Summer Hall 2016

Two back to back one-week sessions: Choose one or stay for both!

Cemetery Hill Abbey 2014

Session 1: 
Thursday July 28-Tuesday August 2

Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History & Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English People

Session 2: Friday August 5- Wednesday August 10

Dionysius, Complete Works (The Divine Names, The Mystical Theology, Celestial Hierarchy, The Ecclesiastical Hierarchy) & Maximus, Selected Works (The Trial of Maximus, Four Centuries on Love, Commentary on Our Father, Chapters on Knowledge, The Church’s Mystagogy)


Please click here for a description of Hill Abbey’s Summer Hall program! Then read the details below. Contact Hill Abbey to register.


2016 DATES:

Thursday, July 28- Tuesday August 2 and Friday August 5- Wednesday August 10 (choose one or both!)



Hill Abbey, Potlatch, Idaho.












For the first week, participants must arrive by Wednesday evening, July 27 before the first session. For the second week, participants must arrive by Thursday evening, August 4 before the first session. Participants are welcome to attend church with us on Sunday July 31 and/or August 7. There will be rides available to the local presbyterian, baptist, and orthodox churches.

Departure time can be scheduled for the Wednesday, August 3 after the first week or Thursday, August 11 after the second week; please try not to schedule a very early departure time. Late morning or early afternoon is best. Both airports (Spokane and Lewiston) are around an hour and a half away, so travel time from Potlatch must be taken into account as well as the hour or more you should be at the airport before your flight departs (security waits at both airports are not long).

If flying, airport choices are Spokane (WA) International (airport code GEG), or Lewiston (ID) (airport code LWS). You can fly in to the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport (airport code PUW) which is much closer to us but it’s generally too expensive. We can arrange to pick you up and drop you off at the airport (for an additional fee – see “Costs and Registration” below). Otherwise, there is a shuttle service ($38 one way) between the Spokane airport and Moscow (not Lewiston) and we’ll pick you up in Moscow. Travel arrangements can be discussed further upon inquiry.



All Hill Abby participants are housed and fed right here on the Hill, and we make every effort to provide a comfortable and peaceful environment. Please be sure to alert us as to any food allergies or other medical issues you might have. We have facilities for married couples.



1. Clothing: North Idaho in high summer is hot during the day (80s and 90s) and cool at night (50s) but with low humidity. Bring light casual clothing (shorts, tees, sandals, etc.) for warm weather, but include a sweatshirt, long pants or casual skirt, and tennis shoes/light hiking shoes, etc. for cool evenings and some hiking. Bring some nicer clothes, too, for church services Sunday mornings: casual is fine, but at least long pants (clean jeans are perfectly acceptable) and polo or button shirt for men, skirt or dress for women.

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2. Personal toiletries: all the usual, including soap, shampoo, allergy medication, etc. Bedding, pillows, towels, and washcloths will be provided.

3. Bible, any free time reading, a new notebook (something like the Moleskin ruled journal, large, is ideal) and pens or pencil. Your main text will be provided.

4. Camera.

5. Cell phones and laptops: phones must be turned off and put away during reading and quiet hours. You may bring a laptop for free time use if you wish; we have wireless internet access. Remember, however, that the spirit of Hill Abbey is to avoid such distractions as much as possible, so we urge you to leave laptops at home.



The Hill Abbey 2016 fee per week is $550 (discount $100 if registered for both weeks). For two family members there is a 50% discount for the second member. Only one of these discounts may be used per person. This fee covers room, board, and text.

If you need transportation to and from either airport we can probably accommodate you, but there will be an additional fee of $25 each way to cover expenses (it’s an hour and a half each way).

Please Contact Hill Abbey for space availability. After you receive confirmation of your acceptance, a deposit of $100 per person (or couple) per week is required immediately at time of registration in order to hold your place. The balance will be due by June 1, 2016. Make checks out to Wes Callihan and mail to P. O. Box 546, Potlatch ID 83855.



6:30 Morning Prayer

7:00 Trappist Hour

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Lectio

10:30 Break

11:00 Lectio

12:00 Yard Work

1:00 Lunch & Break

Reading in grass

3: Lectio

4:30 Break

5:00 Lectio

6:00 Trappist Hour

7:00 Dinner

8:00 Evening Prayer

8:30 Fire, short stories, star-gazing

10:30 Lights out

There will be time for showers before Morning Prayer, after Evening Prayer, or during the meal breaks. A signup sheet will be posted.