Pasture Retreat is an intimate gathering created to connect with God & kindred sojourners through listening, resting, and receiving soul nourishment.
Are you craving a weekend to receive hospitality of the heart, mind, and body? Bring your honesty and authenticity as we journey through Psalm 23 in our cozy, TN home. We offer grace and space to rest, re-connect to God and yourself, be known among kindred souls, savor thoughtfully prepared meals, and delight in creative expressions.
Pasture integrates awareness of God's presence, connection with others, and all-sensory soul-nourishment offerings. We offer this through the intentional posture of listening: listening to yourself, the Shepherd, and like-minded sojourners.
Pasture was created for souls like you, who care deeply about others, who desire to experience God in everyday moments, and who long to be fully heard and unconditionally loved- struggles and all. As in, "If you knew my story, would I still be accepted?" At Pasture Retreat the answer is a resounding YES! Nothing you bring or share scares us. In fact, we especially welcome your in-process journey because that's where we experience Jesus' humanity, humility, and grace.
Women who are drawn to our retreats are often in a helper profession as a therapist, nurse or doctor, ministry leader, educator, creative, or entrepreneur, or, in a caretaker role as a mom, grandma, or caring for an aging parent, and are intentionally choosing to come and make themselves a priority. They come in need of rest, intimacy with God, and to be the one taken care of for a change.
Untethered to a specific church or denomination, Pasture is rooted and facilitated through a Christ-centric, biblical approach. We exist to connect scriptural truth of what we know "about God" into a congruent experience of the Trinity as we soak in Psalm 23 throughout the weekend.
We intentionally usher our "small is sacred" group through the beloved Psalm, offering space to listen and reflect on the central question: where do you find yourself in the pasture of the 23rd Psalm in the present?
Is the Shepherd making you lie down? Restoring your soul? Maybe you're in a dark valley? Or are you in a season of celebrating at the table?
The truth is that we experience each part of the pasture - possibly multiple times throughout our life- and the Shepherd is always present. His gentle invitations come through rest, comfort, preparation, hope, and healing.
This unconventional retreat is a gift to you! Tears, laughter, creativity, rest, delicious food and wine, and healing are yours for the receiving as we sit shoulder-to-shoulder and offer compassionate with-ness.
Pasture Retreat embodies Philoxenia: The love of strangers; an eager act of hospitality and welcome, including:
- Holistic soul-nourishing invitations that integrate all your senses.
- Psalm 23 reflections from multiple biblical versions.
- A home concert.
- Experiencing belonging within a safe, intimate group
- Home-made meals featuring local flavors and sips.
- Listening and story-sharing.
- Confession, forgiveness, and truth-healing.
- Space to BE where you are.
- Intentional time to rest and refill.
- Celebration Dinner around the table.
- Tears and laughter.
- A deeper awareness of how to listen to yourself, God, and others.
- Confidence in God's presence as you move forward.
Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, we are here to accept you, illuminate how God is with you, and offer grace and space!
- At Pasture Retreat, we offer no bows or solutions, for we trust the truth that God is doing the interior work in each of us.
- Rest and freedom occur when we show up as our truest selves to be known from the inside out.
- Listening is healing.
- An intimate "small is sacred" size is maintained for the purpose of a brave space, trust, and intimate connection.
Pasture is an intimate listening retreat that journeys women through Psalm 23 for the purpose of connecting with God, themselves, and kindred sojourners.
- I commit to come as I am into this safe space to listen to God, myself, and one another.
- I commit to use this sacred time to process, pray, and pay attention to where and how God is moving as we soak in Psalm 23.
- I commit an openness to experience the trinity in new, out-of-the-box ways as we identify with the love of God, the humanity of Jesus, and the mystery of the Spirit.
- I commit to leave my title(s), church association/denomination, or anyone's story but my own at the door.
- I commit to listen mostly, speak slowly, and love lavishly, realizing I will hear others' pain, grief and possible trauma. What is shared at Pasture is held with non-judgmental confidentiality and respect.
- I commit to refrain from fixing, offering advice, problem-solving, or bow-tying. Grace and space is our mantra.
- I commit to honor where I am in my pasture and trust that my journey is unique, necessary, and valuable to the slow, deep work God is doing within me.
- I commit to learn how to care without carrying.
- I commit that this retreat is an experience, rather than an event or bible study.
- I commit to share my story in real-time, knowing it's not a testimony, nor do I have to catch anyone up. This is my time to be fully heard and unconditionally loved.
6:30pm | Arrive at Bekah's home for a warm welcome, charcuterie & wine, a creative experience, and a home concert.
- 9:00am | Breakfast & coffee/tea in the Pogue Kitchen.
- We'll spend the morning simmering in Psalm 23, listening, sharing individual stories, and noticing how God is inviting us into deeper intimacy with Him and others.
- A delicious homemade lunch will be served (please let Bekah know of any food allergies) followed by confession & a truth-healing experience.
- Enjoy a few soul care hours.
Stroll through Historic Leiper's Fork, enjoy local coffee at Fainting Goat, savor the views at Arrington Vineyards, or tuck away at a bookstore. When was the last time you carved out time for yourself?
- 6:30pm: Gather back for Celebration Dinner around our table with a seasonally curated feast made by Bekah's incredible hubby, Chef Bryan.
- The evening closes with a Pasture Blessing, dessert, and a bonfire.
- Pasture Retreats are currently held biannually (Spring & Fall) at the Pogue Home in Nashville, TN.
- Retreats are a form of group spiritual direction.
- Pasture alumni are welcome to co-host a Pasture Retreat in their hometown to deepen in-person connection within your own community.
- Alumni are invited to Pasture Reunions.