How do I register and sign up?

Please click on the registration tab  and fill out your questionnaire. We only have a limited number of spots per journey, we intentionally limit our retreats so that we have ample opportunity to effectively minister to each person in our community. After you complete your registration, you will be notified if you have secured a spot for the SOULWELL Journey. If so, you will receive an email with directions on how to proceed with payment. Your spot is not secure until you have completed one of the payment options. 

Cost of the SOULWELL JOURNEY 2020
OPTION 1 – PAY in FULL on or before 9/1/19
$1100 for all 3 retreats in journey. This is includes, lodging, food and all materials needed for all 3 retreats. (Our one time ADMINISTRATION FEE $150 waived) 

OPTION 2 – Payment Plan
$1250 to be paid in 10 auto-draft monthly installments for all 3 retreats in journey. This is includes, lodging, food and all materials needed for all 3 retreats. (One time ADMINISTRATION FEE $150) 

Please note you can have your ADMINISTRATION fee of $150 waived if you pay in FULL upon receiving notification that you are in the SOULWELL Journey. Otherwise, we have a monthly payment plan to be paid in 10 installments by automatic withdrawal via Pay Pal or Quickbooks that will start on September 1st – and run thru June 1st. Everyone needs to be completely paid by the June start date of our ABIDING Retreat. 

ADMINISTRATION FEE explanation: In order to provide the option of a payment plan, we incur costs with PayPal for a yearly service and a 2% transaction fee per transaction. This coupled with the administration work of registration, retreat management and supplies, including reading materials, between retreats is why we have a fee. If you are able to pay in full in the beginning this really helps us keep our fees down and we want to be able to pass that blessing on to you by waiving the administration fee all together.

Why do I have to sign up for all 3 retreats at one time?

We know that real life change doesn’t happen overnight. Change happens over a period of months or years, and it happens in community, when the right atmosphere is created to foster growth and fellowship. The SOULWELL Journey offers you an intentional path to that end.

By signing up for the SOULWELL Journey, you are making a commitment to yourself and to your community to start and finish well. If you have more questions about this, please let us know by emailing kelly@soulwellministries.com.

What will I be doing on the retreats? 

The SOULWELL Journey retreats are experiential in nature. Our intention is to teach you different ways to experience God and deepen your relationship with Him. None of these ways are necessarily new as Jesus modeled all of them in the Scriptures and the champions of our faith practiced them all the time. But as time went on, most Americans stopped practicing them, as life became busy, and in some cases they were just ignored by church leaders. 

Each retreat is grounded in scripture, and you will be brought into God’s story in different and unique ways using the SOUL TOOLS we will be teaching you. We will have large group teaching and sharing as well as small group and personal time to help you process out what you learn. On retreat, you will be invited to take in the beautiful surroundings at Summer’s Mill either by taking a walk/jog or bike ride and be given ample time to explore the beautiful creek, wildlife and all of God’s creation. You will experience REST, for this is vitally important when doing SOUL work. We will feed you dinner on Friday night, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast and lunch or brunch on Sunday before you leave. There will be plenty of healthy and tasty snacks available all weekend. In addition to nature and prayer walks, we offer SOUL STRETCHING which is a unique and beautiful way to experience scripture, prayer and body work all together.

What happens if I have an emergency and can’t attend one of the retreats?

We know that life happens sometimes. We will do our best to help you make up what you’ve missed before the next retreat happens. Some things can’t be recreated outside of the retreat space in community, if possible we will try to weave in what we can at the next gathering for you. We can refund your money for the food portion of your retreat payment, but your payment for the lodging can’t be refunded as we are in a contractual relationship with Summers Mill.  Once we have let them know how many participants we have booked for the retreats, that is the number we have to pay for…we will invite you to attend the next time we offer that same retreat at a discounted price, so you can truly experience it in community and continue your formation journey.

