The Word on the Wind...what people are saying

Retreat Reviews

I've participated in two overnight programs aboard the Mistress with Abby and Bob and have found the experience to be absolutely wonderful.  The program materials and speaker/leaders were educational and inspirational.  The sailing experience was wonderful with Bob and Abby providing a safe and secure environment to learn about sailing while experiencing the natural wonder and beauty of the ocean and all it has to offer.  The food is delicious and plentiful as well.  The opportunity to experience a program through Broad Reach Ministries is a blessing indeed!

~ Rev. Patty Marsden

It was a glorious respite, complete with delicious meals, good fellowship, comfy accommodations, pastoral skill building and beautiful days on the water.  Best clergy continuing education option ever!

~ Rev. Holly Morrison


The Storytelling & Soul Care Retreat was a wonderful experience.  It provided an opportunity to interact with colleagues and the time for personal reflection.  The retreat was well organized and the food was excellent.  Rev. Renee Garrett offered guidance for learning and understanding the art of story telling in the use of teaching and Sunday worship.  Rev. AbbyLynn and her husband Bob, both caring and loving people, created a positive adventure for all.  I highly recommend Broad Reach Ministries Sailing Retreats.

~ Rev. Katherine Pinkham

I was fortunate to be on the first retreat of Broad Reach Ministries, and it was great.  Abby and Bob were so generous in sharing their boat with us.  We spend most of two days sailing and talking with each other.  Abby made sure we all felt comfortable and had what we needed.  Bob was not only a sailor, but also a great teacher, letting each of us have a turn at the wheel.  And the "Mistress" is a beautiful boat that Bob and Abby keep in more than tip-top shape.  They also arranged for great weather, especially the second day when it was warm and sunny all day.  Those of us who were on this trip had a great time talking, laughing, crying and praying with each other.  We were communing with nature, God and our "shipmates" the entire time.  The experience of being on the boat is far from our daily lives of sitting behind desks or driving out children around.  It quickly becomes clear that Abby and Bob are giving us permission to find some real depth; not just the water below, but depth of soul.

~ Rev. Stephen Carnahan

Pastor High Street Congregational Church Auburn, Maine

Abby and Bob exceeded my expectations over the 2 day Holy Yoga retreat weekend.  This ministry is the real deal.  They were kind and generous and made me feel right at home in their home and on their sailboat.  Their ministry will bless you as I was blessed. 

~ Susan Hampton, Holy Yoga Instructor

The graciousness and skill of Abby and Bob, the comfort of "Mistress" and the challenge of melding ministry and ocean experiences, and these two do it well!

~ Rev. Bruce Burnham

Deeply grateful for the amazing hospitality shown to us, the sailing, the food, the company.  It was a retreat in every sense of the word!

~ Rev. Shelie Richardson


Grateful to Captain Bob, for the amazing sailing lessons and gracious hospitality.  I might have wandered out of my bunk an hour and 15 minutes early.  He didn't blink.  Just made me tea and squeegeed the glass so I could enjoy the sunrise.  Priceless memory!  

~ Nancy Wuttke, teacher and preacher



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