About our retreats

Our Vision

To reveal timeless truths unfolding from the Bible’s pages.

Our Aim

Through a unique blend of Bible study, performance, Biblical scholarship, discussion and personal reflection, we aim to present relevant historical background, provide understanding, and offer emotional connection and encouragement to live out the truths of scripture.

Our Approach

Each character study begins with the character's historical background, then a basic Bible study so you can see what the text says for yourself. The Bible study is followed by an artistic concept—a performance—of that character, along with life application questions. The final piece is a talk designed to offer some thoughts on how to live out the wisdom you've gained. 

An additional workshop is also provided, based on themes from the Biblical character’s lives as they lived out their response to God and Truth.

Our Hope

Is for you to experience something fresh and new from the pages of this ancient, yet living, document, God's Word; as well as the enrichment of spiritual and emotional connection, as you engage in each part of the retreat.

 

Retreat descriptions

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Broken But Not Abandoned

Sometimes life feels overwhelming, balanced on the edge of a dumpster, broken by trauma, calamity, and tragedy. Then, at the lowest moment, it seems, we feel ourselves falling over the edge.

This three day retreat features the stories of Abigail, Leah, Bathsheba, Rahab, Queen Esther and Lot's Wife, who experienced broken relationships, broken dreams, and broken pasts...yet far from abandoned, God rescued them and gave them new life.

An interactive workshop on Saturday explores the transcendent aspects of each participant's story.

Bible studies and devotionals for each of the characters will provide further study for weeks following this retreat.

 

Thirst For Meaning

 Right thinking alone - become a Pharisee
 Right feeling alone - become an "experience" junkie
 Right doing alone - become burned out and wonder why

But what if by balancing right thinking and right feelings, right doing would just flow out - sort of like breathing?

This three day retreat features the stories of Rebekah, The Woman at the Well, Ruth, Miriam, Hagar, and Prodigal's Mother, examining how their thoughts and feelings affected their actions.  

An interactive workshop on Saturday provides basic tools for listening well, and speaking wisely and meaningfully into the lives of others.

Bible studies and devotionals for each of the characters will provide further study for weeks following this retreat.

 

From Darkness to Light

What was it like for those caught up in the grip of darkness to be called by the Lord into the glorious light of freedom from bondage, health, and life?

Over the course of three days, this retreat will explore the stories of Eve, Potiphar's Wife, Mary of Magdala, Lydia, The Woman Caught in Adultery, and Jarius' Daughter, and the choices they made--whether to respond to God's light, or to turn towards darkness.

Saturday will feature an interactive workshop on recognizing spiritual warfare, and how to stand firm in the power of God's Spirit and word. "Fear not," Jesus reassured His disciples, and us today, "For I have overcome."

Bible studies and devotionals for each of the characters will provide further study for weeks following this retreat.

 

Intimacy with Christ

Whenever we "eat of the bread" and "drink of the cup," we remember this is Christ's body and blood. But how did it all begin?

Friday evening the gospel accounts will be included in experiencing something of what Jesus' last supper with His disciples may have been like, with an interactive Passover Seder. 

This three day retreat features the stories of Anna; Mary of Bethany Martha's sister; Job's Wife; The Witch of Endor; and Mary, Mother of Jesus. Focus is given to what can be learned from their relationships with the Lord Jesus.

An interactive workshop on Saturday will provide ways to draw closer in fellowship to God, and to each other, in the Spirit of Christ, and the retreat will close with a time of worship and prayer Sunday morning.

Bible studies and devotionals for each of the characters will provide further study for weeks following this retreat.

 

 

Living by Faith

Though faith is spoken of and illustrated in every book of the Bible, and even counted as righteousness for the Old Testament saints, there is only one place in all of scripture where faith is defined.

The author of Hebrews explained, "Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." What follows is a long list of faithful heroes from the pages of the Bible. "This is what the ancients were commended for," the author went on to say.

Over the course of three days, this retreat delves deep into the stories of great women of faith: Sarah, Martha, The Sinful Woman, Elizabeth, Puah, and Herodius.

An interactive workshop explores what it means to live forgiven, and therefore freed and empowered to activate faith in every aspect of life.

Bible studies and devotionals for each of the characters will provide further study for weeks following this retreat.

 

What Is Truth?

Today we speak of personal truth--what's true for you may not necessarily be true for me, we say. We intone that each must be true to our own truth. But is that true? Pontius Pilate famously asked Jesus, "What is truth," but he left the room before Jesus had a chance to respond.

This one day retreat features the stories of Jezebel, Noah's Wife, and Pilate's Wife, all women whose perspective on life was markedly affected by a confrontation with The Truth--God's truth.

Participants will become familiar with the basic, foundational truths of the gospel, and be given hands-on practice in sharing the gospel. 

Bible studies and devotionals for each of the characters will provide further study for weeks following this retreat.