Soul Care Retreat

discover what you have been longing for

Are you tired? Just going through the motions? Hitting "walls" that prevent growth in your walk with Jesus? In our busy, noisy world, the Soul Care Retreat is an opportunity to get away, recover your life, and become more of who God has made you to be. 

Learn about spiritual formation and how it happens — how to approach Scripture in a soul-nurturing way; how practicing various spiritual disciplines can reveal the holiness in the everyday; and how to break through the “walls” that are holding you back from progressing to the next stage in your spiritual life. Devote time to walking with Jesus in “the unforced rhythms of grace” (Matthew 11:29, The Message).

“What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Matthew 16:26, NLT)

How to register
Retreat costs $385 per person, including meals, lodging, and materials. Registration is open to the first 20 guests — first come, first served. $100 deposit due at registration to hold your place (or pay in full); full balance due April 2.

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Retreat leaders
Kaylene and Jimm Derksen have served with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) for the majority of their adult lives beginning with an assignment in Birmingham, Alabama 30 years ago. Ministry opportunities then extended to the Netherlands and Germany before they settled in Lancaster in 2005 where they both currently work at EMM’s Central Administrative Offices. In 2013, the Derksens flew across the country for their first Soul Care Retreat. Experiencing the personal effect on their tired souls, the Derksens envisioned offering similar retreats in Lancaster. After receiving certification in soul care ministry, they launched their first retreat in the Spring of 2018.

Soul Care Retreat topics:

  • What is the soul, and how do I care for it?
  • Stages of faith and spiritual formation
  • Enjoying God’s presence through spiritual disciplines
  • The lost discipline of living in rhythm
  • Encountering the Bible as the Living Word
  • Establishing a daily practice of prayer
  • Regaining perspective by reclaiming Sabbath
  • Quieting the soul: finding silence and solitude in the 21st century

Questions? Contact Jessica Herlein at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.