“Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.”
(Mark 6:31)

First Love Retreat

Bradenton, FL // Jan 5-8, 2024

Jesus invites us to retreat with Him. At times He told His disciples to go, yet at other times He asked them to come away. There are times to run and times to rest. Take some time to come away with us to a quiet place in Bradenton, FL for the “First Love Retreat.” Start the year off right by taking time to rest, refresh and reconnect with your First Love. Set your eyes on Him and hear His voice. Renew your strength, so you can run with endurance and bear much fruit. 

First Love Retreat will provide simple teachings to enhance your devotional times. Together, we will meditate on the reality of who God is: His goodness, His sacrifice, His pre-eminence, His love. Enjoy His presence in times of quiet reflection and meaningful conversations. Encounter Him, and experience who He is.

Come. Rest. Renew the fire of your First Love.

My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away”
(Song of Solomon 2:10)


"Thank you so much for giving us this First Love Retreat. It has been so precious that words do not do it justice. I have experienced such a deep revelation of the Father's love, and experience Jesus on a more intimate level than ever before. From the moment I walked into my room and through each and every session, I have seen the Lord's hand on it all. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!" - Linda H.

"Thank you so much for all you did in putting this retreat together and hosting the presence of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit so amazingly!  The presence of God and his healing touch, love, and power was so evident and tangible throughout this retreat. I’m still experiencing the breakthrough, healing, and peace that was imparted through the Holy Spirit during worship times, worship, scripture meditation, journaling, prayers, and prophetic words. Thanks so much for who you all are, and being vessels of Gods Spirit!" - Jed V.


Charity Cook

Charity brings a prophetic teaching gift to her ministry along with a deep well of practical equipping. As a Global Awakening associate evangelist, she has proven to be a woman of character, anointing, and deep thinking. She has ministered around the world, seeing the Body of Christ encouraged and built up. Charity combines her theological training with her love for the presence of God leading to rich, transforming encounters with God.

Sara Finkelstein

Sara Finkelstein started knowing and hearing the voice of God before she even understood that God is relational and an active part of our lives. Gifted in words of knowledge and the prophetic, Sara has followed God’s leading to Global Awakening. After attending the Global School of Supernatural Ministry, she permanently relocated to Pennsylvania to work with Global Awakening specifically to help those seeking a deeper level of knowledge and truth through higher education at Global Awakening Theological Seminary. She is passionate about helping to reach those who have not yet received revelation of the good news and desires to open opportunities for intimacy with our Heavenly Father.

Joe Sherry

Joe Sherry works as the Admissions and Media Coordinator for GSSM. Originally from Massachusetts, Joe moved to Pennsylvania to attend GSSM in 2018 and has since stayed to grow worship at Global Awakening through songwriting and recording. Furthermore, Joe founded Awaken Nations, which takes teams around the world to teach and minister in churches as well as lead worship at conferences.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith is a graduate of the Global School of Supernatural Ministry. He became the school's first Prayer Intern and has continued with Global Awakening as a video producer and contributing teacher to the school of ministry. With a heart for contemplative prayer, Paul enjoys mentoring students in their secret-place prayer lives as they learn to experience union with God.

SCHEDULE //Check In Friday

Check In: 4:00 pm

Check Out Monday

Check Out: 12 pm


  • Peaceful Grounds with Fields and River
  • Gazebo
  • Prayer Room
  • Swimming Pool
  • Canoe Rental
  • Shuffleboard & Horseshoe Courts
  • Basketball Court
  • Volleyball Court
  • Tennis Court

Location Information

  • Christian Retreat Conference Center
  • 1200 Glory Way Blvd., Bradenton, FL, 34212 US

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Register for the Retreat

  • Includes:
    4 Days of Retreat sessions
    3 Nights hotel (Double Occupancy)


  • Single Room Upgrade

    Single Room Upgrade

    Looking for privacy and solitude? Upgrade your registration to receive a private room.

    $200.00 ea.

  • Meal Package (8 Meals)

    Meal Package (8 Meals)

    Includes Dinner Friday Breakfast Monday

    $129.00 ea.

  • Balcony Upgrade (if available)

    Balcony Upgrade (if available)

    Please contact [email protected] for shared room requests.

    $120.00 ea.

All registrations are final. Refunds are processed for those with medical emergencies only. There is a $25 cancellation fee for refunds, and you will not be refunded monies that Global Awakening has paid out on your behalf to secure hotel, venue, and food service reservations. By attending this event you consent to any photographs or video footage that may be taken for promotional purposes. Schedule and speakers are subject to change without notice.
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