The Moreh’s Retreat is a retreat for all morehs of the Great Awakening Assemblies. This Four-day retreat concludes the final week of intensive training for the Morehs among the Great Awakening Assemblies. This retreat of training will take place the Monday thru Thursday prior to Yom Teruah (September 18-20) in Detroit, MI at Colombiere Conference & Retreat Center in Clarkston, MI. Morehs will be engaged in sessions that will improve their leadership capacity, identifying strengths & weaknesses, traits of an effective leader, strategic planning and much more. This retreat also allows for the Morehs and their families to engage in a time of recreation, fellowship and relaxation.
Registration Fee: $244.00 per person
Registration fee includes a 4 day and 4 night sleeping accommodations, all meals, snacks, and activities.
Your registration includes the following:
  • 4 Night Stay
  • Room
  • All Meals
  • Snacks
  • Training Enrichment Workshops
  • Team Building Exercises
  • Fellowship Among the Morehs
  • T-Shirt (2 XL and LG)
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During the Retreat, you will be trained by our leaders. They are dynamic, fun presenters who teach biblically and Hebraic-centered and professional-sound concepts. Our Speakers are:
  • Dr. Kenneth Howard
  • Ron Dalton Jr.
  • Drs. Michael and
  • Sandra Laws (Moreh Wives Session)
  • Morah Tawana Howard (Moreh Wives Session)
The Moreh's Retreat will run from Monday afternoon through Thursday evening.
September 14-20, 2020 (1 Week Intensive Face-to-Face Training and Fellowship)

Monday September 14, 2020

  • 1:00-4:00pm Arrival and Fellowship
  • 5:00-6:00pm Registration, Dinner and Fellowship
  • 6:00-6:30pm Evening Session (Welcome and Objective)
  • 6:30-7:30pm Assembly Plant Checklist
  • 7:30-9:00pm Hebrews to Negroes #1
  • 9:00pm Free Time
Tuesday September 15, 2020
  • 8:00-9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00-9:45am Worship Time
  • 10:00-12:00pm Morning Sessions
  • Hebrews to Negroes #2 (What Every Moreh should know)
  • End Time Preparations
  • Who’s Who in the Scriptures
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00-5:00pm Moreh Free time
  • 5:00-6:00pm Dinner
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm Moreh Session Only
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm Moreh Wives Session Only
  • 7:00-9:00pm Assembly Needs Assessment
  • 9:00pm Free Time
Wednesday September 16, 2020
  • 8:00-9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00-9:45am Worship Time
  • 10:00-12:00pm Morning Session (Drs Michael and Sandra Laws)
  • Hebrews to Negroes Training #3
  • Torah-Based Personality/Character Test Assessments B
  • Spiritual Gift Assessment B
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00-4:00pm Moreh Free time
  • 5:00-6:00pm Dinner
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm Moreh Session Only
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm Moreh Wives Session Only
  • 7:00-9:00pm Evening Session
  • Mental Health Assessment B
  • Spouses and Family Preparedness B
  • Prophetic Prayer
Thursday September 17, 2020
  • 8:00-9:00am Breakfast
  • 10:00-11:00am Group Building Exercises
  • 11:00am-12:00pm Hebrews to Negroes Training #4
  • 12:00-1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00pm Marketing Strategies / Launch Strategies
  • 2:00-3:00pm Facility Needs: Providing the facility needed for the new assembly
  • 3:00-4:00pm Financial Strategies and Documents for Assemblies
  • 4:00-5:00pm Sacerdotal Training (Ketubah Marriages, Funerals, Dedications)
  • 5:00-6:00pm Dinner
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm Moreh Counseling Training
  • 7:00pm-8:00pm Legal Matters of an Assembly
  • 8:00pm By-Laws and Torah-based Constitution / Covenant Agreement for Great Awakening Assemblies
Moreh Retreat 2020 COVID-19 Retreat Policy & Procedures
We are so excited to have you all at the Moreh Retreat 2020.We want you to know our biggest goal during this retreat is to keep you and your family safe. While COVID-19 has entered into every part of our lives, we still want the focus of your this retreat to be about fellowship, learning and fun! At the time of the Moreh Retreat progresses most communication will be sent via email. It is also important that all forms are completed, including the new COVID-19 Release Form.
We will be asking all Morehs to complete a Pre-Retreat Health Screening Form, in addition to daily healthy screening while at retreat. We are finalizing our infectious disease procedures with medical experts for COVID-19 and will share those with you next week.

