Sabbath-Rest Retreats

“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”
Hebrews 4:9-11
“I am very grateful for the Sabbath-Rest Retreat I recently experienced on the ATS campus. Prayer and spiritual formation resources, time with a faculty member, walks through the prayer garden and the labyrinth, silence and solitude provided personal renewal as well as an opportunity to connect with ATS.”
Janice Hershberger, MA '92

God calls us to periodically rest from work and ministry responsibilities. Retreating from the daily stresses of life allows God to reveal Himself as well as new directions for ministry. God set the example by resting from His work of creating the heavens and earth on the seventh day. We can follow the Lord’s instructions to the Israelites to take time for Sabbath rest and trust that He will be present with us.

We welcome diploma, masters, or doctor of ministry alumni to take Sabbath-Rest Retreats on the Ashland Theological Seminary campus. Revisit the core values of engaging with scripture, spiritual formation, community, and lifelong learning that shaped your academic experience.

Spiritual Direction

We encourage our guests to receive spiritual direction from faculty members or other trained spiritual directors connected to the seminary. A spiritual director that you select will be available for one to three sessions during you retreat. A variety of books and reflection resources will be available for use in your apartment.

Custom Options

Engage in the life of the seminary by taking part in a chapel service, touring the Doug & Jean Sherman Manuscript Library and Archeological Room, and utilizing the Roger Darling Memorial Library. Reflect in our seminary prayer garden and Ronk Memorial Chapel prayer room. You may also quiet your mind on the outdoor stone labyrinth at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center. Maintain your fitness regime and schedule a massage at the Ashland University Rec Center. Local trails are ideal for walking or running in warm months

Personal, Spouse, and Family Retreat Options

Many benefits exist for retreating alone and with family. Jesus took time for solitary prayer and communion with God. This time fueled Jesus to continue his ministry with confidence in God’s calling. Marriages and families strengthen through concentrated and uninterrupted time seeking God together. Ashland Theological Seminary staff will work with alumni to create an exceptional personal, marriage or retreat experience. Playgrounds and kid-friendly destinations exist in the area for young families.


The costs for your Sabbath-Rest Retreat will include accommodations. Our seminary apartments feature twin- and queen-sized beds with a full kitchen and living room. The room rates are:

  • $90/night for a twin bed private family apartment
  • $60/night for a queen bed private apartment
  • $50/night for a twin bed private apartment
  • $45/night for a private bedroom/shared apartment
  • $30/night for a shared room/shared apartment


As an added benefit, room discounts are available.

  • Stay 3 nights and get your 4th night at half price.
  • Stay 6 nights and get your 7th night free.


Alumni are encouraged to take Sabbath-Rest Retreats at a personally convenient time throughout the calendar year. Please make your reservation as early as possible, but at least one month in advance. Be mindful that Ronk Memorial Chapel and the Roger Darling Memorial Library are open Monday through Friday during business hours only. Apartment spaces are limited and subject to availability. Retreat reservations are dependent on the availability of apartments and spiritual directors. Sabbath-Rest Retreats cannot be scheduled during the following holidays:

  • Independence Day: July 3-4, 2015
  • Labor Day: Sept. 4-7, 2015
  • Thanksgiving: Nov. 24-29, 2015
  • Christmas and New Year’s: Dec. 18, 2015 through Jan. 5, 2016
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Jan. 18, 2016
  • Good Friday: March 24-27, 2016
  • Memorial Day: May 30, 2016