I take charge of this event each year, and I just want to express here why I enjoy this project so much.
Mountain Pines Place is the perfect venue to hold all kinds of retreats, family reunions, and corporate team building events, among others.
The place very quiet, as it is nestled in the mountains of Sitio Bagalangit, Manolo Fortich, just about two hours away from Cagayan de Oro and ten minutes away from the popular ZipZone Adventure Park (close enough to enjoy the action but then far enough not to get affected by the hustle of the crowd).
In fact, if you think about it, that’s one of the venue’s main strengths. You can almost physically feel stress peel off your body as you get lost in the quietness of the place, its rustic charm, and the pristine pine forest that surrounds it.
|Good bye stress, hello nature's beauty!|
|Our Japanese night. YUM!|
|The ladies, chilling out|
Last year, Mountian Pines Place was a venue for our church’s couples’ retreat. This summer, it is the proposed venue for the youth ministry’s youth camp (between 200-300 rowdy teens). There are several other team buildings, family reunions, and even weddings already lined up; and so you are interested in booking the place, please don’t hesitate to do so by going to their Facebook page here.
|Goals and dreams workshop|
It helps a lot that many of the faculty are discipleship-minded lay leaders in churches and other organizations. As a result, we have LOTS of leadership-based material, personality-development material, and spiritual-development material at our disposal.
|Andy Stanley: one of my favorite communicators|
|Learning about forgiveness from Rick Warren|
It was a wonderful experience for those teens. I wish more young people can get that kind of stuff.
Lastly it was also excellent because of the teens themselves. One of the reasons why I simply adore my job is because I get to mold younger people as their teacher. What I love about the method of the school I work for (a Montessori school) is how they focus on higher order thinking skills and we also allow, encourage even, them to express themselves.
The results are some mighty powerful discussions, deep discussions that sometimes I don’t have the answer for. Hurts and grudges are also expressed and then smothered in the spirit of forgiveness, and they come out of the retreat refreshed and rededicated to their roles as leaders of the high school community.
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