Sharing a Dream–‘Abide’ Writer’s Retreat

A Retreat for Women Writers of Faith
Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing… You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will remain.”                                                   –John 15

When I first met my friend Kimberlee she had just returned from a writer’s retreat in Texas.  While we drank tea and ate sandwiches, she began to share a vision with me about a smaller, more intimate, restful kind of true writer’s retreat. You know what, it might look like if SHE were in charge.

God had been stirring a desire in my heart for the very same thing, but I held onto my Big Idea for awhile. I wanted to give it time…was this really you, God?

Then last summer I popped the question–What if? What if we did just that–started small and created a quiet, relaxed retreat for women writers? Provided space to write and rest, to pray and worship, to connect at a heart level with other like-minded creatives, and to enjoy the beauty of the natural world.

And most of all, what if we allowed the space–physically and spiritually–to tune into what the Holy Spirit might be speaking into our lives?

In October, we will be heading into the Cascade Mountains for a weekend at Grunewald Guild, a retreat center outside Leavenworth, Washington. We have room for 17 other women to come with us, and I would absolutely love it if one of those women was you.

We’ll be meeting from Friday, October 16th at 4 pm till Sunday, October 18th at noon

at the Grunewald Guild. (You can check out their website to see photos of the campus and the rooms: Grunewald Guild.)

Many times the words of John 15 are are hard to believe, especially when we don’t see the fruit we want to see. In such moments it is easy to shrivel up inside ourselves and our disappointment and pain. Instead, we need to keep clinging to the vine —because God is infinite possibility, and only by abiding in Him can we also dwell in possibility.

Over the weekend we’ll ponder this, reflect on ways to abide in Christ, worship together, share stories, write, make art, laugh, cry, and rest.
Kimberlee and I will be leading some small groups—very small, there will only be 24 of us altogether—modeling various writing practices. We look forward during this time to having other people share as God leads as well.
The cost for the weekend (room, board, art supplies) is $229.00.

$100.00 is required to reserve your spot.

If you have questions or want more information about the retreat, please don’t hesitate to ask! Just shoot me an email back, and I will happily answer your questions.

Will you please prayerfully consider coming? I would dearly love to have you there.
A note about Kimberlee—she lives in Seattle, is a writer and blogger, mom of four and has a wicked sense of humor.

Her two books are ‘Circle of Seasons—finding God in the Church Year’ and ‘Cracking Up—A Postpartum Faith Crisis’. Her website is

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11 thoughts on “Sharing a Dream–‘Abide’ Writer’s Retreat

  1. Kelly Chripczuk

    Thank you for taking steps to make your dreams a reality. Now, I'm dreaming of growing wings to head out your way . . . 🙂 It sounds lovely, Jody and just right. I'll look forward to hearing more about the journey as you plan and reflect.

  2. Jody Lee Collins

    Jean, you're so kind…when we get closer to October I'll be in touch with particulars for prayer. SO much appreciated.

  3. Jean Wise

    oh, I wish I lived closer. What a wonderful idea and will keep you in my prayers. I am certain God will use this time to bless you and others.


    I am thrilled to be one of those who will be able to attend. SO looking forward to meeting other writers, sharing ideas, encouraging one another, praying and worshiping together, etc. ESPECIALLY looking forward to becoming better acquainted with you, Jody,– that moment when a delightful blogger friend will become a face-to-face friend! I, too, will be praying for you and Kimberlee–prayers of thanksgiving for a glorious weekend to come, as the two of you submit to God's plan.

  5. Kathleen T. Jaeger

    Maybe there will be an airfare special or something crazy like that!?! I would love to hang out with you and other writers for a weekend.

  6. Jody Lee Collins

    'Delicious!' well, of course. We'll be 'eating' some good food for thought. Sorry Tennessee is so far away….

  7. Jody Lee Collins

    Lisa, it's a long way off……..but I'd appreciate your prayers. We know God is up to something. (Isn't He always?)

  8. Lisa notes...

    This sounds like it's going to be fabulous! 24 will be blessed during that time, but I know the rest of us will benefit afterwards from your time well-spent together.


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