What is Springs in the Desert?
We’re women and men just like you, with hopes and dreams for a family who find ourselves carrying the cross of infertility. We felt isolated and alone, too. When we started this ministry, we discovered that, while each of our experiences are unique, we’ve all encountered similar thoughts, emotions, and difficulties, and these are what bind us together. Now, we walk this path along with hundreds of others, discovering the fruitfulness God has planned for all of us!
Who will be on this retreat?
Couples at all different places on their infertility path. If you are a newlywed, trying to conceive, receiving treatment, taking a break from charting, nearing or in menopause, or anything in between—all are welcome. If your spouse can’t make it, you are welcome to come on your own.
What can I expect on this retreat?
This is your time to let down your guard, to share your burdens with others who understand, without fear of judgment. Our Team will give reflections on different aspects of the infertility experience and offer encouragement and some practical suggestions for strengthening your relationship with God and your spouse; acknowledging the unique grief associated with infertility and strategies for combating negative thoughts; and affirming that we are cherished by God! We’ll have time for community, prayer, rest, and laughter.
We know that going to Mass on Mother’s Day can be especially challenging in a season of infertility or loss. We’re so blessed to hold this retreat on Mother’s Day weekend so that we can celebrate the Vigil Mass for Sunday together – no pressure, no anxiety over the final blessing, and no doubt that we’ll all be affirmed in the many expressions of fruitfulness found in our marriages.
Infertility is so hard. I don’t know if a retreat is for me.
Yes, infertility is hard. Really hard. And stepping out in faith to talk about it with others—even with those who are going through it too—can also be hard. Be not afraid! You will be among friends, and in a safe place to share your heart as little or as much as you feel comfortable. We’ve had people come on retreat who sat in their cars until the last minute, contemplating whether to come in. But they took a chance and found that it wasn’t as scary as they thought! Instead, they felt seen and heard, and shared that it was a positive step toward finding hope and healing.
Will this retreat really be beneficial?
Here are just a few things people are saying about the Cherished retreat:
Springs has been a great gift to me and my spouse. It has provided much needed encouragement, rest, and support in the season of infertility. –Ellie
I’ve been praying to find a men’s group for years and God answered my prayers this weekend. Thank you for your radical vulnerability and holiness on this retreat. The Team was extraordinary! –Peter
I felt heard for the first time on this difficult journey. The whole team was welcoming and loving. –Megan
The focus on Christ and healing and restoration through our sacrament, or each other, and not on “solutions” is a gift. Springs is a gift to my wife and I! We will continue to recommend you to others. –Trey
Have questions? Let’s talk!
Email us at email@example.com and we’ll answer any questions you have.