Women’s Retreat

A Season of Gratitude

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Excited conversations, smiles, and laughter describe this past weekend as women arrived for our first Women’s Retreat weekend of 2019. For women to be able to step away from their usual schedules at home is a commitment, so we strive to program a balance of new experiences and restful unplugging at each Women’s Retreat weekend. This past weekend was full of fellowship, activities, crafts, but most importantly times to worship and hear truth shared from our speaker, Robyn Dykstra. As women departed Sunday, the peace-filled joyfulness of the women was evident and something we praise God for.

Women’s Retreat is designed to provide women exactly this…a retreat. A change of pace from the normal day to day routine so they can reset and refocus during their time away. Not only is it a fun time spent with friends doing activities that are out of the ordinary, it is a time for women to hear God’s voice and spend time with Him, learning what it means to know Him more. Starting the day in prayer, spending solo time after lunch, singing praises to God and hearing Biblical teaching all provide opportunities to do this outside of the normal routines at home.

Thank you to all of the women who have attended and those who have yet to attend our Women’s Retreats. We are continually amazed at those who prioritize coming back year after year —and for those who have come for the first time and now are excited about returning again! Praise God for allowing Camp to be a place where women grow closer to God and commit to following Him even after they leave from this place.

We are thankful to God for the stories we’re already hearing from the women about how they encountered God this weekend as they paused to hear His voice. Join us in praying for this upcoming weekend when more women will step foot on our campus for our second Women’s Retreat of the year. Our prayer is He is glorified again this weekend through the work of our team!

If you missed out on booking this Spring, good news! We are also excited and look forward to the addition of our third Women’s Retreat this year! Programmed the same as our spring retreats, we hope this will provide an additional option for those looking for a retreat at a different time of year. Registration is already open for Women’s Retreat 3 (September 27-29)!

Friends. Fellowship. Faith. Fun.

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Spring is coming, which means it is almost time for the start of Women’s Retreat!

Join us for a women’s weekend of fun activities, engaging sessions of biblical teaching, fellowship with friends, and much more. We hope each weekend is truly a retreat – time for you to relax, laugh, have fun, and grow deeper in your faith. In addition, the weekend will feature:

  • Delicious food
  • Zip line
  • High ropes
  • Archery
  • Coffee shop
  • Paintball
  • Trapshooting
  • Fun crafts
  • Worship sessions
  • Desserts!

Our Women’s Retreat 2 is already full, but a few more openings are available for Women’s Retreat 1, April 26th – 28th. Space is filling up quickly, so be sure to register today!

If you are unable to make these dates work or missed your chance to register this spring, we are excited to announce that we are featuring a third Women’s Retreat this fall. Mark your calendar for Women’s Retreat 3, September 27th – 29th.

Click the button below to find out more information and register today!

Women’s Retreat is almost ONE MONTH AWAY!

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We are anxiously awaiting the coming of spring and the warmer weather that comes with it. With April quickly approaching, we are also so excited for the Women’s Retreat season to kick off! We are looking forward to having hundreds of women here at camp during these two weekends. Here are some of the things we have planned for these weekends:

Craft Workshops: We have another great list of craft workshops available for guests during Women’s Retreat. Here are the craft workshops we will have this year:

Leather Earrings ($5 for one set or $10 for 3 sets)
Face Masks ($5)
Succulent Terrarium ($10)
– Wooden Picture Display ($10)

Chapel Sessions: As always, our focus during all of our retreats is sharing the Gospel and helping our guests grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ. Our speakers this year are Robyn Dykstra and Challis Bower for Women’s Retreat 1 and 2, respectively. We are so excited to have these women share the Word of God with us and teach us how to live for Him each and every day. We are also excited to have Alicia Fowler to lead the women for both weekends. For more on our chapel sessions and our speakers, click here and select the “Dates and Speakers” tab.

Outdoor Activities: A highlight of every Women’s Retreat is the outdoor activities we offer. This year we are bringing back a lot of your favorites for you to enjoy, including our zipline, high ropes, archery, coffee shop, pontoon rides, and even trap shoot! For a complete list of the activities we offer, and a look at a sample schedule, click here and select the “Schedule and Activities” tab.

Dessert Room: One of our favorite parts of Women’s Retreat is the incredible food. We are excited for the great meals we will have, as well as the infamous dessert room we have every year. Our dessert room is a great place for you to hang out, catch up with friends you came with, and enjoy your choice from many different dessert options.


Space for our Women’s Retreats are quickly filling up! Make sure you get signed up soon to reserve your spot! Click HERE for more information or to register!

What We Have Planned for Women’s Retreat Workshops!

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Each year, we have hundreds of women attend Women’s Retreat. We love being able to come together and learn more about how to serve and honor God with each other. Here are some of the leaders and topics for the workshops we have planned for this year!

Women’s Retreat 1
Challis Bower – Peace and Quiet for Our Souls in a Trouble-Filled World
Cathie Quillet – When Life Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Planned
Bonnie Hudspeath – Lord, Whatever it Takes, Make Me More Like You!
Tina Hazelett – Worship Through Dance
Jenn King – How to Be a Proverbs 31 Woman in a World Full of Jezebels
Jill Clay – From Why Me? To Why Not Me? To Wow! What a Mighty God We Serve!

