In a world that seems to be crumbling all around us, what does it mean to live a redeemed life? When fear and insecurity seem like instinctive options, how do we instead embrace fierce faith and holy confidence? We remember who we are and Whose we are. Jesus invites us to live courageously because HE holds us in the palm of His hand. He empowers us to live freely and fiercely because His Spirit lives in us! Join us for a time of refreshment as we explore how our identity springs out of His love for us, and how we’re set free when we give Jesus access to our story, and how nothing is impossible if we dare take God at His Word. Our lives matter. We’re living and breathing on this earth for such a time as this! May we see ourselves and our lives from God’s perspective.
Friday Night: She is Loved ~ Ephesians 3:18-19. How would you live differently if you knew that your identity was not up for grabs or changeable with popular opinion? Would you take more risks? Love more freely? Believe more boldly? Jesus is already sold on the idea of you! In Christ Jesus, we are made brand new, through and through. And when we understand who and Whose we are, we stop living in reaction to our fears and insecurities, and start living in response to the finished work of Christ. Everything changes when we believe the truth about who we are.
Saturday Morning: She is Transformed ~ Ephesians 3:16-17. How do we grow in our walk with Christ? It’s through the healings and dealings of God. As we allow Him to heal the deep hurts from our past—the ones that rob us of our joy and steal our perspective—we will dare to trust Him with our future. By looking at Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well, we’ll find the courage to be real with Jesus so He can redeem our story. Jesus has more for us!
Saturday Night: She is Free ~ John 10:10. The Bible says the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but Jesus intends to give us life abundantly. How do we walk free when all we’ve known is captivity? We’ll talk about how to recover the land the enemy has stolen and how to stand boldly in the freedom Jesus secured for us. He invites us to lay hold of our God-given freedom but the enemy doesn’t surrender territory lightly. We have to contend for it, but overwhelming victory belongs to us because we belong to Jesus.
Sunday Morning: She is Called ~ Ephesians 3:20-21. Do you believe that God created you for a purpose? Does it seem that once you awaken to this idea that you hit one roadblock after another? How do we navigate the waters of opposition, the reality of our fears, and the timing of God to lay hold of His best purposes for us? The days are growing more evil but we have every reason for faith. God is busy and active in our world and He will profoundly use those who are willing to take hold of His promises and walk them out in their everyday lives. It’s impossible to please God without faith. Get ready for a time to be challenged and motivated to become and accomplish everything God intended for you since the beginning of time!
Spend time in worship and soaking in God’s presence. Sometimes what we need most is to be still and listen to His still, small voice.
Session 1: Trauma Redeemed: Romans 8:28
Laura Parrott-Perry and Mary Lovely, writers and Co-Founders of Say It, Survivor, are two cousins abused in childhood by the same predator. After being torn from one another, they reunited thirty-five years later and reported their abuser to the police. They decided to plant their feet firmly inside their story and say it out loud. They wrote it down. They sent it out into the world, and amazing things happened.
Laura and Mary share their struggles coping with the aftermath of childhood trauma, the extraordinary story of what happens when you speak your truth, and their determination to give their pain a purpose.
The Say It, Survivor mission is to remove the stigma attached to sexual abuse, and to help other survivors come into community with one another and share their stories shamelessly.
They offer their story as a testament to the power of faith, family, and community.
Session 2: The Healing Power of Writing: Proverbs 31:25
Building on the previous session, Laura and Mary will speak to the restorative benefits of cathartic writing, and how taking ownership of your story as a survivor can be a powerful tool in the healing process.
They will explore the effect writing their own stories has had on their path to healing, and how sharing their stories with dignity opened the door for thousands of other survivors to begin to step out of the darkness and do the same.
They will lead attendees in several guided writing exercises intended to help survivors begin their foray into telling their stories on their own terms in a supportive, confidential, and safe environment. While participants are encouraged to share their writing and/or stories if they wish, it is not a requirement.
Schedule subject to change
4:00 pm Check in
7:00 Session 1 & Spaghetti Time
but we’ll explain)
9:00 Pool & Hot Tub or Activity
7:00 am Water Aerobics
Girly Boot Camp
9:30 Session 2
11:30 Coffee Break &
12:15 pm Lunch
breakout sessions, crafts,
pool, zumba, fitness room,
activity center, etc.
