Continuing Education

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Our 5th Pitchfork and Hay: A Theological Retreat to Give You Tools

for Ministry and Nourishment to Use Them 

has been scheduled for Monday, March 12 – Wednesday, March 14 2018

Our 2018 presenter will be (to be announced shortly).


  • Cost: $350 All Inclusive 2 night stay, meals & programming or $275 commuter (no lodging)
  • An additional night of lodging is available Sunday or Wednesday evening @ $30 per person.
  • A non-refundable $50 deposit requested to secure your reservation.
  • Registration Is Limited to 30 Participants 

    This has been a very well received pastoral retreat format!  

    MORNINGS will be dedicated to presentation and discussion with the presenter. There will be optional casual discussion with the presenter again prior to supper, but the afternoons are yours to retreat.

    OPTIONAL AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES could include time for the sauna, a pool tournament, a massage, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, board games, movies, catching up with colleagues or making new friends, or simply sitting by the fire reading or day-dreaming….or take a nap—you’ve earned it!

    The EVENINGS will be capped off with wine (or other beverages), snacks and socializing. (Please feel free to bring any personal favorites for yourself or to share with the group.)

    And of course this retreat also features Shalom Hill Farm’s wonderful home cooked meals.


    STaR Ministry 101 and 201
    (Small Town and Rural Ministry)

    Not on the current calendar, but please let us know if there is an interest in scheduling a class–101 is an introduction workshop for students and pastors new to the setting and 201 goes deeper for pastors already serving in a small town and/or rural setting.

    To be announced as scheduled.

    UPDATE: Our resident professor, Rev. Dr. Mark Yackel-Juleen is transitioning to a new position as Director of Wartburg Seminary’s Center for Theology and Land in Dubuque, Iowa.  He will continue at 40% time as director of Shalom Hill Farm. He also plans to continue teaching STaR Ministry classes as well as the similar January term course for seminary students here at Shalom Hill Farm.


    Care of Creation

    Workshops focusing on Care of Creation and evaluating our place in nature. None scheduled on the current 2016 calendar, again please contact us if there is an interest in scheduling a Care of Creation class.

    To Be Announced.

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