Led by Bill & Kristi Gaultiere

“Ministry begins with rest.” Your perspective and power as a Christian leader and minister comes from time away in God’s presence. This week (5 days) of TLC (“To Love Christ”) focuses on “Spiritual Leadership” and will be at Hilltop Retreat Center in Idyllwild, CA.

So far 60 pastors and leaders (men and women in ministry) have experienced TLC! They’ve come from literally around the world. Each retreat is limited to a group of about 16 participants.

Also on January 15-19, 2018 we’re offering a TLC week in Orange County, CA. This begins our 6th cohort. The whole TLC program features four retreats over 18-months to foster your abiding in Christ and fruitfulness in ministry. See our upcoming event: “Soul Shepherding TLC Retreat.”

Each day of TLC is a blend of conversational teaching in a small group, soul talk, guided experiences in Scripture meditation and prayer, and lots of “TLC Time” (soul space!). You’ll also receive individual spiritual direction/counseling on each retreat and in-between retreats. Optional assignments between retreats will help you to extend the training for your soul and ministry.

During the afternoons you can nap, go on a hike, drive to a coffee shop, share with a friend, or do whatever else will connect you with Jesus. TLC stands for “To Love Christ!”

All your lodging and meals are provided for you — delicious and healthy! All of your retreat materials are also included. You can attend alone or as a ministry couple.

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: 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. (This is 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.

One response to “TLC: Soul Care & Spiritual Leadership Retreat

  • Hi Kristi and Bill: Jim and I are considering how we might be a part of the next TLC in January. We think of you often, enjoy reading your blogs posts and wish we could be closer to touch base a little more with our progress.

    God is showing us lots of things to celebrate. Our adult daughter remarked last night, “How beautiful was that interaction.. What I just witnessed was you (mom) being able to explain some things that were in your heart without being frustrated by the hardships of former communication challenges, and you (dad) listening and affirming so well and you communicating effectively. I see things are different with you two. It is beautiful to see!”

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