• October 4-6, 2019 in Folsom, California

    Michael Phillips: 50 Year Retrospective


    A celebration of “tableland-unity” and bold thinking Christianity based on the writings of George MacDonald and Michael Phillips

  • 2019 Focus

    Gather with Michael and Judy Phillips and Joseph Dindinger of Wise Path Books in Folsom, California for tea and Scottish oatcakes ... and to meet friends old and new.


    This year's theme will be “Michael Phillips: A Fifty Year Writing Retrospective.”


    Come enjoy the last of autumn’s warmth in the Sacramento foothills region. The focus will be

    Michael’s writing career, with emphasis on his vision to reacquaint the world with the works of George MacDonald, and his attempt to use his own writings to bolster and expand MacDonald’s vision of an eternally loving Fatherhood.


    An extra bonus this year will be the pre-retreat Writing Workshop conducted by Michael for those able to arrange their travel plans for an early arrival. (Available only for the first 20 people who request it.)


    We can't wait to see you.

    Michael Phillips


    Michael Phillips is widely known as George MacDonald’s redactor, publisher, and biographer, whose vision and editorial expertise – building upon the forerunning work of C.S. Lewis, Elizabeth Yates, and Rolland Hein – helped bring MacDonald back from obscurity in the 1980s when his realistic novels had been nearly forgotten. Author and editor of over 100 books, Phillips’ efforts helped ignite the MacDonald renaissance of recent years. As one of those responsible for the widespread renewal of MacDonald’s influence, Phillips is recognized as among the world’s foremost purveyors of MacDonald’s message, with particular insight into the Scotsman’s heart and spiritual vision.

    George MacDonald


    Forerunner of the Inklings – Scottish minister, poet, novelist, and imaginative seer – MacDonald was one of the most beloved Victorian authors throughout of the 19th century. He wrote some 50 volumes of novels, poetry, short stories, fantasy, sermons, and essays. His influential body of work placed him alongside his era’s great men of letters and his following was vast. Two decades after his death, his books were pivotal in leading C.S. Lewis to Christianity.

  • "I feel a deep debt of gratitude to the Phillips for their work"

    - John K.

    "Not only did Michael Phillips' efforts introduce me to MacDonald but I have gained much through Michael’s own books as well..."

    - Michael K.

    "I was at Michael Phillips' small gathering of GM/C.S.Lewis fans many years ago at his cabin in the mountains. It was a fabulous and very blessed time with wonderful conversation and Scottish music and dancing!"

    - Sharon E.

    "Michael opened up my eyes to the wealth of MacDonald through his novels and sermons."

    - David G.

    "MacDonald is my husbands favorite author, and he has read Michael Phillips translations all his life."

    - Tina H.

    "It would be wonderful to meet with a group of people who appreciate George MacDonald as the Phillips do."

    - James H.

    "I've always admired Michael and Judy and their work."

    - Peg V.

    "Michael Phillips has definitely been instrumental in raising awareness about MacDonald, who for a long time really lingered in the margins of literature."

    - Jennifer K.

    "Michael and Judy have done so much to carry MacDonald's legacy forward. So grateful for that!"

    - Janet M.

  • Tentative Schedule

    (Session Topics to be Announced at a Later Date)


    Friday, October 4


    11:00–3:30 At Phillips home. Snacks and sandwiches provided. (Additional $15)

    4:00–5:00 “Meet and greet” at Phillips home.

    5:15 Catered dinner provided - Gather at Diamond Glen Clubhouse

    6:30-7:00 Introductions, Opening Remarks, Orientation

    7:00-8:45 SESSION 1

    9:00 Return to lodgings


    Saturday, October 5


    8:30 Oatcakes, tea & coffee

    9:30-10:30 SESSION 2

    11:00-11:45 SESSION 3

    12:00 Catered Lunch provided

    1:30-2:30 SESSION 4

    2:30-3:55 Break, free time, informal discussion

    4:00-5:00 SESSION 5

    5:30 Catered dinner provided

    7:00-8:45 SESSION 6

    9:00-9:30 Quiet informal discussion and visiting in clubhouse

    (Clubhouse MUST be entirely vacated by 9:45)


    Sunday, October 6


    9:00 Oatcakes, tea & coffee

    10:00-12:00 SESSION 7

    12:30 Catered lunch provided

    1:00-2:00 Farewell until next time!

  • Register

    Please select one of four registration options...

    2019 Gathering Registration
    90.00 - 210.00
    Registration includes all sessions, and 6 catered meals. Recommendations on travel and lodging along with other information will be provided upon registration.

    To keep the discussions focused, it is respectfully asked that retreat participants be limited to adults, 16 and older.) Spouses are of course welcome, but it bears emphasizing that this is primarily a gathering for people who have read MacDonald and Phillips in some depth and will be able to listen, glean, and participate on that basis.

    * Note: Writing Workshop limited to 20
    Select an option
    Coming soon
  • “To [many] theology must be like a map—with plenty

    of lines in it. They cannot trust their house on the high

    tableland of his theology because they cannot see the

    outlines bounding that tableland. It is not small enough

    for them. They cannot take it in. Such can hardly be

    satisfied with the creation, one would think, seeing there is

    no line of division anywhere in it…”

    “Does God draw no lines then?”

    “When he does, they are pure lines, without breadth,

    and consequently invisible to mortal eyes, not walls of

    separation such as these definers would construct…”

    —David Elginbrod, “A Sunday With Falconer”