Women’s Retreat

July 28-31 (Thursday-Sunday)

Women appear throughout the stories of the Bible and are especially present throughout Jesus’ ministry. However, rarely are these Bible stories taught inside the church or anywhere else. It is important to learn about how those women engaged with God and Jesus while he walked this earth. Hearing women teach about women in the Scriptures can be especially transformational .

We will spend time with the stories of Mary and Martha of Bethany, Mary Magdalene, and Joanna found in the Gospel of Luke.  As we listen to the narratives and reflect on the ways in which these women learn, interact, and walk with Jesus, we will encourage each other to grow as women of the Way.  Our time together will include lecture, prayer, group reflection, and quiet.  As always, there will be ample opportunity for time in nature, in the art studios, and in rest.


Mary Earle
The Rev. Mary C. Earle is an Episcopal priest, writer, poet, retreat leader, and spiritual director. She taught classes in spirituality for the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin until her recent retirement. A resident of San Antonio, Mary is also the Author-in-Residence at the Work+Shop, a ministry in partnership with St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Author of many books, including her most recently published book, Days of Grace: Meditations and Practices for Living with Illness. Click here to learn more.

Jackie Roese
Born and raised in upstate New York, Jackie came to know Christ as her personal Savior in her early twenties.  In 1991, feeling that God had called them to “get off the fence,” Jackie and her husband, Steve, relocated to the Dallas Area in order to attend Dallas Theological Seminary. While in Seminary, Jackie earned her Master’s Degree in Christian Education and Women’s Ministry.

Currently, Jackie’s husband is the Executive Pastor at Irving Bible Church, and Jackie is a Team Teacher for the Irving Bible Church Women’s Ministry.  She also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences around the country.  In addition, Jackie has written three Bible study packets. Steve and Jackie reside with their three children in Coppell, Texas.


Sandra McCracken
Singer-songwriter; Nashville, TN. Click here for her website.


Susie Miller
Flower arranging; Houston, TX

Meg Lowry
Painting; Austin, TX

Registration Fees

Lodge: $405
Black Bluff: $480

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