THe Lydia GrouPLlc
spiritual formation/retreat ministry
Starrette Farm Statesville, NC



Welcome to The Lydia Group website, a spiritual formation & retreat ministry. We exist to accompany, equip and support you on your spiritual journey --- offering formational programs & retreats, spiritual direction, and resources in disciplined pursuit of wholeness.

Shine: Illuminate your Life

Friday, March 27, 2014

A One-Day Retreats for Individuals Serious about Discerning Purpose

Click on the “SHINE” tab at the top of the Page

Register Now     

School of the Spirit: A FEW SPACES LEFT

The 6th cohort of School of the Spirit begins May of 2015.

Make your plans NOW. Limited to 20 clergy/leaders

Learn more and apply here: School of the Spirit

NEW:  5th Monday Desert Days / A Guided “Themed” Retreat 

Nurturing a Different Wisdom: Experiencing the Holy in Community and Solitude  

The sole/soul purpose of these days is to nurture a different wisdom. Because the Retreat House space is limited, when 9 paid registrations are received, registration will close. We have four spaces left. Go here for details and registration form:

A Different Wisdom: Desert Days Brochure

Retreat House Rental

To view farm, space and amenities click on Starrette Farm Retreat tab at top of page, scroll down and click on “Amenities Flyer.”

For a Complete Listing of Happenings at the Retreat House at Starrette Farm

Click Below

2015 Farm Calendar

For further details, contact Ann at

Spiritual Direction/ Life & Leadership Coaching

For a working definition of "Spiritual Direction", please refer to the website of Davidson United Methodist Church.  

Spiritual Direction Questions or to set up an appointment, contact Ann at

For Life & Leadership Coaching please visit

Quiet Space Days

2nd Friday Monthly

2015 Quiet Space Brochure

Register Here

Our Mission

In the spirit of Lydia (Acts 16) The Lydia Group, LLC is founded on prayer, work and hospitality. Our aim is to nurture transformation in Christ through the ancient spiritual practices. Our mission is to provide people and organizations a sacred place apart to tend their souls, stretch their minds, and free their spirits by providing spiritual growth workshops, retreats, and resources.

Our Vision

To offer nature’s welcoming gift of hospitality, healing, and growth toward wholeness.

For a Complete Listing of Happenings at the Retreat House at Starrette Farm

Click Below

2015 Farm Calendar.pdf


The Lydia Group is a coalition of men and women that provide retreats and resources that inspire growth and change lives.  We invite you to see with new eyes, challenge your limitations, deepen your spiritual roots and live out your passion. The common desire for divine transformation unites the ecumenical network.

As spring arrives...

Let Something Essential Happen to Me

O God,

Let something essential and joyful happen in me now,

something like the blooming of hope and faith, like a grateful heart,

like a surge of awareness of how precious each moment is,

that now, not next time, now this is the occasion to take off my shoes,

to see every bush afire, to leap and whirl with neighbor,

to gulp the air as sweet wine until I’ve drunk enough

to dare to speak the tender words:

Thank you

I love you

You’re beautiful

Let’s live forever beginning now

and I’m a fool for Christ’s sake.

-Ted Loder Guerrillas Of Grace: Prayers For The Battlefield