Quiet Space Fridays

An ecumenical Silence Retreat the 2nd Friday monthly
Starrette Farm Retreat Center, Statesville, NC   


Do you ever want to get away from it all?

Does your spirit need to be nourished?

Do you need a day away from TV, media, phones, noise?

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.

The second Friday of each month, we offer a Quiet Day at Starrette Farm as a haven of silence where you can rest, based on the pattern of Jesus, who frequently withdrew to a quiet place to nourish his spirit.  Encounter God in community, yet alone, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the healing rhythm of sacred quiet.

What to expect:    Our doors will be open from 9-5 the second Friday of each month.   You will be greeted and given a tour of the retreat house and outside venues to help you find “your spot.”  Some rooms are equipped with comfortable chairs or even a bed for napping.  Other areas are open and bright with large windows bringing the outdoors in everywhere you turn.  Outdoors, sit on the decks in the sun, walk our seven-circuit labyrinth, experience our Prayer Walk, and explore our forest trails. There are many quiet spots with benches where you can relax in the shade or beside the pond.  

Limited:    To give everyone ample space, each retreat day is limited to the first 12 paid registrations.  Cost is $25.00 per person. 

Where:    The private retreat of Starrette Farm spans 50 acres of rolling woodland, conveniently located just 5 minutes from the intersection of I-77 and I-40 in Statesville, NC. We are a member of the worldwide Quiet Garden Movement which nurtures access to outdoor spaces for prayer, contemplation, rest, and inspiration.   Because this is a private setting, directions are not on our website, but will be sent via email following your paid registration.  

Details:    Coffee and tea are provided.  Bring your own bag lunch.   Mid-day, we gather for a community lunch with soft conversation, or  you can choose to eat alone if you prefer to remain in silence.  Wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.   Many people like to bring a notebook for journaling. We do not provide a program on this quiet day, but reading material is available.  Our goal is to provide a gentle, refreshing day so you can rest and enter silence… and hear from God.     

“Be Still, and know that I am God.”   Psalm 46:10

 Click here to open a color brochure to share with friends: Quiet Space Fridays Brochure.

Register For Quiet Space Fridays*


If paying by check:

You can download the registration form and save to your computer, fill it out, save it and upload to email
it to: QuietSpaceFridays@gmail.com or you can simply print, fill it out and mail it with your check to address below:

Make check payable to:
The Lydia Group, note “Quiet Space” in the memo
Mail to: Audrey Brendel, Registrar
887 21st Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601

If paying Online:

Please be sure to specify which date you are registering for and then click the Buy Now.



*Please note:  we understand that things may come up in your busy life that prevent you from being able to attend as planned, but we regret that paid registrations are non-refundable.  In these cases, we will consider your payment a donation to our on-going ministry.  

Contact Us for more information:   

 Audrey Brendel, your host at 828-551-5935

Email Audrey at QuietSpaceFridays@gmail.com 

Need the perfect gift of care for a friend, or gift of appreciation for a pastor, teacher,  or someone special?  Give someone a restful, healing, silent day… May we suggest a gift certificate!  Just contact us.  We will take care of the details.


“As a young clergy person, these Fridays are a tremendous way for me to slow down, connect with God, and tailor a day retreat for whatever season of life or ministry I’m experiencing.” – Rev. Jared Stine

“Quiet space Fridays have been a special time for me in turning away from the noise of the world, practicing stillness and opening myself up to the voice of the Spirit. I cherish these days apart.“ – Rev. Kay Boone

“Quiet Space Fridays have given me the time and place to be alone with God. I have been able to rest deeply and listen slowly to what matters most to my heart.” ~Diane