Potential Case of COVID-19 Policy

In the wake of the rapidly escalating concern for the Coronavirus and those affected, the health and safety of our Morehs is our first priority. Please see below our planned procedures:
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • During your stay at the Retreat- wash your hands often. Hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Consider keeping a small hand sanitizer in your pocket, or use the ones that the Great Awakening have placed in general areas of our facilities.
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, and cough or sneeze into your elbow instead of your hands. Dispose of tissue immediately and wash hands.
  • Avoid shaking hands when possible. Shake and then wash or invite fist/elbow bumps as greetings.
  • Avoid touching your face, and keep others accountable when appropriate.
  • Avoid touching things that you absolutely don't have to.
  • Large gatherings are an opportunity for cold, flu, and other respiratory viruses to spread, so help keep our community safe and healthy.
Health and safety is the Great Awakening number one priority at this time. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions regarding these procedures.

A Healthy Retreat Begins At Home
Moreh families will be required to complete the pre-retreat health screening document and bring it with them when they check in to retreat. If there has been any potentially contagious illness or COVID-19 in the household prior to retreat, contact us for instructions. Once at retreat, Morehs will be required to stay with their groups and not interact with other groups at retreat to reduce the chance of spread. Temperatures will be taken twice daily and recorded for all Morehs and staff. A nurse and physician will remain on site throughout the retreat week.

Moreh or Staff Presents Fever or Other COVID-19 Symptoms

If a Moreh or summer staffer has a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more, they will be isolated immediately in our separate COVID-19 medical building and evaluated for symptoms. The Moreh will be asked to leave the Retreat as soon as possible but no later than 8 hours following the initial phone call. The local health department will also be contacted. The Great Awakening will provide an N95 mask for the Moreh to wear home, should they not have access to an N95 mask. We will request that you arrange to be tested and inform the Great Awakening of the results.
Should a Moreh in the group test positive, it is our policy to notify all Morehs and their families who are a part of the group and require them to depart from retreat. They will be instructed to leave the retreat within 8 hours. This policy is designed to keep retreat safe and healthy and not spread the virus. It also emphasizes the importance of good hygiene practices prior to retreat and during the retreat session.

After Retreat for All Morehs
Following retreat, it is highly recommended Morehs self-isolate for a two-week period to ensure they have not contracted COVID-19 and to remain distant from anyone in the household who may have increased risk factors.
The above processes are drawn from guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Retreat Association's Field Guide for Retreats on Implementation of CDC Guidance, authored by Environmental Health & Engineering Inc., the State of Michigan, our local health department and our team of retreat medical experts.

Please be prepared with face coverings for all family members in the vehicle, as well as Morehs. Staff will be wearing face coverings, too.

Each Moreh and their family will be assigned a check-in time for Monday. You will receive this time the week prior to the Retreat. It is very important that you arrive at retreat at this time. The gate will be closed to all guests unless it is your time to check-in. When you arrive, staff will guide your vehicle to the designated drop-off area.

During this retreat, rooms will be at half-capacity. For some room layouts, this will mean only 1 Morehs per room (where there had been 4). For other rooms it may mean 2 Morehs per room (where there had been 4). This will allow for 6-feet between Morehs while sleeping. It will be very important that each Moreh's items can be stored in under-the-bed containers. Additionally, because all Morehs will be here for 1 week, a weekly assigned laundry time will be given to each cabin group to wash bedding and other personal items. Sheets will be changed daily. Please make sure you bring a non-mesh laundry bag with you. We will provide laundry detergent but if you have any sensitivity please consider packing your own.

Cleaning & Meals:

Morehs will be asked to do daily sweeping, trash-removal and cleaning of their living areas. Each building, room and bathhouse will be cleaned and disinfected by trained staff.

Instead of eating family style in the dining hall, there will be designated outside and inside areas for each Moreh group to eat. These will be exclusive to each group to help prevent cross-contamination. Each meal will be served in an individual container for each Moreh and retreat staff members will pass out. If a Moreh has a dietary need this will be marked on the outside of the container. Morehs and staff will eat every meal with their designated groups.

Daily Activities and Groups:
Morehs will eat and participate in activities within their small (16 Morehs) groups. Under the guidelines put forth by both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Retreat Association (ACA) this practice is highly recommended. Moreh retreat activities will proceed as usual, with activities such as worship gatherings, training sessions, and outdoors sessions. At activities such where equipment is needed, each Moreh will be assigned an equipment number. This means they will always use the same equipment during these activities. This is to help with contact tracing and lower the risk of cross-contamination. Equipment will be sanitized between groups. The few all retreat activities, including worship and the dance, will proceed normally but with social distancing between groups and face-coverings will be worn during times of singing.

After Retreat for All Morehs
Again, following retreat, it is highly recommended Morehs self-isolate for a two week period to ensure they have not contracted COVID-19 and to remain distant from anyone in the household who may have increased risk factors.
The above processes are drawn from guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Colombiere Conference and Retreat Center and the Great Awakening and our team of medical experts.
Colombiere Conference & Retreat Center is nestled on 420 rolling acres of mature pines and hardwoods in Clarkston, Michigan. Located right off I-75, we are less than an hour drive from Detroit, Flint or Lansing.

