Casual Friday Retreats and Events List

Nov 25, 2016 | Casual Friday

Whether on or off the field, missionaries benefit from a chance to get away from their usual environment. To be refreshed by quiet time alone with the Lord. Or to be invigorated by the company of other missionaries taking time out to focus on Christ. Here are some places and opportunities to do just that.



Baan Sabai Lodge

  • Silent retreats
  • Guided retreats
  • R&R
  • Debriefing


Life Impact Oases:

     Shepherd’s Rest – Columbia, South Carolina, USA

     Bethesda – Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

     Green Mountain – Monte Verde, Brazil

     Oasis Los Pastos – Grecia, Cost Rica

     The Oaks – Ovieto, Italy

     Caravanserai – Middle East

     Twin Oak Hills – Tigard, Oregon, USA

     Shepherd’s Rest – Lewiston, Idaho, USA

     Good Book Oasis – Vrbovce, Slovakia

     South Africa Oasis – Cape Town, South Africa

     The Intrepid (Boat Oasis) – Winchester Bay, Oregon, USA

     BMI Oasis – Richland, Michigan, USA

     Promised Land Oasis – Stokite, Bulgaria

     Sanur Oasis – Bali, Indonesia



     Kerith Springs Lodge – Sisters, Oregon, USA

     Shelter Pines – Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

     He Restoreth Ministries – Near Medford, Oregon, USA

     Le Reposoir – Brittany, NW France

     Rancho de la Paz – Lake Elsinore, Southern California, USA

     CIT Retreat Center – Union Mills, North Carolina, USA

631 Solution – Corfu, Greece



Thrive retreats for women in ministry

“As of July 2016, we have been in 35 different international locations and hosted 14 retreats in the U.S. serving a total of 4,070 Global Women.”

Note that they offer opportunities for volunteers to minister at their conferences.


Come Away My Beloved (spiritual formation retreat, sponsored by Barnabas)

Oak Haven Resort, Sevierville, Tennessee, USA


Catalyst International’s Breathe Conference

Wilderswil, Switzerland




MTI DAR program (Debriefing and Renewal)

The “gold standard” of debriefing programs.

Monument, Colorado, USA (near Colorado Springs)


Train International Abide Program

Springfield, Missouri, USA


CIT Debriefing

Union Mills, North Carolina, USA


Interlude (sponsored by Baranabas, International)

Noblesville, Indiana, USA and Littleton, Colorado, USA


Paracletos Recalibrate! event (modeled after DAR)

February in Florida; October in Indiana


Not only should you pass this list around, you should seriously consider who you would like to sponsor for a get-away or debriefing. It would be a most-treasured gift to your missionary friend.


What I’m reading this week:

  • You Are What You Love, by James Smith
  • Moments With the Master, by Ken Gire
  • Called to be Saints, by Gordon Smith
  • Creek Mary’s Blood: A Novel, by Dee Brown

Just finished:

  • It’s My Pleasure, by Dee Ann Turner
  • Bittersweet, by Shauna Niequist
  • Autumn: A spiritual biography of the season, edited by Gary Schmidt & Susan Felch

Up next:

  • Seven Days That Divide the World, by John Lennox
  • Delighting in the Trinity, by Michael Reeves