Retreat Ministry

Hopewood Retreat Ministries was established in 2000 with the ultimate vision of creating a quiet retreat conducive for individuals and small groups to detach from the hectic pace of life to become more attentive to God’s healing presence.   Especially targeted for those experiencing extraordinary life stresses, such as caregivers or individuals grieving significant loss, retreats were designed to encourage periodic and regular time away for spiritual refreshment and personal renewal.  A variety of programs and venues have been offered over the years including an annual “Come Away to the Quiet” retreat at a private Inn in Amish Country, Ohio led by Keith Klekota, one of the co-founders.  Topical day retreats in tranquil retreat settings have addressed wellness topics such as depression, anxiety and burnout.  In addition, emotional and spiritual growth and wellness subjects have been presented at conferences, churches, corporations and private gatherings.Most recently, Carol Klekota, LPCC, a Certified Compassion Fatigue Specialist, transitioned to private practice in Amherst, Ohio in order to focus more intentionally on Compassion Fatigue Prevention and Recovery services through Hopewood.  She offers an Accelerated Recovery Program for individuals experiencing compassion fatigue and speaks at workshops and retreats on topics related to caregiver stress, resilience, compassion fatigue prevention and recovery.