Formed: 1977 Established: 1977
This page last updated:11/14/2012
ARC Retreat Center
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ARC (action, reflection, celebration) is an open and welcoming community of 5-7 persons dedicated to the ministry of hospitality. We serve groups and individuals seeking time apart, rest and spiritual renewal. ARC is located on ninety-two acres of beautiful mixed pine forest and wetlands about six miles north of Cambridge, Minnesota. Founded by Ruth and Loren Halvorson in 1977, ARC's cornerstone expresses the ARC way of life as "joyful, simple, merciful." Homestyle meals are lovingly prepared for guests and the community's daily worship is open to all. General areas of work encompass the routine tasks of welcoming guests: meal preparation, laundry, cleaning, organic vegetable gardening, maintenance, cutting firewood, volunteer coordination, and computer and office tasks. Modest stipends, room and board, and medical insurance are provided as needed. Short-term volunteers (one day to several months) are also welcomed into the community. Our facility does not provide adequate space or privacy for pets.
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Former/Other Names: ARC Retreat Community
This page last updated:11/14/2012
Visitor Process: Visitors, please email us at email@example.com or call 763-689-3540.
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Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
(Members work here and are compensated for their work.)
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(This is negotiable.)
(Community membership for resident members requires 40 hours a week of work.)
Land and Buildings
90 acres (36.4 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Another form of Non-profit
(ARC is governed as a non-profit by a Board of Directors.)
Number of Residences:
(Most community members live in the main lodge where guests are also welcomed.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all meals
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(Since we share most meals, there is generally consensus on diet.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(We are based in Christian tradition but welcome people of all - or no - faith, as long as they follow a sincere spiritual path.)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
Ecumenical (includes "all religions")
(Founded by Lutherans, we maintain a connection there; however, our practice is more Quakerly.)
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