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Adult Retreat (ages 18 and up)

  • A.R.E. Camp 283 White Rock Furnace Road Rural Retreat, VA, 24368 United States (map)

Adult Retreat: Renewing the Cayce Legacy for Our Modern Times with Mark Thurston

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With Mark Thurston, PhD

The teachings and practical advice offered by Edgar Cayce nearly a hundred years ago presents timeless wisdom about the mind-body connection, the role of ideals in personal transformation, the way to form a cooperative relationship with one’s own soul-mind, and countless other topics. Our opportunity is not only to apply the ideas in our own lives but also to interpret them for the 21st century – that is, to find ways to make these timeless principles fresh, compelling, and relevant to the profound challenges facing humanity in the decades immediately ahead. This week will have a two-fold purpose. First, it’s to be a time of renewal and reconnection to a philosophy that has inspired and sustained us in years gone by. Second and equally important, it will be a week to create together a vision for the future. We’ll explore some practical steps for the roles that each of us have the chance to play in shaping the future of the Cayce legacy.

During Adult Retreat, your session resource person will lead you in an exciting program covering practical, down-to-earth material with insights from the Edgar Cayce readings.

The typical Camp experience will remain, with most days including options for morning exercises, meditation, group sharing activities, games, short hikes, organic wholesome meals, and the joy of living the Cayce lifestyle with like-minded people in a beautiful setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Special Note: This summer is the 50th anniversary of our Adult Retreat - whether it's your first, or your 50th time, this will be an amazing week for all.


A time to let go and totally relax. Adult Retreat inspires a newfound sense of peace, tranquility, and equanimity. Meditate in the forest, lay in the meadow, and watch the stars. Recharge and take a break from the outside world.

+ ABOUT Mark Thurston

Mark Thurston, Ph.D. is an educator, psychologist, and author of more than a dozen books about personal spirituality. He is currently an associate professor at George Mason University in the School of Integrative Studies, and he serves as the faculty coordinator for a campus-wide undergraduate minor in well-being – including academic courses about mindfulness, resilience, and positive psychology. Mark worked at A.R.E. and Atlantic University from 1973 to 2008, including periods in jobs such as A.R.E. Camp counselor (two full summers), youth activities coordinator, director of educational development, co-executive director, and for his final eight years in Virginia Beach as Atlantic University’s director of academic affairs. Mark and his wife of 39 years Mary Elizabeth Lynch are co-founders of the non-profit educational organization the Personal Transformation and Courage Institute (, for which Mary Elizabeth serves as president. They are parents of two adult children, and they also love their relatively new roles as grandparents. More about his work can be found at

Earlier Event: July 28
Family Camp Two