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Gathering of Silence Retreat

Date: October 8, 2018 - October 11, 2018
All Day


CrossRoads Camp & Conference Center
2247 Little Piney Road
Lowesville, VA 22967

All pastors and church staff are invited to join us October 8-11 for the annual Gathering of Silence retreat. As in years past, Gathering of Silence participants will take a vow of silence for the 72-hour period of the retreat (from 12:00 p.m. Monday through 12:00 p.m. Thursday), including silent meals. There will be an optional “speaking” time of community held each evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. All attendees are welcome to hike and enjoy the magnificent beauty of CrossRoads Camp and Conference Center, or explore nearby outlets for hunting, fishing, golf, etc.

This year participants will have the option of exploring our theme focused on hearing the still, small voice. We will be focusing on the spiritual discipline of “Holy Listening,” enhancing our listening approaches and skills in prayerful meditation. Written materials – based on the foundation of Elijah’s experience on the mountain in 1 Kings 19:1-13 – will be provided for daily use to engage participants in prayer, meditation, scripture, and reflection. The guide will lead attendees through practices of silencing the noises of the heart and mind to clear the way for listening more intently for God’s voice. Optional morning and evening vesper services (10-15 minutes each) will also be offered for those wishing to attend. We hope to see you in October for this relaxing and reflective retreat at CrossRoads!


  • $330 per person, single occupancy

Cost also includes an optional 30-minute coaching session!

Click here to register by September 24 through CrossRoads. You may also call them at 434.277.8465 or email (bshelton@crossroadsccc.com). Payment may be made by credit card, check, or cash.

For more information contact Dave Peppler at 804.338.3974 or davidpepplersr@gmail.com.

Testimonies from past retreat attendees:

“This Gathering Of Silence is something I look forward to every year.  I follow the rhythm of nature and silence and create space for the Holy Spirit to speak to and restore me.  The beauty of CrossRoads and the company of quiet souls who are seeking God alongside me are the perfect companions for a journey deep into the presence of God.” – Southern Virginia pastor

“The chance to enjoy the unadulterated beauty of God’s creation combined with the space to hear His voice feeds my spirit like very little else can do.” – Central Virginia pastor

“The Gathering of Silence is a welcome respite from the ordinary grind of life. The majestic mountain scenery, coupled with the absence of electronic distractions and the solitude of Camp CrossRoads, provides a peace that refreshes mind, body and spirit.” – Central Virginia pastor