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Wild // Blessed is She Retreat

The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. — John 3:8

The Blessed is She Wild Retreat is all about unleashing God’s Spirit in the lives of women. Come and find freedom, learn to live in freedom, and give freedom to other women.

Join us May 11-12, 2018 in San Jose, California.

Join us August 10-11, 2018 in St Paul, Minnesota.

Join us September 21-22, 2018 in Pensacola, Florida.

Join us November 9-10, 2018 at the John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, D.C.

Check out last year’s Beloved Retreat —>>>

Wild Retreat Speakers & Worship Leaders

Michelle Benzinger // FL Emcee

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Michelle Benzinger is a national women’s speaker, creative entrepreneur, and advocate for marginalized women and children. She is the visionary leader of Greenhouse Collective and the creative director of Meaningful Market. She co-hosts a podcast, Abiding Together with Sr. Miriam Heidland and Heather Khym. Michelle and her husband, Chris, have served in global and domestic missions for the past 15 years with their six children (two adopted from Haiti) and now reside in Pensacola, Florida.

Tricia Tembreull // CA Emcee

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Tricia Tembreull is a California girl with a Texas-size heart for hospitality. She said yes over twenty years ago to God’s call to youth ministry and could never have imagined the adventures and people she would encounter along the way. She serves as a Parish Coach for Life Teen, International traveling around the globe training, empowering, and praying with youth ministers. When not on a plane, you can find Tricia in church, spending time with family and friends, in the kitchen cooking up something delightful, or on the beach taking in the sunset.

Laura Kelly Fanucci // MN Emcee

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Laura Kelly Fanucci is a mother, writer, and project director for the Collegeville Institute at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. She is the author of several books including Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting and the co-author of Living Your Discipleship: 7 Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling. Laura writes about parenting as a spiritual practice at her blog.  You can find out more about her here.

Beth Davis // Speaker

Beth Davis is a lover of Jesus, a recently retired youth minister and the Director of Ministry Advancement for Blessed is She. She is passionate about teaching women how to develop an intimate relationship with Jesus and speaking hope to weary hearts.  Her favorite things include being an aunt to her five fantastic niece and nephews, the Saint Name Generator and whatever book she’s currently reading.

Emily Wilson // Worship Leader & Speaker

Emily Wilson planned her whole life to become a sports reporter but turned out to be a Catholic musician and speaker at the hand of God. The heart of her ministry is offering encouragement to teen girls in their search for their true identity, and she loves every second of it. You can read more about Emily over at her blog.

Mary Castner // Worship Leader CA

Mary Castner is a Catholic worship leader, speaker, and youth minister in Phoenix, AZ. Her ministry’s mission is to bring healing and freedom to God’s people through music. You can read more about Mary on her website www.marycastnermusic.com.

WILD Testimonies:

I am so grateful my big sis said “yes” to attending the #bisretreat with me again this year. Last year it was a hesitant “yes.” You know the kind that you say “yes” to but aren’t really sure what you are getting yourself into or what to expect but when it’s all said and done you are so happy that you did! We promised each other this retreat to bond over, recharge, grow in our faith, & share our own sisterhood with our #bissisterhood. It has been the best pinky promise we have made to each other to date. . . . // Mytae

When retreat is equal parts Spirit-filled goodness and slumber party fun with your girlfriends. I’m coming home from #bisretreat reflecting on three words I think describe each person of the Trinity for me. Father is faithful, Son is reckless, and Holy Spirit is WILD. Each word describes a unique relationship with each person. Father help me never forget Your promises. Jesus let me never get tired soaking in Your reckless love and grace and mercy. Come pursue and woo my heart in new ways. Holy Spirit do wild, crazy, creative things in and through my life. May I never settle for mediocrity but live in boldness. // Patty

Sister in Christ Y’all this weekend has been PHENOMENAL omgosh I can’t even. God is sooo good and I feel R E N E W E D & my heart is soo on fire for my God HIGHLY encourage you to check out a Blessed is She retreat. // Kathryn

Just one of those perfect weekends with my Blessed Is She sisters. I spoke with so many phenomenal women who shared their hearts. It was wild. // Samantha

What an awesome gift it was to spend the entire day with 300+ women. Diving into our faith, unleashing the wildness in our lives, and be able to worship together as beloved daughters of God. It was exactly what my heart needed. #bisretreat // Nykole

Thankful for such a beautiful weekend full of untamed, unashamed, and unleashed love for Jesus Christ #BISretreat #wild // Sophia

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Wild Retreat for?


This retreat is for a woman 18 and older who:

  • is searching for community
  • is looking to rekindle your faith
  • is in need of peaceful prayer time
  • is yearning for a deeper relationship with the Lord

What is included in my retreat ticket?


You will receive a light snack on Friday evening, three meals and snacks all day Saturday as well as sessions, adoration, confession, praise and worship, vigil Mass, and beautiful sisterhood. You also will receive a beautiful welcome packet with a prayer journal.

I bought a ticket but I can no longer come. Can I get a refund?


We cannot issue refunds, but you can look to sell your ticket via social media and your friends.

What do I need to come with?


Your bible, your heart, and your laughter.

Where should I stay?


For Phoenix Retreat:

There are many hotels in the area! Here are a couple favorites:

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Center
Staybridge Suites Phoenix – Chandler
Element by Westin Chandler Fashion Center

For Washington, D.C. Retreat:

Coming soon!