Free or Low-Cost Retreat and Vacation Accommodations for Pastors

July 8, 2012
Retreat owners, click here to submit your facility for this listing.

Pastors and others in full-time Christian ministry have challenging responsibilities that can be spiritually and emotionally draining. Time away from ministry—and away from home—is an important tool for recharging the batteries and regaining perspective.

couple holding hands and walking in a park

That time can be hard to come by, however. Most pastors earn a modest salary, and many are bivocational.

As a preacher’s kid myself, I recall most of our family “vacations” were really trips to visit relatives. In time, my parents were able to save up for a camping trailer so we could get away for a day or two into the woods of Northern Michigan. I believe those family retreats enabled my father to weather the demands of pastoral life.

I learned from Dad’s example, and I make it a point to plan weekend (or, in our case, weekday) getaways with Heather at least three or four times per year. Time away really clears the head, centers the spirit, and helps us reconnect with each other and God’s vision for our life and ministry.

Here is a list of Christian ministries that offer guest, retreat, or vacation accommodations for those in ministry. Some are simply guest houses, others are full-blown conference centers, and a few offer counseling and or other therapeutic services.  A few of them are free for clergy.

I’ve done my best to present accurate information, but I make not guarantee that it is either correct or current. Contact the ministries themselves to confirm details. Be sure to identify yourself as a pastor or full-time Christian servant.

Hopefully, you enjoy a few days away to rest and rekindle your passion for ministry.

$        Free or offered for a donation
$$      Inexpensive to moderately priced
$$$    Moderately priced to more costly
♥       Counseling, mentoring, or coaching available

Please help keep this listing up to date. Email me If you find broken links or outdated information. If you have a retreat or vacation setting for pastors that is not listed, please submit your listing here. Thank you.

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ALABAMA (Top)

Camp Victory
363 Victory Circle, Samson, AL 36477
334-898-7948
Contact Bill Richoux

CALIFORNIA (Top)

Antioch Ranch
39451 Comptche Ukiah Rd,
Mendocino, CA 95460
877-460-7095
Contact Jerry and Pat Westfall

Genesee Home
7202 Genesee Road,
Taylorsville, CA 95983
530-284-1082
Contact Charley or Bev Blom, Host Couple
$$

Leadership Renewal Center
2650 Amalfi, Chowchilla, CA 93610
360-929-2207
E-mail
$$$

Pinecrest Christian Conference Center
1140 Pinecrest Rd., P.O. Box 409, Twin Peaks, CA 92391
909-338-4243
Contact Doug Schlemmer, Director
$$

Rancho de la Paz
PO Box 1388, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
951-245-4082
Contact Pete or Bev Caruso, Directors
$$ ♥

The Cottage on Coronado Island
261 ‘H’ Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
877-472-9333
Contact Dr. Walter Becker
$$$ ♥

The Oaks
P.O. Box 437, 18651 Pine Canyon Rd., Lake Hughes, CA 93532
661-724-1018
Contact Paul Crockett, director of guest relations
$

COLORADO (Top)

Blessing Ranch
900 Red Mountain Rd, Livermore, CO 80536
970-495-0920
Contact Dr. John Walker, Executive Director
$$$ ♥

CrossRoads Counseling of the Rockies
PO Box 476, Buena Vista, CO 81211
719-395-4673, E-mail
$$$ ♥

Eagles Nest Retreat
P.O. Box 1165; Ouray, CO 81427
800-533-4049
Contact Dr. and Mrs. (Kay) John Gowins, Directors
$$

Majestic Mountain Ministries
Location: Twin Lakes, CO
Home Office: PO Box 91224, Austin, TX 78709
(office) 512-288-7580 (camp) 719-486-2208, E-mail
$$

Marble Retreat
181 Bannockburn, Marble, CO 81623
888-216-2725
$$$ ♥

Quiet Waters Ministries
9185 East Kenyon Avenue, Suite 150, Denver, CO 80237
866-5-waters (866-592-8377)
Contact James L. Schlottman, Executive Director
$$$ ♥

