As a pastor or full time ministry worker, you have dedicated your life to the service God and of others. After many years of service, you may suddenly recognize that it is you who needs service; a place of refuge, rest and resolve. All four Gospels give an account of Jesus’ need to escape to the mountains, which served as his own place of refuge. On one occasion, he did this to have clarity about one of the most important decisions during His life on earth – choosing the 12 disciples (Matt. 14:23, Mark 6:45-46, John 6:15, Luke 6:12-13). Perhaps it is your time to escape to the mountains.
Take some time. Quiet time to listen to and be with God. Time to reflect. Time to look forward. Time to interact with others who are seeking the same refueling and recharging that you are seeking. You can take this time to rediscover or realign your ministry and life calling or address specific, self-identified life and ministry challenges. As you gather to connect with leaders and pastors in this stunningly beautiful setting, you are guided by well-seasoned veterans of church and parachurch ministries who facilitate group gatherings and one-on-one sessions.
Your renewal begins at a remote mountain lodge perched at 9400 feet atop Cade Mountain, in South Western Colorado. Mountain Light Lodge is completely surrounded by thousands of acres of vast, pristine, evergreen forest, with views of rugged mountain peaks in all directions. Home cooked meals, comfortable rooms with cozy log beds, expansive decks with panoramic views, and a multi subject 1000 book library will be at your disposal. The crackling fireplace invites frequent opportunities to gather around and converse.
Day Hikes & Fishing
We begin each day at Mountain Light Lodge with a buffet style breakfast of eggs, ham and bacon, potatoes, various toasted breads, jellies, a variety of fresh fruits, and plenty of hot coffee, tea, and juice. Each day, we day hike on one of our many trails through gorgeous alpine valleys that showcase waterfalls, wildlife, and cascading mountain streams. Each of these days end at the lodge, allowing plenty of time for you to enjoy home cooked meals and set your personal goals for the week. There will be ample opportunity to take leisurely solitary strolls, photograph amazing vistas, access the many fishing holes along the banks, or spend time talking with a friend. We also travel into the little town of Pagosa Springs, for a long, relaxing soak in the world’s deepest hot springs.
On the last day we offer a variety of easygoing options. You may just want to kick back in a recliner on the deck and enjoy the sunshine while reading a book of choice from the library. Or a leisurely stroll in the meadow to photograph wildflowers and wildlife may sound better. Perhaps you’d find a more energetic activity of mountain biking the nearby roads and trails appealing. Most of the afternoon we plan to get together as a group to evaluate the week in relation to our personal goals. The evening closes with a celebratory feast straight from the grill: steaks, corn on the cob, potatoes, and veggies along with a big salad and plenty of garlic bread and iced tea.
A place of refuge, rest, and resolve is available in the mountains of Southwestern Colorado. Perhaps this is your time to escape, just as our Lord Jesus Christ found it necessary to do so throughout His life on earth.