A Grief Journey Retreat

Please note - This retreat will not be available in 2021

October 11-12, 2019

"The Journey Begins" based on Joshua 1:9 -- A retreat weekend for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. A special time away for a time of fellowship, activites, learning new ideas, making new friends, and enjoying God's natural settings on the campus of Lake Aurora.


Cost: $69 ($64 if staying off campus)

Housing for this retreat will be on the Hillside Campus. The cabins are furnished with bunk beds and adjoining bathroom facilities. Please note on registration if you can not physically take a top bunk.

Special guest speakers Mike and Lana Willis will join us with their unique perspective and stories of healing.

"While attending the retreat, I was with people who had walked the same journey I was experiencing. The retreat was very helpful in helping understand what was happening in my life now that I had lost my wife to death." - Alan Tison, Johnson University, FL


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Use the online registration link or Email, Mail, or fax completed registration and $35 deposit or full payment. Deposit is transferrable but not refundable.

Here's an idea of what to expect during your retreat:


All sessions held in the James/John Building

4:00pm - Check in at the Porch of James/John on Hillside campus

5:30pm - Retreat Introductions

6:00pm - Dinner in dining hall

7:00pm - Worship with Joseph & Rebekah Wine & Guest Speakers

8:30pm - Campfire & Music

9:45pm - Expression Therapy: games, snacks, etc.


7:30am - Personal morning devotion & early coffee

8:00am - Breakfast in dining hall

8:45 - Session - Mike Willis

10:00 - 12 pm - Activity options/free time

12:30pm - Lunch

1:15pm - Closing session

3pm - Enjoy the campus, no structured activities

What to Bring:

  • Sleeping bag or bed linens (bunk beds - please note on registration if you can not physically take a top bunk)
  • Blanket
  • Pillow
  • Towel(s)
  • Medication (as needed)
  • Toiletries
  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Flashlight
  • Fishing equipment (if you want to fish)
  • Casual attire

This is a camp, so dress is casual. Bring comfortable shoes and a jacket for possible chilly weather.