Kim is the founder & host of Winsome Living Retreats and the author of An Imperfect Woman: Letting Go of the Need to Have It All Together. She's also a wife, mom to five sons and one daughter, mother-in-love to five, and grandma to Amelia, Elisha, Ezra, & Willow! Her passions are to love her family and friends well and to encourage women in their journeys. Kim writes about her imperfect path and God's perfect plans at winsomeliving.com. You can connect with her on Facebook and Instagram @kimhyland.
Jennifer Hand is a strong coffee drinking girl who loves to travel the world, finding one adventure at a time. Founder and Executive Director of Coming Alive Ministries, Jenn speaks nationally and internationally and loves inviting people to come alive. Come join Jenn at her cozy corner www.comingaliveministries.com or follow her @comingalivejenn.
Taylor Leonhardt is a Texas born singer-songwriter based in North Carolina, a thoughtful lyricist with silvery vocals (think Sara Groves meets Emmylou Harris). Her debut full-length release, River House, has garnered praise for its warm, spacious production and soul-stirring songwriting. River House is a keen exploration of relationship and a warm invitation to see God in the profound and the ordinary.
We know you have questions, so here’s our attempt to answer them. Don’t see your question here? Just shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A guided retreat? Can you explain what you mean by guided?
Absolutely! Think about other things you’ve done with a guide . . . taken a tour, gone on a wild safari, visited a foreign country.
While our weekend might not be quite that exotic, we see it as an experience that’s about you and what God has for you in our time together.
Our team is here to guide conversation, activities, and opportunities for you to experience something that will be meaningful in the days, weeks, months, and even years after the retreat.
We’re so committed to this that we will provide guided opportunities for you to prepare and connect before you arrive and to continue reaping the weekend’s benefits after you go home.
How is this retreat different than previous Winsome retreats?
I (Kim) was hoping you’d ask that!
Winsome began in 2013 and was born of a desire to facilitate authenticity, diversity, and truth. For six years that’s what we did! It was beautiful, and hundreds of women connected and were challenged and inspired in their relationships with God and one another.
Then last year I began envisioning something different.
Be Still will . . .
be smaller (max 40 women) and more relaxed.
offer more time to connect.
have fewer speakers and more opportunity to hear from attendees through discussion groups.
have less swag . . . while surprises are fun, we’ve decided to go no frills. Why? Because getting you here is our priority. No frills means less overhead, more accessibility, and more focus on both our community and individual experience.
provide more rest, especially for those who attend the pre-retreat, along with extended times for quiet reflection.
What do you mean when you say this is a retreat where every woman is an integral part?
Exactly that! We see our weekend together as a little bit of the Body of Christ coming together to inspire, encourage, and support one another. So with that in mind, we’re planning on lots of time to connect and share and get to know you.
Winsome Living Retreats are held at White Sulphur Springs, a beautiful retreat center
in the foothills of the Allegheny mountains near Bedford, Pennsylvania.
Step away from the daily rush and breathe deep in a place full of beauty and peace.
grab a trail map at the front desk and explore over 1000 acres of hills, fields, streams, ponds, trails, barns and trees
enjoy a bonfire and s'mores
snuggle up by the fireplace in one of many cozy sitting areas and read a book or chat with a friend
pull up a rocker on the wrap around porch and take time to rest and hear from God
enjoy home-cooked meals served family style
coffee, tea, & snacks are available in the dining room 24/7
White Sulphur Springs
4500 Milligans Cove Road
Manns Choice, PA 15550
“Winsome was, without a doubt, the most intimate and fun retreat I’ve attended. I loved the chance to connect with friends I don’t see often and to make a few new friends, too.” ~Mel
“. . . what struck me was the family feel of it. It wasn’t a glossy, impersonal retreat but a beautiful, grace filled place where everyone was welcome just as they were. . . . And the laughter. There was a lot of laughter!” ~Niki
"Beautiful place; grace and rest abound." ~Debbie
"I loved the location, the atmosphere and the relaxed pace . . the messages were personal and timely. I was renewed in purpose and vision. I left feeling special." ~Kathleen
"I loved being able to relax completely. And I loved learning about other women and hearing their stories." ~Noa
"Everyone was being real and not just saying what they thought sounded good." ~Judy
"The overall family atmosphere was awesome! Winsome was an awesome time to recharge my batteries." ~Sue
IN ESSENTIALS UNITY
IN NON-ESSENTIALS LIBERTY
IN ALL THINGS CHARITY
Our Statement of Faith (aka the essentials)
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
(borrowed from the National Association of Evangelicals)