7:00 Mini-Concert, Session 3 &
9:30 Pool & Hot Tub or Activity
7:30 am Breakfast
9:00 Personal Devotions
9:30 Check out by 10
10:00 Session 4 &
Free time on the grounds to think, pray & process – stay as long as you like!
“Great speaker, great music, beautiful surroundings and lots of women. Jesus is reflected in the people.” Wendy, Pasadena, MD
“Slowing down and being still, praying in a beautiful setting, very renewing. Liked how you could do as much or as little as you wanted.” Sharon, Smithville, NJ
“Extremely relaxing and uplifting. Great atmosphere to allow you to relax and get closer to your sisters in Christ while focusing on Christ.” Deb, Mastic Beach, NY
“I was able to get away from the craziness of everyday life and be still and really listen for God’s voice. I was reminded of the importance of seeking this time.” Emiley, Bloomsburg, PA
“A renewed spirit to take back to my family.” Kristi, Hanover, MD
“Came in very anxious and left resting in the Lord!” Denise, Middletown, NJ
“I have been struggling with God’s grace, he revealed it to me mightily.” Susan, Barnegat, NJ
Susie Larson is a radio host, author and national speaker. She hosts her own daily live talk show, Live the Promise with Susie Larson. Susie connects weekly with thousands through her radio program and her daily faith questions on Facebook.
Susie has also served as a media voice for Moody Radio and as a co-host for Focus on the Family’s daily live talk show, Everyday Relationships with Dr. Greg Smalley.
As a speaker, Susie has shared the stage with speakers such as Liz Curtis Higgs, Ruth Graham, and Mary Beth Chapman, and with national recording artists Sara Groves, Christy Nockles, Desperation Band, and Kari Jobe. As a radio host, Susie has interviewed wonderful guests such as Anne Graham Lotz, Max Lucado, John Eldredge, Dr. Warren Wiersbe, Dr. Richard Swenson, Dr. Jack Hayford, Craig Groeschel, Jim Daly, Dr. Juli Slattery, Eric Metaxas, Gabe Lyons, Lisa Bevere, and Lysa TerKeurst.
Susie just finished her tenth book. She comes with a passion to see women everywhere strengthened in their faith and mobilized to live out their high call in Jesus Christ.
Susie is madly in love with her husband of nearly 30 years, her 3 grown sons, her beautiful daughters-in-law, and, her pit-bull, Memphis.
Susie and her husband Kevin have worked alongside recording artist Sara Groves and her husband Troy with International Justice Mission as advocates for victims of human trafficking and slavery.
While in Washington D.C., Susie and Sara and their husbands, represented International Justice Mission’s concerns in meetings with Congress as part of their efforts to abolish and prevent human trafficking and slavery.
Sitting down to talk with worship artist Jaime Jamgochian you quickly realize she is a woman of faith who God is using in many different ways through her music and message. It’s immediately evident she has a passion to see people know how much God loves them and a desire to see that reality change their lives—because it has changed hers.
For Jamgochian, delving into the pages of the lives of teen girls and calling out their true purpose and identity is one of her life’s ambition. Inspiration for her passion came in the unlikeliest of places—three words handwritten on the cover of a young fan’s journal: Modest Is Hottest. Jaime immediately knew this was one catchphrase she could stand behind.
“I’ve always felt a burden for teenage girls,” shares Jamgochian. “I feel like there’s always more to it when a girl is dressed inappropriately than I just want to look cute.” Jaime began leading worship and sharing her testimony at many teen girl and woman’s events. “The doors just kept opening to talk about this issue and encourage woman.” “Modest Is Hottest” became the slogan printed on her T-shirts. Jamgochian could see a movement among the girls beginning to ignite as they flocked in droves to buy the shirts and embrace the message.
Jaime came to know the Lord at 21 years old at Berklee College of Music and God completely changed her life. It’s her greatest passion and desire to see these girls really know who they are in Christ and how much God loves them and not go down some of the roads she did. She shares “I feel like if that is solidified, then everything else will flourish out of that in a healthy way”
From there, Jaime struck out on her own to create Modest Is Hottest conferences. These one-day events for females that integrate speaking, worship, concerts,modest is hottest fashion tips and an honest Q&A session. This year guest speakers and artists will join Jaime for the first time. Her hope is to address current issues young girls are dealing with and to see them leave these events living confidently in who they are in Christ.
Through her contagious smile, cheerful personality and stylish dress, girls are looking up to her & wanting to hear something real. “The biggest thing God did when I got saved was restore hope in a lot of lost areas. I was searching for hope in all the wrong places, in temporary things—relationships, body image and success,” she confides. “I pray the songs & heart beat behind all I do offers fresh hope and draws people closer to God.”
