Do I need a rental car?
What clothes should I bring?
Where will my counseling sessions take place?
Are meals provided?
Are there laundry facilities at the Retreat Center?
Is there Wi-Fi at the Retreat Center?
Is there free time?
The counseling is usually in the morning, Monday through Friday, and meals are shared with the Host Couple and other guests. The rest of the time in the afternoons, evenings, and weekend between a two-week Intensive is free time. The counselors do give certain assignments to work on throughout your time at the Retreat, but there will still be plenty of time for you to rest, read, hike, and take a trip to town or the mountains. The counselors recommend a good balance of reflection, study, and recreational activities. Here are a few ideas:
The QuietWaters Retreat Center: There are many places throughout the Retreat for family discussions, lounging around in your robe and slippers (bring those both with you) while you read and rest including the Pikes Peak Library, the Mt. Evans Drawing Room with its gas fireplace, the lower level recreation area with a large flat screen television and fireplace, and winged backed chairs in the kitchen next to the fireplace. Or you can retreat to your own private bedroom for solitude. The fitness center at the Retreat Center is available for you to use, as well as a hot tub just a few steps out the back door. You will enjoy lovely mountain views and abundant Colorado sunshine from the large deck. Many enjoy walking on the rural road around the Retreat. An outstanding feature of the Retreat is the prayer garden with its three-tiered fountain and fire pit. You can wander on the sidewalks that lead to several patios where you can relax or have a quiet time of prayer. There is also an indoor prayer chapel for meditation and prayer.
Is there a waiting list?
Things to do while in Metro Denver and Colorado
While the primary purpose of our clients’ time at QuietWaters Ministries is spent on their counseling and resting at our retreat home in Parker, Colorado, guests often want to see the local attractions and experience the grandeur of Colorado.
Please refer to the map below of Metro Denver and the State of Colorado when considering afternoon and day trips. Denver International Airport is located on the extreme eastern edge of the city, as is the bedroom community of Parker. With a population of nearly 50,000, Parker is located in the Southeast part of Metro Denver and offers numerous national chain and local restaurants and shops just minutes from the retreat home. To assist you in your travel plans, please note the approximate travel times listed below:
|Retreat House to town of Parker||5 minutes|
|Retreat House to Castlewood Canyon State Park||20 minutes|
|Denver International Airport to QuietWaters Retreat House||45 minutes|
|Retreat House to Downtown Denver||45 minutes|
|Retreat House to Colorado Springs||1 hour|
|Retreat House to Boulder||1 hour|
|Retreat House to Winter Park Ski Resort or Loveland Ski Resort||1.5 hours|
|Retreat House to Rocky Mountain National Park||2 hours|
|Retreat House to Vail||2 hours|
|Retreat House to Aspen||4 hours|
Parker, Denver, and the rest of Colorado have hundreds of different attractions, but here are a few that you may want to consider:
Focus on the Family
Castlewood Canyon State Park
16th Street Mall-Downtown Denver
Pikes Peak Highway
Garden of the Gods
Park Meadows Mall
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
Colorado Christian University
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Cherry Creek Mall
Peak to Peak Scenic Byway
Denver is serious about its professional sports! While tickets are relatively easy to get for the Denver Nuggets NBA team, the Colorado Avalanche NHL team and the Colorado Rockies MLB team, the Denver Broncos NFL team tickets are rather difficult to come by.
Fitness Centers – Lifetime, 24 Hour, Parker Recreation Center and many more
Golf – Several courses within 20 minutes of retreat house
Horseback riding – The Parker area has numerous riding stables
Hikes and mountain biking – We have four mountain bikes available for you to ride and there is a trail behind our retreat house that you can bike or walk. Many other hiking and biking trails are also nearby.