In His Shoes Annual Retreat – MLK

Every year, In His Shoes ministries sets aside MLK weekend to contemplate and celebrate the life and teachings of Dr. King. We study his teachings of peace, justice, and non-violent resistance.

The theme for the 2018 annual retreat will be SOUND & SILENCE

“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

How are these words relevant to our calling as active Christians in a hurting world? How are we to engage responsibly toward issues that affect the oppressed and vulnerable?

Retreat Master: Fr. Vazken Movesian

Start the year off with a weekend in nature. Prayer, meditation, classes, learning, silence and beauty facilitating Spiritual Growth. This retreat will re-energize you to take up your Christian calling and speak truth to power in love.

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM
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Monday, January 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM (PST)

Zaca Lake Retreat
8000 Foxen Canyon Road
Santa Maria, CA 93454

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Traveling from the North on Highway 101:

Take the Zaca Station Road exit, which is roughly 20 miles south of Santa Maria. At the stop sign on the highway off ramp, turn left. Cross over the bridge and the first road you encounter (about 500 feet or so from the highway) is Zaca Station Road (clearly marked). Turn left on Zaca Station Road. This road will turn into Foxen Canyon road (continue straight). You will run into our gate on the right side of the road. Gate consists of two yellow stone walls, triangular in shape, and marked with the number 8000. There is also a small green sign that says, Zaca Lake Retreat. The gate will be locked so call ahead of time to get the code for your event or reservation.

Traveling from the South on Highway 101:

Take the Zaca Station Road exit, which is roughly 35 miles north of Santa Barbara, and about 6 miles north of the city of Buellton. At the stop sign on the highway off ramp, turn right. The first road you encounter will be Zaca Station Road (clearly marked). Turn left on Zaca Station Road. This road will turn into Foxen Canyon road (continue straight). You will run into our gate on the right side of the road. Gate consists of two yellow stone walls, triangular in shape, and marked with the number 8000. There is also a small green sign that says, Zaca Lake Retreat.

The Entry Road:

After securely locking the gate behind you, you will embark on the entry road to Zaca Lake, which is a paved five-mile stretch of road that crosses through five creek beds, including two which normally have water flowing through them. These creeks are navigable with virtually any vehicle when heavy rain is not an issue. Please watch your speed and keep an eye out for exiting traffic, or wildlife such as cattle, deer, fox, or raccoon. On arrival to the retreat complex, please promptly register with the office, located to your left up on the mound. Park in the open area below and walk up the steps.

The entry road is 5 miles without any cell service so make sure you have plenty of gas. Do NOT enter Zaca property without adequate gas in your tank.

The gate has a padlock – so after you come in the gate, replace the lock, lock it and scramble the numbers off of the code.
Do not allow any other visitors outside of your group in with you when you unlock the gate. No one is permitted to enter without a code! Do not give the gate code to anyone at the gate outside of your participants.
Allow a 15 minute drive from the actual gate to the check-in office at Zaca Lake.

Please text us when you are at the entrance gate. 818-400-4004 
There is no cell service much past the gate. REPEAT: the five mile driveway in will NOT have cell service. 

Once you reach the office your cell service should connect again, but is only available immediately near the check-in area. 

NOTE: We are not Zaca Ranch. We are not Zaca Mesa Winery. Do not attempt to enter the Zaca Ranch gate which is very nearby. Be sure you see the ZACA LAKE RETREAT sign and the two big stone walls.

Zaca Lake is located just North of Fess Parker winery off of Foxen Canyon Rd.

Not to be confused with Zaca Ranch nearby, we are Zaca LAKE!

The entry road: You will embark on a breathtaking five mile stretch of road before reaching the office (about 15-20 minutes). This paved road crosses through five creek beds, including two which normally have a small trickling of water flowing through them. These creeks are navigable with virtually any vehicle (even a smart car). Please watch your speed and keep an eye out for exiting traffic, or wildlife such as cattle, deer, fox, bobcat or raccoon. Enjoy the journey. The road in itself is a retreat!

There is no cell service after about 1/4 of a mile in. All arrivals text us once right inside the gate so we know to expect you.

818-400-4004

Nearest hospital / Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital 2050 Voborg Rd. Solvang CA 93463

What to bring

  • Sleeping bag (In addition to a sleeping bag it is suggested that you bring a fitted or flat sheet to place over the actual bed before placing the sleeping bag on the bed. This helps to keep the bedding clean for all guests and makes it even more cozy for you!)
  • Pillow
  • Towel
  • Personal toiletries
  • NO flushable wipes (they are NOT flushable or permitted at Zaca Lake due to the delicate septic system)
  • Flashlight
  • Bottled water for your cabin
  • Personal medications
  • Bug spray
  • Tennis shoes or hiking boots
  • Layers of clothing (it can be warm by day, but cool at night)
  • Hat / gloves for winter
  • Chapstick! Oh my … don’t forget the Chapstick!
  • An open heart

Policy

Below is a partial list of the basics

  • Non-prescription drugs and alcohol are not permitted
  • No weapons
  • No swimming / No fishing
  • Life-vests must be worn by anyone using a canoe or boat
  • Minors are not permitted in a canoe without an adult
  • No minor is allowed to explore or wander the hiking trails alone
  • No climbing of trees or on buildings
  • No tree carvings or markings permitted
  • No silly string, glitter, confetti, raw eggs, paintball guns or pellets
  • No gluing, taping, stapling or nailing of signs, banners or tarps
  • No taping signs or messages to the outside of cabin doors
  • No food in the cabins

Be Still and Know

Safety is our first concern. Do not approach wild animals. As beautiful as the many deer are who graze freely around our fields and cabins, please give them and all God’s creatures their space. They will indeed entertain you with their gentle wandering of the grounds. We also have a family of bald eagles, guaranteed to stop you in your tracks as they soar over the lake to fish for their meals. Zaca Lake promises to swoon you with the ancient old oak trees and perpetual sounds of nature. The owls will be relentless in questioning your identity ”who who” while the ducks and frogs take great pleasure in serenading you with their award winning ensemble. Sit back and let nature do her thing. You will get far more out of a Zaca Lake Retreat if you set aside time to “be still”.