Women’s Retreat 2
Wendy Wildenberg – Being Real
Jana Vastbinder – Strength in Weakness
Jaime Farrell – Title TBD
Jill Clay – From Why Me? To Why Not Me? To Wow! What a Mighty God We Serve!

To check out more about Women’s Retreat, the speakers, prices, and dates, visit!

Check Out What We Have Planned for Women’s Retreat!

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Spring is quickly approaching and we have already started preparing for Women’s Retreat! We are so excited for all the amazing activities we have planned for this year. Here are some the activities you can expect to see at this year’s women’s retreats:

  • Engaging Bible teaching
  • Worship sessions
  • Zip line
  • High ropes
  • Tasty meals
  • Comfortable, modern facilities
  • Archery
  • Coffee shop
  • Workshops to dig deeper
  • Dessert Room
  • Paintball and Trap Shooting
  • Time and space to hang out with friends

We also are excited to offer a few different Pinterest crafts throughout the weekend! Here are a couple of the crafts we have plans for this year:

State String Art (various states available)

Wood Plaque Door Sign

The dates for this year’s Women’s Retreats are April 21-23 and April 28-30. If you would like to see the speakers, price, and any other information about Women’s Retreat, visit!

We still have a few spots left so make sure to register for Women’s Retreat as soon as you can to secure a spot! To register, visit!

Women’s Retreat will be here soon! Check out the speakers for this year!

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We are very excited about our upcoming Women’s Retreats this spring.  Our Women’s Retreat weekends are full of all kinds of exciting opportunities for the women who attend including our four 75-minute sessions that include a main speaker.  We have two wonderful speakers for our weekends who we are very excited to work with as they will be presenting the message of the Gospel through Scripture to the 200+ women who attend each event.  Here is a short bio and some details about who our two speakers are for this year.

Joanne Kraft ~ Women's Retreat 1 ~ April 21-23

Joanne Kraft is a mom of four and the author of The Mean Mom’s Guide to Raising Great Kids and Just Too Busy – Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical. She’s been a repeat guest on Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, and more. Her articles have appeared in ParentLife, Today’s Christian Woman, In Touch, Thriving Family, P31 Woman, and more. Joanne and her husband, Paul moved their family from California to Tennessee four years ago, and happily traded soy milk and arugula for sweet tea and biscuits.

Joanne is a good friend of Teasi Cannon, who has spoke at our Women’s Retreats several times in the past, and is similar in style to Teasi.  Joanne will be coming to Miracle Camp for the first time as a speaker and we are excited to see how God is going to work through her during this weekend.  She has plenty of experiences from her past to share about which include meeting her husband in a police station over a homicide when she was a dispatcher and he was a police officer in California.  Her stories that are sure to engage will be added in with solid biblical teaching that applies to women in all stages of life.   To find out more information about Joanne, feel free to visit her website at

Shelley Sysum ~ Women's Retreat 2 ~ Apr. 28-30

Loving the experience of growing up in Stryker, Ohio, Dr. Sysum always knew she would return to small town living.  After her Masters in Social Work at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Shelley finished her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Wheaton College.  She then found her husband at Willow Creek Church in Chicago, moved to rural Michigan, and after ten years in a hospital setting, opened a private practice.  Dr. Sysum approaches the study of the Bible with an exegetical style, wanting to dig into, rather than just read, God’s Word.  Her upbeat, frank personality allows her to be real with her audiences, discussing the joys and struggles of having four hysterical children, two high strung goats, ten too many chickens, six sweet – but doomed – turkeys, a worthless guinea hen, a blind dog, a bunny in the basement, and a cat who turns on the barn radio.

Dr. Sysum is a long time friend of Miracle Camp and has spoke here in various capacities before including leading a workshop at Women’s Retreat the last couple of years.  We are excited to have her here as she is an extremely engaging and capable speaker who really looks to go deep into Scripture with her teaching.

If you would like more information about our Women’s Retreats, feel free to check out our Women’s Retreat webpage at  It’s not too late to register!  If you or someone you know is interested in attending a weekend of our Women’s Retreats this spring, you can register by going on our Women’s Retreat webpage and selecting register now.

Keeping Faith Rewind: Shelly Sysum

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This Keeping Faith Rewind is about Shelly Sysum, someone who has known Miracle Camp and Retreat Center her whole life. Shelly’s family has been involved at camp since it was purchased in 1965 from the Notre Dame football team and she and her family now attend many of camp’s retreats such as family camp, summer camp, and women’s retreat. Watch the video and see how Miracle Camp has impacted Shelly’s life, and the life of her family, from the very beginning!

Thanks for your consistent prayers and support!

Online Registration is now open!

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You can now register for men’s retreat, women’s retreat, and summer camp online!  We have a new software program that will let you register multiple campers at the same time, automatically request roommates, and manage your account – all online!  You will have the ability to send emails to your camper online, view photos of your campers while they’re at camp, and order items from our camp store.  And…the best part is there should be an iPhone app out soon so you can do all this from your phone!

Register online now!

Women’s Retreat a Midwest Gathering Spot

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Our Michigan Women’s Retreat was a huge hit last weekend.  More than 300 ladies came together over 3 days to relax, be refreshed, enjoy time with friends, be crafty, recreate, and grow deeper in their relationship with God.  This conference brings in many women from churches in Illinois, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.  If you missed the retreat, you really missed out big time.  Check out some of the pictures from the weekend at