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

Our Spiritual and Psychological Development Retreat is the second 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.

Spiritual and Psychological Development

Few Christians understand the journey of following Jesus, which they’ve given their lives to. They think they can keep growing spiritually by doing the standard things they’re taught in church and from Christian speakers and writers, but things change. What happens when we experience suffering? When God feels distant? When Bible reading falls flat? When we can’t overcome a struggle or sin? Most Christians get stuck. Many stop attending church. Some even turn away from following Jesus.

Bill and Kristi Gaultiere, doctors of psychology and founders of Soul Shepherding, help you see God’s light shining on your path and to discover your place in the journey. Using Scripture, research, and over 50,000 hours of clinical experience as therapists they illuminate the stages of spiritual and psychological growth. You’ll come to understand your journey and how to progress. Then you’ll be equipped to guide others.

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!

The July retreat is located 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.

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 Institute: Spiritual Formation and Soul Care Retreats.


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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