Nehemiah Service Retreats provide an opportunity for members of the Unity community to come together for a week of volunteer work at Unity Village, the world headquarters of the Unity movement.
April 19–24, 2020 (Retreat Full, Wait-List Is Available)
May 10–15, 2020
October 11–16, 2020
May 9–14, 2021
October 17–22, 2021
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”—Mahatma Gandhi
Like Nehemiah in the Bible, our Nehemiah Retreat volunteers come together in sacred service to rebuild and restore the grounds and buildings of Unity Village for one week. The main part of each day consists of restoration and construction work, while evening programs provide time for inner restoration through spiritual renewal and fellowship. View the typical schedule.
Each Nehemiah Service Retreat focuses on a different work project. Volunteers should be able to lift objects up to 40 pounds, climb up and down ladders, and work on their feet for as many as seven hours each day, for four consecutive days, with scheduled breaks/meals. Work may include but is not limited to:
- Painting (both interior and exterior)
- Rebuilding stone walls
- Repairing stucco surfaces of buildings
Unity provides each guest with complimentary room and board for the week in recognition of the service each volunteer provides during these retreats. We encourage sharing rooms whenever possible to ensure that we are able to accommodate everyone who wishes to serve in this way. Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation to Unity Village. The retreat begins at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday and includes dinner and orientation. You are welcome to check in to your room as early as 3 p.m. on that day. The retreat officially ends on Thursday evening. Friday is an optional day to stay and enjoy Unity Village.
Because of the limited space and physical requirements of the Nehemiah Retreat, each volunteer must submit an application:
Just click on the “Online Form” button below, fill out the form, and hit “Submit.” Your application will go directly to Customer Care for consideration. Please allow one business day for a response. You may also download the application using the “Download Form” button and return it to Unity Customer Care by fax: 816-251-3564, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail: 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065-0001.