Soul rest. Renewal. Training in soul care and ministry.

We invite you to join us for five days of soul nourishment and learning in “Spiritual Formation and Soul Care Ministry.” (See below for options for how to complete the four retreat sequence in either 6 months or 18 months.) With a cohort of about 16 pastors/leaders (men and women in ministry) you’ll be revitalized in an experience of intimacy with Jesus and spiritual growth.

TLC is “To Love Christ”! Each day is a blend of conversational teaching in a small group, soul talk, guided experiences in Scripture meditation and prayer, and extended “TLC Time” to enjoy God’s love. You will also receive individual spiritual direction/mentoring. All the teaching, groups, and spiritual direction at the TLC retreats are personally led by Bill & Kristi. Our program is heavily influenced by the learning and personal mentoring we received from Dallas Willard.

Since 2014 we’ve had 60 pastors and leaders complete our intensive TLC retreats in Southern California. They’ve come from all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, China, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Southern California Sunshine For Your Soul!

The January retreats are hosted in an estate home nestled in the beautiful hills of Coto de Caza, CA (South Orange County), close to the beach! Expect sunshine and a blue ocean! During the afternoons you can nap, go on a hike, drive to the ocean, or do whatever else will refresh your soul and connect you with Jesus. There is lodging in the main house or in another large home nearby. Or you could arrange to stay in a nearby hotel.

The July retreats are hosted at the Hilltop Renewal Center, a large and spacious retreat house and guest house in the mountains at Idyllwild, CA. You’ll find delightful, quiet spaces to sit or walk and hiking trails to explore.

At both locations all your meals are provided for you — delicious and healthy! Retreat materials are also included. You can attend alone or if you’re married you can bring your spouse.

TLC Cohort 6 Schedule

  • “Spiritual Formation”: January 15-19, 2018 in Coto de Caza, CA
  • “Spiritual & Psychological Development”: July 16-20, 2018 in Idyllwild, CA
  • “Soul Care Ministry”: January 21-25, 2019 in Coto de Caza, CA
  • “Spiritual Leadership”: July 22-26, 2019 in Idyllwild, CA

New: Complete TLC in Six Months!

  • “Spiritual Formation”: January 15-19, 2018 in Coto de Caza, CA
  • “Soul Care Ministry”: January 22-26, 2018 in Coto de Caza, CA
  • “Spiritual & Psychological Development”: July 16-20, 2018 in Idyllwild, CA
  • “Spiritual Leadership”: July 23-27, 2018 in Coto de Caza, CA

Certificate in Spiritual Direction Ministry

If you complete all four retreats you can earn a certificate in “Spiritual Formation and Soul Care Ministry.” If you’re interested to use TLC to become a spiritual director talk to us about the additional training we provide over a two year period. This includes supervised studies and experiences in classical spiritual direction ministry, receiving spiritual direction, meeting with “directess”, and monthly group supervision. We can help you meet the recommendations of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors’ Association.


Space is limited to about 16 participants and every cohort has filled. Your payment reserves a spot.

The cost for each 5-day retreat is $900 per person. The spiritual direction certification process costs extra. (Payments are not refundable, but in the event of an emergency you can apply your payment to a future TLC week.) To pay for TLC you can use our secure Donate button online or mail a check to “Soul Shepherding, Inc.”

For more information, including testimonies of past participants, visit our page on “TLC Retreats for Pastors and Leaders.”

We have pictures of past TLC retreats on our Soul Shepherding Facebook page.

Contact us if you have questions or want to complete an application.

4 responses to “Soul Shepherding TLC Retreat

  • looking for a retreat for someone who is a committed Christian has worked in a very high stress field and is sufffering from burnout, would one of these retreats be suitable? Although they have not been in an ” official” pastoring job they have been pastoring in their field of work.

  • Please send me more information about the training, your denominational affiliation, and practical applications of this training. Also, please note whether housing is included in the $900.00 price, and how convenient the locations are to major airports. Thank you.

    • Hi Elizabeth. We’re glad you’re interested in TLC!
      Kristi and I (Bill) are members of a nondenominational Bible church and I’m ordained for ministry by the Evangelical Church Alliance.
      Participants use the training for pastoral ministry, spiritual direction, counseling, small groups, Christian leadership, missions work, soul friendship, and discipling others to Christ.
      Yes, housing and all your meals are included in the cost.
      Coto de Caza, CA is 35 minutes from the Santa Ana airport (Orange County, CA) and Idyllwild, CA is 45 minutes from Ontario airport. Contact us if you’d like to submit an application.

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