Colombiere Conference and Retreat Center
9075 Big Lake Rd.
Clarkston, Michigan 48346
Phone: 877-352-6119 (toll free)
Phone: 248-620-2443
General: (248) 625-5611 ext. 275
Fax: 248-620-2433
Downtown Clarkston is just two miles away with several excellent restaurants, fast-food outlets and shopping district. Shepherd's Hollow Golf Course is located on the grounds. 2 large outlet shopping malls are a short drive. Interstate I -75 is less than one half mile from the entrance to the center with Flint just 25 miles to the north and Detroit 35 miles to the south.
Colombiere is easily reached via I-75 north from Detroit or south from Flint to Dixie Highway - Waterford (#93) exit, then south on Dixie 1/4 mile to Big Lake Rd.
From Ann Arbor, take U.S. 23 north to M-59 (Highland Rd. Exit 67). Go east (turn right) to Airport Rd north (left turn) to Andersonville Rd (right turn) to Dixie Highway north (left turn) about 5 miles to Big Lake Rd. Turn Left on Big Lake. Follow the signs to Colombiere Center (approximately 1/2 mile).

Taxi Services
From Flint Bishop Airport
Bishop International Cab (810)691-6396 estimates $68 to Clarkston
Hey! Taxi (810)629-7080 $57 to Clarkston
Citizen’s Car Service 1-800-878-7887 $95 to Clarkston
Detroit Metro Airport
Airport Taxis 1-800-745-5191 $91 to Clarkston
Metro Cars 1-800-456-1701 $103 + gratuity
Citizen’s Car Service 1-800-878-7887 $85
Overnight accommodations are available for a maximum of 240+ guests. A limited number of rooms are available with private bath. However, due to COVID restrictions, we have made a decision to place one person per room. All rooms without bath have a sink in the room with common use of restrooms and showers located across the hallway. Bed linens and towels are provided. The conference center is located in one building on 4 floors. Each floor has varied meeting spaces to best suit your group needs.
All Rooms have the following Features:
  • FREE wired and wireless Internet Access
  • Microwave & Refrigerator
  • Coffee Makers
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk with lamp
Building Access
Exterior doors open at 6:00am. Doors are locked at 8:00pm.

First Aid/Medical Emergencies
Clarkston Ambulatory Care Center (5885 M-15, Clarkston, 248-625-2273) is open 24 hours. If transportation is needed, contact your group coordinator. CVS Pharmacy (7091 Dixie Hwy) and Walgreen (7110 Dixie Hwy) are the nearest pharmacies. Colombiere staff is not trained to administer emergency first aid. The group coordinator is responsible for contacting a doctor, etc. Report emergencies to any available Colombiere personnel.

Dress is comfortable and casual unless dictated otherwise the Great Awakening H2N International. During warm weather, tank tops, halter-tops, beachwear is not permitted in the dining room or lobby. Walking shorts are acceptable. Appropriate footwear is necessary in the dining room.

Room keys are issued to you on arrival by your group coordinator. When leaving, guests are asked to drop the key in the key box by the front lobby receptionist. There is a $10.00 charge to the group account for failure to return a key.   

Meals are normally served buffet style in the facility’s dining room which overlooks our spacious grounds. However, due to COVID restrictions ALL MEALS WILL BE SERVED ON A TRAY. We will accommodate all types of special dietary needs. Vegan and Vegetarian meals available upon request. Upon finishing, Morehs and their families are asked to place their trays on the carts provided.”
Breakfast: 8:00am
Lunch: 12:05pm
Dinner: 6:00pm


Recreation Room
Morehs can enjoy an array of activities in our recreation room where you can enjoy a game of ping pong, board games, jumbo Jenga, corn hole, darts or Connect 4. Our space boasts a colorful, modern look and a simply fun place to utilize during breaks and free time.
Colombiere features an outdoor heated pool which is open seasonally. Morehs are welcome to enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool to relieve stress and satisfy exercise needs. Please bring your own towels for pool use. Lifeguards are required for pool use.   One lifeguard is required for every 50 people in the pool enclosure.

Half-Court Basketball

This Conference Center has a brand new outdoor ½ basketball court is located next to the athletic field. Basketballs are available for check out at the Reception office.

Athletic Field
Beautiful large open space primarily used for any outdoor activities.

Shepherd's Hollow Golf Club

Shepherd's Hollow is a 27 hole public golf course. It has been acclaimed as one of Michigan's finest golf courses.

Wireless Internet

Colombiere offers WiFi access in most areas.


Seating is provided around the Campfire.
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