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history

ARC is a non-profit retreat center committed to the ministry of hospitality, contemplative prayer, and earth-friendly simple living. ARC stands for Action, Reflection and Celebration, the means by which we seek wholeness and social justice. Solitude and silent reflection, balanced with active work in the community and the world help us live healthy spiritual lives.

ARC is the result of a persistent dream, a gift of beautiful land, and the efforts of many dedicated, generous people. For many years ARC was the dream of Ruth and Loren Halvorson. It became a real possibility in December of 1976 when Kenneth and Corrine Skogen gifted 56 acres of wooded land to ARC. A three story, 21 bed-room lodge was constructed in June 1977. Much of the initial labor was derived from two month-long summer work study camps and was continued by numerous volunteer and professional workers. ARC opened its doors to guests in January 1978.

For 40 years, ARC has sustained its operations through generous individual and group gifts and dedicated leadership and collaboration provided by a resident community, employees and volunteers. ARC has provided a warm welcome, nutritious health-conscious food, and space for contemplation and connection with self, nature and the divine.

Note: Action, Reflection, Celebration: The ARC Story was published in the summer of 1988 to document ARC’s history and is available for purchase in the ARC Booknook.