Dec 30 – Jan 1, 2015: New Year’s Family Retreat (Singles, couples and families gather to usher in the New Year and enjoy Winter fun)

Dates To Be Determined:

  • Men’s Retreat (focus on men’s spirituality and the role men play in the church)

  • Vocation Retreat (focus on assessing our spiritual gifts and seeking a good fit in our homes, work and church)


Call or visit Mark Peterson, Koinonia Program Director for more information or to sign up for these events!

Office: 612.871-5303
email: mark.peterson@haumc.org