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Through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us.

Luke 1:78




Official groundbreaking on December 11

Diocese acquires original 76 acres along the Manatee River generously donated by the Hall family

DaySpring welcomes first guests

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Curry Hall built in honor of Mac and Chris Curry

Dear Friends, Welcome to DaySpring! This treasure in the life of the Diocese of Southwest Florida is a beautiful piece of protected “Old Florida” with modern meeting amenities. We consider it a Sacred Place and enjoy sharing it with people of different faiths and backgrounds. The hospitality we offer is built upon the sense of Christian mission we have expressed in five essential purposes for serving God here at DaySpring. We seek to build and maintain programs and practices for Leadership, Transformation, Spiritual Strength, Congregational Vitality, while maintaining a historical continuity of being a Sacred Place. I believe you will find these five essential purposes evidenced throughout the pages of this catalog. I am delighted to offer this 2019 catalog for your personal or group planning purposes. You will discover in our annual Journey and Hospitality conferences speakers of national reputation such as Diana Butler Bass and the Rev. David Gortner. Along with our regular annual features, 2019 marks the appearance of three inaugural and timely conferences, including the deeply needed individual and cultural work on Race & Reconciliation. Another focuses on the Christian stewardship and ministry of caring for God’s creation, while our second annual Latino-Hispanic Ministry Conference: Salt & Light is an opportunity to experience spirituality and fellowship in the Spanish language. We celebrate the breadth of programs brought to DaySpring from community organizations near and far. Please plan to participate and make a difference in our world. I deeply appreciate the great work that has been envisioned and empowered in past generations and today. DaySpring remains an inspiring place of spiritual growth, strength, and new relationships. Come, discover... The Right Reverend Dabney T. Smith Fifth Bishop, Diocese of Southwest Florida




1985-1994 1984

DaySpring purchases 17 acres, bringing our total to 93 acres

Dedication of Curry Hall and Cabins 1-6


St. Thomas Chapel transported to DaySpring from Safety Harbor

Pavilion A constructed ii



DaySpring plays a vital role in the mission and ministry of the Diocese of Southwest Florida. DaySpring’s mission is “to be a sacred place in the heart of our diocesan community that exists to enrich and empower all people in Christ.” We feel the best way to do that is through our ministry of hospitality. DaySpring is open to all persons who are seeking spiritual renewal and personal growth, regardless of denominational affiliation. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”


Executive Director Mike Riviera builds the Outdoor Chapel


Additional meeting rooms and dormitories built at Bishop Haynes Lodge iii

DaySpring offers guests an unparalleled opportunity to experience peace and tranquility, stunning natural beauty and a sacred place where spirits are renewed, refreshed and made ready to re-enter the world. DaySpring is a place for all seasons and all people. Our 2019 guests will notice new amenities everywhere, including a new Program Center and resort-style pool. We have renovated Pavilion A, with improved wi-fi and video capabilities and completely upgraded interior. Our Manatee River campus is conveniently located near the major metropolitan areas of southwest and central Florida, including Orlando, St. Petersburg and Tampa, and within the Sarasota/Bradenton metropolitan region. Our ministry of hospitality extends to people of all ages and all faiths, many of whom return year after year. Come enjoy DaySpring’s exceptional campus for your next retreat, conference, camp, or other special event. Carla Odell, Executive Director

2000 1990-94

Completion and dedication of the youth cabins

Director’s House, Retreat House, and Pool House added



“New Pavilion” modular building is assembled as a temporary solution to handle large groups



A bold vision has become reality at DaySpring. With the completion of the first phase of our 10-year Master Plan in 2017, we now work, pray and transform lives in our new spaces. Gatherings of diocesan and community groups take place in the spacious, state-of-the-art facilities of the 12,500 square-foot Program Center - an amazing and flexible space that accommodates 300-400 people over three rooms. Large group events have expanded options with the ability to utilize the two classrooms for breakout sessions. The nearby historic Pavilion A, which accommodates 150 people, has been completely renovated to the same specifications of the Program Center, with a permanently installed AV system and 20 foot projection screen. The entire Program Center and Pool and surrounding facilities comprising the Youth Sector take on a vibrant and energetic life for the six weeks of DaySpring Summer Camp, as youth and counselors enjoy the coordinated spaces of indoor recreation, pool, sports courts, fire pits, sleeping cabins, ropes courses and waterfront. Phases Two and Three of our 10-year Master Plan will see premium adult lodging and a second large Meeting and Worship Center added to the campus.


Labyrinth built by DaySpring staff, thanks to a gift by the Episcopal Church Women

2014 2012

DaySpring Development Committee unveils 10-year Strategic Master Plan

Dedication of Diocesan House on September 12, Office of the Bishop moves to DaySpring v

