about practicing faith retreats

The Practicing Faith Retreat Series is for both rostered and lay leaders who are looking for time away to explore more deeply what it means to be a follower of Jesus in our daily lives. Together we will explore and practice faith in a slow, intentional way, centered in community, scripture, rest, and worship. Learn more about upcoming retreats below! 

practicing faith:
Following Jesus

Dates: April 26-28, 2024

Location: Red Willow Ministries


Who is Jesus? What does it mean to follow Jesus? How do the Jesus stories connect with my own story? Led by Deacon Erin Power and pastors/musicians Tangled blue, together we will hold space for curiosity and questions as we explore Jesus and faith together in community. This retreat is for lay and rostered folks. It is for folks who want time away with Jesus and community, or folks who are curious to explore faith, or just want space to ask questions and learn. 

Guest Musicians

Tangled Blue is the music of Aimée and Joel Pakan. It is a unique sound that incorporates latin and electronic percussion, acoustic guitars, wind instruments, beautifully matched alto and baritone voices, and stories from their journeys across North America and Europe.

Tangled Blue’s first recording was completed in early 2003. Recorded at a farm house in Menomonie, Wisconsin, it is a caffeinated folk-rock blend of songs that have shown their durability as the duo traveled with them over one million miles of U.S. highways and three tours in Europe. Tangled Blue completed a new recording based on the season of Advent in November of 2008 and a Christmas recording in 2011. Their more recent works have included a number of liturgical songs for Christian worship. In 2020 Aimée and Joel completed masters degrees that included coursework at the Urban Theological Institute in Philadelphia and received calls to serve Lutheran congregations in South Dakota.


The full retreat will begin with dinner on April 26th and end mid-morning on April 28th. For those unable to stay through Sunday, there will be a “soft ending” late afternoon Saturday. Participants leaving Saturday will be provided with the full retreat materials to engage on their own.  


Registration that includes on-site lodging will be limited to 9-18 people, depending on single and double occupancy request. There are no limits to participants who wish to commute. 

Register here!



We are grateful that a portion of this retreat is covered by grants.

In order to better embody a culture of community and shared ministry, you are invited to make a meaningful contribution to this event. Know that whatever you are able to contribute, you presence is welcome and your participation is a gift. All contributions support this and future Practicing Faith Retreats and ensure learning is accessible to all. 
Approximate cost is $300 for full retreat, $225 for Friday/Saturday, and $150 for commuters.