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Physicians' Discipleship Retreat/Conference

March 6-9, 2025

Upcoming Dates

About the Retreat

By God’s good grace, plans are underway for the 44th Physicians’ Discipleship Retreat March 6-9, 2025.  After a two-year pause in 2021 and 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this spiritual, equipping and non-medical retreat for physicians and spouses re-booted in 2023 and 2024. The retreat-like slow pace, time with friends old & new, encouraging teaching from God’s Word, worship, plus equipping & practical workshops have encouraged many over the years.  

Need some get-away-and-recovery time from the rigors and pace of everyday life? A spiritual retreat of sorts? Taking a few days to settle into this secluded, quiet and beautiful valley known as Glen Eyrie might be just what you need to rest and re-connect with the Lord. Desire  encouragement from God’s Word or from other like-minded and Christ-following docs and spouses? Want some discipleship tools and training to come alongside others? Or how about an extended time-alone-with-God opportunity?

Come and join others next March in the common pursuit of becoming more like Christ, “to know Christ, make him known, and help others do the same” ®


If you have any thoughts or questions, please reach out to me at:  Jdidandmd2@mac.com

In Christ Alone,

John Dietrich, MD, Retreat Director


*Scholarships are available for physicians in training (medical school, residency and fellowship).

For scholarship information, please email annajdietrich@gmail.com

History of the Physicians' Discipleship Retreat

In the mid-1960’s a young med student in Philadelphia took a leave of absence from school and through God’s kind provision, moved into the home of Navigator representatives, Skip and Buzzie Gray. This time spent with the Grays changed Dave Simon’s life and began a life-long and deep friendship with one another. Eventually both relocated to the Front Range of Colorado, Dave for his pediatric residency and fellowship training in Denver, and Skip & Buzzie to work at the Navigator Headquarters at Glen Eyrie in Colorado Springs.

Upon reconnecting together in Colorado and inviting other medical colleagues and spouses into Bible studies, mini-retreats and skiing together, their relationship continued to grow. When Skip became Director of the Navigator Conference Center at Glen Eyrie, a yearly, informal gathering of these docs & spouses started here at the Glen.

The “Physicians’ Discipleship Retreat” (or “PDR”) was born in 1979 and slowly took shape and grew over the years. Whereas Skip and Buzzie were not always the main speakers, they were always close by while teaching, modeling and praying for the many who attended. Their heart for Jesus while discipling and loving physicians and spouses was instrumental and even crucial to so many.  We learned and grew as Christ-followers who were also physicians and physician-couples.

Over those many decades since, deep relationships were birthed and forged in the midst of life and those times at the Glen. A small group of those physician-couples who were there in the early days and mentored by Skip and Buzzie assumed leadership of the “PDR” — for the purpose of glorifying God and making disciples (see the PDR Mission Statement below*).

The February 2020 retreat was the 41st consecutive retreat since those early days. Then….. the COVID-19 pandemic came upon us and a two-year pause was taken for 2021 and 2022. The Physicians’ Discipleship Retreat re-booted in February 2023 and met again this past February 29-March 3, 2024. All who attended were most grateful to the Lord for the opportunity to gather again.

Sadly for Buzzie and the rest of his friends (but wonderful for him), Skip went home to be with his Maker and Savior November 13, 2021 — and we miss him. By grace and even with the loss of her Skip, Buzzie continues to be a wonderful blessing for many, for which we are grateful.

We are now looking foward to what the Lord would have for us in 2025 as we seek to gather again next March.

*Mission Statement for the PDR

The Physicians’ Discipleship Retreat exists to glorify God by:

Encouraging one another in an atmosphere of grace where participants can share openly and safely with each other, receive God’s forgiveness, and be refreshed and transformed into Christlikeness as we learn how to become followers of Jesus our Messiah.

Engaging one other in relationships across generations where discipleship and mentoring occurs, life long relationships begin and flourish, and participants are motivated to ask God to reproduce their lives in others.

Equipping one another to advance the Kingdom of God by proclaiming the truth of God’s Word with the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit and in a clear, practical manner through prayer, modeling, and teaching.

Keynote Speaker: Ben Nugent

We are pleased to have Ben Nugent and his wife Melissa with us in 2025 as our evening speakers

Ben is the Collegiate Mission Director for the Navigators.  He met Christ late in high school and became acquainted with the Navigators on his first day at Illinois State University.  He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history education. He and his wife, Melissa, met at a Navigator summer training program at Glen Eyrie in 1996 and were married in 1998.

Ben and Melissa served at Colorado State University in Fort Collins from 1999- 2006, then at University of Florida Gainesville until 2015.  Ben also served as a Collegiate regional director while in Florida, then moved to the midwest in 2015 to serve as Director of the Heartland Region. 

In 2016, the Nugents moved to Colorado Springs, where Ben and Melissa both served as associate Field Directors.  Ben was appointed Director of Navigators 20’s in 2017, then became the national Collegiate Director in 2019.  He is currently pursing a master’s degree in Biblical and Theological studies at Denver Seminary.  Melissa now serves as the Collegiate Operations manager. 

Ben and Melissa adopted two beautiful children:  Vivian, age 14, and Sam, who went to be with the Lord in 2023 at the age of 15.  In his free time, Ben enjoys golfing, skiing, finding the perfect chocolate malt, and eating anything “Chicago style”. 

Event Dates: Feb 29 - March 3, 2024

To Make a Reservation by phone, call 719-265-7050


Our property is over 700 acres and contains 8 miles of hiking trails. Depending on where you are staying, you should be prepared to do lots of walking. Our weather can be unpredictable, so pack layers. Attire for the retreat is casual, and don’t forget your Bible!
Glen Eyrie Programs require payment in full at the time of reservation. Reservations cancelled or rescheduled at least 14 days prior to the start date will be charged a 10% fee. Reservations cancelled or rescheduled within 14 days of the start date will be charged a 50% fee. Reservations cancelled within 3 days of the event date will be charged the full amount.
Our property contains 95 guest rooms in 7 different lodges, including our historic Castle. None of our rooms have TV’s, although free wi-fi is available throughout the property. Rooms contain coffee makers, but no microwaves or refrigerators. They are available for guest use in the common areas of each lodge. To see pictures of our Castle and Lodge rooms, visit our web page Gleneyrie.org/Lodging

Please notify us of any allergies or dietary needs in advance. Our Food & Beverage team can accommodate gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian diets with advance notice. We are not a gluten-free certified kitchen, and cross-contamination may occur.