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Rest, Renew, Pray

Join us in Scottsdale, Arizona for three days of rest and prayer at the Franciscan Renewal Center. This is the perfect event for a pastor or staff retreat for your leaders. Be renewed in relationship with others as we explore the practice of meditation and our beliefs around prayer as progressive faith leaders.

This event begins Tuesday morning with breakfast and a light conversation. Tuesday/Wednesday is yours to hike trails, meditate in the gardens, relax by the pool or explore the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. W/ will curate some options for engaging in prayer practices and individual/group meditation or conversation throughout. We will also have meeting spaces available for small groups who want to gather for meetings or discussions. Our time will conclude Thursday morning with worship and prayer together.

Your group is welcome to arrive as early as Monday evening and leave as late as Thursday morning. Your rate will vary based on your length of stay. Most meals are included with your lodging. Choose from a double or single room. (Limited availability for singles.)

Book early as availability at the Center is limited and March is a peak season.

See below for answers to additional questions.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email questions about bookings to Events Team Coordinator Jennifer Fisher. We’ll do our best to accommodate your group for various nights if you need something more specific than the ticket options here.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
It’s a 15 minute uber/lyft ride from the Scottsdale/Phoenix airport to the Franciscan Renewal Center. Hiking trails, shopping and other options for things to do off-site are all 10-20 minutes away by uber/lyft as well. Some locals may be available to help with transportation if needed. Free parking is available for guests at the Casa (the lodging section of the Franciscan Renewal Center).

What are my lodging options?
The Casa offers double rooms with two full beds for $99 per person, per night ($198 total) or single rooms with one bed for $140 per person per night. Handicap accessible rooms may be available if needed. All rooms feature private, ensuite baths, wifi on campus and access to the outdoor pool. Check in is 4pm and check out is 10am. W/ Collective is suggesting you stay for 2 or 3 nights (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday). If you purchase a ticket for 2 nights only, you’ll need to specify which nights you would like to stay. A question will prompt you to give us this information as you register. View a map of the Renewal Center campus here.

What meals are included with my booking?
The Center prepares most of our meals. All meals are Chef’s choice and served buffet style in the Casa dining room. Dietary needs can be arranged prior to arrival by emailing Jennifer Fisher. Meals are served at 8am-9am (breakfast), 12pm-1pm (lunch), 6pm-7pm (dinner). Alcohol is not allowed on the Center campus, but W/ will arrange for opportunities for evening drinks off-site. We also hope to host a poolside picnic on the evening when the most participants are available.

Is there a registration fee?
Yes, W/ Collective asks for a registration fee to cover the cost of organizing the event. If you are a W/ Collective partner, this fee may be included in your partnership. For as little as $299 you can become a W/ partner and receive two nights in a double room, including your meals and registration fee. To learn more about our partnerships, click here or email Rachael McClair

Will there be any programming during the retreat?
This retreat is focused on rest and prayer, so while we will offer some programming, it will be light. We want you to feel comfortable to use this retreat as you need it most. Come with your full staff or a colleague or come on your own. Use it as a meetup with other pastors and leaders you’ve been wanting to see. You can socialize as little or as much as you like. W/ will reserve some meeting spaces, but small meeting rooms are also available to rent for a small fee if you would like to meet with your own team. Use this time for your organization’s needs, but enjoy the benefit of relaxing in community with progressive colleagues across the country in your down time.

W/ will organize opportunities for worship, meditation, yoga and prayer that you can choose to participate in if you’d like. We plan to have an opening gathering on Tuesday morning and a closing one on Thursday morning (subject to change based on when the most people are available). In early 2020, we’ll announce speakers and leaders who will take us through these practices.

The Franciscan Renewal Center offers a variety of programs and opportunities for worship and growth during our stay. Professional spiritual directors are available to you and your group at your own cost. You can also join in a daily mass in the Franciscan tradition or a variety of workshops and services we think you’ll enjoy, from meditation practices to walks under the stars. Learn about the Center’s programming for March as it becomes available.