The Christian Writers Retreat at Mount Hermon is all about connections.
We provide an opportunity for everyone in the Christian writing community—and those who are considering getting into this exciting field—to:
- Connect with God, first and foremost. Mount Hermon is the ideal setting to have a powerful, intimate interaction with your heavenly Father. He called you to this ministry, has great plans for you, and wants to reveal to you the next step in the journey He has for you.
Upon your arrival at check-in, you will receive a booklet filled with inspirational quotes, Scripture passages, hymn lyrics, prayers, and poems for you to meditate on throughout the weekend. Plus blank pages for you to journal your thoughts, your prayers, and the messages you receive from God. Come to Mount Hermon, sit at Jesus’s feet, and listen to His still small voice speak to your heart.
For early risers, we will have morning devotions on Saturday and a guided hike to the cross at dawn on Sunday.
- Connect with your soul. Keri and Dave Lippman, directors of Soul-Care (you may remember them from the Mount Hermon writers conference), will be providing a spirit-nourishing program with inspiring presentations to heal, calm, and soothe your soul. They will also be offering individual appointments for personalized spiritual direction.
Presentations will be available via live stream on a private Facebook page that will be accessible to all paid registrants (in person and virtual). Presentations will be recorded and available for later viewing through December 31.
- Connect with your peers. Paid registrants will receive access to a private Facebook group where they can make plans to connect at the retreat. Schedule one-on-one appointments, plan small-group mentoring sessions or critique groups, whatever will make this weekend special and meaningful for you.
- Connect with your writing. Come away from your daily life responsibilities and focus on whatever God has called you to write. Spend some quiet time in your room or out in nature or in the coffee shop and make some serious progress on your manuscript.
- Connect with industry professionals. Paid registrants who are agents, publishers, established authors, freelance editors, and writing mentors may choose to make themselves available for one-on-one appointments or small-group sessions.
Mount Hermon is well known for the “divine connections” that happen here. So instead of arriving with an agenda for which faculty members you want to make sure to meet, you can come with eager anticipation for which people God will put in your path.
- Connect with nature. Refresh your spirit by taking walks along the trails and paths among the beautiful California coastal redwoods, streams, and waterfalls that surround the Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center.
- Connect with your spouse. Since this is not a professional conference with workshops and faculty appointments to focus on, you don’t need to leave your spouse at home! Share your beloved Mount Hermon with your husband or wife. Spend focused quality time together. Take walks among the redwoods. Enjoy the worship music.
The presentations and booklet will be geared toward those in the writing and publishing community (or those who wish to be), so if your spouse isn’t personally interested in that, the two of you can skip those activities and spend time enjoying the beautiful surroundings together. You can introduce your spouse to your writer friends during meals and breaks. Then watch the presentations and read the booklet after you get home.
- Connect with fun! The Mount Hermon redwood canopy tour zip lines and two ropes courses will be running during the retreat weekend. Go to the Mount Hermon Adventures website for more information or to schedule a time to enjoy those activities.
Make this retreat whatever you need it to be. Attend the presentations if you wish. Meditate on the contents of the booklet if that appeals to you. Spend as much time as you want taking walks, relaxing, praying, writing. Visit the prayer chapel. Ask God what He would have you do that would be most meaningful for you and provide what you need at this step in your journey.
Make plans in advance to connect with people at the retreat, go with no preparation and see which people the Holy Spirit connects you with there, or simply plan on connecting with the God who loves you. Whatever your intentions, remember that God may have something even better in mind for you than what you expected or planned!