The Lydia Group is a coalition of individuals and organizations that provide retreats and resources that inspire growth and change lives. The common desire for authentic transformation unites this ecumenical network.



Welcome, welcome!

We welcome you to The Lydia Group LLC at Starrette Farm Retreat website. The Retreat House, situated on 50 acres in Statesville, NC, is a place of natural beauty, welcoming quiet and spiritual sustenance. We offer a variety of retreats and programs in support of fanning the flame of spiritual growth. In addition to the retreats and programs offered by The Lydia Group spiritual growth team, we also welcome churches, organizations, and other ecumenical groups who seek a beautiful setting to conduct their own group/board/leadership meetings. For Retreat House rental details, click on the Starrette Farm tab.

Retreats, Programs, & Resources

The Sacred Invitation: A One-Year Soul-Shaping Experience
If you answer “yes’ to any or all of these questions, The Sacred Invitation is meant for you:

  • Do you thirst for unforced rhythms of grace to navigate the difficult waters of today’s secular world?
  • Do you hunger for ancient wisdom, modern tools, and a committed community to support your journey toward spiritual wholeness?
  • Do you ever feel soul-weary; yet, at the same time, notice a nudge to express your God-given gifts/graces?
  • Do you yearn for inward growth and outward action as a disciple of Jesus?

The Sacred Invitation (a program that mirrors the clergy/ministry professional’s School of the Spirit) offers you the opportunity to seek a Spirit-led life as you discover those unique ways God is calling you to further his kingdom – no matter your setting.
Application due April 1. Learn more and register here:, or just hit reply and ask Ann

Welcoming Prayer Class
Saturday, April 21, 2018 / St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Charlotte / Presenter, Ann Starrette

Are you stuck in your stuff? Join us as we learn how to recognize our false-self in action, welcome the Divine Physician, and consent to the Spirit’s healing grace within to free us. “Welcoming Prayer is the practice that actively lets go of thoughts and feelings that support the false-self system. [In] giving the experience over to the Holy Spirit, the false-self system is gradually undermined and the true self liberated.” ~ Father Thomas Keating. Isn’t that what we want?
Learn more and register here:

Quiet Space Days
Quiet Space 2nd Fridays will resume in July. You may register now here

FULL School of the Spirit #9
You are highly encouraged to apply now for cohort #10 (begins May 2019) for which we already have a growing Wait List. Exact dates will be finalized soon. School of the Spirit (SOS) is a distinct one-year school of contemplative practices grounded in the basic spiritual practices of Jesus and the early church. It provides needed respite, renewal and a manageable pattern for spiritual growth. It is limited to 24 clergy/ministry professionals.
Learn more and register here:

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: 2018 Farm Calendar.

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

Spiritual Direction
To learn more about the sacred practice of Spiritual Direction, click here. (
For questions or to set up an appointment, contact Ann at


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