Practicing Hearing the Voice of God in the Writing Process - Weekend Retreat

Come away to a quiet place in Wimberley, Texas for a  time to practice hearing our Creator God as you write. This retreat is all about the process of spending time writing  with God being your guide, not the finished product.  Believing deep in our souls that God created us in His image so therefore we are created to create is our core value for this class. Using writing as our place of taking risks in this ever-growing relationship, I believe you will experience God’s love through prayer, healing, clarity, focus, peace, joy and all that He wants to release uniquely to our hearts.

In this gathering we will include times of quiet solitude, times of instruction, times of processing and reflecting, times of sharing. Hearing our Creator will be the emphasis in this writing retreat. 

Our prayer is you will experience an awakening and clarity of what God’s unique voice sounds like to you. As you practice and process your writing throughout the weekend, you will emerge with more focus transferring to a deeper relationship with God. We believe God will release a new confidence and courage in your own unique writing style. Our prayer is you will feel safe and experience a fresh awakening of God’s voice in your life in ways beyond the pen and paper! 

Co-Facilitated by Sara Thurman - Humbled and blessed to be providing this time and space and place for you to practice hearing God in the writing process, too! I hear God more clearly every day because of my journey as an author and believe God has asked me to release His love and light through what He is teaching me to you. 

Co-Facilitated by Peggy Tidwell - Excited and blessed to release the expertise of creative writing to each  of you as participants. Jesus is in the center of my style of sharing and releasing all that God has shown me about the writing process. I love to host gatherings in my Texas Hill Country home where friendships are nourished through southern hospitality, comfort food, and conversation. I am  passionate about discovering God’s treasures woven into nature, Scripture, and creative arts. As a published writer, I crafts stories of redemption with Texas settings, regional cuisines and dogs. I can’t wait to meet you and bless you with renewed confidence and courage as a writer! 

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Tentative Schedule:

  • Friday Check-in Before 5 pm.

  • Dinner and Getting To Know Each Other and Worship/Teaching/Prayer Times

  • Saturday will include Teaching, Painting, Sharing, Quiet & Reflective and Free Time

  • Sunday morning will include more painting and sharing time. Depart by 1 p.m

  • No refunds allowed but transferable to another attendee.

Included in the fees:

Two nights lodging at the peaceful BellaVida Bed and Breakfast. Most rooms are triple or quad sleeping arrangements with separate bathrooms in-suite. Full Breakfast Saturday and Sunday. Dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Light Lunch on Saturday , Snacks and Hot and Cold Drinks. All supplies for acrylic painting will be supplied. And some additional surprises!

For an additional $60 you can enjoy Thursday night stay and a full breakfast on Friday morning and time to rest and relax in the beautiful Hill Country all day Friday before our Friday evening meeting. If you choose this option, I will add this option as a separate invoice item to select for September 19.

This retreat will take you deeper into practicing hearing God’s voice in the creative process. With Sara’s own experience of creating, she has learned to hear God in a more focused and beautiful way since become an artist. Sara will be releasing what God has given her in the past few years of becoming an artist to each attendee. Ann will be releasing the deep love of Jesus to each attendee with her gifted teaching and art. Affirming our identity as daughters of God, will allow us to move deeper into renewing our thoughts to hear God more in all areas of our lives.

This retreat will help with affirming your ability to hear God’s Song of Love over your life. This retreat will include teaching times, reflection times, painting times, quiet times all interlaced with the joy of God’s presence.

The schedule will be full of opportunities to create yet restful times. The retreat center is located on eight acres that has walking trails and quiet places. This weekend will bless your soul and spirit to increase your ability to hear God’s direction in your life. Through creating with acrylic paint and the use of color, God will speak to you in ways that will carry forth into your daily walk with God. No artistic experience is required. We will be focusing on the process of creating, not the finished product.


Sara Thurman has been practicing her calling of becoming an artist for God since she heard His clear call in October 2014. She has painted and sold over 750 paintings since that call. Sara had never considered herself an artist, in fact had never taken an art class before God told her who she was. She is releasing her first book, Small Beginnings: A Journey to the Impossible in summer 2019. It is her story full of testimonies of how her art speaks about the love of Jesus in her own unique journey of becoming an artist. She is a retired teacher and administrator from Texas public schools. She has a heart of encouragement and intercession to release the hope and light and love of Jesus to others. Sara lives in Wimberley, Texas with Wayman, her husband. Two sons and daughter-in-loves call her Mom and one little granddaughter calls her Grandma. She and Wayman started an art ministry called Acts 1:8 Blessings in early 2017. They release a portion of their profits to help make the name of Jesus famous all over the world to help missionaries and others in need in their own community. Follow her journey on Instagram at: @actsoneeightblessings and www.actsoneeightblessings.com

Ann Younger is an artist and a Certified Pastoral Counselor who often incorporates creativity into the therapeutic process. Her pastoral mission is dedicated to restoration, encouraging, affirmation, and ministering God’s Truth. Ann has had a love for creativity her whole life. Before going into practice, she had a successful business where she sold her crafts and art in several shops throughout Texas. Since retiring her counseling practice in Sugar Land, Ann has been drawn back into creating art full time. Her main medium is acrylic painting. She now resides in Jonestown, Texas on the north shore of Lake Travis with her husband Roland. Ann is “Mom” to two grown sons and a daughter in law. She has two grandchildren who call her “ZsaZsa”. You can see Ann’s work at www.artbyann.org