Clergy Retreat



The Engaged Spirituality of Jesus – Clergy Retreat 2018

Check-In is from 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Monday, April 23. Dinner begins at 6:00 pm.
Conference concludes at 12:00 pm, Wednesday, April 25
Full schedule

Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, 126 Riverfront Lane, PO Box 9690, Avon, CO, 81620

Directions and information  about the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa >

Valet Parking:
Parking is available for a discounted price of $5 a night.

From The Rev. Brooks Keith, Rector Transfiguration, Vail:

Dear Clergy Colleagues,

We are excited for you to return to the Vail Valley for the upcoming Clergy Conference at the Westin Resort in Avon.  The Westin is a beautiful and relaxing location in which to gather, and boasts impressive services of every kind, but for the locals, stepping outside to places like these can enhance your conference experience…..


  1. Walk around our Nottingham Lake and Park!  Located just steps away from the Westin, this local’s waterfront paved path is an easy, accessible way to enjoy great views from morning until evening.  Find more information about the Lake and Park here.
  2. Read in our Avon library!  A comfortable and quiet get-away to catch up on the latest theological tome or novel of your choice!  And the library abuts the Park so again is just steps away from our Westin headquarters.  Find about more here.
  3. Bring your road bike or walking shoes for our excellent paved trails.  One particular joy is the Eagle Valley Trail which winds along the Eagle River throughout Avon, towards Edwards to the west and towards Vail to the east.  Please bring your helmet, water bottle and see here.


  1. While Avon does not offer a retail core easily walked, the central valley town of Edwards certainly does!  Find Riverwalk about 8 minutes west of the Westin on Highway 6, and more information on our shops, here.
  2. Situated in Riverwalk is the valley’s only bookstore, and it is an excellent locally owned community center.  Come find a really good book for your time at the Bookworm, and say hello to owner Nichole like a local, here.
  3. While the Weston offers superb fitness facilities, locals punch into the nearby Avon Rec Center to lift weights, bike, swim laps and enjoy the largest valley hot tub.  The Rec Center is once again steps away from the Westin just adjacent to the library.  Find out more here.
  4. Since Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink Starbucks, particularly resort hotel Starbucks (we do have standards after all!), follow the locals to close-by Loaded Joe’s for the best coffee in the valley.  A true local hang-out, and bring some quarters for the terrible pool table!  Either a five-minute walk or really short drive from the Westin, find more here.
  5. Okay so no coffee but best doughnuts in the state!  Don’t tell anyone but sneak over to the NorthSide Kitchen, a very short drive just north of the Avon I-70 exit.  Everything goes better with baconhere.


  • Please contact Greg Foraker   if you are interested in joining folks for a golf game about 20 minutes from the Westin.
  • Check out Haute Route, our best outdoor all-season gear, apparel and outfitter store, just behind Loaded Joe’s in Avon.  Say hello to owner Dan like a local here.
  1. For a value massage away from the Westin spa, check out Avon’s Simply Massage just across the street from the Westin and perhaps a better price-point.  See their information here.
  2. Finally, for all you golfers out there, we are working to offer an 18 hole golf round with cart and range balls at Eagle Ranch, located in the valley’s western banana belt some 20 minutes west of Avon behind the town of Eagle.  More details as we firm up that option.

Of course if anyone would like a tour of our interfaith chapels, or simply the chance to pray and reflect at the nearby Beaver Creek Chapel, please let me know and we will host you.  I hope we can all relax in a beautiful setting and if there is anything we can do to host you, please let Mother Emily Lukanich or I know!

Warmly in our Risen Lord,

Brooks Keith+


Rector, Transfiguration, Vail Valley


The Engaged Spirituality of Jesus

Our retreat leader, John Bell, will lead us in reflection on “The Engaged Spirituality of Jesus,” in a spacious rhythm of talks and open times for reflection, spiritual practices, community, rest and refreshment. John Bell, who was also our keynote speaker at our Annual Convention of The Episcopal in Colorado, is a preacher, hymn writer, composer, lecturer and broadcaster. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland and a member of the Iona Community.


The Rev. John Bell

During his studies in theology, John Bell became the first (and last) student Rector of the University of Glasgow. After a period in the Netherlands and two posts in in church youth work, he became employed in the areas of music and worship, founding during that time, with Graham Maule, the Wild Goose Worship Group and the Wild Goose Resource Group.
He is a past convenor of the Church of Scotland’s Panel on Worship and the committee that produced the ground-breaking Church Hymnary 4. In 1999, he was honoured by the Presbyterian Church of Canada and the Royal School of Church Music which bestowed on him a Fellowship. He was awarded in 2002 an honorary doctorate by the University of Glasgow, and in 2013 the Community of Christ International Peace Award. John has produced many collections of liturgy, scripts, sermons and reflections, original hymns and songs (some in collaboration with Graham) and three collections of songs of the World Church, and is primarily concerned with the renewal of congregational worship at grass roots level.