2012 Rio Men Retreat

Hey Rio Men! It’s time again for our legendary Rio Men Lake Placid Retreat! That means it’s time to break away from the daily grind, rest, relax, have some fun […]

Hey Rio Men!

It’s time again for our legendary Rio Men Lake Placid Retreat! That means it’s time to break away from the daily grind, rest, relax, have some fun with great guys and refocus on important things instead of just urgent things.


Our retreat theme this year will focus on the biblical marks of manhood. In our weekend sessions we’ll go on a journey through scripture and life to look deep into God’s purposes for us as men. You should come away from this retreat challenged, focused, determined and liberated to be the man God has called you to be in your work, your relationships, your marriage (or future marriage) and in all the challenges you face.

Dates May 4-6

Cost $150

Location Lake Placid, Florida


As in the past we’ll be staying at several incredible lakefront houses owned by various members and friends of Rio.


If you’ve been on the retreat before you know that we have an awesome time, but we’ve made a few tweaks this year which we think will provide an even greater experience. Our official retreat start time will be 6pm dinner on Friday night, May 4th. However, by popular demand the lake houses will be open by noon on Friday. Feel free to come up early and ski, wake surf, fish, swim or just relax. We’ll have four meeting sessions which will include great worship, a 20-30 minute message and break out discussions with coaches who have been preparing and praying in advance to facilitate healthy, safe discussions about our message topics. We’re making some changes to “The Olympics,” and we’ll be providing some activities and excursions (tentatively–cycling trip, sporting clay shooting, golf, “deeper dive” break outs based on our meeting topics) for whoever is interested. More details to follow.


We are planning excursion activities for Saturday afternoon during the retreat. Please note, you will need to pay separately for any excursions with a cost. It is not part of the registration fee.

  • Golf. Cost is $22.00, includes cart. For more information, visit http://www.placidlakescc.com/home/.
  • Skeet Shooting over a one mile course (14 stations / 100 sporting clays). Cost is $37.00. You can walk or use a golf cart (free). 12 and 20 gauge shells are sold at the shooting range, if you forget ammo. For more information, visit http://www.sportingclaysfl.com/.
  • Cycling. (A 15-to-30 mile ride is planned.)
  • Relaxing around the lake, for those who prefer something low-key.

No equipment rentals are available. Please bring your own golf clubs, bicycle, or shotgun and shells.

Meeting Topics and Teachers

Friday night Sam Kastensmidt will open our retreat with God’s Word and Manhood. There are a lot of confusing and corrupted messages about who we are as men today. What does God’s Word say?

Saturday morning Matt Lomenick will discuss threats to biblical manhood and guarding your heart, mind and will against temptation.

Saturday night a special guest will give powerful insight into to the marks of manhood in marriage.

Sunday morning Tom Hendrikse will conclude our retreat with The Charge. He’ll share a simple but brilliant and profound charge with us that has been passed down from pastors to men for over two hundred years.


Click here if you have already registered and want to pay the registration fee online using a credit card or PayPal.


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