What if You Don’t Want to Wait?

Did you know Trinity Center frequently hosts Groups Retreats that are open to the public?

Phrases we often hear from departing guests are “I love it here; I can’t wait until our retreat next year!” or “It was great but we didn’t have enough time to enjoy the property!”  But you really don’t have to wait until your particular group returns on an annual retreat or pine for missed free time.  Trinity Center hosts several new and recurring events that have open registration and welcome new participants.

Anytime you visit our blog, check the right side bar for advertisements of upcoming retreats open to the public, or visit our (ahem) “Upcoming Retreats Open to the Public” page.  These notices are our way of spreading the word that there may be new and unusual ways to visit one of your favorite places, or to make new friends while participating in a beloved activity.

Sometimes you have an opportunity to get in on something missed.  Occasionally a guest will catch a glimpse of an interesting activity and will tell us they “always wanted to attend a [fill in the blank] but didn’t know in time.”  Once in a while, Groups ask us to post vacancy notices after a registration window closes because one or more attendees have an unexpected change of plans.

Upcoming Retreats at Trinity Center:

March 27-30, 2015:  Painting by the Sea – Spring Artists’ Workshop with Jane Filer.  Work in the Studio or outside in Filer adthe sunshine.  Experience Individual Instruction and Painting Demonstration.   Have time for work and Fun!  Jane’s work has been included in numerous prestigious collections in international, corporate and private sectors.  She has been hosting workshops at Trinity Center since 2007.  Limited post registration vacancies available!

Amani AdApril 10-13, 2015:  Yoga at the Beach with Lisa Amani to be held at the Trinity Center.  This year’s retreat will include sessions in the beautiful oceanfront Morgan Beach House where one practices gentle yoga postures, breathing & meditation techniques in rhythm with the oceans waves and transform your body, mind, spirit, and your life.

web adMay 1-4, 2015:  Cathy Holt Yoga Spring Yoga Retreat.  Spending concentrated time in retreat, we cultivate consciousness and nonjudgmental awareness. It is a gift to Self, a chance for mental, physical, and spiritual rejuvenation. We will spend several hours a day in a morning and afternoon practice of yoga, pranyama and meditation and some evening activities a couple of the nights. There will always be a long break in the afternoon for you to explore the beautiful beach, the sound side, and pretty little trails.

May 3-10, 2015:  Resource Center for Woman & Ministry in the South – Writers’ Retreat.    Two or three times a year, we reserve a house at the beach and sponsor aOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA week of silence and writing for a group of about nine women.  Our writing retreats at the beach have been an enormous success, providing time for small groups of women to gather and includes days of quiet and writing, and evenings of readings and conversation.  These are not workshops but provide unstructured time for women to write.

May 15-17, 2015:  Loving Inward – A Retreat for Women with Coach Elizabeth Love.  loving inwardExperience a weekend of discovery, nurture &rejuvenation because You are worth loving well…boundaries… self-care… coming back home to You.  Reconnect with who you really are and begin living from your deepest truth.  Limited spaces available!

May 31-June 4, 2015:   Yoma Yoga 4th Annual Ocean Retreat at Trinity Center Pelican House.  Join Sharon Cournoyer, Certified Yoga Instructor, for an opportunity to remember,May 31 retreat surrender and open to what comes from exploring yoga, meditation, journaling & nature.  Only two spaces left!

June 25-28 and July 23-26, 2015:  Summer Interplay Untensive with Ginny Going and Tom Henderson.  Want an extended time of creative play in a community of people 2015 interplay adwho will affirm and applaud you? Then come down to the ocean for one of these multi-day experiences of InterPlay that includes time to relax, hang out and play in nature. Play, dance, tell stories, rest, walk on the beach, swim in the ocean and enjoy being part of a playful community. Life doesn’t have to be so hard!

blog side adJuly 17-19, 2015:  Dr. Z Yoga Retreat.  Join us for our 6th annual weekend of yoga and the beach!  All Inclusive price includes lodging, three meals per day, Happy Hours, twice daily Yoga instruction, and Saturday night Zumba® party! All levels of experience and both men and women are welcome!

BIG SWEEP Saturday, October 18th

Come Sweep the Beach at Trinity!

During the month of October, communities of Carteret County are participating in the 28th Annual Big Sweep.  Although the kick-off statewide is the first weekend, we extend participation throughout the month.  Saturday, October 18th is the day Trinity Center and our Sound to Sea program contributes to the Pine Knoll Shores Big Sweep as part of our ongoing effort to keep our beloved beaches and waterways clean.

396213_10150658106482154_573597153_10998517_2036206330_n

If you love our beaches, please join us on the Beach at 10:00AM, Saturday, October 18, 2014.  Trinity Center will provide work gloves, trash bags and other tools.  You bring the sunscreen and water bottle.

