2020 Scottsdale Retreat

Launchpad Retreat: Rest, Renew, Pray

March 2-5, 2020 – Scottsdale, Arizona

Co-hosted with W/ Collective

Join us in Scottsdale, Arizona for three days of rest and prayer at the Franciscan Renewal Center. This is the perfect event for your entire church plant leadership team. Be renewed in relationship with others as we explore the practice of meditation and our beliefs around prayer as progressive faith leaders.

This event begins Tuesday morning with breakfast and a light conversation. Tuesday/Wednesday is yours to hike trails, meditate in the gardens, relax by the pool or explore the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Spend some time getting to know your Launchpad Cohort in person. We will curate some options for engaging in prayer practices and individual/group meditation or conversation throughout. Our time will conclude Thursday morning with worship and prayer together.

Your group is welcome to arrive as early as Sunday night and leave as late as Thursday morning. Your rate will vary based on your length of stay. Most meals are included with your lodging. Choose from a double or single room, availability limited for singles. Book early as availability at the Center is limited and March is a peak season.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email questions about bookings to Events Team Coordinator Jennifer Fisher at jennifer@launchpadpartners.org. We’ll do our best to accomodate your group for various nights if you need something more specific than the ticket options below.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

It’s a 15 minute uber/lyft ride from the Scottsdale/Phoenix airport to the Franciscan Renewal Center. Hiking trails, shopping and other options for things to do off site are all 10-20 minutes away by uber/lyft as well. Some locals may be available to help with transportation and free parking is available for guests at the Center.

What are my lodging options?

The Casa offers double rooms with two full beds for $99 per person per night or single rooms ($198 total) with one bed for $140 per person per night. Handicap accessible rooms may be available if needed. All rooms feature private, ensuite baths, wifi on campus and access to the outdoor pool. Check in is 4pm and check out is 10am.

Launchpad is suggesting you stay for 2 or 3 nights, but you have the option of staying up to 4 nights (Check in Sunday and Check out Thursday). If you’d prefer to book 4 nights for yourself or your group, email jennifer@launchpadpartners.org to register.

View a map of the Renewal Center campus here.

What meals are included with my booking?

The Center prepares meals our meals. All meals are Chef’s choice and served buffet style in the Casa dining room. Dietary needs can be arranged prior to arrival by emailing jennifer@launchpadpartners.org. Meals are served at 8am-9am (breakfast), 12pm-1pm (lunch), 6pm-7pm (dinner). Alcohol is not allowed on the Center campus, but Launchpad will arrange for opportunities for evening drinks off site. We also hope to host a poolside picnic on the evening when the most participants are available.

If I’m local in the Scottsdale area can I join in without spending the night?

Yes! We would love to have you! You’ll be charged for the meals you’ll be with us ($10-16 per meal) and a $99 local attendee registration fee (see below). Email jennifer@launchpadpartners.org to register as a local.

Is there a registration fee?

Yes, Launchpad asks for a registration fee to cover the cost of organizing the event.

Will there be any programming during the retreat?

This retreat is focused on rest and prayer, so while we will offer some programming, it will be light. We want you to feel comfortablt to use this retreat as you need it most. Come with your full staff or a colleague or come on your own. Use it as a meetup with other pastors and leaders you’ve been wanting to see. You can socialize as little or as much as you like. Launchpad will reserve some meeting spaces, but small meeting rooms are also available to rent for a nominal fee if you would like to meet with your own team. Use this time for your organization’s needs, but enjoy the benefit of relaxing in community with progressive colleagues across the country in your down time.

Launchpad will organize opportunities for worship, meditation, yoga and prayer that you can choose to participate in if you’d like. We plan to have an opening gathering on Tuesday morning and a closing one on Thursday morning (subject to change based on when the most people are available). We’ll announce speakers and leaders who will take us through these practices later this fall.

The Franciscan Renewal Center also offers spiritual direction one-on-one or with groups. This is available to you at your own cost during your stay. You can also join in the regular mass that is offered weekly on campus. Additionally, the Center offers a variety of worships and services we think you’ll enjoy, from meditation practices to walks under the stars. Learn about the Center’s programming for March as it becomes available here.