Each term, the chapel organizes a three-day retreat, which is open to all Dal/King’s students, faculty, and families. These are opportunities to take a break from studies, work, and Halifax and enjoy hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, music, creative pursuits, such as writing and painting, discussions, shared meals, and prayer.
During 2011-12, there was an autumn retreat to Kejimkujik Park for a weekend of canoeing and hiking, and a winter retreat to the Mersey River Chalets Retreat Centre. For information on upcoming retreats, please look at the term schedule.
The chapel also arranges day trips, such as hiking along the cliffs of Cape Split followed by a hearty Maritime dinner in a local community. A day trip to the Orthodox Hermitage of the Annunciation is a highlight of the fall term.
Each year a group of students spend their Reading Week in a Maritime community, discovering the local culture and volunteering in local and development projects. The students learn about issues such as poverty, sustainability, and spiritual wellness in either an urban or rural setting. In 2012, the mission was held at Trinity Church, located in a stressed inner city neighbourhood of Saint John, New Brunswick.