The Refuge

Welcome to The Refuge
Olympic Mountain Retreat & Conference Center

The Refuge is a non-profit (501c(3) religious organization incorporated in the State of Washington, governed by a Board of Directors and staffed by volunteers. Gifts to The Refuge are tax-deductible. Dove We are a Non-Denominational Evangelical Christian Faith Community committed to providing a place of refuge where ministry to individuals, couples, families and small groups can take place in a retreat setting of natural beauty, apart from the distractions of the secular world. Our focus is on the work of the Holy Spirit in conforming all of us to the image of Jesus Christ. We are unashamedly Christian, and we ask that the leadership of all groups who make use of our facilities affirm our Statement of Faith.

When you come to The Refuge you will experience the Peace of God in a quiet and restful atmosphere on 17 acres of forest land, with lodging in first-class (Main Lodge) to rustic (Cabins) accommodations and recreational opportunities both on-site and in the immediate area.

A place to connect with ...

God and his word, Yourself, Your family, Your Church, Others

Our Staff

Our Staff:

Robbie and Jim Edgren are the permanent volunteer staff at The Refuge, hosting various groups of guests coming for retreats. reunions and special events. Jim, the Executive Director, is a retired Army Chaplain, with 32 years of service, while Robbie, trained as a Christian Educator, brings her many years of teaching experience to this ministry. She also serves as hostess, housekeeper and gardener. Together they have been welcoming folks from all walks of life to The Refuge since 2006 when the first retreat for pastors and wives was held on site. They are assisted by occasional part-time workers.

Board of Directors:

These are the people who have helped make The Refuge the success it is today. With a project of this magnitude, there are always challenges that require special skills and experience to accomplish the mission. We are blessed to have such a wonderful and faithful group of people to carry out God's purposes.


  • Chairman & President (Acting):
       Chaplain (Colonel) James Edgren, US Army, Retired
  • Vice President:  Position Vacant
  • Secretary:  Mrs. Bobbie Simpson
  • Treasurer:  Mr. Timothy Edgren


  • Dr. Carl E. Armerding, Captain, CHC, USN, Retired
  • Mrs. Betsy Armerding
  • Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Edgren
  • Mr. Timothy Edgren
  • Lieutenant Colonel Eric Noble, US Army
  • Colonel Larry Simpson, US Air Force (Retired)

Our Policies

Because we are not a secular or commercial venue, we do ask that groups or organizations read and affirm our core beliefs before securing reservations at The Refuge.

Our Statement of Faith

Drug-Free Zone

The Refuge offers a drug & alcohol-free environment. There is no smoking allowed anywhere on the premises (property). We ask our guests to observe and adhere to this policy.

No Pets

Guest Deposit/Minimum-stay

A $100 damage deposit (refundable) is required in advance to secure a reservation of the main lodge. Rustic cabins are available at $25 per night, payable in advance. All facilities require a 2-night minimum stay.



The Refuge is located on the Hood Canal side of the Olympic Peninsula, a little over 1 hour north of Olympia on Hwy 101. Ferries from Whidbey Island, Edmonds, and downtown Seattle provide shortcuts to the Peninsula making it convenient for guests coming from north Seattle suburbs and British Columbia. When approaching Brinnon on Hwy 101 watch for Milepost 310 located right at the Duckabush turnoff. The Refuge is just 2 1/4 miles up the road from 101. [flexiblemap address=”2275 Duckabush Rd Brinnon WA US”]

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Contact Us

Mailing address: The Refuge, PO Box 641, Brinnon, WA 98320

Our email address is

Our phone is 360-796-0554

We look forward to answering your questions.

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