A Debriefing Retreat for Global Workers

Our Next Retreat:

May 21–26, 2023 • San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid), Spain
at the Hospedería Santa Cruz

Take advantage of our debriefing retreat without traveling all the way to the US! Open to anyone ministering cross-culturally, a high proficiency in English is needed for the large group interactions, while we are pleased to offer one-on-one debriefing in Spanish as well.

Spain Pricing:
Single: $800 USD  •  Couple: $1,450 USD

Register Now
Registration deadline: May 7, 2023
Payment in full is required to complete your registration, so please have your credit card handy. Fees will be charged in USD but we can accept any international credit card.

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Upcoming Retreats:

July 30–August 4, 2023 • Plymouth, IN
at the Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center

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See below for US retreat pricing.

When a person tells his story and is truly heard and understood, he undergoes actual changes in his brain circuitry that corresponds to a greater sense of emotional and relational connection, decreased anxiety, and greater awareness of and compassion for others’ suffering.

—Curt Thompson, M.D., Anatomy of the Soul

What will you do at this retreat?

  • Reflect on relevant life questions in a safe environment
  • Share and process your story with experienced, trained debriefers
  • Participate in debriefing activities with a small group of peers
  • Integrate past challenges and successes into your life story
  • Begin to look toward the next step of your journey

In the mornings, you will participate in a brief devotion related to topics such as Jesus as the master debriefer, surrender and forgiveness, grief and loss, and change. These will be followed by individual and small group activities designed to facilitate the telling of your story.

In the afternoons there will be opportunity for individuals and couples to tell their story to Barnabas staff members who are trained and experienced in helping you process and integrate your ministry story.


Here’s what recent participants had to say about the Interlude debriefing retreat:

“Interlude was such a restful, restorative week for my husband and me to not only reconnect away from ministry, but to really unpack and process our time on the mission field. Grace broke some new ground in our hearts this week and poured new life into parts that were tired and even dead. The path forward seems so much more hopeful, more clear and more possible! Highly, highly recommend!”

“I came to Interlude dry, weary, fearful of opening my heart, and skeptical that good could come from this retreat. Five days later, I leave renewed and restored, rested, confident in Jesus’ love for me, hopeful and unafraid for whatever He brings into my path as I leave this holy place. Thanks, Barnabas!”

“I didn’t want to come to Interlude, but I am so glad that I did. God used this retreat to do amazing things in me. Thank you Barnabas for putting it on.”

“This week was just what I needed, at just the right time. It was such a blessing to feel so known and understood and cared for. Everything from the beauty of nature surrounding us, to the variety of ways I was able to express my story, were blessings to my soul. I’m so thankful to have had this time before heading back to my place of service.”

Cost and Fees

2023 Pricing

for all US-based retreats
Single (shared room): $1,000
Single (private room): $1,215
Couple: $1,800

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Interlude Facilitators

Madrid, Spain, Interlude; May 21–26, 2023


Elizabeth and Al Dyck

Al & Elizabeth have lived in Europe for many years, and they currently live in Madrid, Spain. After several years of serving in Staff Care and Development for church planters, primarily in Europe, God is now expanding their ministry to other regions, in addition to continuing to serve in Europe. Al & Elizabeth focus on providing pastoral care, spiritual formation, character development, debriefing, leader development, mediation, and team building for global workers. They are trained debriefers through Le Rucher, and are convinced that the health and development of God’s servants has a direct influence on their resilience, impact, thriving, and longevity on the field.


Terry and Lori Jackson

Terry and Lori have served in various forms of ministry for over 3s years - 16 of those years have been in the local church setting in America where they both have served in varying roles, and 15 years were spent serving the local church in the country of Slovenia where they also raised 3 daughters. While in Slovenia, part of their role was the care of a 30-member team. Through these years, they developed a heart to see those in ministry thrive. They learned first-hand that the demands of ministry often work against healthy rhythms and vibrant relationships. These rhythms must be integrated into our lives to thrive spiritually, emotionally, and physically. They desire to use their training as well as personal experience to help others to be resilient to the demands of ministry. In January of 2021, they joined Barnabas International and currently lead the Barnabas European Team which seeks to bring care resources to people who live and serve in under-resourced areas of Europe.


Mark and Susan

Mark and Susan have been in member care roles since 2014 and living cross-culturally since 2008. Their member care work is informed by their own healing journey and the ways God has invited them to deeper intimacy with Him through life’s disorienting chapters.

They are proud parents to three perfectly-in-process adult TCKs and are delighting in the ways their family is growing through marriage.

Their work includes debriefing, psycho-educational training, guided, contemplative work, spiritual direction and counseling.

Mark and Susan currently live in Málaga, Spain with their pup, Zoey. Mark enjoys painting and sketching and has been a life-long cyclist. Susan enjoys walks on the beach, Pilates and is passionate about the intersection of spirituality, neuroscience and embodiment.


Steve and Deborah Wise

After 13 years of ministry together in Cambodia as church planters, Steve and Deborah took a year-long sabbatical to consider what God might have next for them. Through rest, spiritual refreshment, and a significant time of debriefing, they clearly felt the pull to continue investing their lives in others—specifically those in cross-cultural ministry. Acting on that vision they joined Barnabas International in 2014 and began building a ministry in member care. They are currently living in Palmyra, PA, balancing various avenues of ministry—from one-on-one video calls to organizing and facilitating trainings and retreats. They are trained debriefers (MTI) and certified as life coaches (CRM) and spiritual directors (Sustainable Faith).

 Please be in prayer for us as we assemble our facilitation team and prepare for this retreat!