This Boston-native is still a worship leader at heart. Her latest single, “Everything You Are” is a worship song she wrote w/a friend that Christian radio stations are playing & churches incorporating in their Sunday morning worship song lists. “The Stand”—one of Jamgochian’s favorites to lead at church, concerts and events—is one of her highest radio charting songs to date, falling in line with a discography that includes two full-length albums on Centricity Records filled with sincere, high-energy praise & worship. One of her most well known original song “Hear My Worship” spent 12 weeks at #1 on national Christian radio. The song accurately reflects the brand of artist Jamgochian aims to be. “Worship has always been a huge part of my heart & what God has called me to. I think my favorite part is seeing people, eyes closed, hands raised, just getting lost in God’s presence,” she says. “Heaven comes down in those moments, and you’re just captivated by Him. I love to try to facilitate a moment like that.”
In addition to concerts and events, Jaime leads worship at her local church in Nashville, where she also mentors girls. She’s writing for a new album as well as writing her first book and curriculum, resources she hopes will equip the church to teach girls about God’s definition of beauty and purity.
Laura Parrott-Perry is the single mother of two amazing children and is devoted to a very handsome dog, indeed.
She studied Rehabilitation Counseling at Springfield College and has extensive experience in Special Ed classrooms both as an art teacher and para-educator.
She is the author of the popular blogs, In Others’ Words, and The Golden Repair on DivorcedMoms.com. Her work has been featured on Huffington Post and in Boston Magazine.
Laura is the Co-Founder of Say It, Survivor, an organization that provides workshops for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to help them process and tell their stories on their terms as part of the healing process. She is a frequent public speaker on the subject of childhood trauma, and is deeply committed to her role as an advocate and educator.
She is also a survivor of sexual abuse. And she’s talking about it. Shamelessly.
Mary is a writer, entrepreneur, public speaker and Co-Founder of Say It, Survivor.
She graduated from Boston College with a BA in English. She earned minors in Business, The Development of Western Civilization and Studio Art. Also, Mary studied at the Abby National Theater and the school of Irish Studies in Dublin, Ireland.
Mary started Louisburg Gardens, an Interior Landscaping Company in 1993. For twenty years, her company serviced clients in New England and employed some pretty amazing people. She sold the business and started a personal chef and small-scale catering company, table24.
Most recently she has co-founded Say It, Survivor with her cousin. They are committed to shining a light on sexual abuse, creating a community around it and putting an end to it.
Mary’s public speaking addresses young women in great part. She speaks about career paths, entrepreneurship and offers advice about building business relationships, marketing oneself and managing a career and family. Also, she speaks of the importance of Christian education and its impact into adulthood.
For many years, Mary served on several boards, both non-profit as well as corporate. She is an avid volunteer for organizations including The American Heart Association and is active in her community by participating in fundraising and volunteering. She serves as a Catechist for her church.
She is an interior designer, avid cook and loves to make things beautiful.
Mary lives with her husband, Michael, three teen-aged boys and Black Labrador, Dexter. She is committed to change the world with her cousin, Laura.
Mary writes two blogs and has recently been published in Boston Magazine.
All rates are per person and include two nights lodging, six meals, snacks, program and activities. Some optional craft workshops and activities require a modest fee.
Rates begin at $229 per person.
Most rooms have two twin beds and one queen size bed, so triple occupancy allows for each person to have their own sleep space.
Treat yourself to an upgraded room!
Ask about beautiful bay view rooms and 2 room suites – a few with Jacuzzis!
Upgraded charge is per room, not per person
Looking for a slightly different Retreat? Try our campground!
Log Cabins are open all year with an extended season for Campsites.
Log Cabin Rates: $279 per person, minimum occupancy of 4
Please note that there is a minimum occupancy required for all cabins.
Financial hardship? Partial scholarships may be available.
Modest swimsuits are required…one-piece for girls of all ages!
10% military discount for all program events for ALL military personnel.
This discount is available to any member of the armed forces, any branch and their immediate family members living in their household.
This is a Child Free Event. We love babies and children and we know you do too! But “Child Free Events” are your opportunity to be free from some of your normal daily responsibilities. It also provides a distraction free time for everyone to focus on the spiritual purpose of the event. Thank you for your cooperation and consideration.