Renewal Ministries
P.O. Box 740100, Arvada, CO 80006
Contact J. Blair and Wendy L. Dalton, Founders/Directors
1-888-277-7256 or 303-467-0777
$$$ ♥

Rocky Mountain Renewal
3115 Castle Woods Ln, Dubuque, IA 52001
Two locations:
Rancho Mira Sol, 4425 CR 228, Durango, CO 81301
Rio Grande/Living Water, Creede, CO 81130
Contact Gail Formby, Assistant Ministry Coordinator, Dubuque, IA
$

Serenity’s Promise
1207 Carnahan Court, Monument, CO 80132
719-487-1221
Contact Sherryll R. Parker, Owner and Hostess
$$

Shining Mountain Ranch
PO Box 926, Westcliffe, CO 81252
719-783-2627
Contact Glenn and Doreen Seibel, Owners
$$

SonScape Retreats
1502 County Rd. 25, PO Box 700, Divide, CO 80814
888-766-7227
info (at) sonscape.org
$$$ ♥

Stone Gate Resources
11509 Palmer Divide Road, Larkspur, CO 80118
888-575-3030 or 303-688-5680,
Also see restoringsexualpurity.org
Contact Dr. Harry W. Schaumburg, Executive Director

FLORIDA (Top)

Beside Still Waters
Manatee Religious Services, 3111 29th Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208
877-608-0999
Contact Mary Moore
$

D and D Missionary Homes, Inc.
4020 58th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33714
727-522-0522, E-mail
$$

Dove Shores
14520 Perdido Key Dr, Pensacola, FL 32507
850-492-3682 (DOVE)
Contact Rev. Mike or Dr. Sharon Hill
$$ ♥

Wesleyan Village
8225 Wesley Drive, Brooksville, FL 34601
352-799-1644, E-mail
$

GEORGIA (Top)

Restoration Road
7969 Restoration Rd., Blairsville, GA 30512
706-745-7411
Contact Joann Earl, host and founder
$

Shepherd’s Refuge – Selah Ministries
PO Box 1221, Dahlonega, GA 30533
404-474-0686 or 770-316-9665
Contact Ruedi and Sandy Mettler, Host Couple
$

The Father’s Heart Ministry
58 Misty Ln, Cleveland, GA 30528 (90 min north of Atlanta airport)
678-596-3916
Contact Jerry and Denise Basel, Counselors and Co-Directors
$$ ♥

SonScape Retreats
Hosted at WinShape Retreat
2277 Martha Berry Hwy. NW, Rome, GA 30161
888-766-7227
info (at) sonscape.org
$$$ ♥

IDAHO (Top)

Diamond T Ranch
5361 River Road, Clark Fork, ID 83811
208-266-0490
Contact Tom and Brenda Wagoner
$$

ILLINOIS (Top)

Deer Ridge Ministries
401 Meadows Street, Polo, IL 61064
Retreat Location: Freeport, IL
815-543-6250
Contact David or Louise Decker, Directors
$

INDIANA (Top)

King’s Ranch
8173 Davison Road, Oldenburg, IN 47036
812-527-2138, E-mail
$$

KANSAS (Top)

Buffalo Ridge Hospitality and Retreat Center
Mailing: PO Box 400, Ottawa, KS 66095
Location: 1203 Finney Rd, Williamsburg, KS 66095
785-746-5418, E-mail
$$

KENTUCKY (Top)

cleftRock Retreat Center
2917 Cleft Rock Rd, Mt Vernon, KY 40456
Email
$ ♥

MAINE (Top)

Adorable Maine Getaway
466 Lewis Rd., Harrison, ME 04040
Email: Naphtali Maynard
$$

MICHIGAN (Top)

Alongside, Inc.
P.O. Box 587, Richland, MI 49083
269-671-4809
Contact Steve Maybee, care coordinator
$$$ ♥

Fa-Ho-Lo Camp and Conference Center
Assemblies of God Michigan District
3000 Mount Hope Road, Grass Lake, MI 49240
517-522-6800
$

Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference
4759 Lake Harbor Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49441
231-798-2161, E-mail
$

MISSOURI (Top)

Anchor Retreat and Conference Center
170 Deckard Lane, Kimberling City, MO 65686
(mobile) 417-766-3090
Contact Harvey and Linda Goodman
$

Brook at Bethpage
1461 Elkhorn Rd, Stella, MO 64867
417-628-3041 or 417-483-5458
Contact Gaines or Sandy Dittrich
$

Little House in the Hollow
119 White Ash Rd., Highlandville, MO 65669
417-725-2494
Contact Paul and Naomi Rees, Owners
$$

MONTANA (Top)

Elijah’s Brook
PO Box 447, Glasgow, MT 59230
406-228-2694
Contact Alan Pine, Director (PO Box 20, St. Marie, MT 59231; 406-524-3700)
$

Mountaintop Retreat
13705 Cottonwood Canyon, Dr., Bozeman, MT 59718
406-763-4566
Contact Ted and Laura Roth

NEBRASKA (Top)

The Marie House
202 Broadway, Naponee, NE 68960
308-269-2015
Contact Pastor Duane Lauber
$

NEW MEXICO (Top)

Glorieta Conference Center
11 State Rd. 50, Glorieta, NM 87535 (near Santa Fe)
800-797-4222
$$

NEW YORK (Top)

The Parsonage House
807 Buck Rd., Stone Ridge NY 12484
Contact Frank Romanek Jr
$

SonScape Retreats
Hosted near Lake Placid, Opening in 2014
888-766-7227
info (at) sonscape.org
$$$ ♥

NORTH CAROLINA (Top)

Sylvan Pathways
720 S. Chimney Rock Rd., Greesboro, NC 27409
Email Lou Ouradnik
$

Pastor’s Retreat in a Private Home
2445 Windingbrook Dr., Kannapolis, NC 28083
E-mail
$

Renewal Ministries
2010 Midland Rd., Southern Pines, NC 28387
910-692-4060
Contact Rev. David Hicks
$

OHIO (Top)

Innkeeper Ministries, Inc.
6701 Lewisburg Ozias Rd, Lewisburg, OH 45338
937-962-8312 (9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Mon-Fri)
Contact Bob and Jan Hartenstein
$

Mohican Valley Camp and Canoe
3069 State Route 3, Loudonville, OH 44842
419-994-5204 or 800-682-2663
Contact Rev. Sheila Bechtel, Overseer
Ridgecrest Conference Center
PO Box 128, Ridgecrest, NC 28770 (near Asheville)
800-588-7222
$$

Riverside Retreat for Pastors
3069 State Route 3, Loudonville, OH 44842
419-994-5204 or 800-682-2663
Contact Rev. Sheila Bechtel, Overseer
$$

OREGON (Top)

Christian Renewal Center
22444 North Fork Rd. SE, Silverton, OR 97381
503-873-6743
$

PENNSYLVANIA (Top)

Life Ministries
P.O. Box 311, Franklin, PA 16323
814-437-6251
Contact Rich Tygert, Administrator
$$

Sunrise Acres Retreat
999 N. Milk and Water Rd., Everett, PA 15537
814-795-7750
Contact Ernest Eby
$$

SOUTH CAROLINA (Top)
 
The Potter’s Place
738 Clayton St., Central, SC 29630
Contact Don and Shannon Schaupp
$

Restoration House
PO Box 283, Landrum, SC 29356
864-977-8020
Contact Pastor Daniel L. Garvin
$$$ ♥

TENNESSEE (Top)

Chalet Retreat Ministries
805 Tiger Creek Rd., Roan Mountain, TN 37687
Contact Larry & Carol Rose
$$

Cozy Bear Cabins
Pigeon Forge, TN, 800-835-6780
Contact Michael and Pamela Thompson
$$

Fairhaven Ministries—Tennessee
2198 Roaring Creek Road, Roan Mountain, TN 37687
423-772-4269
Contact Ed and Sherrie Gore, Directors
$$

