Retreat Ministry


“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

Sabbath Retreat Days are times apart from the hustle and bustle of every day routines in life. These intentional times of contemplation and quiet provide quality opportunities to enhance relationship with God and others. A retreat day can be a short time of one hour a day set apart from regular space, or a few hours, a full day or several days; possibly an extended time of weeks or months. Retreats quench the thirsty soul with God possibilities. Opportunities for retreat could be:

  • Personal private prayer days
  • Women retreats
  • Clergy “Take a Breath Day”
  • Seasonal Retreats (Advent, Lenten, Pentecost, Epiphany…)
  • Small group launch and closing opportunities
  • Group Spiritual Direction
  • Silence and Contemplative Quiet Days
  • Community building for leadership teams, staff and groups


Seasonal Sabbath Retreat Days – This year’s Seasonal Sabbath Retreat Days follow the theme of calendar seasons. Each season, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring brings unique insights and invitations for the spiritual journey. Even in climates where there is very little seasonal change in temperature, the trained eye can notice little nuances suggesting the slightest interior movement of God’s divine creating. Each season you are invited explore the interior landscape of your heart while experiencing the beauty and joy of the season through a photo pilgrimage prayer walk. In addition to the photo pilgrimage, each Seasonal Sabbath Retreat will have three additional guided prayer practices.

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If you are interested in this 9 month experience of walking closer daily with Jesus, please contact Brenda using the online contact form. Click Here.

Additional online group retreats are sponsored in partnership with

  • United Methodist Church UMC Cyber Campus
  • Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, The Rueben Job Institute for Spiritual Formation

If you would like to partner with Living Streams Flowing Water to sponsor an online retreat opportunity, please contact Brenda using the online contact form. Click Here.

Living Streams Flowing Water provides Onsite retreat leadership for your organization’s retreat. We come to a location of your choosing nearest you. For possible site locations visit or you may consider monastic retreat houses, park shelter houses, conference centers or hotels in your area.

What retreats mean for you is an intentional opportunity to experience and expand relationship with God, look inward for increased self-awareness and build community through sharing Christ’s living presence.


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Retreat Participants Northwest United Methodist Church

“This day helped me focus on my responsibility to keep in touch with my prayer life and to take time to focus on God’s grace and love. NICE JOB!”

“Was struggling all week about the time commitment. But AM glad that I ws able to come. Eye opening experience! Glad for the pleasure to attend. Thank you!”

“It was a real retreat for me. Time went fast and every moment I felt God’s presence and His leading us. I wish we could have more retreat regularly. Thank you, Brenda, for leading our retreat today!”

From the staff: “Today was a great chance to focus on myself and my ministry as a team player. I enjoyed the activities. They each were different and pulled me to reflect on my focus towards my ministry.”

Kathryn J. Tashima Director of Congregational Life, Sylvania United Church of Christ, Sylvania, Ohio

We at Sylvania United Church of Christ have had the privilege to work with Rev. Dr. Brenda Buckwell of Living Streams Flowing Water, LLC, on two occasions for our women’s retreats.  Her abundant gifts are evident in the planning and leadership of the retreats. Brenda crafted our time together in a creative and sacred way. Our participants deemed her retreats as among the favorites over the past 25 years. From the beginning, the contracts and billing were handled in a very professional manner. Brenda is an extraordinary retreat leader and has blessed the women of Sylvania UCC.