A women’s retreat full of hundreds of sisters in Christ…worshipping, laughing, relaxing and talking. Gather a group of friends and we’ll take care of the planning so you can enjoy a stress free, fun and spiritual weekend away from your daily routine!
with Dr. RoseAnne Coleman
“I love stories! I must have inherited that from God…because that is how He has revealed Himself to His people from the start.
I also love to laugh with women!
Come join us for a weekend full of story and laughter and REAL LIFE! We’ll tell stories, both biblical and personal, and some that are just plain fiction! I am finding so many women who really do not know WHAT their personal life stories are…or WHO they really are. So, I want us to dive into the Scriptures to hear the Best Story Ever Told, as well as recognize that we are main characters – never insignificant background wallpaper – forever in God’s narrative.” – RoseAnne
During RoseAnne’s last visit to Sandy Cove, she gets dancing lessons from Juanita!
Finding HOPE in the Waiting and Wondering
“For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.” Psalm 71:5
Sometimes faith is a battle filled with questions, doubts and complicated life matters. What if you had the courage to face every challenge head on? What if you were able to trust that God can bring good out of anything? As a wife, mother, friend and ministry leader, Gwen knows the battles that women face. This encouraging session will strengthen your faith in God as Gwen shows you how to:
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!
“Fantastic speaker. Music outstanding and uplifting. Being able to share with other women. This weekend was exactly what I needed!” Cheryl, Millville, PA
“God time & focus & relaxed atmosphere!” Dorothy, Flemington, NJ
“Excellent speaker! Liked the spaghetti groups and questions. Loved the workshops. Great ideas and facilitators. Loved the variety.” Linda, Leland, NC
“Rest, massage!! Nice people, no meal prep and clean up after everyone else, spiritual encouragement!” Jennifer, Arnold, MD
“I was reminded of God’s unfailing love! And I got to know the members of my church better.” Renee, Owings, MD
“Excellent speaker who made the Word of God come alive!” Marlene, Springfield, VA
“I needed a place and time to revitalize and rejuvenate – a lot of laughs to help relieve the stress. Beautiful and relaxing setting.” Sara, Westmont, NJ
“Speakers are great! Music was more than expected. Fellowship was priceless.” Saralynn, Mechanicsburg, PA
“I was able to put the cares and stress of the year in the background and focus on Jesus.” Ellen, Conestoga, PA
“Excellent teaching in the Word of God, worship and laughter! Beautiful location on the bay reveals God’s glory.” Audrey, Fayetteville, PA
RoseAnne is a “little Southern fireball!”
She has lightning wit and uses humor as a way to communicate the love of Jesus.
Born in Sylacauga, Alabama, Dr. Coleman grew up a Southern Baptist preacher’s kid, and “graduated” thirteen times from Vacation Bible School. She also has a doctorate in English from Middle Tennessee State University and over ten years teaching experience in public schools and over twenty-five years in local, national and international Bible studies and conferences. “God blessed me with a sense of humor and gifted me as a teacher. I love to see people laugh and learn at the same time. Genuine laughter tends to loosen up hard-packed hearts and allow the Truth of God’s Word to trickle down to a person’s deepest, dry places.”
Through Biblical teaching, personal storytelling and humor, RoseAnne emphasizes that God knows us in every way–even in the secret places–so we never have to feel afraid or ashamed to come to Him, just as we are, to know Jesus as our personal Savior and to grow in our relationship with God.
RoseAnne helps people grasp the Gospel so they can see God in everyday life, in everyday experiences. As one listener said, “I have never laughed so hard while learning so much about God. I was surprised and sad when her session was over; I would have listened all day long.”
Gwen Smith is a speaker, author, songwriter, and worship leader who inspires women toward the heart of God through stories, songs, and Scripture. Her fun, enthusiastic, and relateable communication style puts audiences at ease and bridges generational, denominational, and racial divides. As a co-founder of the conference and devotional ministry Girlfriends In God, Gwen has helped thousands of women experience how the Word of God and the power of grace, through Jesus Christ, rejuvenates faith and enriches lives.
Gwen has shared her stories and songs on The 700 Club, The Good Life, The Harvest Show, Atlanta Live, and many other television and radio programs. She is the author of a book titled Broken Into Beautiful – which shares the same title as the heart-stirring song that she co-wrote and recorded.
Today, Gwen and the ministry team at Girlfriends In God encourage more than 500,000 women daily through their online devotions. The “GiGs” have co-authored a book, Trusting God: A Girlfriends in God Devotional. In addition, Gwen was a recording artist with Great Worship Songs and a staff songwriter for Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing from 2008 – 2011. She has written for Sunday Best Music Publishing since 2004. Her newest CD, Uncluttered, was released in early 2011.
Aside from all this formal bio information, those who know her best would tell you that Gwen is just a car-pooling, coffee-loving, chocolate-craving, Jesus-loving wife and mother who struggles like the rest of us with dirty dishes, everyday life, messy piles, mountains of laundry, complicated relationships and cellulite.
Though she travels regularly, Gwen’s top ministry priority is, and always will be, her family. She and her husband Brad have been married since 1993 and have been blessed with three cool kids (named Preston, Hunter and Kennedy) who are now officially: two tweens and a teen.
In her spare time, Gwen loves to cheer loudly at her kid’s ballgames, play guitar, relax at the piano, and chat with her girlfriends. Her other interests include bargain shopping, hanging out at local coffee shops enjoying the dark roast, writing new songs, and studying her Bible. Gwen and her family reside in North Carolina, and are members at LIFE Fellowship Church
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 $215 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.
Log Cabin Rates: $259 per person, minimum occupancy of 4
Please note that there is a minimum occupancy required for all cabins.
Financial hardship? Partial scholarships are available.
Modest swimsuits are required…one-piece for girls of all ages!
NEW! 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.