Reconciling Weekend Retreat

Reconciling Weekend Retreat

A Men's Retreat Finding Grace in Race 

While racial discrimination has defined our nation from the beginning, there have always been individuals willing to confront the injustices, heal the divisions and practice a better way. Are you one of them?

This retreat, held in the heart of what was the Confederate South, will offer safe space for healing dialogue to happen in the pursuit of reconciliation and wholeness. Through storytelling, information sharing, and experiential learning, we'll build community and empower one another to be our best selves in pursuit of a better world.

Join Reverends Robert Dortch and Joel Blunk at Richmond Hill, an historic monastery and residential retreat center, for this intensive 48-hour men's retreat to include:

  • A theology of love and redemption
  • Real-life examples of strength, courage and resilience
  • A tour of Richmond's Historic Trail of Enslaved Africans
  • Immersion in Richmond Hill’s monastic rhythm of life
  • An exploration of implicit bias
  • Contemplative practices to promote wholeness, elevate consciousness, and build bridges
Artwork by Stephen Gambill
Led by Joel Blunk and Robert Dortch

Co-sponsored by Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development and the Richmond Hill Koinonia School for Race and Justice, this retreat is open to men of all ages, races and walks of life. Some financial assistance is available upon request.
Space is limited. Register today!  



4:00 pm Friday, May 1, 2020 -
12:00 pm Sunday, May 3, 2020

Richmond Hill
2209 East Grace St
Richmond, PA 23223
(804) 783-7903

Registration Information and Cost

Richmond Hill is handling registration for this event. Please contact them directly for more information or to register. 

$275 per person for the whole event and includes:​​
  • cost for the program
  • lodging for Friday and Saturday nights
  • meals for Friday (dinner), Saturday (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and Sunday (breakfast).

Linens will be provided, but participants will want to bring their personal toiletries, journal, weather appropriate clothing, hiking/walking shoes, drum or other rhythm instrument.

Please follow the link below to be taken to the Richmond Hill website to register.

Click Here to Register
or call 804-783-7903

Leaders for this Event

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Joel Blunk is a singer-songwriter, storyteller and soul guide. He leads men's rites of passage with Illuman, a national non-profit committed to nurturing better, more authentic men. Joel initiated the Crossings young men's rites of passage in central Pennsylvania and the Men4Directions program for Oasis Ministries. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Joel currently serves as Co-Pastoral Director of Richmond Hill, an historic monastery and retreat house dedicated to racial reconciliation, prayer, hospitality and spiritual/social transformation.  

Robert Dortch is a father, poet, photographer, executive coach, philanthropic executive, and ordained pastor who is curious about life. He partners with individuals, organizations and communities on how to dream and believe big and to be strategic and innovative doers.  Currently, he is the Vice President of Programs and Community Innovation for the Robins Foundation a placed based family foundation in Richmond VA. His life’s mission is to make love real every by leading, serving, learning in love and being open to love.