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

Our Soul Care Ministry Retreat is the third of a 4 retreat program developed by Soul Shepherding Institute. 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.

Soul Care Ministry

All of our relationships are opportunities for soul care. This is true whether it’s professional ministry or daily life, whether it’s with family, friends, or co-workers. Caring for souls — including your own! — requires saturation in God’s love and self-awareness. Everybody knows we need God’s love, but few people understand that love is spelled e-m-p-a-t-h-y. To be happy, successful, strong in faith, and fruitful for God you need empathy like you need oxygen.

Bill and Kristi Gaultiere, doctors of psychology and founders of Soul Shepherding, unpack Jesus’ example and teaching on soul care ministry, including from the Sermon on the Mount. They teach you the essential soul care skills for everyday life relationships and ministry.

We Personally Guide You

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

Since 2013 over 65 pastors and leaders from all over the United States, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, China, New Zealand, and South Africa have come to Southern California to participate in this life changing experience.

Southern California Sunshine For Your Soul!

This retreat will be 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.

Delicious and healthy meals are provided for you as well as retreat materials. You can attend alone or if you’re married you can bring your spouse.

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 in becoming a Certified Spiritual Director, Soul Shepherding now provides a Spiritual Direction Certification Program. This includes supervised studies and experiences in classical spiritual direction ministry, receiving spiritual direction, meeting with “directess”, and monthly group supervision. Through this program, we can help you meet the recommendations of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors’ Association.  This program has an additional cost. 


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

The cost for a 5-day retreat is $900 per person. If needed, you can ask for a partial scholarship. If you have questions or want to complete an application contact us. (Payments are not refundable, but in the event of an emergency you can apply your payment to a future retreat week.) To pay for your retreat you can use our secure Donate button online or mail a check to “Soul Shepherding, Inc.”

More Info

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

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

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


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