The atmosphere was flooded with generous grace and encouragement which spilled over into every conversation, every workshop, every devotion,...every moment. The spirit of welcome and joy began at the door and journeyed with me throughout the weekend.
— Denise Forshey, attendee, 2018

Refine {the retreat} 2020 will be hosted at Our Lady Of The Pines Retreat center in Fremont, OH.


What Is Refine?

A retreat

First and most importantly, Refine {the retreat} is just that--a retreat. Refine is not a conference. It is a weekend specifically designed to be a place of refuge and withdrawal from the noise of our everyday lives. Every aspect of Refine is designed with this critical component in mind. 

Artful Reflection

We believe God to be the Ultimate Artist. As his offspring (Acts 17:28) We believe that we too were created to create. Artistic elements are an important and celebrated component of Refine. Depending on venue and theme, you can expect some inclusion of arts during your weekend at Refine. Participation in the artistic reflection sessions is always optional, and always encouraged--regardless of experience or skill. ;)  See the specific details of your scheduled event for more information about the Artful reflection offered. 

Reflective Time

In this consumer culture we live constantly bombarded with input. At Refine specific time is made in the schedule to allow for reflection. How you spend these open periods of time in the schedule is up to you. We encourage you to use the time to nourish your soul, be it through prayer, journaling, art, exercise, rest, conversation, or otherwise. This is the breathing room we expect and love about Refine {the retreat}

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Adult Women Only

Currently, Refine is an adult women only event. Due to the reflective nature of this event, no children or nursing babies are permitted. 

Private Prayer

We know that just because you pack up and head off for the weekend, it doesn't mean your burdens remain at home. Most of us will show up at Refine with more baggage that fits in our suitcase. At Refine, space is made for specific, confidential one-on-one prayer for our attendees. Jesus said, "Whenever two or more are gathered in my name, there I am among them" (Matthew 18:20), we're honored and eager to meet with Jesus alongside you. These intercessory prayer appointments can be made at the retreat.

Intimate gathering

In order to maintain the intimate nature of Refine, gatherings are limited in attendance. Most of our events cap out at 40 (some as few as 20) people. Keep this in mind when considering attending. Our events have all sold out well in advance.

Biblically based

Refine {the retreat} is a biblically based event, rooted in the Christian faith. Wherever you are in your journey with Jesus, we welcome you to Refine.


Refine {the retreat} features workshops on a variety of topics. Details about your specific retreat experience will be shared with you at the time of ticket purchase. 

Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest awhile.
— Mark 6:31

What Does The Weekend Look Like?

  • Reflection: The schedule and facility at Refine always allow for quiet spaces to reflect.

  • Refinement: The sessions at Refine are geared towards helping you refine your craft & your art. Meanwhile, God often uses these sessions as a spark for His own refining work in our hearts.

  • Rest: Time for rest is paramount at Refine. There will be plenty of down time.

  • Renewal: Our attendees always leave renewed. However this unfolds for you, we feel pretty safe stating that this is one of the sweetest gifts of time spent at Refine.

  • Revival: Whether it's a renewed sense of purpose, a re-discovery of your intrinsic, God-given identity, healing, or something else, revival always comes from time spent soaking in God's Word, and fellowshipping in community.

Who is Refine {the retreat} for?


Refine began as a spiritual retreat, and that sacred time spent hearing about God, learning from His Word remains pivotal part of this weekend. In addition to this, attendees will hear and learn from gifted speakers, artists and musicians. Refine is for:

  • The writer, poet, story-teller, songwriter, and playwright, who wants to learn more about her craft while digging deeper into her own faith

  • The artist who experiences her faith through a variety of mediums and materials

  • The woman who feels like she has lost sight of her dreams, and needs a fresh vision

  • The woman who struggles to know her identity

  • The woman who feels like she is too much and not enough all at once

  • The woman who is tired and craves rest

  • The woman who feels called to create but isn't sure where to start

  • The woman who has questions and longs for space to reflect and pray

  • The woman who wants to grow in her faith and intimacy with God

  • The woman who is a mother, who is childless, who is single, a stay-at-home-mom, a business woman, who is an entrepreneur, a teacher, a wife, a friend, a sister...the woman who is YOU.