By | 2022-12-29T18:31:10+00:00 December 29th, 2022|Events|

Sunday, April 23 – Wednesday, April 26, 2023

For (approximately) Ages 65+

An Ingalls Creek retreat presented by the Center for Faith, Calling, and Community

For this April retreat, we will explore the topic of TELLING YOUR STORY, offering a safe space for YOUR participation, learning, fellowship, encouragement, and growth. Each of us has a story, but we seldom take the time to dig beneath the surface to the treasures within. Through writing, we can explore our past and our present; we can remember God’s acts on our journey and pass on to others what we have witnessed of God in this life: the mysterious, the tragic, the miraculous, the beautiful, the ordinary.

This retreat is for you if . . .

  • You want to write your story but are not sure where to start.
  • You want to write freely and creatively without perfectionism shutting you down.
  • You’d like to pass on a legacy to your family.
  • You have wounds from the past that you would like to address.

We’ll share stories and learn from one another.  Expect a slower pace so you can enjoy time to relax, reflect, rest, relate, and have fun!  Build new relationships.  Be blessed and encouraged in your spiritual life.  Experience community, transparency, honesty, vulnerability, and openness.

Featured Presenter: Leslie Leyland Fields

Leslie is the multi-award-winning author of 12 books including Your Story Matters: Finding, Writing and Living the Truth of Your Life. Other books include Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas, which won Christianity Today’s 2017 Book Award in Christian Living. Other popular books include The Wonder Years, Surviving the Island of Grace, and Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers. Her books have been translated into nine languages. Her essays have appeared in Christianity Today,, The Atlantic, Orion, Best Essays and many others earning her a number of Evangelical Press Awards, Pushcart nominations and a Genesis Award. With three graduate degrees (in English, Journalism and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction) she has taught extensively in undergraduate and graduate programs, as a visiting writer and guest lecturer. Since the pandemic, she has been teaching online classes as well to thousands of writers around the world.

Leslie also speaks nationally and internationally at conferences, universities, retreats, and churches on a range of topics centered on faith, art and culture. When not traveling, she lives on Kodiak Island, Alaska with her husband.

Retreat Costs

  • $550 – for a couple with onsite housing, private or semi-private room, private or semi-private bath, all meals and program
  • $275 – for a single with onsite housing, private or semi-private room, private or semi-private bath, all meals and program.
  • $320 – for a couple with offsite housing, all meals and program
  • $160 – for a single with offsite housing, all meals and program
  • $75 – scholarship request deposit

Ingalls Creek offers housing options for private, semi-private, and shared rooms and baths. Depending on your needs, and on-site housing availability, below are some off-site housing options within 15 miles of Ingalls Creek.

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Or download this flyer, complete the form, and mail it to Ingalls Creek.


Testimonials …

It is difficult to put into words how meaningful the experience has been. It is AWESOME! This is a MUST EXPERIENCE for anyone over the age of 65.”

“Very satisfied with the retreat.  Best one yet.  Great speaker, program and schedule.  Beautiful weather too!”

“It surpassed my expectations and was right in the wheelhouse of what I was looking for.  All of the presenters were great and covered helpful things.”

“I truly enjoyed the experience.  The feeling of Jesus being here is unsurpassable.  Quiet time can be enjoyed in so many places here.”

~Participant comments