A Retreat for women

Schedules, responsibilities, deadlines, caring for the needs of others— our lives, as women, are filled with opportunities. Most days we wouldn’t have it any other way. But the stuff of life can leave us longing for more of what Jesus promised to give us.

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10).”

THRIVE is a weekend designed to help you experience more of Jesus—through His Word, worship, fellowship, fun, and incredible food (that you don’t have to cook!)

Come join us! Because Jesus wants far more for you than to simply survive.

Registration Information

October 15-17, 2021

Register online or call 269-695-2191.


Donna Avant

Donna Avant is the wife of Dr. John Avant, president of Life Action Ministries.   John and Donna have been married for 40 years.  They have three adult children who are married.  Christi is married to Matt Watson; Amy is married to Joseph Daniel and Trey Avant is married to Brooke.  They have six grandchildren, William, Addy, Aubrey, Isaac, Judah and Isabella.

Donna has had the privilege of speaking all over the United States and many countries, including India, England, Wales, Belarus, Central Asia and Lebanon.  John and Donna just co-authored their first book together, Yes Changes Everything.  Donna is also a contributing author to The Woman’s One Year Devotional published by NavPress.  Additionally she has  authored No Excuses, a Bible study of I and II Timothy.

Donna also has a passion for mentoring women one on one.

Donna was the 2014 President of the SBC Ministers’ Wives Luncheon and currently serves on the Executive Board of the SBC luncheon.

She was also the City Wide coordinator for Lifeway for the 2017 Priscilla Shirer Live event in Knoxville in July 2017 which had over 7,000 women in attendance.

Donna has a blog called Real Life on Rocky Top in which she shares intimately about her life and current issues.

Donna loves to be involved in community ministry and has served as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) volunteer, Kids Hope volunteer and Broaden Horizons volunteer (ministry for at-risk youth).  She is currently involved in Pray Knox, a city-wide prayer movement.

She loves to read and walk (and not at the same time)!  She also loves to play bubbles and swim with her grandchildren.

Carmeisha Arnold

Carmeisha Arnold is the wife of Pastor Daryl Arnold and "The Lady" of the Overcoming Believers Church in Knoxville,TN. She earned her bachelors Degree in Psychology from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. After completing her Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy she utilized and further developed her skills at Richmont Graduate University's low cost, faith-based community counseling center where she continued to work part time prior to moving to Knoxville. Since then, she has focused her attention on ministry, entrepreneurial ventures and caring for her family.

She shares an empowering message of how to change stumbling blocks into steppingstones while offering hope and healing from life's disappointments. She is free to share her personal transition from the 'spirit of heaviness to receiving the garment of praise'. Her prayer is that her life will be an example that anyone can 'mount up and soar' to new levels--through Christ Jesus. Her no nonsense style motivates and encourages others to practically apply wisdom to daily living.  

She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, Healthy Connections Knoxville Advisory Board, and Life Action Ministries Advisory Board. She is a certified Prepare and Enrich Facilitator and Mental Health First Aid instructor.

Carmeisha has received many awards, certificates and acknowledgements but among her greatest accomplishments are the couple's four children.



Accomodations Occupancy Flat Rate* Per Guest Rate*
Cottage House Up to 10 guests $850 (for 5 people) $170 each add'l
Cottage Suite Up to 10 guests $850 (for 5 people) $170 each add'l
Chalet Up to 10 guests $800 (for 5 people) $160 each add'l
Hilltop Suite Up to 10 guests $725 (for 5 people) $145 each add'l
Hilltop & 23/24 Up to 4 guests $540
Lakeview Up to 3 guests $405
Bunk Housing $120
RV Site $105
Tent $70
Day Camper $70

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*Per weekend, meals included

Sample Schedule

(Subject to change without notice)

4:00-6:00 pm - Arrival and Check-in
6:00-7:00 pm - Supper
7:30 pm – Session 1
Fellowship & Snacks

8:30–9:30 am – Breakfast (come and go)
10:00 am – Session 2
11:30 am - Optional break-out sessions
12:30-1:30 pm – Lunch
1:30-5:30 pm – Free time / Recreational options including
- Escape Rooms
- Canoes/Kayaks
- Coffee & Canvas (or similar)
- Snack Shop Games (Ping Pong, Pool, Air Hockey, Foosball)
- Lawn Games
- Optional Offsite Activities
5:30-6:30 pm – Supper
7:00 pm – Session 3
Activities & Snacks

8:30–9:30 am Breakfast (come and go)
10:00 am – Session 4
11:30 am – Checkout