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Our Story

Refine began in 2013 with a clear invitation from God to enter into His "refining fire" and experience the transformative work of the Holy Spirit. It was, affectionately, an invitation to step into a quieter space with God. One year later, with little detail about the weekend, twenty-four attendees bravely answered that initial call in the spring of 2014. We all left that weekend changed, healed, inspired, and mended. 

In the aftermath of that keystone event, God's continual call to submit to His refining work in our lives has not cooled. God's passionate love for His people blazes everywhere in the world around us, but in the noise of the everyday, it's easy for us to put off this wooing. It's difficult to make space to attend to our souls. 

At Refine {the retreat} we are making space to meet with God, to deliberately invite Him to work in our hearts--to refine us,  as a group and as individuals. Refine is the place to bring our weary, weighted hearts to Him, and let Him show us what His abundance means.

Refine {the retreat} is a place for worship, rest and reflection, a place for healing, spiritual direction and renewal. Refine is an open-door invitation to experience more of God. 

He trained us first, passed us like silver through refining fires, brought us to hardscrabble country, pushed us to our very limit, road-tested us inside and out, took us to hell and back; Finally he brought us to this well-watered place.
— Psalm 66:10 Msg

This song, Nothing I Hold On To is the ONE God has laid on our hearts for Refine 2017.

(cover by Sarah Lee)

 
 
 

 

What Is Refine?

 
 

A RETREAT

First and most importantly, Refine {the retreat} is just that--a retreat. Refine is not a conference. It is a weekend specifically designed to be a place of refuge and withdrawal from the noise of our everyday lives. Every aspect of Refine is designed with this critical component in mind. 


ARTFUL REFLECTION

We believe God to be the Ultimate Artist. As his offspring (Acts 17:28) We believe that we too were created to create. Artistic elements are an important and celebrated component of Refine. Depending on venue and theme, you can expect some inclusion of arts during your weekend at Refine. Participation in the artistic reflection sessions is always optional, and always encouraged--regardless of experience or skill. ;)  See the specific details of your scheduled event for more information about the Artful reflection offered. 


Reflective Time

In this consumer culture we live constantly bombarded with input. At Refine specific time is made in the schedule to allow for reflective periods. How you spend these open periods of time in the schedule is up to you. We encourage you to use the time to nourish your soul, be it through prayer, journaling, art, exercise, rest, conversation, or otherwise. This is the breathing room we expect and love about Refine {the retreat}

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Adult Women only

Currently, Refine is an adult women only event. Due to the reflective nature of this event, no children or nursing babies are permitted. 
 

Private prayer

We know that just because you pack up and head off for the weekend, it doesn't mean your burdens remain at home. Most of us will show up at Refine with more baggage that fits in our suitcase. At Refine, space is made for specific, confidential one-on-one prayer for our attendees. Jesus said, "Whenever two or more are gathered in my name, there I am among them" (Matthew 18:20), we're honored and eager to meet with Jesus alongside you. These intercessory prayer appointments can be made at the retreat.

Intimate Gathering

In order to maintain the intimate nature of Refine, gatherings are limited in attendance. Most of our events cap out at 40 (some as few as 20) people. Keep this in mind when considering attending. Our events have been known to sell out well in advance. 


Biblically based

 Refine {the retreat} is a biblically based event, rooted in the Christian faith. Wherever you are in your journey with Jesus, we welcome you to Refine.


Workshops

Refine {the retreat} features workshops on a variety of topics. Stay tuned for details about our planned workshops. 

Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.
— Mark 6:31
 
 
 
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The location

 

The retreat center, Freemont, Ohio

The retreat center, Freemont, Ohio

 
 

The retreat Center at Our Lady of The Pines

The retreat center we have chosen for Refine 2017 & 2018 is a place like no other. Once a private home, turned parochial girls school, turned convent, and now, retreat center, this space is unique, comfortable and rich with hospitality for weary retreatants. This is not a hotel. This is a sacred space specifically designed and curated to help you enter into God’s presence and experience Him in fresh ways. We encourage you to leave your expectations behind you as you enter the gates. Because the guest quarters in which you will stay previously served as bedrooms for the resident Sisters, the rooms are small and simple—but by no means lacking. Every attendee will have their own room. Not all of the bedrooms have a private bath, but there are plenty of bathrooms throughout the guest halls, affording guests the privacy they are used to.

 

Refine {the retreat} 2017 " A Place of abundance" is SOLD OUT.

 

 

 
 

Refine {the retreat} for writers 2018

 The Soul Tells A Story: Meeting God at the intersection of creativity and calling

 
 

Stay tuned for details about the program and additional speakers for the upcoming Refine {the retreat} for Writers

Save the date:

Refine {the retreat} for writers

 March 22-25, 2018