Join us at the beautifully restful Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, AZ, for Paradise Valley United Methodist Church’s Women’s Retreat, May 20-22, 2016. All women over age 18 are welcome. Invite a friend!

Rediscover your gifts and strengths as we talk about “The Roles of a Christian Woman.” Nurture yourself, spend time in nature, discover new skills, meet new friends and enjoy old acquaintances. Read more about the venue and see more photos by visiting

Spirit in the Desert
Retreat Center
7415 E. Elbow Bend Rd
Carefree, AZ 85377


Register early; space is limited. Double occupancy only: $180. The cost includes two nights’ accommodations in hotel-style rooms, and two meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday). Registrations must be received by April 30, 2016 at the church office. You may pay online using our website’s GIVE NOW button. choose “other” and type “Women’s Retreat” and your roommate preference in the “Comments” section. To pay by check, make checks payable to “PVUMC” and write “Women’s Retreat” in the memo line. Return your completed registration form to the church office with payment or payment receipt no later than April 30.*

Retreat Weekend Schedule: May 20-22, 2016

Friday    Check-in begins at 6 pm. and the program begins at 7 pm.
Saturday Full program includes music, prayer, sessions, and optional activities such as yoga, crafts, and free time.*
Sunday 11 am Closing Worship
11:30 am Departure

* There is a day option available on Saturday for $70, which covers the two meals, sessions and materials. We will provide a light breakfast on Saturday and Sunday for all participants.

Contact the Rev. Andrea Andress at 602-840-8360, ext 142, for more information, and if you are will to drive and take others in a carpool.

Brochures are available at the church office or Click here to download the brochure, with attached registration form. Please feel free to bring a friend. You do not have to attend PVUMC to participate.

Speaker: Rev. Eve Williams

Pastor Eve has served as Associate Pastor at PVUMC since July 2013. Raised in Las Vegas, she attended the University of Redlands, CA and Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

Eve’s passions for ministry revolve around spiritual formation and ministries relating to the health and wellness of the mind, body and spirit.
A perpetual learner, she brings a joyful, loving spirit and challenges us to grow in God’s love for each one of us, and for one another.

Judy Taylor—Our Song Leader

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord! Psalm 100:1 sums up my love for worship and music. I have been on my church’s Praise Team for more than 10 years. In addition, I have led the music on numerous Walk to Emmaus retreats and on various mission trips. It is a blessing to share music with fellow believers!” — Judy Taylor, Walk to Emmaus and retreat song leader


What to Bring

Before the retreat, you will receive information you need including a list of items to bring, such as:

  • Bible, journal, pen
  • Curiosity and your whole self
  • Food to share for a continental
    breakfast Saturday and Sunday
    and snacks.


Still on the fence? Read these testimonials from participants who have attended previous retreats:

“Loved the guided imagery, time to reflect and time to share with wonderful and surprising women.”

“It was so filled with LOVE and God’s Presence. Options were great.”

“Retreating from everyday experiences was fabulous.”

“Absolutely exceeded my expectations, thankful for an amazing community.”

“It helped me to see God more clearly and know that I can rely on him.”

“Loved the balance in the weekend for together and apart time.”



In need of a partial scholarship? Please contact Rev. Andrea Andress via email, or phone her at the office: 602-840-8360, ext. 142.


If you would like to donate to our scholarship fund, or toward resources for the Women’s Retreat or future women’s retreat events, please let us know.

Retreat Contacts

Kim Levensky
Rev. Andrea Andress
Church office: 602-840-8360, ext. 142

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