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Pastor Retreat Centers

One of the critical lessons I learned through my burnout recovery is that it is so important for Pastors to get away from the daily grind of ministry on a regular basis. Read the Gospels and look for how Jesus stepped away from the crowds, and even the disciples, from time to time. You’ll quickly notice that He did it regularly.

Let me clarify that the retreat I am talking about is NOT vacation. I am talking about getting away from the every day trees so that you can see the forest again. Retreats like these should be filled with rest, and at some point I will post about what a retreat like this looks like for me, but in the big picture, it’s not vacation.

Different Pastors call it different names. There are even 3-4 different names I use for it myself depending on the type of retreat it will be. Could be a Study Break, could be a short Sabbatical, could be a Spiritual Retreat, and it might even combine all of those. The point is to begin to think about 3-4 times a year that you can plan into your calendar to get away regularly.

Since my run in with burnout, I’ve discovered a growing movement of people and places that are set aside to offer Pastors a place of rest, refreshment, and renewal.

  • Some of them are free, others cost a little, some cost a lot.
  • Some offer counseling with the experience and others just offer a place to retreat.
  • Some will take singles, others take married couples only.
  • Some offer a place to be pampered, others are rustic in nature.

It’s my goal for this page to be all about helping you find the right place(s) to rest and be renewed. The page will be updated from time to time as I discover more resources and locations, so check back periodically.

I also invite you to let me know if there are places you are aware of that are NOT listed here. I am always looking for places to experience myself and to recommend to others.

Intensive Counseling Centers: Self-guided and/or Guided Retreat Centers:
Safe Haven Relationship Center (Carlsbad, CA) Makahiki Ministries (global)
Link Care Center (Fresno, CA) Arctic Barnabas Ministries (Alaska)
Mountain Learning Center (June Lake, CA) Dogwood Hills Bed & Breakfast (Harriet, AR)
The Cottage on Coronado Island (Coronado, CA) The Prophets Chamber (Russellville, AR)
Oasis Retreats (Hope, BC, Canada) Jenness Park Christian Camp (Cold Springs, CA)
Pastors On Point (Colorado or Minnesota) Juniper Tree Retreat (Fresno, CA)
Shepherds Heart Ministry (Colorado, Michigan, France, Israel, Mexico, Southeast Asia) The Oaks (Lake Hughes, CA)
CrossRoads Counseling of the Rockies (Buena Vista, CO) Kerith Creek (near Calgary, AB, Canada)
Marble Retreat (Carbondale, CO) Fairhaven Ministries (Vernon, BC, Canada)
The Center for Biblical Counseling & Spiritual Resource (Colorado Springs, CO) Beechgrove Retreat Centre (Woodstock, ON, Canada)
Potter’s Inn (Colorado Springs, CO) Shekinah Ranch (Fraser, CO)
Quiet Waters Ministries (Denver, CO) En Gedi Retreat (Yampa, CO)
SonScape Retreat Ministries (CO, NY & TN) Beside Still Waters (Holmes Beach, FL)
Care for Pastors (Leesburg, FL) Camp Gilead Pastor’s Getaway (Polk City, FL)
Blessing Ranch (New Port Richey, FL) Leahaven (Chickamauga, GA)
The Father’s Heart (Cleveland, GA) Shepherd’s Refuge (Dahlonega, GA)
WinShape Retreats (Mt. Berry, GA) Healing Springs Retreat (Franklin Springs, GA)
E.L.I.M Retreats (Huron City, MI & Eagle, WI) Timothy Barnabas (Woodstock, GA)
Alongside (Richland, MI) Allison Ranch (Cascade, ID)
His High Places (Blowing Rock, NC) Life Impact Oasis (Lewiston, ID)
Philhaven (throughout PA) Deer Ridge Ministries (Freeport, IL)
A’nesis Retreats – specifically for women (Murfreesboro, TN) Shepherd’s Gate Inn (Martinsville, IN)
 The Center (Edmonds, WA and Federal Way, WA) The Springs (Oldenburg, IN)
  Buffalo Ridge Retreat Center (Ottawa, KS)
  cleftRock Retreat Center (Mount Vernon, KY)
  Sandy Cove Ministries (North East, MD)
  Friedenru Maine (Anson, ME)
  The Lodge (Buchanan, MI)
  Broom Tree Ministries (Grand Rapids. MI) 
  Bridge Ministries Oasis (Richland, MI)
  Life Change Camp (Clinton, MO)
  Anchor Retreat (Kimberling City, MO)
  The Brook at Bethpage (Stella, MO)
  Mountain Top Retreat (Bozeman, MT)
  Ridge Haven (Brevard, NC)
  Ridgecrest Conference Center (Ridgecrest, NC)
  Restoring Hope Global (Waynesville, NC)
  Eagle Mountain Lodge (Eagle Nest, NM)
  Allegro House (Reno, NV)
  Eagles Rest (Brooktondale, NY)
  Watson Homestead (Painted Post, NY)
  Innkeeper Ministries (Lewisburg, OH)
  Black Mesa Bed & Breakfast (Kenton, OK) – ask for pastor rate
  Life Impact Oasis (OR, multiple locations)
  Christian Renewal Center (Silverton, OR)
  Myrtle Beach Getaway (Myrtle Beach, SC)
  Red-Tailed Roost (Allardt, TN)
  Shepherds’ Haven of Rest Ministries (Arlington, TN & MANY other locations)
  Elijah’s Harbor (Greeneville, TN) – ask for pastor rate
  Sugar Hollow (Johnson City, TN)
  Whitestone Country Inn (Kingston, TN) – ask for pastor rate
  Fairhaven Ministries (Roan Mountain, TN)
  Lamb’s Tale (Comfort, TX)
  BethNuah Ministries (Plano, TX) – Pastors Wives Retreats
  The Woods Lodge (Northfield, VT) – ask for pastor rate
  Shepherd’s Rest (Sumas, WA)
  Holden Village (Chelan, WA)
  The Inn at Molson Advance Center (Oroville, WA)
  Zarephath Ministries (WI)
  LifeImpact Ministries (multiple locations around U.S.)