Our new Adult Lodges will be two-story structures, tucked back against the wooded backdrop. Each building will have 18 bedrooms, increasing the number of potential sleeping areas by nearly 60% while enhancing comfort within the space. These upgraded lodges will enable DaySpring to host expanded overnight offerings for adults and create a beautiful, comfortable environment to engage national leaders. Our learning community is a beacon of health and hope within the Church and beyond. The Meeting and Worship Center will be a 15,000 square-foot facility with a total table seating capacity of 300 people and will immediately be recognized as the jewel of our property. A large chancel will overlook our wooded forest and the Manatee River, with south-facing windows to provide optimal light. The flexibility of this new space will optimize the use of the overall conference center and significantly increase our ability to host multiple large groups at one time. Adult Lodges   The  proposed  Adult  Lodges  will  be  located  in  the  area  presently  occupied  by  Cabins  1-­‐4.     These  buildings  will  be  two  story  structures,  tucked  back  against  the  wooded  backdrop.     Each  building  will  have  18  bedrooms,  each  bedroom  with  2  queen  size  beds  and  private   baths.    Each  lodge  will  have  a  large  lounge  area  for  community  gathering  and  outdoor   patios/decks.     Replacing  Cabins  1-­‐4  with  these  two  lodges  will  increase  the  total  amount  of  adult  beds   from  76  beds  (many  singles)  to  108  beds.    Note:    in  the  future,  cabins  5  and  6  could  be   replaced  with  a  third  new  lodge  which  would  also  allow  for  expansion,  if  demand  is   necessary.        









10-year Master Plan approved by Manatee County

Dedication of new pool and Program Center on February 26 p.14


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NEW TO DAYSPRING PAVILION A RENOVATION The historic Pavilion A was completely renovated in 2017 to mirror the style of the newly-completed Phase 1 facilities. New audio-visual equipment and a 20-foot projection screen are housed in a comfortable space which can handle up to 150 guests with ease. This facility creates an inspiring high-tech environment nestled in the shade of Old Florida oak trees, and an adjacent classroom with corresponding accoutrements functions beautifully as a breakout space. A favorite among those who have been coming to DaySpring for decades, this facility is the beating heart of the campus.

STATE-OF-THE-ART POOL & GROUNDS IMPROVEMENTS Just outside the Program Center is the state-of-the-art pool, which contains a zero-entry, handicap-accessible shaded area for lounging and marked lane lines for relay events. Our youth programs benefit from new basketball and volleyball courts, a “ga-ga pit� play court area, and a fire pit surrounding an open lawn. The four youth cabins, which sleep a total of 128 guests, round out the perimeter of the Youth Sector. This space is intentionally designed for activity-based group events like summer camps, school retreats, and traveling sports teams.


PROGRAM CENTER 2017 marked the opening of the new Program Center and Pool facilities, completing the master plan vision for the Youth Sector. The 12,500 square-foot Program Center includes a Multipurpose Room which accommodates up to 300 guests; the two adjacent classrooms seat up to 50 per room. These rooms have interconnecting audio-visual equipment for coordinated events.




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RECREATION UNPLUG, UNWIND & ENJOY Groups and individuals staying at Dayspring take advantage of the many activities found on our 97-acre woodland campus.

ECW LABYRINTH To the north side of St. Thomas Chapel is our Episcopal Church Women Labyrinth and Memorial Garden, a peaceful place for meditation, prayer, and quieting the heart.


Named after a long-time award-winning editor, this library contains an excellent collection of religious history and biblical scholarship, including Anglican theology books from prior bishops and clergy. The library is equipped with a large-screen SmartTV and is ideal for small meetings.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS To the west of the Outdoor Chapel situated along our wetlands are the outdoor Stations of the Cross, where visitors can pray and reflect on Christ’s sacrifice for all of us.

OUTDOOR CHAPEL In temperate weather, visitors hold services in our Outdoor Chapel. The stained glass windows are from the original Church of the Holy Sprit, Safety Harbor, built in 1914.



Located outside the Program Center is our state-of-the-art pool, which contains a zero-entry, shaded area for lounging, marked lane lines for relay events, and is handicappedaccessible.

PRACTICE FIELD & SPORTS COURTS DaySpring hosts a wide variety of sports leagues on the practice field, which is used for archery, football, and everything in between. Additionally, we have newly renovated basketball and sand volleyball courts conveniently located between the youth cabins and pool area.

ST. THOMAS CHAPEL This historic carpenter gothic chapel, once located in Safety Harbor, is now a centerpiece for DaySpring. Visiting groups may use the chapel, and the Diocese of Southwest Florida holds regular weekday services there, including monthly Holy Eucharist and Morning Prayer.


RECREATION CANOPY WALK Refocus and refresh with a walk among our peacful treetops inside the woodland Canopy Walk. The walk contains a short aerial bridge easily accessible via a stairway, and is a great break from the action of the day.

MANATEE OVERLOOK Enjoy the view from our dock overlooking the Manatee River, with benches for contemplation and prayer, all situated under a Chickee-style thatched roof, a housing style used by the Seminole Indian Tribe.

FIRE PIT We have a large fire pit located among the youth cabins and sports courts to use year round for campfires, s’mores, and singing. Benches surrounding the fire pit create a cozy atmosphere; the perfect environment to close out any retreat or camp experience.

CANOES & WATERFRONT DaySpring has a full set of Grumman canoes and kayaks, with instructors available by request. Please call ahead to reserve and ensure all equipment is ready for use.