IMG_7823

Volunteers will also log the amount and type of items collected, and how many animals suffered entanglements, to add to the statewide record tracking the types of trash ebb and flow over our waterways.

In 2013, 645 volunteers covered over 24 miles resulting in the removal of over 2500 pounds of trash from Carteret County waterways.

Some Big Sweep Tips for participation:

  • Take a hat or visor and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Wear old, comfortable clothes. You will get dirty.
  • Take a snack and a drink along. You’ll probably get thirsty.
  • Bring some insect repellent and a pair of gloves.
  • Make sure your shoes are sturdy and have closed toes. Your shoes may get wet. Do not go barefoot.
  • Stay with a partner or group, and be sure that children are supervised by an adult.
  • Wear a life jacket if you’ll be in a boat. Do not wade into the water to gather debris if the current is fast. Never enter the water unless you know its depth and are wearing a life jacket. Be safe and careful.
  • Watch for snakes and spiders. Be careful of poison oak and poison ivy.
  • Watch out for steep, slippery, and unstable banks. If you are unsure of conditions, find a safer place or ask for assistance.
  • Do not touch medical waste, chemical containers, barrels, pesticides, or other dangerous items. Note their location and tell your site coordinator.
  • Do not touch any animals, dead or alive. Trapped or injured animals may bite, and they can carry disease. Alert your site coordinator.
  • Have a safe, fun time!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Aquarium’s Trick or Treat Under the Sea Oct. 29 & 30

NC Aquarium, Pine Knoll Shores

w nca-pks TOTUS shark w bag 500pThe North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers a bewitching evening of sweets and treats with the annual Trick or Treat Under the Sea, aka TOTUS, on the evenings of Wednesday, Oct. 29 and Thursday, Oct. 30.

Trick-or-treating headlines each night, as little ghosts, goblins, creatures and characters load up on goodies at decorated booths sponsored by local businesses. Also on the fun agenda: underwater pumpkin carving demonstrations, otters playing with jack o’ lanterns, face-painting and other Halloween hi-jinks with an aquatic twist. For the bolder bunch: See the dinosaurs after dark – if you dare.

Ticket sales at the door are 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. each night; $11 per person; $9.90 for members; ages 2 and under are admitted free.

Daily admission tickets, receipts and passes do not apply for this special event. Regular admission ends at 1 p.m. each day of the event.

Enjoy big Dino Discount Nov. 1-7!

w nca-pks adult chasmosaurus 2The dinosaurs at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores have delayed their destiny – extinction – through Nov. 11! See them up close and hear them roar any day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Nov. 1 through Nov. 7, bring a little person with you for Dino Discount Days. Pay for one adult admission and an accompanying child ages 3-12 gets in free. Also watch for dino-mite deals on dinosaur gear in the Gift Shop through Nov. 11.

Dinosaur Adventure turns the Aquarium’s Marsh Boardwalk into a time machine. Step outside and travel back millions of years to meet these strange creatures that roamed the Earth during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

The fierce allosaurus, the long-necked apatosaurus, the fast and agile coelophysis, the ostrich-like citipati and other bygone beasts seemingly come to life among the trees and plants surrounding them. Watch out for the dilophosauruses –they spit.Dinosaur Adventure features 11 realistic, large-scale animatronic creatures representing seven species that move and call. Don’t miss the photo ops: a Tyrannosaurus rex out front, a baby T. rex near the waterfall and a dinosaur nest with eggs just before you enter Dinosaur Adventure.

nca-pks dino after dark scarierThe dinosaur exhibit has been enormously popular with summer visitors at the Aquarium. The fall extension gives more local and regional residents a chance to enjoy the experience. The dinosaurs also will add a new element to the Aquarium’s Halloween event for kids, Trick Or Treat Under the Sea, this year on Oct. 29 and 30.

Dinosaur Adventure is open the same hours as the Aquarium – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.Dinosaur Adventure features creations by Billings Productions. The exhibit is sponsored in part by Mary Katherine Lawrence.

Welcoming groups and sharing memories.

Trinity Center welcomes the Spinners and Weavers Guild of New Bern NC!  This bunch of ladies have become dear friends of Trinity Center and are a pleasure to have on property every year.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Groups choose Trinity Center as thier retreat destination for many reasons. We have multi-use facilities, great food, and of course the location is to die for!  Who wouldn’t want to go to the beach for a retreat? Our year round oceanfront conferencing center is situated on 62 acres of the Mari-time Forest located in Pine Knoll Shores on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our South facing island has 22 miles of white sandy beaches where you can see both the sunrise and the sunset. You may also know our area as the Crystal Coast.

Trinity Center welcomes groups from all church denominations, nonprofit organizations, corporate meetings, training sessions, youth retreats, family reunions and so much more! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Today, we would like to share a few more photos of those who we consider family and friends of Trinity Center. Enjoy!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.