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 Women's Wellness Weekends



colman ww giant swing.jpgTucked away on beautiful Orcas Island in Washington's San Juan Islands, YMCA Camp Orkila provides the ideal setting for a weekend getaway. Come enjoy the spectacular view of Presidents Channel and over 280 acres of beach and forest. Orkila is the perfect place to relax and play. Enjoy various creative crafts such as pottery and jewelry making, the zipline and the giant swing. Strengthen your body with activities such as yoga, kayaking and hiking. Replenish your spirit with a massage or a walk on the beach.  Reconnect with friends and make new ones while nurturing your sprit, mind and body.

2017 Retreats:

Spring Women's Wellness Weekend: March 31-April 2, 2017 

Fall Women's Wellness Weekend: October 27-29, 2016 
or October 27-30, 2017 (stay until Monday)

Click here to download and print a brochure.

Email or call 206 382 5009 with questions or to register over the phone!


 Quilt & Craft



Do you enjoy quilting, crafting and making new friends?  With more than 280 acres of beaches and forests, Camp Orkila is the perfect place to relax and catch up on your favorite quilt or craft project!  Share ideas and tips with other like-minded women and indulge your creative side while enjoying the beauty of the San Juan Islands.

Are you ready for 2017? We're excited for you to join us!

Choose from the following:

Session 1: Friday, January 13-Monday, January 16
Session 2: Monday, January 16-Thursday, January 19
Session 3: Thursday, January 19-Sunday, January 22 or

Session 3a: Friday, January 20-Sunday, January 22

General Registration is now open. You can DOWNLOAD THE BROCHURE and scan/email or mail in your registration form or you can REGISTER ONLINE.

Email or call 206 382 5009 with any questions or to register over the phone! 


 Bring a Group



  • climbing tower orkila.jpgDo you just want a place to stay and to meet?

  • Want us to cook meals for you?

  • Think some camp activities would be fun or purposeful?

  • Need transportation from the ferry dock to camp?

Whatever you have in mind, we can help you carry out a successful event.  Groups from 10 to 400 can be accommodated in our waterfront facility.  Click here to see a description of the various accommodations, activities, and rates for this year. 


To inquire about availability, contact Chris Dalla Santa, director of conferences and retreats:
360-376-2678 ext.105


To help us learn more about you and expedite booking your group, return this intake form.


What sorts of groups have booked events at Orkila?  Here's a sampling of groups Orkila has hosted recently: 

  • Banquet dining Larry Norman.jpgSports teams

  • Staff development and appreciation retreats  

  • Religious groups 

  • Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts 

  • Quilting and textile guilds 

  • Spinning (fiber) workshops 

  • Scrapbooking groups 

  • pink sunset.jpgSchool-based family camps 

  • Martial Arts schools 

  • Band retreats 

  • Non-profit groups 

  • Parent-Child retreats 

  • Wilderness EMT and WFR courses 

  • Women’s groups 

  • Men’s groups 

  • Board retreats 

  • Performing arts groups 


 Challenge Courses


Camp Orkila has an extensive challenge course for use during Women's Wellness Weekends, Family Camps, Conferences and Retreats!  Whether you’re looking for a 2-hour activity or multiple days of team-building, we have something to offer your group! 

  • Ziplines

  • Giant Swing

  • Low Course

  • High Circuit

  • Team-belayed elements

  • Facilitator-belayed elements

  • Climbing Tower

 A challenge course experience can help your group ropes circle.jpgwith: 

  • Cooperation

  • Communication

  • Trust

  • Problem-solving skills

  • Goal setting

  • Respect for one another

  • Self-esteem building

  • Having fun together

Tell us what you would like your group to develop, and we’ll tailor the challenge course experience to fit your needs.  See the rates to the left, under “Find It Fast.”  For more information, contact our challenge course manager, Chris Dalla Santa, at or 360.376.2678 x105.



campfire from side.jpgMcDade Campfire
Larry Norman during summer camp mealtime.jpgLarry Norman Lodge​

challenge tower.jpgZipline

group circle under tree orkila.jpgIndividual and Group Challenge Elements

group of kayakers together.jpg​Funyaking on Orkila Bay (other boating options include kayaks & rowboats) marine science center.jpg
Marine Center
orkila beach cabin.jpg​Open-Air Main Camp Cabin Wally Fisher lodge exterior.jpgWally Fisher Lodge - Main Camp Cabins
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Interior of Main Camp Cabin
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Dederer Cabin (Four Four-Person Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms, Common Area & Kitchen)

Outdoor Pool

bmx track.jpgSunset at McDade Campfire


Theo Ork Climbing Tower 2011.jpgChallenge Tower

Retreats at Camp | YMCA Camp Orkila | Eastsound, WA