SonScape Retreats
Hosted at Whitestone Country Inn
1200 Paint Rock Rd., Kingston, TN 27736
888-766-7227
info (at) sonscape.org
$$$ ♥

TEXAS (Top)

Hidden Manna Christian Retreat Center
35A Hidden Manna, New Waverly, TX 77358
936-295-9413
Contact Louise Looney

Sky Ranch
24657 CR448, Van, TX 75790
800-962-2267 x221 or 903-569-3482 x221, E-mail
$

VIRGINIA (Top)

New Season Retreat
Warrenton, VA 20187
Contact Anne and Chris
$

WASHINGTON (Top)

Camp Berachah Ministries
19830 SE 328th Place, Auburn, WA 98092
253-939-0488 or 1-800-859-2267
Contact Guest Host( Randy or Diana)
$$

Gaius Guest Ranch
3765 Hill Loop Rd., Kettle Falls, WA 99142
Email Jerry Balswick
$$

Hosanna Way Station Christian Retreat Center
8 Hosanna Way, Republic, WA 99166
509-775-2967
Contact Carl and Tammy Stevens

Soundview Ministries
8609 182nd Place SW, Edmonds, WA 98026
425-774-4118
Contact Rev. Ted or Jane Hutchinson
$$

WEST VIRGINIA (Top)

Faith Mountain Ministries, Inc.
HC 73, Box 18C, Rosedale, WV 26636
304-364-4019
Contact Herb or Kathy Miller, Directors
$$

Laurel Ridge Cabins
64 Laurel Cabin Dr., Mt. Nebo, WV 26679
304-872-1602
Contact Darren and Lori Green
$$

WISCONSIN (Top)

Ministries Resource Center, Inc.
14190 Barker Hollow Rd., Woodman, WI 53827
608-988-4326 or 608-988-4649
Contact Rev. Gerald and Alita Robertson, executive program director
$$

MULTI-STATE (Top)

Christian Hospitality Network
A network of over 900 national and international participating lodging
properties
Office: PO Box 12303, Knoxville, TN 37912 (office)
865-376-7546
Contact Paul Cowell, founder

Life Impact Ministries
Serving pastors and missionaries at sites in Oregon, South Dakota, Brazil, Costa Rica, Italy, and Slovakia.
See Web site for contact information and services by site.
$ ♥

Makahiki Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 415, Mariposa, CA 95338
209-966-2988, E-mail
$$

Pastors Retreat Network
PO Box 180455, Delafield, WI 53018-0455
866-703-9544
$

PastorCare: The National Clergy Support Network
P.O. Box 52044, Raleigh, NC 27612
919-787-7024

CANADA (Top)

Fairhaven Ministries—Canada
PO Box 155, Vernon, BC V1T 6M2, Canada
250-260-161
Contact Rev. Len Frank, director
$

Oasis
Retreats held at Twin Creeks Bed & Breakfast, Abbotsford, BC
Contact Bob Armstrong, Executive Director, 604-832-6972,
$$$ ♥

Can you add to this list? Submit new listings here.

Lawrence W. Wilson

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I'm lead pastor at Fall Creek Wesleyan Church and the author of a few books including A Different Kind of Crazy and Why Me? Straight Talk about Suffering. When I have ideas that might help you transform your life and community, I post them here.
  • Clair Budd

    Christian Renewal Center in Silverton OR welcomes personal retreats on a donation basis. See website.

    • http://www.lawrencewilson.com/p/about-me.html Lawrence W. Wilson

      Thanks, Clair. I’ve added that to the listing.

  • Mark Oelze

    Lawrence – thank you for taking the time to list all the resources for Pastors and others in full time ministry. I have been a Pastor and/or Marriage Counselor for nearly 30 years and understand the need to get away and re-create. One other source you might check in to and add is Life Impact. See: http://www.lifeimpactministries.net/ One of the couples who have an Oasis in South Dakota where Pastors and Leaders can get away for a retreat is my sister and brother in law, Jim and Carol Wold.

