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September  23-24, 2023
(Sept. 22 evening optional)

2023 Women's Retreat


There is more to rest than how much sleep you get at night.  Not only do you need physical rest, but you are designed to experience mental, emotional, and spiritual rest as well. Jesus tells us when we come to Him we will find rest for our souls. A lack of rest can have unfavorable effects on your health, happiness, relationships, creativity and productivity. Join us as we look to scripture and consider God's desires for our rest - discover the types of rest you are lacking and learn how to recover the rest you are longing for.

What to Expect:

Back by popular demand - the Friday evening option! If you can, come early and spend the evening in a way that best suits your needs. The Friday evening option includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, fellowship, and lodging; but, if your soul desires extra rest and not-so-much socialization, grab some food and escape to your cabin early! There is no wrong way to spend your time. After all, this is your time and we want to you enjoy yourself fully and be restored! Adding the Friday evening option is $30 for those staying at camp as well as for commuters.

We will gather beginning at 8:30am on Saturday for our first session. Breakfast refreshments will be available and you can plan on plenty of hot coffee and tea all weekend long!

Registration will include a seat at all speaker sessions, small group studies, worship, three meals on Saturday, two meals on Sunday, snacks, an array of free-time options, a bountiful pouring on of encouragement and inspiration, as well as so much more. Be sure to mark this on registration so we can include you as we prepare and schedule those optional activities. Your registration and cost options are:​

  • Arrive Saturday morning, staying overnight at Riverside = $100

  • Arrive Saturday1morning, staying off-site but attending Sunday = $100

  • SATURDAY ONLY registration, no lodging = $90

  • Friday Add-On (whether or not staying onsite) = $30

Service Project:


Guest Speaker, 
Kathie Hobson


About Kathie...Kathie is the Assistant Director of Christ-Life Center in Clive, Iowa. Kathie oversees the curriculum, teaches classes, and is also the training director for The Ultimate Journey, overseeing groups in churches across the country.

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Kathie holds a Master’s Degree in counseling from Wheaton College Graduate School and has served as a therapist in clinical and church settings. Kathie’s passion is seeing people grow beyond the hurts, shame, and bondages of their past so they can truly live free. As a result, they are able to live out who God created them to be, and to have love-filled marriages, friendships, and emotionally healthy children. Kathie and her husband, Jim, have been married for over 40 years and have two married daughters and 5 grandchildren. 

General Itinerary


8:30-9:00am      Check-in with refreshments

9:00am               First session

11:15am               Small group discussions

12:00pm             Lunch

1:00-4:00pm      Free time activities

4:00pm               Regather - Coffee bar and service project

5:00pm               Session #2

6:45pm               Large group photo and supper

7:45pm               Prayer service

9:00pm-ish       Campfire with smores


7:30-9:00am        Outdoor breakfast or dining hall bfast

9:00am                Session #3

10:15am                Small group discussions

11:00am               Regather and closing, ministry time

11:30am               Lunch and depart

12:15pm-?            Camp store open


As usual, you will have the ability to stay right here in one of our cozy cabins on camp. We anticipate that groups of ladies will register together and we encourage that - this will allow us to place you and your close peers in a cabin together. There will be a Cabinmate request section in registration that you will want to complete if you have specific people you'd like to be in a cabin with. No cabinmate request? No problem! You are not alone and we are excited for you to connect with your assigned cabinmates as well as the many other women who will be in attendance on this special weekend! 

If you personally do not feel comfortable being in a cabin with ladies you do not know or if you'd prefer a hotel, you can check out lodging options right in nearby Story City or Ames. 


Horseback Trail Ride = $15

Craft Activity (floral hoop wreath) = $8

Please email or call Cheri, our Associate Director, if you have any questions! or ph. 515-733-5271

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