Shade and Fresh Water


Shade and Fresh Water

is an advance special (#100170) of The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church. Our vision is to provide a transformative sanctuary for individuals and their families who are professionally associated with the Florida Conference of the UMC for the restoration of body, mind, and spirit toward more abundant living.

Currently we are serving the individuals and families of the Florida Conference by offering help in ministry areas: personal retreats, clergy covenant group retreats with spiritual and/or group direction, and managing change in new appointments. If you would like information on any of these ministry areas, please click on the corresponding button on the side bar.

We have received many positive reviews from our clergy covenant group retreats offering individual spiritual direction to participants.  Be sure to check out the latest information under Retreats.

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Personal Retreats

Purpose: To provide an environment that helps a clergy person, member of a clergy family, or clergy family restore their body, mind, and spirit toward more abundant living. To facilitate this environment, Shade and Fresh Water will provide a healing space, companion, and spiritual director/ therapist to work with the person or persons on retreat. Read more

Spiritual Direction

In selecting a spiritual director one does not necessarily have to be of the same denomination or faith. A director helps the directee notice God’s movement in prayer and in the events and circumstances of one’s life.  Read more

Contact Us

The Florida Conference of The United Methodist Church

450 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33815

(863) 688-5563 or toll free (800) 282-8011