    Mark Oelze
    http://www.madlyinlove.org

    • http://www.lawrencewilson.com/p/about-me.html Lawrence W. Wilson

      Mark, thanks for the tip. I’ve added them to the listing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michele.p.kirkpatrick Michele Pembor Kirkpatrick

    Maranatha Bible and Missionary Conference in Muskegon MI offers a 25% discount to full time clergy or missionaries for summer programming, and first night free for pastoral retreats the rest of the year. We went last summer and it was amazing and refreshing for our whole family. http://www.vacationwithpurpose.org. Their current special is 2 nights for the price of one thru the end of Feb 2013.

    • http://www.lawrencewilson.com/p/about-me.html Lawrence W. Wilson

      Michele, thanks for the info. I’ve added them to the list.

  • Polly Schoen

    Thanks for adding the additional states that SonScape offers their unique pastor and missionary retreats. Travel distance is a consideration and these are locations that people will find are both accessible and inspiring!

  • http://www.facebook.com/karessahart Karessa Powell Hart

    Hi Pastor Lawrence, My husband and I have been in the ministry for over 24 years. Last year we purchased a small condo in Little River, SC near Myrtle Beach, SC. The purpose of this purchase was to have a place for Ministers and their spouse to get away. Would be awesome if you wanted to add our place to your list of available places. Feel free to contact us for more info karessa_hart@yahoo.com

    • http://www.facebook.com/karessahart Karessa Powell Hart

      Healing Hearts MInistries

    • http://www.lawrencewilson.com/p/about-me.html Lawrence W. Wilson

      Karessa, thanks for the contact. I’ll get with you for more info.

  • Anne Staudt

    We have a no charge retreat space in the Northern Virginia area for ministers that we would like you to list. We do not have outlook on our computer so the email link does not work for us. Could you email us at info@newseasonretreat.com and we will send you more information? Thanks so much.

    • http://www.lawrencewilson.com/p/about-me.html Lawrence W. Wilson

      Hi Anne, I’ll e-mail you today. For future reference, you can e-mail me directly at Larry (at) LawrenceWilson.com. Thanks!

  • Robin Bierworth

    My husband is a pastor and has been in the ministry for over 20 years. We recently turned over a church that we planted to a young pastor that my husband had been mentoring and moved to Mississippi to be with our son and take a much needed rest. Does anyone know of a place where we can go to spend the weekend to celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary. We can not afford to spend much as he is not working at this time but resting. Thank you. Robin

  • Robin Bierworth

    If you do know of a place please contact me via e-mail mg6mydad@yahoo.com. We are in Pascagoula MS near Biloxi

  • http://www.courtyardoceanfrontnorth.com/ Virgina Beach Oceanfront North

    nice article…..

  • Tammy Whitehurst

    Do you know of a place in New Orleans or Vicksburg?

    • http://www.lawrencewilson.com/p/about-me.html Lawrence W. Wilson

      Hi Tammy, right now I don’t have any info on retreats in Louisiana or Mississippi. If you find some, please let me know!

  • Duncan Petty

    I’m busy planning a sabbatical for end March to end June 2014. First 2 months are sorted but for last month I want to read copiously from the work of Eugene Peterson and would really value doing this in ‘his neck of the woods’ to add atmosphere and give a sense of some of what he alludes to. I am seriously struggling to finance this though – can run to flights but would need very low accommodation costs. If you know of anyone who might help would be greatly blessed. Thanks, whatever … Duncan Petty, Oaks Church, Skelmersdale, Lancashire, UK (minister – Oaks Church – Church of England church planter from 2004)

    • http://www.lawrencewilson.com/p/about-me.html Lawrence W. Wilson

      HI Duncan, if by “his neck of the woods,” you mean Montana, there are two listings there. You can contact the operators for information on cost. The single “$” symbol accompanying a listing means that it is offered free or for a donation.

  • syam

    Hello , this is a message from TSC(trinity service centre) taking care of 30 orphans and 19 widows. would you be partner of this service to the needy, God bless. Contact: tsc4orphans@gmail.com