2014 Hutchmoot Retreat at Laity Lodge: February 20-23
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Over the past few years, many Rabbit Room artists and musicians, including Andrew Peterson, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn, and Eric Peters, have developed a close relationship with Laity Lodge. They've each been ministered to and changed by time spent there and have come home anxious to share the lessons and insights they gained during their sojourns in the Texas wilderness.

Set in the Hill Country's most spectacular canyon, Laity Lodge presides over an extraordinary confluence of creativity and faith-building. It's a place where artists, speakers, writers, and theologians converge to empower and inspire others in a setting that is safe, serene, and challenging. Laity Lodge is dedicated to enabling Christians to know Jesus deeply and to serve him in the everyday places of their lives.

This coming February, we invite you to come with us into the wilderness, where the Rabbit Room is partnering with Laity Lodge to host the first-ever Hutchmoot Retreat. The retreat will offer content similar to the annual Hutchmoot conference in Nashville, but it is intended to provide a quieter, more relaxing, more reflective experience. Expect four days of good food, new friendships, powerful speakers, and great music--all while surrounded by the remote beauty of the Texas Hill Country.

Click here to register at LaityLodge.org.


Featured Speaker: Kathleen Norris
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Kathleen Norris is the award-winning poet and author of The New York Times bestsellers The Cloister Walk, Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, and The Virgin of Bennington.

In exploring the spiritual life, her books and poetry are at once intimate and historical, brimming with exasperation and reverence, deeply grounded in both nature and spirit, sometimes funny, and often provocative. Her writing has been formative in the lives and work of many in the Rabbit Room community and we are honored to welcome her to Laity Lodge as the guest speaker for the first Hutchmoot Retreat.


Musical Guests
Andy Gullahorn and Jill Phillips
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Singer-songwriters Andy Gullahorn and Jill Phillips are no strangers to either the Rabbit Room or Laity Lodge. They have deep roots in both communities, making them the perfect choice as musical anchors for the Hutchmoot Retreat.

Andy has recorded five solo albums (and one Christmas album with Jill) including his most recent record, the critically acclaimed
Beyond the Frame. He also tours the country with Andrew Peterson as one half of the Captains Courageous (Peterson's band).

Jill has recorded seven solo albums (and one Christmas album with Andy) including
In This Hour, which was one of our favorite records of 2012. She also joins Andrew Peterson on the Behold the Lamb of God tour each year where she's made the song "Labor of Love" a Christmas classic.

Eric Peters
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Nashville-based singer-songwriter Eric Peters's Birds of Relocation was one of the most acclaimed albums of 2012, appearing on multiple critics' "best-of" lists. He's recorded six solo albums and is a beloved member of the Rabbit Room community. His life and music have been influenced greatly by the work of Kathleen Norris.
Andrew Peterson
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Andrew Peterson is the singer-songwriter of multiple albums including Light for the Lost Boy and Behold the Lamb of God: The True Tall Tale of the Coming of Christ, and the author of the Wingfeather Saga. He's also the founder and proprietor of The Rabbit Room.

Additional Speakers
Jennifer Trafton
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Jennifer Trafton is a children's book author. Her first novel, The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic, was a nominee for the Volunteer State Book Award. She lives in Nashville where she teaches creative writing to children.
A. S. Peterson
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A. S. "Pete" Peterson is the author of the Fin's Revolution series of adventure novels. He is also the managing editor of the Rabbit Room and Rabbit Room Press.

About the Retreat
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While the Hutchmoot Retreat is, in some ways, similar to the Hutchmoot conference in Nashville, it will offer a very different experience. The entire event will take place at the lodge on the banks of the Frio River in the Hill Country of southern Texas. The location is remote, peaceful, and beautiful--and full room and board is included in the registration price.

The program will feature a roomy schedule that provides time to relax, hike, enjoy the art studio, and converse with others.

Guests will fly into San Antonio (the nearest airport) and will need to rent a car or make arrangements for the two hour ride to Laity Lodge. We encourage guests who know one another to work together to share the expense of car rental. (Yes, you will have to drive through a river; No, you won't need an SUV to do it.) Once you arrive at Laity Lodge, everything will be provided for you. All you have to do is relax and enjoy yourself. The retreat ends on Sunday after lunch, allowing guests to return to the airport for late afternoon and evening flights out of San Antonio.

If you have any questions about the Hutchmoot Retreat itself, please contact Pete Peterson at orders@rabbitroom.com.

If you have any questions about the Laity Lodge facility, please visit the website at
www.LaityLodge.org.
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