Ladies Retreat

“Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.”
Psalm 144:1-2

October 13-15, 2023

Ladies Retreat

The Ladies Retreat is open to all women from any reformed church. Women 18 years old and older are invited to attend. Nursing infants 6 months and younger may attend with their mothers on Saturday only.

The annual Machen Ladies Retreat is hosted by the women of Staunton Orthodox Presbyterian Church. It is always scheduled for the second full weekend in October, which is usually when the fall color is at its height but is still warm enough in the evening to enjoy a campfire and star gazing.

Rachel Allison


“Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it” (Hebrews 4:1).

In an age of frenzied, frantic days with busyness and obligations surrounding us on all sides, how does the Scriptures’ teaching on rest enlighten and instruct us? How does the Sabbath prepare us for the rest of the week and the rest of eternity? What are Jeremiah’s “ancient paths,” and can we still find rest for our souls there (Jeremiah 6:16)? What is “rest,” anyway, and how do we do the work of godly rest? Join us for a workshop exploring how the theology of rest fits in with the rest of theology.

Rachel Allison is a pastor’s wife and mother of thirteen. She spends her days reading “just one more chapter” while cooking for the masses, chasing down homeschool assignments, and neglecting to mail the college kids their care packages. She rejoices that rest is no proverbial “not yet” carrot being dangled just out of reach but that there is an “already” component that the Christian can delight in living; and she is excited to pay attention to what the Word of God says about it.


The registration fee includes lodging in a bunkhouse, all meals, and use of the main lodge facilities. Tent sites are also available if you would like to bring your own tent and sleep in it.

Online Registration Form

Machen Retreat and Conference Center


20 Bentley Dr
Sterling, VA 20165-6004


6 Job’s Hill Rd
McDowell, VA 24458


Retreat: (540)396-3650
Information: (703)477-5670

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2