Fall Men's Retreat

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Oct 13-15, 2017Santa Cruz Mountains | Ponderosa Lodge

FMR17 - Joyful Zipline
FMR17 - Worship
FMR17 - Chatting Outside
FMR17-Climbing Wall
FMR17 - Relaxed Guys
Fall Mens - slide - Ping Pong
FMR17 - 3 Men Talking
FMR17 - Fireplace
Mens Reflective - Family

Relax. Recharge. Engage.

When you've worked diligently to work out all of the details for you to be able to get away for a weekend for a retreat, you want, need that place to facilitate the peace you're craving, the refreshment of soul and mind you're needing, and the challenge you desire to push you to be a better man.

Mount Hermon's Fall Men's Retreats are the place where you can experience the peace and quiet, get refreshed and be challenged by other men walking similar journeys to you.


Ireland, Jon

Jon Ireland

Pastor  |  Ocean Hills Covenant Church in Santa Barbara

Jon Ireland is a Mount Hermon summer staff alumni 1980 & 81 & 84. He grew up in Oakland and received his Doctorate of ministry in leadership from Fuller seminary. He is currently the founding and lead Pastor of Ocean Hills Covenant church in Santa Barbara since 1998. Jon has been married to his wife Nathalie for 34 years. They have a grown daughter who is recently married.


Friday, October 13
Saturday, October 14
Sunday, October 15
  • When



    4:30 PM

    Check In


    7:00 PM


    Dining Room

    8:00 PM



    9:30 PM


    Fireside Room

  • When



    8:00 AM

    Flex Breakfast

    Dining Room

    9:30 AM



    11:15 AM

    Q&A Time


    12:30 PM



    1:30 PM

    Free Time


    6:00 PM


    Dining Room

    7:15 PM



    8:30 PM

    Coffee Break


    9:15 PM



  • When



    8:00 AM



    9:15 AM

    Session & Communion


    11:00 AM

    Conference Ends



Ponderosa Lodge Basketball Courts

There are plenty of courts at Ponderosa Lodge to keep the next NBA stars entertained. Half court or full court, there's plenty of room to pick up and throw down.

Disc Golf

A fun and challenging nine-hole disc golf course that navigates through our indigenous ponderosa pines.

High Ropes

Our high ropes courses will push you higher and farther with these aerial challenges. Climb the tower, take a leap, traverse the wires and travel through the air on our new zip line!

Paint Ball

Duck, dive, and shoot your way through bunkers, barrels, ditches, and the natural terrain of our paint ball course.

Ponderosa Pool

Hang at our HEATED pool in the center of camp. The pool is perfect for chilling, lap swims, or an exciting game of water basketball or water polo. The lights in the pool at night make the pool area a very popular hangout and activity.


Ponderosa Lodge has 24 carpeted and heated cabins with two full bathrooms in each cabin. Guests sleep on built-in bunk beds. For speakers and leadership staff, there are four guest rooms, each with private bath.

Ponderosa's Dining Hall features a myriad of made-from-scratch entrees and arguably the best food on the mountain. Meals are served buffet style.


Included in the price:

(6 meals, program, and recreation)

2017 Fall Men's Retreat
Per Person$209
Progam & Meals only - $135
Group Registration

Registering a group of 7 or more?
Please call 888.642.2677


Please do not let finances get in the way of a Mount Hermon experience. Through the generosity of many, a partial grant from the Campership Fund may be just the gift you need to make it possible for you to attend camp. For more information and an application, please contact our friendly Registration staff.


What to bring

Casual clothes are appropriate throughout the conference. A jacket for mornings and evenings, sleeping bag or bed roll, pillow, washcloth, towel, toiletries, camera, flashlight, Bible, note book and a swimsuit as we have a heated jr. olympic pool. You also may want to bring “grubbies” if you’d like to participate in a paint ball course (small charge). Also, don’t forget to bring your hearty appetite for incredible food!


You may check in anytime after 4:30pm Friday, October 13th, for you to get into your room. The opening dinner begins at 7:00pm. The conference concludes with brunch on Sunday.

The Canopy Tour will be available to us again this year for a fee of $60 each. Sign up when you arrive.


Maps & directions

Ponderosa Lodge
4600 Graham Hill Rd Felton CA 95018

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Santa Cruz Mountains | Ponderosa Lodge

The Santa Cruz Mountains camp center includes the Conference Center, Ponderosa Lodge and Redwood Camp.