THE HOME BASE FOR THE SHEPHERD'S CANYON RETREAT MINISTRY
The Standing Stones Retreat Center is the home-base for Shepherd's Canyon Retreats.
Our Mission Statement: The Shepherd's Canyon Retreat ministry is committed to providing spiritual and emotional healing to clergy, other church workers, and their spouses who are in various stages of burnout, stress, depression, compassion fatigue, and conflicts of all types, offering the hope and renewal found through the power of God's Word and the Holy Spirit.. www.ShepherdsCanyonRetreat.org
If you are a person/couple who is considering attending a Shepherd's Canyon Retreat, please call our Counseling Care Director, Rev. Phil Lee, at 206-601-5217.
Shepherd's Canyon Retreats are conducted by two licensed Christian counselors--male and female--and the retreat chaplain. Outstanding hospitality is provided by volunteers. Guest rooms are new and comfortable. Home-cooked meals are outstanding.
Standing Stones Retreat Center is located at 44020 West US Hwy 60, Wickenburg, AZ 85390. Standing Stones is between Mile Markers 93 and 94 on US Hwy 60. Be careful about using GPS to find this place….you would not be the first person to be led to a place 15 miles east of Wickenburg instead of 15 miles WEST of Wickenburg.
In December, 2011, retired land-developer and ministry friend, Bob Gaiser, from Denver, Colorado, plus a long-time friend of his and a Scottsdale realtor…found 8.8 acres located on US Hwy 60, 15 miles west of Wickenburg, Arizona. The property included a palm-tree lined entrance, a duplex, a cabana for outdoor entertaining, a pool house, and a 49,000 gallon swimming pool. The entire property was surrounded by a white vinyl fence. The property was basically flat and, for the most part, buildable.
Dave and Barb Anderson, founders of the Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat ministry came to see Bob’s “find”. Their visit was followed by that of several members of the SCR board of directors.
Two years before we discovered this property it had been for sale for just under $1,000,000. The price had come down to $525,000. The SCR board offered the owners $500,000 and that offer was accepted.
Three $50,000 gifts made the down payment possible. The purchase was finalized on April 16, 2012.
Dave Anderson’s long-time friend, Dave Hood, suggested the name “Standing Stones” basing his idea on Old Testament prophets who erected rock monuments to commemorate a great work of God…hence the name Standing Stones Retreat Center.
A land dedication took place on May 6, 2012. This dedication included scripture-reading, hymns, and prayers.
(The first Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat was held in March, 2009…followed by three years of retreats in rented facilities in Wisconsin, Florida, and Arizona).
While George and Nancy Reid were our first on-site volunteers, YWAM volunteers, Lynn and Jackie Battermann and Pat and Thelma Lewis came to help retrofit the duplex to make it suitable for housing and meals.
The first retreat at Standing Stones Retreat Center was held in October, 2012 with retreat clients housed in the duplex and retreat counselors and the retreat chaplain housed in borrowed or donated travel trailers and motor homes.
Since the Fall of 2016, scores of other volunteers arrived from Laborers For Christ, SOWERS, and Mission Builders International.
In June, 2013, Rex and Karen Dawson arrived to become retreat center managers…and they stayed until June, 2017! In August, 2017, Jerry and Cynthie Bishop take over as retreat center managers.
In mid-2014, ministry friends, Jerry and Marlyce Koskovich, offered a start-up donation for the Fellowship House, a 3,500 sq ft building which would include eight bedrooms and a 1100 sq ft great room/gathering space. After 2.5 years of work done 90% by volunteers, the Fellowship House was occupied in February, 2017. Cash donations and gifts-in-kind by several hundred ministry friends made this wonderful building possible.
The Fellowship House accommodates retreat clients, group, and private counseling sessions and casual seating. See GALLERY. It also allows us to rent out the entire campus for other uses such as men’s and women’s retreats, church staff and council retreats, and for groups such as quilters, scrapbooking groups, and family reunions.
The Fellowship House is also available for pastor get-a-ways and private retreats.
This is a bit of the history. Click on FUTURE PLANS to learn about what we have in mind for the months and years to come.