The Newport County YMCA announced in a press release on Monday that they have partnered up with St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and The Sacred Center to host Newport County’s inaugural Midsummer Island Retreat Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871. This free family event is open to the entire community.

“The Y invites our neighbors to unplug, kick back, relax and enjoy family time together,” the press release states.

The retreat will run from 2:30 PM to 9PM Saturday, July 7, rain or shine, with an option for families to camp out in tents on the beautiful 60-acre campus of St. Mary’s. Activities include live music, storytelling, campfire, games, face painting, historic tours, mindful movement, a potluck dinner and so much more! If families decide to stay overnight, they are welcome to attend Sunday Morning worship at St. Mary’s. Families are asked to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and a salad or a main dish to share for the Potluck Dinner.

“Summer goes by too fast and the Newport County YMCA, along with St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and The Sacred Center, want to offer this retreat free to our entire community to allow families a chance to get outside and create lasting memories. We appreciate St. Mary’s opening up their campus to host this inaugural event and look forward to creating an annual tradition here in Newport County,” Mike Miller, CEO, Newport County YMCA says in the release.

“This event will be the chance to blend mindfulness, gratitude, loving spiritual community and healthy fun all together,” Reverend Shelley Dungan, Director of The Sacred Center says in the release. The Sacred Center is an interfaith center for wellbeing in Portsmouth. They offer yoga, meditation, retreats, dance, spiritual discussion groups and more in a beautiful space, welcoming all people. They serve the community in partnership with St. Mary’s Church and are located inside the Parish House on their campus. Learn more at

This event is FREE but families are asked to register at the Newport County YMCA’s Welcome Center, or St. Mary’s Episcopal church. Registration also available online at This event is free of charge, but donations are accepted upon registration or entry. Please contact Shelley at for more information.