In Their Words

Hear what past attendees have to say about Refine {the retreat}

Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee. ~Augustine

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Mary Bonner, Refine attendee 2014, 2017

I had been looking forward to Refine Retreat since I’d first heard Kris was going to host it. Little did I know that when it arrived I would be empty and had I been a car, I would be running on fumes or stopped on the side of the road. Literally. I was coming off a hard season of loss and death.
Refine was a place and time that allowed me to stop and be filled. The testimonies of Teri Lynn and Kris pierced my heart and reminded me that the hard of life is not wasted. 
Refine also allowed space to rest. To walk. To listen and to be heard. Intimate conversations with people who shared their hopes and dreams and listened to my hopes and dreams.
It was an experience that is hard for me to articulate, but one that I would not trade for anything.

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Christy willard, Refine Attendee 2014, 2017

Refine Retreat was a personal journey for me. I drove 6 hours by myself to go to a conference with women I had never met (in real life). In the quiet, reflective nature of the Refine Retreat I heard God speak love to my heart and encouragement to my soul. He invited me to worship both through song and art. He awoke my creativity (through art journaling), reminding me that time spent creating has great worth - mind, body, & soul. I left feeling filled and in community, having experienced something rare, precious, and somewhat unexplainable. He met us there. He met me there. I appreciated the "no agenda" feeling (a mix of freedom & flexibility) of the weekend that allowed attendees space to walk, create, or rest without feeling like you might miss something. What a beautiful gift Refine Retreat was to me that year. I'm so thankful I had the opportunity to go!

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Cori Baumer Drost, 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.

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