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The Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat ministry is committed to providing spiritual and emotional healing to clergy, other church workers and their spouses who are in the midst of various stages of burnout, depression, compassion fatigue, and conflicts of all types, offering the hope and renewal found through the power of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.

Shepherd's Canyon Retreat Ministry offers week-long counseling retreats for men and women in ministry who are in the midst of various stages of burnout, stress, depression, and conflicts of all kinds. Each retreat can accommodate up to eight individuals.  The staff for each retreat includes two counselors, a chaplain and volunteers who provide outstanding hospitality. 

The retreat begins with dinner on Monday evening and ends with breakfast on the next Monday morning.  During this week, participants will experience about 20 hours of counseling in group, couple, and individual settings.

All Shepherd's Canyon Retreats are held at Standing Stones Conference & Retreat Center, located fifteen miles west of Arizona's "Cowboy Town", Wickenburg, Arizona. . . 90 minutes from the Phoenix airport. The name of the place, Standing Stones, comes from Old Testament references to Samuel, Joshua, Jacob and Moses who erected rock monuments to commemorate a great work of God's grace and mercy. We expect and God has proven Himself to perform great and wonderful acts of mercy and grace in the lives of many who have participated in the ministry of Shepherd's Canyon Retreat.


Shepherd's Canyon Retreat is here for you.” 


—  Shepherd's Canyon Retreat Team 



Pain and suffering are unfortunate, yet critical components common to all who seek services at Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat. Suffering, of course, accompanies life and is especially true for those who serve in the Church.

People come to Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat with complaints of overwhelming personal, marital, and congregational conflicts, ministry burnout, depression, marital discord, infidelity, and struggles with addictive behavior. As is common for us all, when we are in physical or emotional pain, we attempt to remove ourselves from it as quickly as possible.

At Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat, while we strive to help people alleviate their suffering, we also strongly encourage them to both describe their agony and, even more importantly, to learn from it.


A useful scriptural passage regarding this difficult issue is Romans 5:3-5: “…we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” This scripture makes it clear: suffering, while not to be sought after, is, nevertheless, purposeful and has the enormous potential to deepen our relationship with God and with each other. This is at the heart of what occurs at Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat.



We realize it is very difficult to ask for help.  Please pray for guidance to discern the Lord's direction concerning your possible visit to Shepherd's Canyon Retreat. 


We are here to be servants to those who are serving the Lord in ministry.

  • 1,700 clergy leaving pastoral ministry each month

  • 70% of Pastors do not have someone they consider a close friend

  • 61% of congregations have forced a pastor to leave

  • 50% have considered leaving the ministry in the last month

                     Source: The Barna Research Group, Christianity Today

                            "​When Life Becomes A Crisis for Pastors, Spouses,  And Ministry Leaders"

We can help - We've been there.

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