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The Springs Arizona

Welcome to The Springs Retreat, Arizona

A three-day prayer and reflection retreat for Christian women.

Join us at the Springs retreat, Monday at 1:30 through noon Wednesday, at the Chapel Rock Camp & Conference Center in Prescott, Arizona. 

Upcoming Dates for 2018 will be posted in January 2018.

The Springs Retreat is flexible as it is intended to be a private retreat with various options so you can design your own retreat. When we spend time with the Lord, we come to know His love more deeply and find out that His love is all we really need. 

The Arizona Springs has a Twitter account and can be found using @azsprings1. We also use the hashtag #arizonaspringsretreat on Facebook and other places. Follow us.


 

The Retreat

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At the Springs we will gently move from whole group times of worship to individual times of on our own. We will worship in a beautiful chapel first thing in the morning, before each meal and to close our day with singing and short devotional thoughts from Scripture. We will talk about how to use journaling to reflect on our lives and the Word. We will pray with a small group of women. We will have hours to spend as we choose.

This retreat has been held for twenty years in California, but this is the first time we are offering it in Arizona. Everyone coming to this first retreat will be on Track 1. Women will be introduced to prayer and reflection retreats and provided a structure for their private retreat, which they can adapt as they come to future retreats (tracks 2 and 3 will be available at later dates). 


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The Retreat Center

Chapel Rock is a retreat and conference center owned and operated by the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona. It is 100 miles northwest of Phoenix and just minutes from downtown Prescott.

The climate is characterized by mild sunny days and crisp cool evenings. Situated on 20 acres of wooded land in Prescott, the center is open year round.

Tall Ponderosa pine trees, oaks, elms and beautiful outcroppings of rocks characterize the rolling landscape of the center.

Each attendee will have a private room (with hotel-style linen service beds) and private bathroom. A professional cooking staff operates the main kitchen and dining hall.


Meet The Arizona Springs Team

 Jill Austin

Jill and her husband live in Colorado. She is a Christian Speaker, Retreat Leader, Bible Study teacher and mentor of women.  She attends Christ Our Hope Anglican Church in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Jill has served on the Board of NEWIM for many years and is currently the chairman.

Luann Budd

Luann is the author of Journal Keeping and serves in ministry with her husband, who is the pastor at New Life Covenant Church, San Jose, CA. She served as an Awana Director for many years and has been a mentor to countless women.  Luann has served on the Board of NEWIM for over 20 years and is currently serving as President.

Deanna Harder

Deanna is on staff at Connect Church in Mesa, AZ and has served in the areas of worship and finance. She is a singer, songwriter, musician who has a passion for worship and has served as worship leader at many women’s conferences and retreats in CA and around the western U.S.

Tracy Millward

Tracy works as an administrator in a Christian law firm and is part of the leadership of Connect Church in Mesa, AZ. She is a gifted teacher and has a passion for prayer.

Veronica Sandoval

Veronica works for the Mesa Public School system and serves with her husband leading the Youth at Connect Church in Mesa, AZ.

Mary Williams

Mary works as the office administrator for Mesa Christian Academy and has also served on the office staff and in the areas of worship and women’s ministry at Connect Church in Mesa, AZ.


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Registration

Registration is not available at this time.

Cost is $249; includes 2 nights and 5 meals. You may hold your place with a $40 deposit; balance due three weeks prior to start of retreat. 

Email questions to Mary Williams: williamsdm2000@gmail.com


In our modern world, silence truly is golden

An Editorial by Barbara Nurmi

I’m going to a “silent retreat” next month. Three days where communication with other people is limited and the emphasis is on prayer and reflection. I’m so looking forward to it. And it’s got me thinking a lot about why it’s so appealing to me.

I have a plaque in my hallway that says, “Make time for quiet moments, as God whispers, and the world is loud.” And this modern world we live in is loud. While Thoreau reflected in the 19th century “the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation," James Thurber countered that famous quote by quipping, “Nowadays, most men lead lives of noisy desperation."

Sound is always on, always there, and this constant noise stresses my body -- mentally, physically and spiritually.

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I remember, as a child, laying on my back, all alone, watching the sky. There was no sound other than nature while I studied the clouds, looking for shapes and patterns. While I lay there, my mind was free to wander, reflecting on anything and everything. I also remember my dad often sitting in silence in his big easy chair staring off into space. Maybe that’s where some of his wise sayings percolated in his mind.

In today’s modern world, we are virtually bombarded 24/7 by “noise." You can't even pump gas without clips of news, entertainment and advertising before your eyes and ears. And it’s not just “sonic” noise—what hits our ears—but also mental “noise”—what comes from constant brain stimulation.

Through our smartphones and other devices, we have endless access to a virtual world that demands our attention.

Our world has created sources of sound and distraction for every situation. We’ve become uncomfortable with silence. Even in our “silent prayer time” at church, we need soft music filling the background to protect our sensibilities from perfect still. Really? It might be unavoidable during the day, dictated by bosses, co-workers, spouses, teachers, parents, kids. But even in our leisure time, with no demands on us, we choose to fill our space with noise of some sort or other.

We surf the web, watch TV, listen to the radio, or read books, newspapers and magazines. But when constant noise becomes the status quo of how we live our lives, we become less than we could be.

Consider these quotes:

"True Silence is the rest of the Mind, and is to the Spirit what Sleep is to the Body, Nourishment and Refreshment. It is a great Virtue; it covers Folly, keeps Secrets, avoids Disputes, and prevents Sin." —William Penn.

“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.”—Francis Bacon.

“We need it [silence] greatly, in a world that is often too noisy, that does not favor meditation or listening to the voice of God.” —Pope Benedict XVI.

“Be still, and know that I am God” —Psalm 46:10

“Not merely an absence of noise, Real Silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary. “ —Peter Minard

“Silence is the parent of wise thoughts, the mark of a well composed mind.” —John Hunt

If you list all the benefits of silence and meditation, you’d find that, among other things, by introducing a little silence into your life, you will become healthier, wiser, more discerning, lead a more peaceful life and learn to know God. What’s not to like?

Granted, it takes a little more effort nowadays to escape this noisy world. I’m traveling all the way to Arizona. But you don’t have to travel. You don’t have to leave your home.

This week, try a little experiment. Try carving out a block of time every day to just sit quietly in meditation. Turn off the TV, radio, iPod. Take your phone off the hook, silence your smart phone, get away from others and just rest. Rest your ears, rest your mind, rest your spirit. Do it every day.

What have you got to lose? Not much.

What will you gain? Maybe a better version of you.

Barbara Nurmi, former Californian, resides now in Geneseo where she’s enjoying grandchildren, gardening and small town life.  Published in the Moline (Illinois) Dispatch / Argus newspaper on September 19, 2017.