HIGH ROPES COURSE High ropes are situated in trees and posts between 25 and 40 feet above the ground. As participants ascend to these elements, they often perceive some level of danger and separation from other participants on the ground. These feelings make our high ropes course particularly useful for fostering confidence and self esteem in participants. Each high ropes course is composed of a series of elements which pose a unique set of challenges to those who attempt the journey, and pride of accomplishment once those obstacles are overcome. At first glance, our low ropes course seems like nothing more than a series of rope swings, balancing wires, and elevated platforms. With the addition of a trained facilitator, however, each element becomes a powerful abstract metaphor for real-world challenges which can only be solved by a team working together.


TREE CLIMBING A technical program using a series of knot styles. Students gain confidence as they tie their way to the top.


PARTNER PROGRAMS FACILITATING OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: PATHFINDER & COMMON GROUND ADVENTURES Many of our outdoor offerings can be enjoyed by groups on their own; however, activities like the high and low ropes courses, tree climbing, canoeing and kayaking require trained facilitation due to safety requirements and equipment logistics. Contact DaySpring for details about facilitation by the DaySpring staff or one of our partners, Pathfinder or Common Ground. Reserve a time for your group by calling 941-776-1018.

PATHFINDER Pathfinder, Inc. is a non-profit organization that builds character and community through outdoor adventure. Pathfinder delivers their one day or overnight programming at DaySpring. Pathfinder facilitators have current training in First Aid, CPR and water safety, and have expertise with teaching all ages and abilites.


Pathfinder has partnered with DaySpring for over a decade to provide adventures to groups of all ages. The sense of community created by the staff and the pride they take in their work has fostered this mutually beneficial relationship. We look forward to many more years of collaboration. Sherry Bagley, Co-Director, Pathfinder

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Common Ground has had a strong partnership with DaySpring since 2000, both in managing their ropes course and providing programming for clients who visit the conference center. DaySpring provides a wonderful challenge and ropes course which offers quality adventurebased programming. It is a model that has been duplicated at other facilities throughout the state, and is a special place for Common Ground. Mark Lindsay, Founder & Director, Common Ground



Common Ground Adventures is an organization whose mission is to provide meaningful experiences which build relationships, promote personal growth, and lead to individual accomplishment. The relationship with Common Ground brings experience as facilitators, managers, trainers and ropes course construction, inspection and maintenance.


A SACRED SPACE BISHOP’S QUIET DAYS EASTERTIDE QUIET DAY | April 30 “Living and Telling the Good News” A day with visiting guest Bishop Porter Taylor, Visiting Professor of Episcopal Studies, Wake Forest University School of Divinity. ADVENT QUIET DAY | December 3 “Put on the Armor of Light” A day with Bishop Smith. Spend the day at DaySpring during this penitential church season; lunch is included, as well as Eucharist and prayer and study time.

WORSHIP AT DAYSPRING ST. THOMAS CHAPEL | Open daily from 9-5; evenings by request DAYSPRING LABYRINTH | OUTDOOR CHAPEL | STATIONS OF THE CROSS | Open daily from dawn to dusk CHAPEL USE FOR GROUPS | Please reserve at the Front Desk 9

PERSONAL RETREAT TIMES During personal retreat days, visitors may use worship spaces at DaySpring for self-guided personal reflection. For the safety and security of all of our guests, we ask that visitors check in at the DaySpring office upon arrival and sign out upon completion of their retreat.

THE LENTEN SEASON | March 6 - April 18 HOLY WEEK | April 14 - 20 ADVENT | December 1 - 24


A SACRED SPACE ST. THOMAS CHAPEL WORSHIP MORNING PRAYER Morning prayer at St. Thomas is held on designated Saturdays at 8 am and is sponsored by the School for Ministry. All are welcome.

WINTER | Jan 12, 26 | Feb 2, 16 | Mar 9, 23 SPRING | Apr 13, 27 FALL | Sept 7, 21 | Oct 5, 19 | Nov 2, 16, 23 | Dec 14




Jan 2

The Rev. R.J. Johnson | Christ Church, Bradenton

Feb 6

The Rev. Adrienne Hymes | Wesley Chapel Episcopal Church

Mar 6

The Rt. Rev. Dabney Smith | Fifth Bishop of Southwest Florida

Apr 3 May 1

The Rev. Peter Lane | St. Alfred, Palm Harbor The Rev. Carol Fleming | Diocese of Northern Indiana SUMMER BREAK

Sept 4

The Rev. Rob Crow | St. Anne of Grace, Seminole

Oct 2

The Rev. Robert Douglas | St. Mark, Tampa

Nov 6

The Rev. Bryan O’Carroll | Holy Innocents, Valrico

Dec 4

The Rev. Alex Andujar | St. Vincent, St. Petersburg 12

SPIRITUAL STRENGTH ADULT FORMATION & RENEWAL EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY | MENTOR TRAINING Do you feel a call to lay ministry? Become an Education for Ministry mentor! EfM is a four-year adult education program with groups meeting throughout the Diocese. During this training, you will discover whether you are called to be an EfM mentor and gain the knowledge and skills you need to successfully mentor an EfM group. Attendees must have a working knowledge of the Bible, church history, and theology. Both sessions are open to anyone wishing to gain a deeper knowledge of theological reflection or further explore their ministry call.


