Retreat Centers

Sometimes a retreat to a quiet place is needed, to be refreshed and renewed. Below is a list of retreat centres around North America. A lot of these retreat centres offer spiritual direction. A drawback is that many of them, being centres for quiet reflection, prayer and spiritual direction, do not have facilities for children, so you would need to write ahead if you want to go as a family.

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The Well and The Hermitage – Both places are homes of David and Irene Gifford-Cole who will be your hosts. The Well  is located in the town of Qualicum Beach while The Hermitage is located in a lovely rural setting. Both are places where you can spend time in reflection and prayer, as well as spend time with Irene and David for counselling and ministry. Individuals, couples or small groups (at The Hermitage) are welcome. Both places are adult orientated. Brochures are available. Both David and Irene are ministers and Irene is also a spiritual director and a psychologist. They both have Doctor of Ministry degrees.

Location: Qualicum Beach, Vancouver Island, BC. Canada
Cost: By donation
Contact: The Rev. Drs.David & Irene Gifford-Cole Phone/Fax: 250.752.2462
E-mail: the_well@island.net

Rivendell Retreat Centre – Bowen Island, B.C. – Hosted by a volunteer Christian community, rooted in the gospel values of Jesus and the practiced traditions of prayer, silence, simplicity and hospitality.  Rivendell offers a welcome to small groups and individuals who are seeking spiritual renewal, respite and growth, and is accessible to people with limited resources and special needs.

Grey Sisters Retreat Centre – a Catholic retreat centre in Vancouver, B.C.

Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Centre – near Sumas, WA

The Carey Centre – This is not a retreat centre but does provide year-round accommodation for visitors to the Vancouver area for short and long term stays. It is a fairly new building for student residents, right at the edge of UBC, so it is accessible and reasonable.

Stillpointe (Salsbury Community Society) – 1424 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, B.C. V5L 5G3. Phone: 778-998-5436 E-mail: stillpointe.retreat@gmail.com

The Mobile Member Care Team – has put together a nice document with retreat centres around the world listed. Canada is on the last page, and these are the 4 retreat centres mentioned there:

Fairhaven Ministries of Canada – is located on 167 acres near the city of Vernon, British Columbia and offers four selfcontained cottages that can sleep a family of up to 6 members. “We are a place where Christian leaders can be encouraged, supported, and restored physically, emotionally, and spiritually.”

The Mark Centre – in Abbotsford, BC “serves people who want to listen to God, receive refreshment from him, and live out their unique purpose in the world. Our eight rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide intimate places for people to listen to God. The chalet can accommodate individuals, couples and groups up to 26 people.

King’s Fold Retreat and Renewal Centre – in Cochrane, southwestern Alberta, offers a place for rest, renewal and spiritual discovery in the context of Christian hospitality. “We are all about quiet, sacred spaces where you can come apart for renewal.”

Ellel Ministries – work in Canada was established in 1993 with a vision to bring God’s healing love to the nation and now operates from two Centres in Canada. Ellel Ministries Canada has two centres – “Derbyshire Downs” which is located in Westport, Ontario and Ellel Western Canada which is based in Calgary, Alberta. Both Centers offer opportunities for training as well as personal prayer ministry.

Shepherd’s Heart Ministry – has two retreat centres –Black Forest Retreat in Colorado and The Shepherd’s Sanctuary Retreat Center located 3 hours North of Toronto, Ontario on a secluded Island in the middle of Lake Kawawaymog in the Maple Forest. The retreat centres are carefully designed to provide an environment for God’s ministry leaders to find healing, comfort and restoration to their souls, spirits, bodies, minds, damaged marriages and severed relationships. These quiet settings were designed with healing in mind and are places where Christians from around the world come to restore their lives.

Missionary Resources Connection – Enhancing the health, ministry effectiveness and longevity of service of missionaries and their families.

Link Care Center – Fresno, CA – Provides numerous services to missionaries and their organizations. These services range from the Restoration/Personal Growth program, to training and consultation services, to crisis debriefing services.

Alongside – Richland, MI – A nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide professional spiritual, mental and emotional care to missionaries and their families, to the end of promoting personal wholeness and ministry effectiveness. Its 2.5 week Renewal and Growth Sabbaticals are offered monthly.

The Angel’s Den – Tallmadge, OH – The Angel’s Den offers housing for missionaries. If you are on a break, returning from the mission field, in transition or just needing a place for a short time to pull your life together – please contact us. Our home can accommodate up to 4 people and includes two bedrooms, living room, full kitchen, private bathroom. (no animals please) Contact us via e-mail or call Bing or Karen at 330-633-0998 or 330-285-4438.

Barnabas International – Rockford, IL

Catholic Resources for missionaries and sending agencies – Longmont, CO


Corporate Retreats – Conference Centers

Barnabas Family Ministries Retreat and Conference Centre – on Keats Island, B.C.

Wilderness Edge Retreat and Conference Centre – Wilderness Edge Retreat and Conference Centre is located in beautiful Pinawa, Manitoba inside Whiteshell Provincial Park and on the edge of Canada’s Canadian Shield overlooking the Winnipeg River. The Retreat Centre is an adaption of an 80,000 sq. ft. staff house, built in 1963, for Atomic Energy of Canada scientists. While some renovations have been necessary, Wilderness Edge Retreat and Conference Centre maintains this distinctive and time-sensitive historical mood.

Focus on the Family’s Kerith Creek – is a renewal and retreat centre for singles and married couples in ministry, a safe haven where one can learn, reflect and be renewed. We offer a seven-day small-group retreat based on a program established by SonScape Retreats. During your week in Priddis, Alberta, you will receive personalized care and group instruction to help rekindle your marriage or vocational commitments.

Oasis – is a small group 5 day retreat sponsored by Power to Change (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ, Canada) at Camp Hope, near Hope, B.C. Designed for those in church or missions ministry, it is here that the special spiritual, psychological, mental, physical and leadership needs of those in professional Christian ministry are understood and addressed. With a maximum of 12 people per retreat, couples and singles have plenty of time for interaction with each other and the staff while pursuing personal refreshment and renewal.

Marble Retreat is an interdenominational Christian counseling provider serving both Christian ministers and all believers who are burdened and troubled. We offer a blend of spiritual and emotional approaches to touch the whole person. Our mission: Helping to bring healing, hope and restoration to those in vocational Christian ministry and the Church at large through Christ-centered brief intensive counseling. Marble Retreat Christian Counseling, a secluded Colorado lodge where scores of Christians have found a new day dawning in their hearts and spirits. Since 1974, this peaceful refuge in the Rockies has been set aside for solace, healing and gentle restoration.