The Retreat

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What is Refine {the retreat}?

The Lenten season finds us awaiting resurrection, hungry for the celebration of Easter. In this traditional season of waiting, we have an opportunity to let God in, to let Him refine us and ready us for the coming days. Refine promises to be an experience–an opportunity to be transformed by what God does in us, rather than by what we do for God.

We believe that God speaks to us all of the time, but that sometimes, we need a place to catch our breath, a place to bend lower so we can really hear Him–and respond. As Christians, our faith is continually being refined, and the noise of this world often distracts us, and holds us back.

We will slip away the weekend of April 4-6th to the woods. We will go there deliberately to rest, to be still, to lay ourselves at God’s feet and let Him work in us.

Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31 NIV

God’s word speaks repeatedly to us about the need for rest.  The truth of knowing Christ doesn’t require us to do anything. He calls us to come and simply be with Him.

He calls us to retreat. defines retreat as: a retirement or a period of retirement for religious exercises and meditation.

This is the vision for Refine.

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What can you expect from Refine {the retreat}

Refine is not a conference. The purpose of Refine is to find quiet, to commune with God, to share your experience (as much or as little as you like) in a small, intimate setting. We will find this respite in the beautiful surroundings of Salt Fork Lodge, in Ohio.

Because Refine is a retreat for our hearts, we have built plenty of free/reflective time into the schedule. We understand that God works according to His own timetable, and in effort to honor this, we want to ensure a slow, relaxed environment, where we can wait on the Lord, without the pressure to move on to the next thing.

“In the silence of the heart God speaks. If you face God in prayer and silence, God will speak to you. Then you will know that you are nothing. It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself. Souls of prayer are souls of great silence.” ~Mother Teresa

Will you join us? Early Bird Tickets are available now


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Kris is a freelance writer with a passion for using her words to encourage, inspire, and lead others. She embraces the writing life while homeschooling her four children, and serving in her church. Kris also serves as an advocate for Compassion International which seeks to set children free from poverty in Jesus’ name. She blogs at and is a contributing author to the books, Finding Church and Soul Bare: Reflections on Becoming Human (coming Summer 2013). Her first eBook, Holey, Wholly, Holy: A Lenten Journey of Refinement released February 1, 2013 and served as the catalyst for Refine {the retreat}

Teri Lynne


Teri Lynne Underwood is a Word lover and idea slinger. A passionate encourager of rest, focus, and embracing life’s seasons, she tries to make time every day for good coffee, excellent books, and lingering conversations. Whether writing or speaking, Teri Lynne’s greatest passion is offering women permission to live well.As a pastor’s wife and a cheerleader’s mom, Teri Lynne is typically three days behind on laundry and trying to remember where she’s supposed to be next. Lately the Lord has been teaching her a lot of lessons about humility, listening, and loving others well.

Featuring Special Guest’s Christa Wells and Nicole Witt of More Than Rubies

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A review from New Release

“After several years of touring and writing together, Christa Wells & Nicole Witt offer their first full-length joint recording project, More Than Rubies. Wells and Witt decided it was time to release a full-length album under a joined name – More Than Rubies – inspired by Proverbs 3:15 which declares that “wisdom is more precious than rubies.” Since their common purpose in writing and performing is to speak truth in song, this resonated with them deeply. From the beginning, Wells and Witt have shared a desire to make music that matters, that stretches beyond entertainment but also stretches the parameters of popular worship music. They strive to be listeners first, and then to create music that reflects the Gospel and communicates honest experience in a fresh and artful way.original worship songs, all produced in the stripped down piano/violin style their live audiences love. The stirring song “Image of God” was written for a retreat Christa & Nicole hosted along with author/speaker Ann Voskamp (One Thousand Gifts). These songs were written from a place of worship and are intended to lead listeners to that place.”
Here’s a peek at Christa and Nicole in action:

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An Exploration of Worship Through Art with Christine Hiester

As unique persons of God, worship looks different for each of us. For those who enjoy creating, as a means of expression or remembrance, or for those who simply enjoy the feel of a paintbrush in their hands, or glue on their fingertips, we have a wonderful opportunity for you to partake in. This optional art session will be facilitated by Christine Hiester, whose art was featured in, Holey Wholly, Holy. For those interested in participating in this, there is an additional sign up on the eventbrite ticket page.
Christine Hiester Christine is a self-taught mixed media artist-in-process who found herself, and reencountered God, in the messy experience of art journaling. As one who has always found intimacy with God through color and image, and who has loved words since she was a child, Christine discovered that the marriage of the three met needs in her she didn’t know she had, and helped her travel the uphill path out of deep depression. She is wife, mom, homeschooler. Most of all she is free through the Savior who unbinds and embraces.

Art journaling is expression. Art journaling is healing. Art journaling has nothing to do with rules, or formulas, or results. And thus, art journaling is for everyone.

Come join Christine in learning how to open up to the Holy Spirit. Dig deeply within yourself, sifting through pain and joy and chaos in the search for resurrection and refinement.

All ticket prices include: lodging for Friday and Saturday nights, 4 meals, a copy of Holey, Wholly, Holy: A Lenten Journey of Refinement, plus the accompanying workbook, concert/worship with More Than Rubies, Wifi access and use of Lodge amenities (pool, weight room, etc).

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Living full in Christ requires bent knees, bowed heads, humble hearts–confession. And in return He resurrects the dead, breathing new life where only a husk existed.
He is risen, and, in Him, we rise. ~ Holey, Wholly, Holy: A Lenten Journey of Refinement