Welcome! Come, learn and rest are not just random words. They are words of invitation from Matthew 11:28-30:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Long ago, I began filling my heart daily with God’s word, reflecting on the Lord’s grace, and prayerfully noticing how God invites me to come, learn, rest, and to be part of his kingdom. Moreover, I am always amazed by how the Lord faithfully provides direction, formation and soul care for my spiritual journey.
As a pastor and spiritual director, I realize that each new day, you and I have the privilege of responding to God’s invitation. So in 2013, I began writing reflections that encourage you to come, learn and rest on your spiritual journey. These reflections are posted in my weekly blog.
The call to start Come Learn Rest Ministries came from noticing how often the Spirit of God had prompted us to minister to the needs of pastors and their spouses. Through this, we have learned a few things about how to better pray and support ministry families. But mostly, we recognize the need for a safe space to come and simply be your most authentic self.
For years we looked for a property where we could invite ministry leaders to come for renewal and refreshment at minimal cost. In 2010 when the real estate bubble burst, we were able to buy property in Oakdale, California. Quiet Oaks is a place for you to come, learn and rest. We are located in the Central Valley of California within driving distance of San Francisco, Sacramento, Yosemite, Muir Woods and Napa/Sonoma wine country. Any of these provide opportunities to practice the spiritual discipline of play! Our property is perched on a hillside above the Stanislaus River, surrounded by oak trees with a breathtaking view of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. There are inviting places in and around our home for times of reflection and rest.
As a Pastor and Spiritual Director, I am committed to prayerfully helping you design a time of retreat based on various spiritual practices that will best tend to your soul. My fun-loving husband, Ben, is committed to making sure you have an adventure! So please do come, learn and rest with us.
Prayerfully, Jill Sweet
A guest who stayed with us in the fall of 2015 had this to say about Quiet Oaks:
I highly encourage all who are in need of rest or refreshment for your soul to discover the Come Learn Rest Ministries provided by Rev. Jill Sweet at Quiet Oaks in Oakdale, California. My husband and I were truly blessed by Ben and Jill Sweet’s generous hospitality. Jill also provided much needed Spiritual Direction for me as I sought wisdom in my personal life and ministry. Their beautiful home nestled in the hills of central California provided a perfect place to rest and draw near to God through prayer, His Word and His beautiful creation.
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