Shepherd's Canyon Retreat offers a special week of individual, couple, and group Christian counseling. We limit each week to 8 participants (4 couples, or 8 singles or a combination) so we can customize the week for each person's individual needs.
We serve Christian ministry workers (and spouses) including pastors, missionaries, Christian school teachers/administrators, Directors of Christian Education, Deaconesses, camp directors, military chaplains, worship leaders, and more.
Renew, Revive, Refresh
April 1-8, 2024*
April 15-22, 2024
May 13-20, 2024
June 17-24, 2024
July 8-15, 2024
August 5-12, 2024
September 16-23, 2024
October 7-14, 2024
November 4-11, 2024
* Full, but you may request to be on a waiting list.
NOTE: Registration for every retreat closes 2-4 weeks prior to retreat start date, so register ASAP.
Each retreat pursues three basic goals:
Allow each participant to safely unburden the hurts and pressures of life and ministry in a safe, non-judgmental, and loving environment.
Assist each person to understand herself/himself more completely.
To encourage the participants to develop new levels of self-acceptance as well as more effective relational skills. This often includes evaluation of expectations, reordering of priorities, improving communication skills and bringing a new perspective concerning their life and ministry.
For clients who are married, we strongly suggest that they involve their spouse.
We also ask that clients totally suspend their ministry responsibilities (including sermon or teaching preparations) for the duration of their session.
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.
What is the cost?
We don't turn anyone away due to lack of funds. We have various scholarships available, but that doesn't mean that this retreat is free. It just means that we work with you and your church or ministry and/or denominational leadership to find ways to cover the cost.
It is expensive for us to have you stay 7 nights in a high comfort room with a private bathroom, 18 meals cooked by our chef, airport transportation, etc. We also pay our therapists who take a week away from their regular clients and fly or drive here to focus on your needs during this retreat.
Don’t let costs impact your interest on whether to attend.
Please reach out to us and let’s discuss options.
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.
Participants arrive at the Retreat on Monday by 5:00 P.M. A Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat or host retreat representative will greet you and show you to your accommodations.