SAMPLE RETREAT SCHEDULE

Friday Afternoon
12:00 - Check In (get settled, rest, take a walk, pray and prepare your heart to be on retreat)
2:00 - Opening Prayer / Large Group Time – which includes teaching, group sharing and work, breaks
6:00 - Dinner
7:00 - Large Group Time
9:00 - Dismiss for the evening

Saturday
8:00 - Breakfast
9:00 - Large Group Time
12:00 - Lunch
1:00 - Personal God time with optional choices on how to use that time (Including: SOUL Creating, SOUL STRETCHING, Prayer walk, exercise, rest and reflection)
6:00 - Dinner
10:00 - Dismiss

Sunday:
8:00 - Grab and Go Breakfast / pack up
9:00 - Large Group Time
10:00 - Worship Service
11:00 - Large Group Time
11:30 - Lunch
1:00 - Closing Service / Large Group Time
3:00 - Wrap Up / Check out/ Head Home

What is Spiritual Formation?

We are all spiritual beings. We have physical bodies, but our lives are largely driven by an unseen part of us. There is an immaterial center in us that shapes the way we see the world and ourselves, directs the choices we make, and guides our actions. Our spirit is the most important part of who we are. And yet we rarely spend time developing our inner life. That’s what Spiritual Formation is all about.

Spiritual Formation is a process, but it is also a journey through which we open our hearts to a deeper connection with God. We are not bystanders in our spiritual lives, we are active participants with God, who is ever inviting us into relationship with him.

Jesus said, I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (Jn. 10:10). We believe that such abundant life is possible here and now because Jesus showed us the way to it. As we take on the life of Jesus – become like him – we experience a richness in life and faith that is truly renewed day by day (Col. 3:10).

Why is Spiritual Formation Important?

Closeness with God brings us true freedom and fullness (Jn. 8:36, Col. 2:9-10). Yet many people – Christians included – find their lives fall short of the kind Jesus promised and proclaimed. If God is present with us, why is there so little joy, power, energy, and peace in our lives? We keep trying to find happiness, to experience God, to fill the emptiness. And that’s the problem. Trying just tires us out, distracts us from what’s important, and discourages us when we fail. We are eternal beings, but we have lost sight of eternal living. We spend time, energy, and money on our physical needs, but neglect our souls. Our misplaced efforts can leave us feeling powerless and detached from God.

That’s not how God intended it to be. We are meant to be in relationship with God and others in a way that is dynamic, whole, and fresh every day (John 17:24, 2 Cor 4:16) – a relationship that extends beyond church services into every facet of our lives. Spiritual Formation helps us reclaim our relationship with God as it was meant to be. It’s not trying – it’s training in eternal living, determined discipleship to Jesus Christ, and the way we discover the renewable source of spiritual energy we’ve been looking for (2 Cor 4:16).

What does the Bible Say About Spiritual Formation?

This is a call for us to reconsider how we have been approaching our life, in light of the fact that we now, in the presence of Jesus, have the option of living within the surrounding movements of God’s eternal purposes, of taking our life into his life. -Dallas Willard

The Bible has a lot to say about Spiritual Formation. Below are just a few passages that encourage us in spiritual renewal.

Matt 3:2, 4:17, 10:7
Repent, for the kingdom of the heavens is at hand 

2 Corinthians 4:16
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Ephesians 4:20-24
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

1 Timothy 4:7-8
But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life…Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy.

Colossians 3:10-11
…train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Titus 2:11-14
Each of you is now a new person. You are becoming more and more like your Creator, and you will understand him better. It doesn’t matter if you are a Greek or a Jew, or if you are circumcised or not. You may even be a barbarian or a Scythian, and you may be a slave or a free person. Yet Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual direction explores a deeper relationship with the spiritual aspect of being human. Simply put, spiritual direction is helping people tell their sacred stories everyday. Spiritual direction helps us learn how to live in peace, with compassion, promoting justice, as humble servants of that which lies beyond all names.

Spiritual direction is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with God, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. The person seeking direction shares stories of his or her encounters of GOD, or how he or she is cultivating a life attuned to spiritual things. The director listens and asks questions to assist the directee in his or her process of reflection and spiritual growth. 

Spiritual Direction can be done in a group setting and/or one on one with a certified Spiritual Director and a directee. In the SOULWELL Journey, we do Group Spiritual Direction work on most of our retreats and opportunities for one on one Spiritual Direction are available on each retreat.

