Church leaders are leaving, often for good reasons.

You need a space to honestly wrestle with the question, "Why should I stay in this ministry?"
The Why Stay Retreat will give you a safe space to examine the joys and difficulties you’ve encountered throughout your ministry journey and discover new energy for your next season, your next call, or your next move.

Discover & Examine Your Unique Vocation

In this retreat you will:

  • Hear from seasoned church leaders who struggled through their own vocational transition
  • Find extended time resting with God in a peaceful, tropical setting
  • Explore new and potential opportunities through thoughtful listening sessions with fellow practitioners

Why Stay Launches In Just


Retreat Speakers & Leaders

Sean Palmer

Tara Beth Leach

Dan White Jr.

Tonya Variya

Leo Ayala

Sean Palmer is Teaching Pastor at Ecclesia Houston, a writer, speaking coach, and sought-after speaker across the country.

Tara Beth Leach is a pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook in the western suburbs of
Chicago. She previously served as senior pastor of First Church of the Nazarene of
Pasadena ("PazNaz") in Southern California and has pastored in Illinois and New York. She
is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and Northern Theological Seminary.

Dan White Jr. is the Co-founder of The Kineo Center. Author of Love Over Fear & Co-author of Church as Movement. He also coaches Church Planters through The V3 Movement. The Kineo Center is a place and pathway for guiding social good leaders and ministry leaders toward personal healing amidst a hard calling. He is an awkward introvert and loves woodworking.

Tonya Variya is the Co-founder of The KINEO Center. Certified Enneagram Coach (Madanes School), and Apprentice Kineo Coach. She's a mom, a gardener, and is proficient with a bow and arrow.

Leo Ayala
is an Advisory Board for The KINEO Center in Puerto Rico. He is finishing his Doctoral Intensive in Spiritual Formation at Nazarene Theological Seminary and training in Spiritual Direction at the Transforming Center with Ruth Haley Barton. He has a deep story of burnout and healing that informs how he engages ministry leaders on the Island. He is a passionate and compassionate advocate for mental health and emotional wholeness particularly for Puerto Rican Leaders. He is also an amazing cook!

An Intentionally Small Gathering

We know the value in creating a safe environment where questions can be heard, stories can be shared, and opportunities to connect with our speakers is meaningful.

For this reason, our Retreat is limited to just 50 total spots*.

We're excited to offer this four-night retreat at a fantastic price –made even better by our Early Bird Registration!

  • Early Bird ($450)
  • Regular Registration ($550) March 1
  • Late Registration ($600)

*2 Meals & Coffee provided every day; Airfare, Transportation, and Lodging are not included.

Get Your Tickets

This is not a conference. This is not your average retreat.

We're in a season that demands more attention to soul care, rest, awakening, and renewal. We believe there is great value in finding a new, breathtaking, wonderful location to pause and listen. Our retreat location, The Kineo Center, lies right on the edge of the stunning El Yunque National Forest –about an hour from San Juan.

Additionally, if you're attending with a Co-Pastor, you can purchase one additional ticket at 30% off (limited to groups of two).

Closes April 15


Late Registration

Reserve Your Spot

2 Meals & Coffee provided every day; Airfare, Transportation, and Lodging not included.

Suggested Lodging

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Is a Covid Vaccination required to travel to Puerto Rico? Travel to Puerto Rico from the US mainland does not require vaccination. A negative test result within 48 hours of travel is sufficient for those who are not vaccinated. Antigen and PCR tests are both acceptable. Free antigen tests can be obtained on this website.

+ Are there suggested lodging recommendations? Yes. We're working with our trusted partners to provide these suggested lodging recommendations near The Kineo Center.

+ Do I need to arrange travel to and from the Retreat location? Yes. Please plan ahead to arrange travel options.

+ Are meals provided? Yes. You can count on two meals (breakfast and dinner) and coffee being provided during the retreat.

+ Will I have time to rest, explore the beach, etc.? Yes. This is an intentionally designed retreat for you to experience times of rest and recovery.

+ Will the sessions be recorded? No. In an effort to create a safe space for dialogue, questions, and sharing, these sessions will not be recorded.

+ What time should we arrive / depart? Check In will be from 3-6pm on May 2; Check Out ​will be from 8-11am on May 6. (All times local area time)