Free or Low-Cost Retreat and Vacation Accommodations for Pastors

July 8, 2012 — 26 Comments
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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 Email me If you find broken links or outdated information.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.



Camp Victory
363 Victory Circle, Samson, AL 36477
Contact Bill Richoux


Antioch Ranch
39451 Comptche Ukiah Rd,
Mendocino, CA 95460
Contact Jerry and Pat Westfall

Genesee Home
7202 Genesee Road,
Taylorsville, CA 95983
Contact Charley or Bev Blom, Host Couple

Honey in the Rock Ranch
32450 Rincado Rd., Pauma Valley, CA 92061
Contact William Berglund

Leadership Renewal Center
2650 Amalfi, Chowchilla, CA 93610

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

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

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

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


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

Coffee-n-Counsel Christian Ministry
Bailey, CO

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
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
$$$ ♥

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
Contact Sherryll R. Parker, Owner and Hostess

Shining Mountain Ranch
PO Box 926, Westcliffe, CO 81252
Contact Glenn and Doreen Seibel, Owners

SonScape Retreats
1502 County Rd. 25, PO Box 700, Divide, CO 80814
info (at)
$$$ ♥

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


Beside Still Waters
Manatee Religious Services, 3111 29th Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208
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
$$ ♥

Private Guest Room
2000 NE 29th Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
Contact S. Reynolds, (954) 415-1041

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


Restoration Road
7969 Restoration Rd., Blairsville, GA 30512
Contact Joann Earl, host and founder

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

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

SonScape Retreats
Hosted at WinShape Retreat
2277 Martha Berry Hwy. NW, Rome, GA 30161
info (at)
$$$ ♥


Diamond T Ranch
5361 River Road, Clark Fork, ID 83811
Contact Tom and Brenda Wagoner


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


Mahseh Center
1516 North Lake Shore Dr., Kewanna, IN 46939

Shepherd’s Gate Inn
565 E. William and Mary Dr., Martinsville, IN 46151
Contact Becka Lehman

The Springs
8173 Davison Road, Oldenburg, IN 47036
812-527-2138, E-mail

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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


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


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

Friedenru (Peaceful Rest)
707 White School House Rd., Madison, ME 04950
Email: Curtiss Kanagy


Alongside, Inc.
P.O. Box 587, Richland, MI 49083
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

Hosanna Homestead
Kalamazoo, MI
Contact Ann Rothmaler, (847) 742-3327

BMI Oasis
10851 East D Ave, Richland MI 49083
Contact John Studebaker
$ ♥

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


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
Contact Paul and Naomi Rees, Owners


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

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


The Marie House
202 Broadway, Naponee, NE 68960
Contact Pastor Duane Lauber


Eagle Mountain Lodge
PO Box 136, Eagle Nest, NM 87718
Contact via email
$ ♥


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

SonScape Retreats
Hosted near Lake Placid, Opening in 2014
info (at)
$$$ ♥


The Haven at Woods Crossing
Asheville, NC
Email Pat Hand

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

Renewal Ministries
2010 Midland Rd., Southern Pines, NC 28387
Contact Rev. David Hicks

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

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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)

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


Christian Renewal Center
22444 North Fork Rd. SE, Silverton, OR 97381


Life Ministries
P.O. Box 311, Franklin, PA 16323
Contact Rich Tygert, Administrator

Sunrise Acres Retreat
999 N. Milk and Water Rd., Everett, PA 15537
Contact Ernest Eby

The Potter’s Place
738 Clayton St., Central, SC 29630
Contact Don and Shannon Schaupp

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


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

Christian Pastor Retreat
240 Crockett Creek Dr., Jamestown, TN 38556
Contact Joyce Pickard, (931) 879-6784

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

Fairhaven Ministries—Tennessee
2198 Roaring Creek Road, Roan Mountain, TN 37687
Contact Ed and Sherrie Gore, Directors

SonScape Retreats
Hosted at Whitestone Country Inn
1200 Paint Rock Rd., Kingston, TN 27736
info (at)
$$$ ♥


Hidden Manna Christian Retreat Center
35A Hidden Manna, New Waverly, TX 77358
Contact Louise Looney

The Haven River Inn
105 FM 473 Comfort, TX 78013
888-995-7400 or E-mail

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


New Season Retreat
Warrenton, VA 20187
Contact Anne and Chris


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
Contact Carl and Tammy Stevens

Soundview Ministries
8609 182nd Place SW, Edmonds, WA 98026
Contact Rev. Ted or Jane Hutchinson


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

Laurel Ridge Cabins
64 Laurel Cabin Dr., Mt. Nebo, WV 26679
Contact Darren and Lori Green


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


Christian Hospitality Network
A network of over 900 national and international participating lodging
Office: PO Box 12303, Knoxville, TN 37912 (office)
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

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


Villa Arkios
329G Jolly Harbour, Bolans, Antigua
$$ ♥


Fairhaven Ministries—Canada
PO Box 155, Vernon, BC V1T 6M2, Canada
Contact Rev. Len Frank, director

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


Casa Corridor
Transpenninsular Hwy, mm 19.5, Cabo Real, Cabo san Lucas, BCS, Mexico

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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.

    • 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: 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

    • Lawrence W. Wilson

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

  • 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. Their current special is 2 nights for the price of one thru the end of Feb 2013.

    • 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!

  • 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 Powell Hart

      Healing Hearts MInistries

    • 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 and we will send you more information? Thanks so much.

    • Lawrence W. Wilson

      Hi Anne, I’ll e-mail you today. For future reference, you can e-mail me directly at Larry (at) 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 We are in Pascagoula MS near Biloxi

  • Virgina Beach Oceanfront North

    nice article…..

  • Tammy Whitehurst

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

    • 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)

    • 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:

  • Paula

    Thank you so much for your sight! I have shared it with several friends in the ministry who will be using it as well. What a blessing to all of us who serve, but sometimes have difficulty finding the right places for our families to go and rest and revitalize!

  • evavirg

    I have churches in USA, Sweden and Kenya but have not the tax forms that is required sometimes as I do not live in USA. How can I stay at a place without those paper ? I have other papers that show that I am a real Pastor.

  • Catherine Stier Howie

    Mahseh has a pastor’s discount, and I think during the week it might even be free.

    • Lawrence W. Wilson

      Thanks for the tip, Catherine. I’ve added Mahseh to the listing.

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  • David Camphouse

    Just a reminder that many denominations have camp and retreat ministries, and often allow their clergy and occasionally even church staff to take free or reduced cost retreats on location. There may be costs associated with providing meals, but it is worth checking with the camping ministry of a local denomination. If one is part of a non-denominational, or denomination without any camps or retreat centers, it is often worth checking with denominations which do, primarily, Catholic, United Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist and Calvary Chapel, among several