MAY 16-18

contact mgoodwill@episcopalswfl.org for details

RECOVERY MINISTRIES For all people working a 12-Step Recovery Program. If you or someone you love are interested, please contact Alfred Boettjer at (321) 508-3797 for more information. January 25-27 | May 17-19 | October 25-27

CURSILLO “A Short Course in Christian Living”, a weekend opportunity to grow in faith and in spirituality. De Colores, Spanish for “The Colors”, signifies being in God’s grace. Find out more at cursilloswfl.org

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VOCATION DAY Those interested in pursuing a ministry opportunity may attend an evening seminar and dinner hosted by the Commission on Ministry. This is an informal, conversational time of prayer and guidance about discerning God’s call toward any ministry in The Episcopal Church.

Tuesday, November 12



Formation for Deacons & Learning for Lay Leaders The School for Ministry offers postulants a comprehensive and wellrounded formation in an environment that stimulates community learning, personal spiritual growth, and the continued discernment of God’s call. One of the helpful instruments in this formation is diocesan participation in the Iona Collaborative. The collaborative, a project of the Seminary of the Southwest, provides a theological education for priests and deacons. Our local mentors and instructors use Iona’s teaching videos and other modes to stimulate growth and learning for work in mission, congregation and diocesan settings. The school’s year is divided into three terms: Epiphany, Summer and Michaelmas. Classes are held on Saturdays at DaySpring Episcopal Center. The school begins each class day with Morning Prayer at 8 a.m. in St. Thomas Chapel, which all are welcome to attend.



Author of Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks

Retreat Guide: Kristi Nelson

Executive Director of A Network for Grateful Living

Journey Toward Gratefulness We know that gratitude is good, but many of us find it hard to sustain a meaningful life of gratefulness. Four out of five Americans report feeling gratitude on a regular basis, but those private feelings seem disconnected from larger concerns of our public lives. In Grateful, cultural observer and theologian Diana Butler Bass takes on this “gratitude gap” and offers up surprising, relevant, and powerful insights to practice gratitude. Based on the work of Br. David Steindl-Rast, Kristi Nelson teaches that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. Through self-reflective exercises, practices, and discussion, this retreat explores how gratitude can be a proactive approach to every moment, not simply a reaction to certain moments.


Your personal copy of The Guidebook to Grateful Living is included in your registration fee.

conference fees, materials, 6 meals, and 2 nights’ lodging On-site private occupancy On-site semi-private occupancy Commuter (6 meals) Limited on-site lodging; please register early! DAYSPRINGFLA.ORG 15

$300 $200 $100

HOSPITALITY SERIES | November 22-23 Retreat Guide: Rev. Dr. David T. Gortner Associate Dean of Church and Community Engagement and Professor of Evangelism and Congregational Leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Transforming Evangelism Evangelism is your natural expression of gratitude for God’s goodness. Gratitude and wonder, born of grace, drive evangelism, propelling you outward beyond yourself to places you have not gone before. Your story compels you to give yourself to others, expressing in word and deed the wonder and delight of God’s love for you and all humanity. In the process of offering your stories and hearing the stories of others, you help create new community. This retreat provides models and spiritual practices, helping you tell your story, and more importantly, helping you hear the story of others.


conference fees, materials, 3 meals, and 1 night’s lodging $150 $100 $50

On-site private occupancy On-site semi-private occupancy Commuter (3 meals) Limited on-site lodging; please register early!




RACE & RECONCILIATION SERIES Becoming Beloved Community: The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation and justice Prayer For the Human Family | Book of Common Prayer O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

NEW FOR 2019! Saturday, November 16


THE 8TH DAY: CARING FOR GOD’S CREATION Featured speaker: Brian Sellers-Petersen

Author of Harvesting Abundance: Local Initiatives of Food and Faith

Brian Sellers-Petersen is an author and consultant for church-wide agricultural ministry and land stewardship. Currently, his work is dedicated to church and missional agriculture, land stewardship, food ministry, environmental justice and civil society engagement. Additional presentation topics will include: • Solar energy for our churches NEW FOR 2019! • Native plants • Water health Saturday, January 19 • Recycling and composting

ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE: DAYSPRING ACCOMMODATIONS Too much for one day? Want to share the experience with a group?  Let us create a sacred space for you at DaySpring in advance of or following any of our one-day speaker series events. Individuals and small groups are invited to book accommodations directly with DaySpring Reservations. Arrive the night before for socializing or stay the night after for reflection on the beautiful DaySpring property.

Contact DaySpring Reservations at 888-314-5744 or 941-776-1018



Latino Ministry in the 21st Century

A bilingual event hosted by the Diocesan Hispanic-Latino Committee of the Diocese of Southwest Florida. Nuestra segunda conferencia anual del Ministerio Hispano Latino es un recurso para la espiritualidad y el compañerismo en el idioma español. Tendrás la oportunidad de aprender de varios de nuestros líderes y de escuchar música y adoración inspiradores. Esperamos que esta conferencia se llene rápidamente, ¡así que regístrese temprano! No hay ningún costo por la conferencia. Our second annual Latino Hispanic Ministry Conference is an opportunity to experience spirituality and fellowship in the Spanish language. We will hear from various leaders, and we will experience Latino cuisine and music. There is no charge for the conference.

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Travel Lightly Together & Follow Jesus into the Neighborhood: Putting God’s Mission Into Practice The Rev. Canon Tim Hodapp, Canon for Mission Collaboration for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, is a resource for congregational life and mission-focused cooperation. His focus is collaboration between worshiping communities, across regions, among ministry networks, and between region missionaries. His interest is gained from 30 years as an ordained minister in large urban congregations, small-town parishes and university chaplaincies, combined with his experience as an advertising copywriter and creative brand strategist.


