Be Alone with God

Solitude and silence can never be separated

from the call to unceasing prayer…

The Desert Fathers did not think of solitude as being alone,

but as being alone with God.

They did not think of silence as not speaking

but as listening to God.

Solitude and silence are the context within which prayer is practiced.

– Henri Nouwen

Do you sometimes struggle, even subconsciously, with the idea that you can never do enough to truly satisfy yourself? Others? God?   It’s easy to fall into the belief that exhaustion has value and that the busier we are, the more faithful we must be.

And yet, we know of Jesus’ invitation to come to Him and receive “rest for our souls” (Matthew 28:11-30) and that He often slipped away by Himself to pray.

There is a time-tested Christian rhythm of retreat with God in order to get re-centered—to let go of our attachments and attach ourselves to God alone.  Do you sense this longing in yourself?  Are you intrigued by the idea of getting away for a few days to “be still before the Lord”?

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him.  

Psalm 37:7 (NIV)

At Wellspring Group we recognize the value of getting away to retreat in silence with the Lord.

A Silent Retreat gives you the opportunity to:

  • Experience a spacious, non-structured retreat with extended periods of silence for waiting, listening, dreaming, watching, walking, and journaling;

  • Meet daily with a spiritual director who will serve as a sounding board, offering perspective and prayerful discernment rather than advice;

  • Allow unprocessed things in life – unresolved conversations, situations, and decisions to come to the forefront. Often what surfaces during the times of holy leisure and spiritual direction is profound and helpful in personal insight and focus and can move you in unexpected directions!

4-Day Silent Retreat

Thurs., April 23 – Sun., April 26, 2020

with optional Spiritual Direction from

Terry Mitchell, Steve James and Bill Taber

St. Mary’s—Sewanee Retreat Center- Sewanee, TN

Cost: $400

Registration Deadline: Fri., March 6th

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3-Day Silent Retreat

Fri., April 24 – Sun., April 26, 2020

with optional Spiritual Direction from

Terry Mitchell, Steve James and Bill Taber

St. Mary’s—Sewanee Retreat Center- Sewanee, TN

Cost: $305

Registration Deadline: Fri., March 6th

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Testimonies From Our 2018 Participants

I arrived running on empty.  I leave with my heart more restful and at peace.  I have been given a taste of the “living water” and experienced refreshment.

This retreat has been life-altering.  The intense presence of God revealed through His words, His creation, and His people has been beautiful and freeing.  To hear His voice of love and affirmation about who He says I am gives me the boldness to walk fully surrendered to His calling on my life.

The silence was very refreshing.  The freedom to be led by God through the day was a real blessing—to wander and roam and just hang out with Him equaled restoration.

(I was) able to drop into a spiritual wave length where I experienced the Spirit and intimacy with Jesus.


Meet The Spiritual Directors

Corbett Heimburger

Spiritual Director

Corbett Heimburger (DMin, MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) With 30 years’ experience as a pastor and coordinator of church planting, he currently serves as Pastor for Care at Greentree Community Church, St. Louis, MO.   He has served as a spiritual director for the past three years.  His journey into this ministry began in 2014 during his first five-day silent retreat that was organized by Wellspring and led by Terry Mitchell.  Terry’s spiritual direction during the retreat helped create a sensitivity to hearing God through nature and the Holy Spirit.   He is honored to be able to walk with others in their spiritual journeys.

Terry Mitchell

Spiritual Director

Terry Mitchell, Ph.D. is currently ministering in Atlanta, Georgia at Soul Care as a consultant, life coach and spiritual director as well as being part of Wellspring Group’s church consulting team. Terry and Larry Bolden developed and presented the first Wellspring Group retreat in November 2003. Since that start he has taught and facilitated in over 50 Battle for Men and Women’s Hearts and Engaging the Heart retreats in the US and abroad. He and his wife, Dot, live in Norcross, Georgia.

Steve James

Spiritual Director

Steve James (M.S. Georgia State University) Steve attended his first Wellspring Retreat in 2005 when Larry described him as “one of the most emotionally shut down men he’s ever met in his life.”  Since then God has done an amazing work in his life and given him a passion and gifting with engaging people at a heart level. He’s facilitated and taught at Wellspring events for about ten years.  He’s also attended life coaching training with Tony Stoltzfus and spiritual direction and spiritual coaching graduate classes.   Steve has never been married and lives in Birmingham, AL.

Bill Taber

Spiritual Director

Bill Taber (B.S., Accounting, Lambuth College, Jackson, TN) Retired accountant and member of West End Community Church, Nashville, TN.  Bill came into a saving relationship with Jesus during his college freshman year, 1972.

My interest in spiritual direction began after reading Dr. David G. Benner’s book, Sacred Companions—the gift of spiritual friendship & direction, in early 2015.  By fall of that year, I began receiving spiritual direction and have continued monthly direction sessions ever since.  The following year, I entered (and completed) a one-year training in spiritual direction with Selah Center for Spiritual Formation, Nashville TN.  My other means of utilizing spiritual direction principles has involved serving as assistant and lead facilitator since 2015 with the Wellspring Group, a ministry whose mission is to inspire and equip Christians to live deep from a whole heart in Biblical community.