“The retreat was wonderful in so many ways–the speaker, the location, the food, the schedule. Jan is like no other woman I’ve ever known, a completely approachable, wise-and-winsome woman who has these deep and reflective and true things to say but even better, who knows how to listen to and engender trust with her audience, and then how to turn us loose to meet with God on our own. Who in her kind of position–notable author, counselor, and speaker–turns awayher audience in order to encourage our connection with an even better Teacher, greater Counselor, the real Healer of Hearts?
No one I’ve ever known.
Never in my life have I seen another person empty herself out in such a way that she was able to receive us in herself, love us, minister to us, and empower us to leave her behind in our quest to know Him better. I found myself marveling at my Savior, not Jan Proett, while at the same time profoundly thankful for her part in making Him great for me.
The time together was well paced with plenty of teaching and sharing, plenty of down time, plenty of good food in a spectacular surrounding. My soul felt rested, my burdens eased, my wounds dressed and cared for. I felt the very real ministry of the body as we listened and cared for one another without Christian advice, sometimes canned and flat. We experienced safety together in a very short amount of time, many of us openly weeping and passing tissues with a pat on the back and still full attention on the spiritual feast before us. One of us said she felt “whole” for the first time in a long time. I felt full, my inner emptiness met with the love of God in Jesus.
I think had we known what were in for, we might have been impatient for “it” to happen, anxious about how to do what we needed to so that “it” would come. As it was, we did nothing but listen, ask, seek, open and…find. Praise God for meeting us and for using this retreat to do so. HE is the One who was exalted. I am still in awe of how that happened for each of us.”
“What a beautiful gift: to be remembered by name, for prayers that I would know my belovedness in God and to be reminded that I’m not alone in struggling to live in that place of belovedness. I think that the retreat you guys at The SoulCare Project and Wedgwood created for us will continue to resonate through the coming days and months for me. This fall I read the phrase ‘the brutalities of our own will’ and it keeps coming back to me, hand in hand now with the idea of busyness as ‘heart annihilation.’ My brutal will is for success and praise and comfort and I continue to annihilate my heart in the pursuit of these things. And I feel that now, like an addiction, more than I ever have before. Maybe because I had never really put those two things together quite so dramatically in my mind – but when you said it, it rang true – and it continues to ring. There are so many areas of my life where this busyness, born out of the brutality of my own will, permeates. And it is totally overwhelming to think of letting that go. But I would like to let it go – I would like to live as someone who is free because they are beloved. Thank you again for your prayers to that end – I need them. Thank you to Russell, Hayne and Dan! I am so grateful to have been included in such a beautiful weekend and to have been given the gift of the kind of truth that nurtures freedom and joy.”
“It is very rare to receive a gift without strings attached. To be invited to participate in a two-day retreat to be shared with like-minded individuals was a reminder of God’s grace. And while the time spent in structured discussion was important and beneficial, I enjoyed the informal conversations even more.”
“Thank you for including me in the consultation two weeks ago at our retreat. It was an enlightening, enriching, and refreshing time that informed our Board meeting the day after my return and will continue to inform our ministry. It was a blessing to be with others doing similarly prayerful and strategic work in Christian spiritual formation, and the depth and breadth of conversation you, with your able facilitation, was inspired and remarkable. I very much appreciated the opportunities for fellowship, devotion, and prayer in the midst of substantive discussions of ideas and experience. We are, indeed, brothers and sisters in Christ, and we are edified and encouraged by one another’s discipleship. Thank you for that spiritual refreshment.”
“I was busy & went to the retreat only because the man who invited me would not let me say no. I Began the retreat with an attitude, no pen, & no paper. About fifteen minutes into our first session, I said this is a little different, I better take some notes. I was very drawn to the facilitator’s rhythm, patience and style. The retreat has changed my life & effected positively the intimacy in my walk with Jesus, my prayer time & how I read scripture.”
“I was at a point in my life when I the last thing I needed was another event, but what I found at the retreat was an experience with Jesus. It was a refreshing time to be quiet for once and to reflect and listen. These disciplines have sadly been cast aside in my day to day pursuits but once asked to re-engage during our time together began to give me hope that the best thing for me to do is to slow down and understand that God is at work not me. The fellowship of other men and the excellent facilitation were critical to the time as well. “
“In my work with organizations that offer to equip leaders, it is rare to find one that is as well networked and poised for life changing impact as is The SoulCare Project. They are able to offer what leaders need to flourish in the their personal and work lives, a chance to recover and go deep into ways of living that are restorative and sustainable in the face of the challenges of the marketplace and ministry in the 21st century.”