The Lyrecrest Retreat Program
Among the programs Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia offers its members, few can match the exalted experience obtained from participating in the Lyrecrest Retreat Program. Retreats allow brothers the opportunity to escape from the daily routine of life in order to reflect, evaluate, redirect, and educate themselves further in the ideals and history of Sinfonia. Lyrecrest, our National Headquarters, has served as the perfect location for retreats due in no small part to the wealth of educational resources located within its walls as well as the innate fraternal spirit Lyrecrest embodies. It is the further intention of a retreat to raise the level of awareness of brothers at an individual and group level, helping them realize their untapped potential for furthering their fraternal experience. It is often said that this growth is felt greatest within the walls of Lyrecrest, inspiring brothers to carry out the ideals of Sinfonia further than they ever thought possible. Retreats are often cited as the moment that redefines a brother’s outlook on Sinfonia. It is an experience unlike any other and one we hope you will soon get to experience.
The Lyrecrest Retreat Program is a comprehensive program designed to facilitate varied audiences and participation through a number of different experiences with the National Headquarters. The most common of these is the onsite Lyrecrest Retreat at Lyrecrest itself. Typically involving a custom two- to three-day agenda of activities for chapters to help build the bonds of brotherhood, the weekend retreat is a fantastic tool that can be used to stoke the flames of Sinfonia in even the most apathetic of cases. Along with these weekend retreats, it is quite common for colonies, alumni associations, and even provinces to visit and enjoy the engaging atmosphere offered by Lyrecrest. While the three-day weekend retreat at Lyrecrest is the most widely utilized avenue, it is certainly not the only one.
Outside of scheduling retreats for the aforementioned groups, individual brothers or small groups of brothers are more than welcome to stop by Lyrecrest at any time. This is a great opportunity that many brothers take advantage of when passing through the general area and is highly encouraged for any and all brothers that are able to visit their home.
Sinfonia.org Web Pages
There are several specific web pages where you can find information on the Lyrecrest Retreat Program on the national website. And while there are distinct characteristics of each type of retreat, most of the information needed to plan for your next retreat can already be found in the Guide to the Lyrecrest Retreat Program, the handy retreat guide for members.
- Lyrecrest Retreat Program is the main page providing retreat information on the National website. It contains an overview of the program, frequently asked questions, a map and directions, and links to the retreat dates, retreat guide, Lyrecrest Visit Request form, Retreat Request form, and retreat program scrapbook.
- Request a Retreat or Visit contains a link to http://my.sinfonia.org where the retreat reservation and planning process will take place. This site is accessible to officers only. It also contains the Lyrecrest Visit Request form.
- Have you ever wondered what our members say about the retreat program? The Scrapbook page contains responses from retreat surveys that are sure to motivate brothers to have a retreat.
MySinfonia.org Web Pages
You can find the retreat dates and the retreat checklist on the Retreats page. This outlines the process for scheduling and holding a retreat, and is currently available to officers. Links to the retreat guide and the forms used throughout the retreat process are included as well.
The Spring 2016 Retreat Dates
Please note that weekday retreats or altered retreat weekends from the dates above are subject to availability of the Assistant Director of Programs. Retreat dates are subject to change.