Pastors & Dragons Retreat

This August, join with other clergy and people of faith for the second annual Pastors & Dragons Retreat! Spend 3 days and nights learning, resting, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. With a mixture of gaming, learning, and Sabbath rest, this retreat will allow you to explore the connections between life, ministry, and the world’s greatest roleplaying game.


Registration is open now!


Register today, the Regular Registration Period has been extended until July 6th!

ROLL INITIATIVE!

Each day will afford hours of Dungeons & Dragons play. We’ll cap off the retreat in grand fashion with a multi-table Epic-style adventure.

We’ll engage in a variety of play styles and explore how playing and learning go hand-in-hand. This year we’ll be spending a little more time with the character creation process as a tool for self-reflection.

Whether you have played Dungeons & Dragons before or are interested but brand new to the game, you will be able to fully engage in every aspect of the retreat.


“The small group sessions were amazing and so much fun. The large group games were beautiful chaos.”

-Past Retreat Participant

GAIN EXPERIENCE.

Each day will also feature time for plumbing the depths of the tabletop roleplaying genre for lessons in life, faith, and ministry.

This year we’ll focus in on the interplay of adventure, imagination, and spirit. Our topics will include:

  • Self-Reflection through the Player Character
    • We’ll engage in the character creation process while asking, “How do we bring ourselves to the characters we imagine?” Whether as a reflection, an exaggeration, or challenge to grow, the characters we play on the tabletop are an opportunity to reflect on who we are, what we fear, and who we want to become.
  • Adventurers, Assemble!
    • In D&D you join a party of adventurers to explore fantastic and often dangerous locations. But what happens when you take that method of collective exploration and apply it elsewhere? We’ll engage our imaginations in collectively exploring the foundational stories of our faiths and our lives.
  • From DM Prep to Ministry Preparedness
    • What are some best practices for preparing to run a D&D adventure? What can the prep work we do for tabletop adventures teach us as we do the prep work for ministry? Whether it’s pastoral care, small group leadership, meeting facilitation, or presiding at worship – a bit of the right kind of prep can really pay off in a great experience for everyone.
  • More than Meets the Eye
    • How can Dungeons & Dragons strengthen our empathy muscles? We’ll open our eyes to the complexities of our real life stories. Then we’ll spend some time practicing using stories to help us enter into the experiences of others.
  • Fandoms: A Model for the Future Church
    • How can fandom help us better embody God’s unfolding story? Geek communities provide a fascinating new lens for how we can understand our faith communities. Cultures of imagination meet cultures of spirit and share a lot more than might be expected.

Check out what people thought of our last retreat.

TAKE A LONG REST.

At Mount Olivet Retreat & Conference Center, the natural surroundings will provide a rejuvenating backdrop to finally get the rest that is so hard to find in our day-to-day lives. Located just 30 minutes south of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, the retreat center is close and convenient to the cities yet tucked away in a world all its own.

Located on 150 acres of woods and rolling prairie, the modern and adaptable meeting spaces feature high speed wireless internet. Spend the night in comfortable rooms with two double beds or eight singles/bunks. Enjoy nourishing and delicious meals and take advantage of the extensive indoor and outdoor amenities. A professional staff offers gracious hospitality and delicious meals, freshly prepared using the highest quality ingredients – including local vegetables, fresh fruits, and meats when available. 

There are many amazing options for some real life exploration and rest, and enough time in the schedule to take full advantage of it all.

Join us for a retreat unlike any other.

Registration is open now!


DEPOSIT and CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Registering for the Pastors & Dragons 2019 retreat in Farmington, MN (Aug 6-9, 2019) requires either arranging to pay in full or a non-refundable deposit of $150. When paying in full, $150 of the total cost is considered the deposit and is non-refundable.
  • The remaining balance is due in full by May 1, 2019. Payment plans are available.
  • Through May 1, 2019, if you must cancel, we will refund any amount paid minus your $150 non-refundable deposit.
  • After May 1, 2019, there are no refunds, but you may transfer your paid spot to another person.
  • After July 1, 2019, no refunds or transfers.

The Dungeon Masters

Rory Philstrom (aka TheDMPastor) is the Lead Pastor of Christ the King Lutheran Church, an ELCA Congregation in Bloomington, MN. While at CTK he has worked with the congregation to revivify adult and youth education, innovate new structures for ministry, and engage the neighborhood around pressing issues such as affordable housing and anti-racism. In addition to his work as a pastor, Rory was the consistent Dungeon Master for two regular bi-weekly games that formed a campaign lasting 3 1/2 years.  Players in Rory’s games have included over a dozen pastors, in addition to congregational and Bible camp staff, and spouses. He also ran an 8 session campaign for his confirmation class, using the genre of Dungeons & Dragons as a tool for participatory education. He currently DMs for the organized play community in the Twin Cities where he hosts regular Adventurers League games at his church.

Ben Loven is the Lead Pastor of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, an ELCA Congregation in Rochester, MN. Our Savior’s has been experimenting with a different model for pastoral transition, and a vastly different paradigm for faith formation. On the D&D side of life, Ben has been an active participant in Rory’s bi-weekly online games and attended 2018’s inaugural Pastors and Dragons retreat, where he was a DM for the first time. Since then, Ben has DMed more regularly while working with his two kids to adapt this beloved game for a younger demographic.

And more to be announced!


SAMPLE SCHEDULE

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6

4:00pm
Arrive and Check-In

5:00pm
Opening Session

6:00pm
Dinner

7:00pm
D&D Session 1

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7

8:00am
Morning Gathering

8:30am
Breakfast

9:30am
Learning Session 1

11:00am
D&D Session 2

12:00pm
Lunch

12:30pm
Free Time

5:00pm
Learning Session 2

6:00pm
Dinner

7:00pm
D&D Session 3

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8

8:00am
Morning Gathering

8:30am
Breakfast

9:30am
Learning Session 3

11:00am
D&D Session 4

12:00pm
Lunch

12:30pm
Free Time

4:30pm
Learning Session 4

6:00pm
Dinner

7:00pm
D&D Session 5

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9

8:30am
Breakfast

9:00am
D&D Final Session

12:00pm
Lunch & Depart


QUESTIONS? Check out the FAQ!