How can I be included in a Wildstream Retreat?
We give first priority to people who have completed or are attending a local DivorceCare class or similar divorce recovery program. We do require that individuals be recommended to Wildstream by their class facilitator, their pastor, or a Christian counselor. Your application must be confirmed and registration fee paid before placement can be secured.
How much does the Retreat or Advance! cost, and how is Wildstream funded?
The only cost to the individual attending is a $100 registration fee that is non-refundable but is transferable to a future date or another person. You are also responsible for your transportation costs to and from the retreat. The cost of a Wildstream weekend (which includes 2 nights lodging, 5 meals, all snacks, materials, and gifts) is $370 per person. All expenses (other than registration fee) are covered by a church, a sponsor, or a previous participant/alumni that have chosen to “pay it forward.” You do not need to make arrangements with your church or sponsor to fund your experience at Wildstream.
What are the rooming arrangements?
There are 2 people in a room, each in a comfortable twin bed. There is one small “nook” that is available for someone to sleep alone. There are 2-3 people max sharing a bathroom.
Are meals included and what if I have allergies?
All Saturday and Sunday meals are provided on sight and all snacks are included as well as coffee, and other drinks. We will do our best to provide vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free options or other special dietary needs upon request.
How do I find Eagles Rest?
Eagles Rest is an easy 1.5-hour drive east on I-24 from most of the Nashville area and 45 minutes west on I-24 north of the Chattanooga area. We are only 5 minutes from Exit 134 or 135 on Interstate 24. We are on Central Standard Time.
How long is the retreat?
Approximately 44 hours from about 6:00 pm Friday night until before 2:00 pm Sunday afternoon.
What’s the format?
We have sessions in the mornings and Saturday evening. We take an afternoon break on Saturday and offer a tour of the Sewanee-Monteagle area, a light hike at famous Fiery Gizzard (weather permitting) or stay at Eagles Rest and relax in a hammock, Adirondack chair, take a nap or take in the beautiful scenery around the property.
How often are the retreats offered?
Most often 8 to 10 retreats are offered each year from April thru mid-June and late September through late November.
What do I need to bring?
Wildstream at Eagles Rest provides a peaceful comfortable weekend retreat where you just need to come with toiletries, your favorite comfort items, very casual clothing and walking shoes, and an open teachable spirit.
Would WildStream be effective for non-Christians or other faiths?
Wildstream is a Christian faith-based non-profit organization. We believe the Bible is the source of truth, God’s principles, and life skills. We share these openly with individuals looking for hope and recovery from the Wilderness of Divorce. We believe biblical insight is key to effectively heal, grow, and experience freedom from judgment, condemnation, and hopelessness. While the principles we teach are scripturally based they can and do stand alone as secular principles. If received, they will have an impact regardless of the individual’s personal belief. The visible spiritual aspects of Wildstream include the following: short devotionals, prayers by leaders, others sharing personal faith-based experiences, scripture references as a source of truth, some soft background worship music. We have many types of people that attend. Many attendees are active in their faith from diverse denominational backgrounds as well as some non-Christians. Many are struggling with basic questions related to their personal faith, the church, and real doubts about God. We are dedicated to promoting safety, honor, respect, and curiosity rather than high pressure, judgmental approaches that would promote any particular agenda. We seek to meet hurting people where they are and help them get to where they want to go.
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