Jesus invites, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

A thriving spiritual life includes both prayer and work, yet too often we emphasize work to the neglect of prayer, contemplation and rest. Jesus taught that communing with God through prayer is the one necessary thing (Luke 10:42). To nurture that communion, Jesus “frequently withdrew to the wilderness to pray” (Luke 5:15-16).

Our joy is making space for you to withdraw to a quiet place—to listen to God’s voice, enjoy his presence, and rest in his embracing and sustaining love. We offer two kinds of retreats: Guided Day Retreats and Custom Retreats (dates and descriptions below).

Guided Day Retreats

Join us at Trinity Lakeside Abbey for a guided day retreat. Rev. Markene writes a unique themed guide for each retreat, which includes prayer, reflection (on scripture, art, poetry or nature) and gentle conversation. Each retreat begins at 9:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm. The cost for a guided retreat is $99 and includes a light lunch and retreat materials.

Click here to register for a guided retreat (dates below).

  • Ordinary Time Guided Retreat: Saturday, September 30, 2023
  • Advent Guided Retreat: Saturday, December 2, 2023

Bring with you to the retreat: Your Bible, a journal and something to write with. Weather permitting, we encourage you to spend some of your retreat time outdoors. Questions? Email

Click here to register for a guided retreat.

Custom Retreats

Rev. Markene is an experienced retreat leader, available to design and lead a day or overnight retreat which meets the needs of your community. For more information and to schedule your custom retreat, contact

Comments from retreat participants

The retreat was exactly what my soul needed… The morning was a deep time of sensing my belovedness from the Father and the afternoon brought fresh clarity and direction… Grateful! B.W.

This lovely retreat was thoughtfully designed with seven beautiful meditations that drew me into God’s presence… By day’s end, I was filled with the peace of having been with my Father, and I was refreshed and inspired to go and do his work. M.K.

What a blessing it was to be led into the presence of God through Rev. Markene’s giftings and love for bringing rest to weary souls. –J.M.

Thank you for a lovely Spirit-filled silent retreat… The Abbey, grounds, program and hospitality were all so welcoming…and the Lord spoke to me.R.M.

These seasonal retreats have become an important rhythm in my spiritual life. Each one nurtures my soul… giving me time to rest and reflect throughout the year. –H.M

Rev. Markene provides a serene environment and helpful guidance that encourages rest and reflection in the presence of God. -L.S.

I came to God wanting connection and peace. He gave that to me! I came to meet with God, but it turns out, He came to meet with me. Thank you again for providing space and the atmosphere to meet with God. –J.M.

The expectations were to just ‘be’ and allow God to do the rest. The meditations allowed for personal reflection but also provided appropriate nudging. The setting was beautiful and perfect for time away. I appreciated the times of silence but also appreciated opportunities to interact. –D.W.

Rev. Markene provided a complete retreat experience that was personal, enlightening and restorative. D.R.

What a blessing it was to attend your silent retreat…It was a needed and welcome time of reflection and renewal. -N.H.

O Lord, restore our well-being, just as the streams in the arid south are replenished.

Psalm 126:4

About Trinity Lakeside

A peaceful, contemplative community where weary souls can find renewal and rest in Jesus.

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Rev. Dr. Meyer:

Trinity Lakeside Abbey

170 S Woodland Trail

Double Oak, TX 75077

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Trinity Lakeside is in C4SO (Churches for the Sake of Others), an Anglican diocese built on five key values: Kingdom, Spirit, Formation, Mission, and Sacrament.

The Diocese of C4SO is in the province of the ACNA (Anglican Church in North America).

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