Spiritual direction is help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship. (William A. Barry and William J. Connolly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction)

Spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to see and obey the real Director — the Holy Spirit hidden in the depths of our soul. -Father Keaton

The whole purpose of spiritual direction is to penetrate beneath the surface of a person’s life, to get behind the façade of conventional gestures and attitudes which one presents to the world, and to bring out one’s inner spiritual freedom, one’s inmost truth, which is what [Christians] call the likeness of Christ in one’s soul. This is an entirely supernatural (spiritual) thing, for the work of rescuing the inner person from automatism belongs first of all to the Holy Spirit. -Thomas Merton

Spiritual direction is essentially companioning someone in his or her spiritual life. Other ways of describing spiritual direction include holy listening, spiritual friendship, sacred journeying.
-Janna Larson

What is a Spiritual Director?

Spiritual direction is help given by one Christian to another which enables that person to pay attention to God’s personal communication to him or her, to respond to this personally communicating God, to grow in intimacy with this God, and to live out the consequences of the relationship. (William A. Barry and William J. Connolly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction)

  • Spiritual direction focuses on religious experience. It is concerned with a person’s actual experience of a relationship with God.

  • Spiritual direction is about a relationship. The religious experience is not isolated, nor does it consist of extraordinary events. It is what happens in an ongoing relationship between the person and God. Most often this is a relationship that is experienced in prayer.

  • Spiritual direction is a relationship that is going somewhere. God is leading the person to deeper faith and more generous service. The spiritual director asks not just “what is happening?” but “what is moving forward?”

  • The real spiritual director is God. God touches the human heart directly. The human spiritual director does not direct in the sense of giving advice and solving problems. Rather, the director helps a person respond to God’s invitation to a deeper relationship.

The greatest teacher is silence. To come out of interior silence and to practice its radiance, its love, its concern for others, its submission to God's will, its trust in God even in tragic situations is the fruit of living from your inmost center, from the contemplative space within. The signs of coming from this space are a peace that is rarely upset by events, other people and our reactions to them, and a calm that is a stabilizing force in whatever environment you may be in. God gives us everything we need to be happy in the present moment, no matter what the evidence to the contrary may be. A good spiritual director helps us to sustain that trust.

What is contemplative prayer?

Contemplation, like all prayer, is a pure gift, and not anything we can achieve. It happens when prayer becomes, wholly and utterly, the flow of God’s grace, transforming the land it flows through, like Ezekiel’s stream. Or it happens when we lose consciousness of our own part in it and become simply receptors and carriers of grace. It happens when we realize that our transformation depends on nothing but God's grace and love, and, like the chrysalis, let go of all activity to try to achieve our own redemption.

When we try to describe it, we fail, for it lies beyond the world of words. We can open our hearts to it by the practice of awareness, but we cannot bring it about, any more than we can force a flower to open or an egg to hatch. And in our silent, trustful waiting, we are acknowledging that God is God, the source and the destination, the means and the end of all our prayer, whatever form it may take.

What is a Spiritual Discipline?

Discipline is defined as training expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior. Discipline is not part of the sin nature, but it is a natural component of the Christian life. In fact, almost nothing of any significance in our lives is ever accomplished without it. Spiritual disciplines can be described as those behaviors that augment our spiritual growth and enable us to grow to spiritual maturity. This process of spiritual growth and development begins to take place the moment a person encounters the risen Christ and comes to Him for salvation.The purpose of spiritual discipline is the development of our inner being, that which has been transformed by Christ at salvation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Redeemed believers have experienced the total renewal of the whole person from within, involving differences in thought, feeling and character that may be slower to be evident in our outward behavior. This is what Paul had in mind when he spoke of taking off the old self and putting on the new,  which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator (Colossians 3:9-10).The foremost of the disciplines is that involving the Word of God constitutes the reading, study, memorization, and meditation of Scripture, prayer and worship.

who should  come to soulwell?

Any Christian seeking a deeper relationship with Christ and a deeper relationship with their Creator.  Anyone who feels stuck in their faith journey or is doubting God.  Anyone seeking Christian community.  Anyone that is seeking to know themselves better and on a deeper level.  Anyone seeking purpose and direction in their life.