The Light Within Retreat provides an extensive deep-dive into learning how to continuously experience transformative growth and has been instrumental in changing many lives.
The Light Within retreat is an intensive, three-day experience. You will be taught a lot of potentially new concepts and have the opportunity to practice new skills and learning in a group setting. The retreat program intentionally moves quickly so that you can have significant breakthroughs in just a few days.
For details of our upcoming retreat please go to the Registration page.
October 19-21, 2023
September 28-30, 2023
The Light Within Retreat is an experiential retreat designed to help you:
See yourself as
God sees you
Recognize and change limiting beliefs
Build faith in the Christ’s Atonement
Who are you from God’s perspective?
You are beautiful. You are smart. You are divine. Even if you don’t believe it right now. As you practice letting go of the fear, guilt, and shame you feel, your divinity will reveal itself more clearly and you will have the power to live a more fulfilling life.
Accepting yourself as you are leads to greater peace
Forgive yourself for
Hope for a
Claim Your Joy / Take the Next Step
This retreat will help you unveil a deeper you!
What do you believe about yourself?
Have you ever felt like a failure? Not good enough? Inadequate or weak? Through your life you may have taken on different beliefs about yourself, some of which may be limiting your progress. As you liberate yourself from the limiting beliefs you have acquired, you will find yourself more able to create the life you choose.
If you can believe, you can do all things through Christ
I can do all things
Whatever you ask, believing, ye shall receive
What you believe about yourself, becomes your reality (Prov 23:7)
Are you at peace with your emotions?
You may try to hide, suppress, or numb your emotions. You may have learned that it is not safe to express them. Or you may fear hurting someone with your emotions. However, emotions are part of life, and – with practice – you can allow your emotions to teach you.
Find relief from
Understanding your emotions gives you a path to release them, which brings relief from life’s many pressures.
Part of life is about learning to handle your emotions in a safe and healthy way. All of them…
Make time for
You may face tremendous pressure to meet expectations, and spending time on self care helps everything operate more smoothly.
Your stress may feel unavoidable, but with some perspective and tools, you can manage life’s expectations without feeling stress.
Do you ever wonder why God isn’t showing up for you?
Atonement in Action
See Your Blindness
- Be honest with yourself
- Recognize your judgments
- Honor your feelings
- Engage with community
- Rewrite your Story
- Experience renewal
Choose to Act
- Embrace vulnerability
- Trust the process
- Surrender to Christ
- Own your identity
- Live Wholeheartedly
- Continue to engage
Do you ever feel like nobody understands you?
The Lord has said, “If ye are not one, ye are not mine” (D&C 38:27), and Christ has invited us into “oneness” with Him and the Father (John 17:11). But in today’s “connected” society, we have never been more isolated.
Form a solid support network
Experience the joy of better relationships
Feel the power of deep connection
Are you healing after a divorce?
Have you experienced abuse?
Have you felt betrayal or abandonment?
Heidi & Matthew
Have you been affected by perfectionism or addiction?
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect at The Light Within retreat?
At The Light Within, you can expect a safe, loving environment where a group of your peers will support you through a transformative journey over the course of approximately 48 hours (spread over three days). Like any journey, the program will walk you and the other participants through a series of educational and experiential processes to gain and practice the knowledge that will open the door greater to peace, love, and connection in your life.
Our unique Atonement in Action process is at the core of the entire program. We will regularly reference Christ and His atonement, so that its power can become more tangible to you.
The Light Within is offered for both men and women in a gender-segregated environment to allow for deeper safety and intimacy. Sometimes there will be limited staff of the opposite gender to support participants on their journey.
Your agency will be respected through the entire program. This is your journey and you get to choose how it influences your life.
Who are you, and why have you created this retreat?
- We each have a background with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- We have wounds from our past. Somewhere in life, we learned that we can’t face our wounds alone
- We have found a healing path which has deeply impacted our life and brought us closer to Jesus Christ.
- We desire to share that path with others.
The Light Within is a peer-led, voluntary group. Collectively, we envision a world where men and women have deep, authentic, personal connections with God and mankind and are living each day to fulfill their divine purpose. We do this by creating a safe place to turn to Jesus Christ and find joy by consciously processing emotions, healing past wounds, and creating a vision of the future. We know that we can’t do it alone – having support from others is an essential part of healing.
