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Shepherd's Canyon Retreat

When you visit you will find the place which has become the home-base for the Shepherd's Canyon Retreat ministry.  The name of the place--Standing Stones--comes from OldTestament references to Samuel, Joshua, Jacob, and Moses who erected rock monuments to commemorate a great work of God's grace and mercy.  The location:  15 miles west of an Arizona "cowboy town" called Wickenburg.  90 minutes from the Phoenix airport. 



Dr. John Johnson, LPC, Green Bay, WI, was the lead counselor at five Shepherd's Canyon Retreats.  From his experience at our May 24-June 1, 2011 retreat, he writes: 

"This past SCR retreat at Heartwood proved to me the value of how our retreats are done.  The partnership of all the participants, including the counselors and the chaplain, really make this healing process work!  Everyone worked to make the healing environment safe and encouraging.  Everyone there was a care-giver and therefore not only received care but gave it and gave it generously to others.  This can only happen in a group environment where there are no "experts" and all can share from their professional and personal experiences.  HEAL AND BE HEALED was the motto of this retreat and it really worked.  After 30 years of counseling, I have seen nothing like the synergy of a SCR retreat.  Praise God."

Shepherd's Canyon Retreat normally involve four couples--though singles are welcome--two counselors, and a chaplain.  The retreat begin with dinner on Tuesday evening and end with breakfast on Tuesday morning, one week later.

A March, 2009, pastor-client said, "I think I have just had a year's counseling in a week."  According to SCR counselors, he was right!

If you have hit a rough spot in ministry from burn-out, stress, personal, marital, or congregational conflicts, or moral failure, a week at Shepherd's Canyon Retreat could bring about restoration and much-needed new perspectives.

The hardest thing for a pastor to say is....."I need help".  Please let down the guard.  Give us a call.  We don't shoot the wounded.  We are here to be servants to those who are serving the Lord in ministry!


From an August, 2011 retreat client: "This 'retreat' was the best that my wife and I have ever attended.  We both came here burned-out, tired of ministry, strained relationship between us, and broken.  As we leave, there is now a sense of joy in ministry.  Our relationship is mending.  We have a ways to go.  But we have been given the tools to continue healing and growing.  If only SCR had been around 15 years ago!  Everyone should attend!".


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