TRANSFORMATION DAYSPRING SUMMER CAMP Our campers participate in a Christian program designed to deepen their faith and strengthen their friendships through a variety of activities. Campers learn team-building skills and are challenged on our ropes courses, enjoy canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding on the Manatee River, and get a chance to just be themselves playing games and creating arts and crafts. Come experience God’s love through great music, worship and food this summer! Six sessions are planned for 2019: for the latest updates and more details, head to





June 4-7 | SESSION 1 | BREAKOUT ELEMENTARY CAMP Breakout is a special program for rising 3rd to 5th grade students new to the camp experience. From waterfront fun to tree climbing, arts & crafts to games, the spirit of this week shines with new friends and new experiences. June 9-14 | SESSION 2 | HIGH SCHOOL CAMP High School Camp is about community and fun, with personal and spiritual growth as teens take their individual perspectives and experiences to the next level on the ropes course, waterfront, and with each other. June 16-21 | SESSION 3 | MIDDLE SCHOOL CAMP Middle School Session is always wild and energetic, packed with hilariously challenging team games, music, friendship and Christian formation. June 23-28 | SESSION 4 | HIGH SCHOOL MISSION CAMP Engaging the community and experiencing evangelism while interacting with the world, Mission Camp provides wonderful tools for developing young leaders’ call to care for the world around them. July 7-12 | SESSION 5 | ELEMENTARY CAMP Elementary Camp is packed with fun, games, community-building and music enhancing formation as rising 3rd-5th grade students squeeze every bit of fun out of their summer. July 14-19 | SESSION 6 | MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION CAMP Building a foundation for service and outreach, Middle School Mission Camp students take part in all the fun of traditional camp activities while engaging in outreach and experiencing the beauty of serving those in need. 22

TRANSFORMATION ONE SESSION...OR TWO? All of our camp sessions are mindfully scheduled to give campers the opportunity to enjoy a week during each month of the summer. One week of fun isn’t enough for many of our campers, who often register for a second session to reunite with friends and deepen their experience. Don’t miss out! Register for multiple sessions before summer camp season begins.


Visit DaySpring for our Summer Camp Sneak Peek! Bring your family and friends to meet our counselors, tour our renovated cabins, enjoy the DaySpring campus, and fellowship over lunch in Curry Hall. Camp staff will be on hand to guide tours and talk to parents about each of our programs, and as always, past campers are welcome. Enjoy a morning of canoeing, kayaking or paddleboarding from 10 am to noon, lunch at 12:30, and an afternoon swim in the new DaySpring pool or games on the lawn.

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OUR SUMMER CAMP COUNSELORS DaySpring Summer Camp draws college-age leaders from around the Southeast. Former campers themselves from a number of Episcopal Camps throughout the region, these young adults are current and active leaders in their colleges and home communities. 24

TRANSFORMATION YOUTH FORMATION NEW BEGINNINGS The New Beginnings weekend retreat is designed to respond to the unique spiritual and social challenges facing youth in grades 6 through 8. Created together by adults and young people, this program encourages participants to express their feelings within an atmosphere of openness and zero judgement and results in growth in their love for God, themselves, and those around them.

#65 | March 1-3 #66 | October 4-6



Happening is a spiritual and transformative experience for high school students in grades 9 to 12. This weekend retreat helps participants navigate through the tough questions of faith which many high school students struggle with in their daily lives. Students come away from the weekend with a deeper understanding of themselves, their relationship with God, and how to share that faith with others in their community. During a Happening weekend, participants experience the love of God through music, talks, prayer, and worship. Led by fellow high school students, they are encouraged to ask questions, verbalize internal struggles, and build a stronger relationship with Jesus Christ. An integral part of the weekend is when participants realize how much we are all loved by God and how close we can become as a Christian community in such a short period of time.

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LEADERSHIP TARGETED ADULT PROGRAMS CLERGY SPOUSE ASSOCIATION WEEKEND February 22-24 Ten Ways to Love: Using Proverbs & Paul as a Guide The 2019 Clergy Spouse Association’s Annual Gathering & Retreat features presenters Dr. Rita and The Rev. Dr. Michael Piovane, who have experience in designing and facilitating spiritual retreats and educational programs for individuals, couples and families. He is a retired Episcopal priest and she is a psychologist retired from private practice. Find out more at csa.dioceseswfl.org.


Invite • Welcome • Connect is a ministry of relational evangelism and congregational empowerment allowing churches to become places of genuine connection for inviting the faith journeys and stories of everyone, enabling deeper journeys of Christian discipleship, and encouraging the Spirit of Christ to be at the heart of each church’s hospitable mission of spreading the Good News. Congregations and dioceses which have followed the essentials of this ministry have witnessed new energy and spirit and have sustained real growth. Created by Mary Parmer, Invite Welcome Connect is now a ministry of the Beecken Center of the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee.


