Friends of ARC Gatherings

Update on ARC Retreat Community Transition Plan

The ARC Board and Community have convened two gatherings to further the conversation about our past, present, and most importantly, our future.  Over 30 people attended these two events and many others have written or called with their input into this important conversation.  The next gatherings are being organized as open houses on Saturday May 18th from 10am to 1pm and Sunday June 23rd from 2-5pm.  These will both be hosted at ARC and will feature tours of the grounds, building improvements, and conversations about the future of ARC.  Look to the ARC website for more details.

In March the ARC Board approved the appointment of Dr. Suzanne M. Begin as the interim director for ARC.  Suzanne brings a diverse set of leadership skills that will serve ARC well during the next several months as the transition planning unfolds. 

Beginning on May 6th ARC will enter a four month sabbatical during which the transition planning will be our primary focus.   The Board--along with other key stakeholders--will discern what is the future of an ARC 2.0 and if there is sufficient support for sustainable staffing, resident community, and funding for a relaunch of ARC 2.0. 

 We anticipate the Sabbatical will run through the end of the summer when we expect to have a definitive plan for ARC’s future ready to share.  During this down time the Hermitage and the Cottage will be available for use.  Guests will be invited to provide their own meals.   See the ARC website or call for more information.

The Board and Suzanne are developing a fund raising program to support the ARC transition plan.  Look for more information on this in May.

ARC Open House dates/times RSVP at

Please come and “ARC” with us:

  • ACTION - Interact with Board Members, staff and our human-based design mind mapping and ARC Archetypes displayed in our newly remodeled Bay Room.

  • REFLECTION - Take personal time to retreat on the trails, the labyrinth, the swing or in a guest room, the loft, the library or the chapel

  • CELEBRATE - Share an ARC meal in the dining room along with stories and fond memories

  • Saturday, May 18th at ARC from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. ARC lunch will be served at noon.

  • Sunday June 23rd at ARC from 2-5 pm. 

ARC soup and bread will be served at 4:00 pm

Note: If you are unable to join us and would like to be placed on a special mailing list for future ARC transition events. Email us at


We are looking for the right couple ( or team) to join our retreat family. Located in the heart of Grandy Pines, we offer 87 acres for rest and renewal and overnight stays in a retreat lodge, cottage or hermitage. Our guests come for contemplative action, reflection and celebration.

General Responsibilities

· Grounds and Road maintenance

· General cleaning and maintenance

· Laundry

· Kitchen Support

· Help with events/activities and needed

Desired Skills

· Construction and maintenance

· Equipment and small engine repair

Specific Requirements

· Driver’s license and reliable transportation

· Fluent in English

· Drug test

· Back ground check

· No children under 18 (except visiting)

· No pets (except service animal if required)


· A 2 bedroom apartment (utilities included)

· Hourly compensation up to 80 hours at negotiated rate based on experience

Contact information/ Resume Submissions:

Email Resume and Cover Letter (or questions) to

Executive director position open

Creative, forward-thinking, spiritually-focused person or team of persons interested in promoting the mission of ARC in partnership with the current ARC community and Board of Directors may call ARC for more information.

763-689-3540 or visit


We are looking to publish a Spring/Summer edition of the ARC Newsletter and need your assistance. Please submit reflections, stories, poems, etc. to Suzanne at by MAY 20, 2019. If writing is not your thing, but you are able to assist with editing, graphic design, publishing, folding and/or mailing, we need you too!

Volunteers Needed to help with upcoming groups!