In Their Words

After participating in the 2018 Refine {the retreat}, I left feeling that the Christian faith is in good hands. It was heartening to see leadership blooming in a younger generation of women who are passionate about faith, who value one anothers’ stories, and who nurture authenticity in how the ever-relevant Good News is communicated. The presentations helped and encouraged us; the worship uplifted us while keeping us deeply grounded, and the conversations and meals cultivated the best in all of us. I highly recommend Refine.
— Vinita Hampton Wright, Author of The Soul Tells A Story and Dwelling Places

(Denise Forshey (attendee, 2018) reflects on her experience at Refine {the retreat}.

Refine attendee 2019

“I've never felt so safe amidst a group of women…This was absolutely the best event I've ever attended.”

Refine attendee, 2019

“The retreat was a one of a kind experience. I have attended many, many retreats in my lifetime but none like this.”

Refine Attendee 2017, 2018, 2019

“I have gone to many things for women in my adult years, and Refine has been like no other experience.”

Refine attendee, 2019

“There is nothing like this that I know of in Christian writing/performance/creative circles.”

Refine attendee, 2014

“I attended Refine with no idea what to expect. It was way out of my comfort zone, and I soon learned that was the case for many in attendance. It's hard to put into words what happened that weekend, but I left feeling like my heart had been filled. God's love for me was so evident, and He reminded me of His deep love in very personal ways. When I am having a bad day or dealing with struggles, I often think back on that weekend and how God spoke to my heart.”

It was obvious that the whole event was bathed in prayer. There was a canopy of peace over everything, a spirit of welcome, ease and togetherness. I’m so thankful for the experience that will hold a meaningful memory for me for years to come.
— Refine attendee, 2019
I was loved on, by Jesus and the ladies, in a way that I had never been loved before. That love gave me confidence and self-esteem so much that I have gone out and done new things.
— Carol Hulin, Attendee, 2014
I found great relief from some sadness that I had kept inside. The fellowship, the laughter..was pretty amazing too. Kris Camealy is an amazing friend and terrific host. I’m signed up to do it all again.
— Michelle Pitonyak, Attendee 2014, 2017
...This retreat is definitely one of the best I’ve ever been to.
— 2017 Retreat attendee
Refine meets a need for a true retreat that I believe is missing in today’s world.
— 2017 Retreat attendee