COLLEGE OF PRESBYTERS | March 19 Featured Guest: The Rev. John Lewis, D., Phil. New Wine of Formation John Lewis is Director of the Iona Center and Lecturer in New Testament and Spirituality at Seminary of the Southwest. He oversees many of the seminary’s non-degree programs, including the Iona Collaborative, which licenses a three-year curriculum to 24 Episcopal dioceses for the local training and formation of clergy. For the past 13 years he has served his home Diocese of West Texas as Dean of Examining Chaplains.

RETIRED CLERGY & SPOUSES LUNCHEON | March 20 The Rev. John Lewis will address the retired clergy of the Diocese and their spouses in a special program.

DEACONS’ GATHERING | February 23 Equipping the Deacon for the Work of Ministry A focus on the practical aspects of the diaconate. All Deacons are welcome to attend, regardless of canonical residence.

To register for all Targeted Adult Progams, contact Marilyn Erfourth at

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LEADERSHIP TARGETED LAY LEADER PROGRAMS WORD OUT CONFERENCE Each year, the Word Out conference assists congregations in their marketing and communications. For 2019, the conference includes classes on search engines (getting to the top of your Google search), web design basics, and social media tips. We will present a number of local experts, including Scott Gonnello, web search engine expert; Vic Omila, an experienced web designer with expertise in church websites; and Emily and Justin Walker, who take on social media and youth ministry at our Cathedral Church of St. Peter.


Learn about best practices for preparing both the parochial report and the audit report. These reports use the same year-end financial information, so why not knock out both reporting requirements early in the year? Come get tips on these two important reports.


A day of fellowship and learning for users of the ACS church bookkeeping system, including People Suite, Financial Suite, Realm Connect, and Realm Accounting. Our day is led by a certified ACS trainer.

PR & AUDITS | January 29 ACS | May 28 To register for all Targeted Lay Leader Progams, contact Marilyn Erfourth at

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STEWARDSHIP WORKSHOP Richard Felton, Executive Director and CEO of the Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS. org), will lead the annual Stewardship Workshop, exploring practical stewardship applications, theological and biblical roots of stewardship, and year-round stewardship possibilities.

BENEFITS & BUDGETING Budgets are an absolute necessity for a church to be successful in managing its financial resources, and employee payroll and benefits are a church’s largest budget items. Come for an update on 2019 employee benefits offered by CPG and the role they play in budgeting.


DIOCESAN HOUSE VISITS The staff of the Diocese serves 77 congregations in Southwest Florida. We are open 9 am to 4:30 pm daily, and welcome visitors to come to the Diocesan House and consult with Diocesan staff on parish development, finance, communications, youth ministry, clergy deployment, and myriad other topics. Please come by and say hello! We welcome and encourage our parishes to plan DaySpring Lunch Outings, which include lunch, a walk around the campus, and a visit to the Diocesan House. Group leaders, please call ahead for lunch reservations at DaySpring and to ensure staff is available at Diocesan House for tours.


MEETING ROOMS DAYSPRING MEETING ROOMS DaySpring has a wide variety of meeting rooms and spaces. Our largest meeting rooms, located in the Program Center and Pavilion A, will accommodate from 150 to 300, and can be set in several styles. Our individual Youth Cabins, Adult Cabins, Pool House and Retreat House each offer small common areas. All rooms have Wi-Fi accessibility and coffee service.

PROGRAM CENTER MULTIPURPOSE ROOM This versatile hall is in the 12,500 square foot Program Center, dedicated in 2017. It includes a raised stage, premium sound system, two 80-inch Smart TVs, LCD projector with stage-size screen, kitchenette, and commercial refrigerator. The room can be configured in multiple ways with a maximum capacity of 300. For breaks, the multipurpose room is flanked on both sides by covered porches with comfortable Adirondack chairs and ceiling fans.


Pavilion A, located in the woods near Curry Hall, is newly renovated. It seats up to 150 guests or can be used as an open space. The renovation includes a ceiling mounted remote LCD projector, premium sound system with multiple microphones and lavaliers.


Located just behind Pavilion A, Pavilion B is a classroom accommodating from 20 to 35 guests. Newly renovated, it includes a premium sound system and a 70-inch Smart TV.


Program Center Classrooms A and B, part of our new Program Center, include Smart TVs and audio equipment. They each hold approximately 50 guests.

from left: Pavilion A, Classroom B, Pavilion B



This classroom is located near Curry Hall at the center of DaySpring. Bright windows overlook the expansive deck and wide eaves provide covered walks to the nearby Lounge and Curry Hall dining room. Accommodates from 10 to 50 guests.

from left: New Meeting Room, Chauncey Brown Library, Upper Room


Located in the north quarter of the DaySpring campus near our Pool and Retreat Houses, the New Meeting Room seats from 30 to 50 guests. The room is equipped with a premium sound system; video conferencing available by request.


Our library, named after an award-winning editor, is located at the east end of Curry Hall. The library ambience sets the tone for this recently renovated space which includes Smart TV and boardroom seating for 12, making it an excellent space for small retreats and meetings.


This classroom is at the highest point in DaySpring and overlooks the scenic central pond. This meeting space can accommodate 12 to 25 guests.

OUTDOOR PAVILION Located at the center of our youth area and adjacent to the pool, basketball court and youth cabins is this shaded pavilion with picnic tables. A wonderful location for large picnics and gatherings.