We do this in the context of the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While remaining separate from the Church, we strive to support the Church and its members in their earthly mission.
What kind of people attend the retreat?
- In their 20’s and in their 70’s
- Local church leaders, active members, former members, people who have been excommunicated, or members of other faiths.
- Single, married, or divorced
- Straight and gay
- Born in pioneer families and recent converts to the Church
At The Light Within, we focus on our commonality as children of God, and respect each person’s unique expression of their own life.
What will I get out of attending the retreat?
At the retreat you will be offered tools and opportunities to view your life, your relationship with Christ, and your relationship with others in a new light, with the intention of feeling peace, wholeness, and clarity. Most participants leave the retreat feeling a deeper sense of joy and connection with themselves, their loved ones, and Jesus Christ.
Our hope is that:
- you’ll touch–in a newer, deeper way–the light within yourself to see the gift you are to the world;
- you’ll feel empowered to live that way; and
- you’ll know you have a group of brothers or sisters who support you in living as the divine man or woman you are.
To hear what past participants have to say, check out our testimonials.
What topics are covered at the retreat?
- Gaining the ability to master your emotions and to learn from them
- Applying the power of Jesus Christ’s atonement more actively
- Becoming conscious of your own judgements, and come to see what they can teach you about yourself
- Learning to understand and change your own limiting beliefs
- Transforming past wounds into future growth while releasing pain from your past
- Navigating guilt and shame in a healthy way
- Building connection, love, and unity with self, others, and God
- Opening the door to engage with the world authentically as your true self instead of living your life to satisfy other’s expectations of you
- Being honest with yourself and others
What is an “experiential” retreat?
What happens after I register?
- The exact location of the event
- Some forms to fill out prior to the event to help the retreat staff prepare to support you
- What to pack and how to prepare for the retreat
- An offer to arrange carpools or group travel between you and other participants, though ultimately, it is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements
Why do you charge for the retreat?
All of the staff are volunteers who contribute their time, expertise, and energy without any financial compensation. We do it because this work has changed our lives and we want to offer that to others.
Is there any financial assistance available?
For more information, please see the financial assistance page and application.
How am I supposed to share about my life with people I don’t know?
To give you some added safety, know that:
- you will always have the option to opt out of any activity. You will be encouraged to participate, but your choice to opt out will always be respected.
- many of the activities are structured so that you experience the activity for yourself—in your own mind and body—simultaneously with others. We then invite you to share your insights after the experience, if you choose.
Can I arrive late or leave the retreat early?
While we don’t allow any participants to leave the site temporarily and return back to the program, anyone is allowed to leave the program altogether, at any time, for any reason. No one is required to stay who does not wish to continue with the program.
Most participants find that once it gets started, they don’t want it to end.
Is this retreat endorsed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?
Light and not those of Intellectual Reserve, Inc. or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
However, the retreat was created and is presented to be in harmony with the teachings and doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
What if I disagree with something you teach?
We provide a series of teachings and tools that have worked for us to provide greater peace, clarity, and structure to life. If it differs from your personal belief, your belief will be respected and we will do our best to accommodate your belief as we support you on your journey.
What if I’m not an “active” church member?
While a majority of the participants and staff are active church members, some are not Church members or “active” Church members, and that’s ok. There is no anticipated outcome for the participants with regard to participation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Any choices that individuals make regarding their relationship with the Church will be respected and supported.
You will find reference to the culture and teachings of the Church during the retreat, along with using the Church’s scriptural canon and teachings of General Authorities.
Is this a therapeutic retreat that addresses mental health or other serious emotional issues?
Many therapists highly recommend retreats like this for those committed to ongoing treatment and personal growth. If you are involved in ongoing treatment, talk to your provider about whether an intense experiential retreat could be valuable to you.
This is a peer-led retreat. While it will explore how to access healthy emotions, how to get past self-limiting beliefs, and provide skills that anybody can use for greater wholeness, it is not “therapy.” There may be individuals serving as staff members who have mental health training and/or credentials, but they are serving at the retreat as peers, experienced in creating and supporting personal growth opportunities.
What if I have some physical limitations?
What if I have specific dietary limitations?
Why is The Light Within segregated by gender?
On occasion staff of the opposite gender will be present at the retreat to offer a specific perspective to support participants on their personal journey.
What is the Post-Retreat Program?
For more detailed information about the Post-Retreat Program, click here.
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