The Lydia Group is a coalition of individuals and organizations 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 this ecumenical network.



Welcome, welcome!

We’re glad you are visiting our website. The Lydia Group exist to accompany, equip and support you on your spiritual journey. Perhaps one of the offerings on this site will assist you. Enjoy your visual journey through the website –– then plan to participate as the Spirit draws you. Know that your presence with us is truly welcomed and cherished.

Current Offerings

*FULL Class The 8th cohort of School of the Spirit begins May of 2017.
The School of the Spirit now has their own website. Click here
Limited to 24 clergy/leaders.
Click here to learn more.
To Register Online:

Into the Desert 2017Into the Desert :: Nurturing a Different Wisdom
Come to one or all: Mondays August 21 • November  20
9:00 AM – 7:15 PM • Starrette Farm Retreat, Statesville
Many people’s lives do not allow them to be away for a 24 or 48 hour spiritual retreat. Though not overnight, desert days at the farm is our modest effort to provide you an extended safe place in community (yet alone) where you and God have space to interact in the way God alone knows is needed. Everyone seeking wisdom is invited. Click here to learn more.

Retreat House Rental To view farm, space and amenities click here: Starrette Farm Retreat Amenities Flyer. For a Complete Listing of Happenings at the Retreat House at Starrette Farm click here: 2017 Farm Calendar

Life, Leadership, and Executive Coach
Please visit Nicole Greer at

Spiritual Direction
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

Quiet Space Days
2nd Friday Monthly
Learn more and Register by clicking here: 2017 Quiet Space


Ann Starrette
Director of Spiritual Formation
Founder of The Lydia Group LLC
Staff at Davidson United Methodist Church, Davidson NC