LODGING OPTIONS ADULT CABINS Each of our 6 adult cabins are situated close to Curry Hall and have four bedrooms which sleep 4 to 8 guests. Five of our cabins have two twin beds per room with a private bathroom for each. The newly remodeled Cabin 6 has four bedrooms, each equipped with a queen bed and a private bathroom. All of our cabins have spacious, comfortably furnished common areas ideal for reading, conversation, or small group meetings. One bathroom per cabin is handicappedaccessible, and all cabins are connected to Curry Hall Dining Room via a well-lit paved sidewalk.

HALL HOUSE This rustic riverside cottage is part of the original DaySpring property and has two bedrooms which sleep 2 to 4 guests. It is located on the Cove overlooking the Manatee River. A screened-in porch welcomes you with cozy rocking chairs, a wood-paneled living room, and a stone fireplace gives the Hall House a quintessentially Florida feel.

POOL HOUSE The Pool House started life as a residential home, and has been transformed into a large lodging area with six bedrooms which sleep 6 to 17 guests. The house contains an airy open loft and 4 full bathrooms.


RETREAT HOUSE The Retreat house is a spacious two-story building with a view of our breathtaking DaySpring tree canopy. It has 10 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, and can sleep 10 to 22 guests. Two common areas in the house allow for small group meetings, programs, or quiet, peaceful relaxation.

YOUTH CABINS Our 4 youth cabins (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are situated in a tranquil wooded area adjacent to our Program Center, new pool, sports courts, fire pit area, and plentiful green space. Each cabin sleeps 16 per side and has a central common area with abundant seating. The four cabins accommodate a total of 128 guests.

DORMITORIES Our 6 dormitories are located in the center of the DaySpring campus and connected to Curry Hall dining room and the Bishop Haynes lounge area, which offers Wi-Fi access, television, and a reading room for all guests. Each of our dormitories sleeps 12 guests on bunk beds. 34

RATES & RESERVATIONS CALL FOR ACCOMMODATIONS DaySpring has guest houses, cabins, youth cabins and dormitories for housing during events. Meals are included. Contact DaySpring Reservations at 941-776-1018 (x258) or reservations@dayspringfla.org to plan your event.

REGISTER FOR EVENTS For more information about any of the events listed within, please contact Marilyn Erfourth in the Diocesan office. She can be reached via phone at 941-556-0315 or via email at merfourth@episcopalswfl.org.



PRIVATE ROOM (Includes towels and linens) SEMI-PRIVATE ROOM (Includes towels and linens) YOUTH CABINS* (bunk beds) DORMITORIES* (bunk beds) *towels and linens may be provided at additional cost

$130 $94 $65 $60

Room rates are per night and include three meals in the Curry Hall Dining Room.


LODGING AMENITIES The room rates for overnight guests include lodging, 3 meals per day (dinner on the day of arrival through lunch on the day of departure), and use of the meeting facilities. Bed linens and towels are provided to guests in our adult cabins and residential guest houses. Groups staying in our youth cabins and dormitories should bring their own linens and towels. Linen sets are available at a rate of $7/set with advanced notice. Rooms are available for check-in after 3 pm daily. Quiet hours are observed nightly from 11 pm to 7 am.

DINING & CATERING Curry Hall is a spacious dining facility which overlooks a tranquil pond. It offers inside and outside dining on a screened-in porch, perfect for temperate days and evenings. All meals are included with overnight accommodations. Meals are served buffet style and include salad bar, fresh fruit bar, and dessert table. We are happy to accommodate any special dietary needs; please notify us of any restrictions prior to your arrival so we can discuss options and plan accordingly. For guests not staying overnight, rates for meals are as follows.


THANK YOU Coastal Calligraphers • Colored Pencil Society • CrossStitchers Anonymous • Ginger Nipper Scrapbookers • Manatee Mosaics & More • Scrap ‘n Roll • Stampin’ Divas • SunStitchers Needlework • Safety Harbor Scrapbookers • Women Contemporary Artists • Women Who Do Lunch Bunch • Camp Quilt-A-Lotta • Grateful Threads • Keystone Quilters • Piecemakers Quilt Guild • Plantation Pleaters • Sandpiper Cottage Quilt Guild • Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild • Scrap Happy Quilters • Suncoast Quilting Circle • Sunset Pointe Quilters • Winnie Miale Quilters • 11th Step Retreat • First Step of Sarasota • Footprints Beachside Recovery • Integrated Health Care Systems • Lighthouse of Manasota: Transition Teen Program • Matt Talbot Men & Women • Namaste Retreat • Oscar Miro-Quesada - Sojourn to Source • Sarasota Leadership • Tampa Area Romance Novelists • Team Rubicon • Wheel of Conscious Creation • Arlington Belmont Rowing Team • Belmont Hill Rowing Team • The Bridge Church Kids • Camp Living Springs - Morton Plant Hospital • Camp No Limits • Frameworks - Teens In Action • GEMS Girls Club Camp • Harvard - Radcliffe Women’s Rowing Teams • Hulse Grounding Camp • Jewish Family & Children’s Services - Camp Mariposa • Sozo Missions • Suncoast Baptist Youth Summer Camp • University of Pennsylvania Men’s Rowing Team • Wellspring Church Youth





