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HOSPITALITY

King's Fold is a Christian retreat centre located in southwestern Alberta, 1 hour northwest of Calgary.  We are situated on 166 acres of prime recreational land straddling the Ghost River, with a commanding view of the Rocky Mountains.  Our facilities take advantage of this location, offering panoramic views, prayer walks and hiking trails.  For map and directions, click here.

We offer a place for rest, renewal and spiritual discovery in the context of Christian hospitality. Our guests come for personal retreat, group retreats and specific themed retreats. As a Christian ministry, we endeavor to live out the example of Jesus Christ.  We practice hospitality without distinction by offering a place of freedom, peace, and welcome to all guests regardless of their beliefs or backgrounds.  We acknowledge and respect diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.  We will provide the openhearted welcome of God to individuals regardless of their race, religion, culture, gender or sexual orientation.  Use of the facility by groups is determined at the discretion of the King's Fold Community.

Hospitality is an important value for us, and we understand it in the following way:

"Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines...

The paradox of hospitality is that it wants to create emptiness where strangers can enter and discover themselves created free; free to sing their own songs, speak their own languages, dance their own dances; free also to leave and follow their own vocations. Hospitality is not a subtle invitation to adopt the lifestyle of the host, but the gift of a chance for the guest to find his own ... 

Hospitality requires the creation of the friendly empty space where we can reach out to our fellow human beings and invite them to a new relationship. This conversion is an inner event that cannot be manipulated but must develop from within. Just as we cannot force a plant to grow but can take away the weeds and stones which prevent its development, so we cannot force anyone to such a personal and intimate change of heart, but can offer a space where such a change can take place."

- Henri Nouwen in "Reaching Out"  (Used with permission of Doubleday Publishers)

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