Biblical Retreats

Too busy for reflection, Biblical meditation, quality fellowship or time alone with God?

Upcoming retreat: August 24-26, 2018 

Come As You Are: bringing the good and bad to God

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Whether we recognize it or not, we often are hesitant to bring the good and bad things of our lives to God.  So often, we simply live as if God does not exist or has no interest to be involved with our day-to-day.  But the reality is that the one who made you desires to be intimately involved with you as you experience triumphs and struggles.  Much of his involvement is dependent on our willingness to mentally and emotionally approach him with our experiences.  During this retreat, we will explore God’s desire to be a part of our daily lives and then spend time intentionally bringing our individual worlds to the almighty Maker of heaven and earth.  There will be some collective gatherings and the option for a much time alone.   


Purpose: To be removed from distractions, for a short time, in order to focus on God through fellowship, Biblical meditation, reflection, and solitude. 

Why is this important? Intentional time set apart from one’s normal life to focus on God is a common biblical principal.  It was done by Moses, David, Elijah, John the Baptist, Jesus, Paul and so many others. By doing so, we believe the peace, contentment and sense of purpose that the Bible promises can become more of a reality in one’s life.

Method: Group discussion, Biblical meditation and solitude and reflection with the option for rock climbing, hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities (weather permitting).

  • Each retreat is built around a topic specific for that retreat.

Cost: $70 per person (discounted rates for couples) – $30 for food and $40 for lodging. If finances are an issue, scholarships are available.  A $25 non-refundable deposit is required.

What is provided? Lodging (towels and linens included) and meals

What to bring? Bible and a journal, personal items (toiletries, etc.)

What to leave behind? Personal forms of distraction

Location: Backroads Inn and Cabin's Echo Valley property – located 1.5 miles from Keystone in an idyllic Black Hills setting

Number of participants: maximum of 12


Commit your way to the Lord;                                         
   trust in him, and he will act                                         .
He will make your vindication shine like                     
      the light,                                                                      
   and the justice of your cause like the                           
Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently                
      for him;                                                                       

- Psalms 37.5-7a                   


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Questions: contact Evan at 605-209-3971 or evanhays(at)

"Not only does silence give us a chance to understand ourselves better, to get a truer and more balanced perspective on our own lives in relation to the lives of others: silence makes us whole if we let it.  Silence helps draw together the scattered and dissipated energies of a fragmented existence.  It helps us to concentrated on a purpose that really corresponds not only to the deeper needs of our own being but also to God's intentions for us." - Thomas Merton