Cambridge Christian School • Clearwater Central Catholic High • Community Christian School • Leadership Academy - Sarasota County Schools • Nature’s Academy - King’s Academy • Northside Christian School Band Camp • Tampa Preparatory School • Florida Gulf Coast University • St. Leo University • USF Tampa • USF St. Petersburg • University of Tampa


We love it here! Thank you so much for welcoming us with open arms and for accommodating all our needs and requests and changes with a smile and a great attitude.  You took great care of us when traffic on the road and on the water made us late for a meal!  We also enjoyed the chance to meet and chat with some of the other guests.  It’s such a treat to cross paths with people from different walks of life.  And everyone was having a lovely time! Miriam, Harvard-Radcliffe Womens Rowing Team

1st Alliance Church • Bayside Community Church • Christ the King Catholic Church • Covenant Life Church • Harvest United Methodist Church • Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church • Jesus the Worker Church • Lakeview Community Church • Morning Light Ministries International • North Port Community U.C.C. • Sarasota House of Prayer • Sun City Center United Methodist Church • Suncoast Emmaus Men & Women • Suncoast Youth for Christ Staff • Temple B’Nai Israel • Unity Southshore • West Bradenton Baptist Church Women


THANK YOU Altar Guild Annual Meeting • Church of the Good Shepherd, Venice Women’s Bible Study • Church of the Holy Spirit, Safety Harbor Ladies Retreat • Clergy Spouse Association • St. George’s Episcopal Church Prayer Group • Interim Ministries Network • St. John’s Tampa Women’s Retreat • St. Mark’s Venice Lenten Retreat • St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School Tampa 8th Grade • St. Mary’s Tampa Women’s Retreat • St. Michael & All Angels Women’s Retreat • St. Michael & All Angels Men’s Retreat • St. Monica’s J2A • Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross • Trinity by the Cove Women’s Retreat • St. Stephen’s Episcopal School Senior Wisdom Retreat • Church of the Good Shepherd, Venice • Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota • St. Andrew’s, Tampa • St. Boniface, Siesta Key • St. John the Divine, Sun City Center • St. Michael & All Angels, Sanibel • St. Peter’s, Plant City • St. Mark’s Youth Group, Palm Beach Gardens • St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School, Coral Gables



CREATE YOUR OWN PROGRAM This catalog is designed to be a comprehensive look at our 2019 calendar, but it is not meant to be used as a complete portrayal of all the things we have happening at the DaySpring campus. We encourage you to ask us how we can provide a unique experience for your organization or church group, your family, or just yourself. Reserve a date for a retreat, strategic planning session, camp, or personal quiet day of reflection. Let us create a space for you at DaySpring, our Sacred Place.



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A CONTINUING VISION FOR THE EPISCOPAL CENTER In 1979, the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida recognized the need for a place where guests from all over the world could congregate and worship in a tranquil, transformative environment. DaySpring found an idyllic home in 76 acres of “Old Florida� property along the north bank of the Manatee River, donated by the Hall family. Even then we knew that it would be the people of DaySpring who gave meaning and purpose to this sacred space. Today, a large number of the users of DaySpring are community organizations or groups not affiliated with the Diocese. This provides a solid, sustainable financial base and is one of the reasons DaySpring is uniquely successful as a diocesan camp and conference center. The vision for the Diocese to expand intentional programming at DaySpring Episcopal Center holistically impacts our community, with new program areas including mission camps, congregational development, spiritual retreats and art workshops. The commitment of our congregations to set the Diocesan House (Office of the Bishop) on the campus in 2011 was met with an immediate rise in participation and initiative for parish events and new forms of diocesan gatherings. The new programming, along with the Master Plan facilities expansion, enables the missions and ministry of our vital congregations to unite and excel to greater heights together. We rejoice in consistent feedback from congregations whose members leave DaySpring with a smile - informed, renewed, inspired. As we live into this new era for DaySpring, we celebrate and invite your commitment and voice to our ongoing legacy here.

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We are 50 minutes from Tampa International/TPA and 30 minutes from Sarasota/SRQ.


Minutes from the mouth of Tampa Bay and the Sunshine Skyway, DaySpring is located near the Ellenton exit of I-75, near Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Bradenton and less than two hours from Orlando. Take the Ellenton 301 North exit and we are 1.8 miles north on Route 301. Turn right on 80th Avenue East between the Marathon gas station and Harris Professional Center. 41


The DaySpring campus offers 97 acres of quiet, Old Florida charm with trails, waterfront activities, a new Program Center and pool area. DaySpring’s boat launch at Red Fish Point sits 14 miles from the mouth of the Manatee River at Marker 17, with about 3-5 feet of water, while the 15-20 foot deep channel just outside The Cove can accommodate larger vessels. Additionally, The Cove is home to mullet, redfish, and the occasional manatee and dolphin.


Diocese of Southwest Florida 8005 25th St. East Parrish, FL 34219

DIOCESE (941) 556-0315 or episcopalswfl.org DAYSPRING (941) 776-1018 or dayspringfla.org

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2019 DaySpring Catalog  

Yearly 2019 guidebook to DaySpring Episcopal Center in Parrish, Florida including programs, lodging, dining and recreation options.

2019 DaySpring Catalog  

Yearly 2019 guidebook to DaySpring Episcopal Center in Parrish, Florida including programs, lodging, dining and recreation options.