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Rest your Mind. Relax your Body.

Retreat at Phoenix Nest, Christian Cabins and Pastoral Getaway currently has a cabin with a full kitchen and sleeping for up to four guests.

Guests can choose to stay in the house with their hosts. And, another two cabins are being built to be used as couple's retreats.

Amenities: Amenities

Prayer Walk

Retreat at Phoenix Nest provides you with the space to just "BE." You don't have to do anything. Though, taking a prayer walk enjoying God's handiwork can rejuvenate the spirit.


Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

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Meditation Bench

Sit down and do nothing. Take a moment to listen to God.

He says,
“Be still, and know that I am God...

Psalms 46:10


Since we have so few manmade lights in our area, stargazing is a must.  On clear evenings, your hosts will be out watching the stars.  Currently, we are working with a NASA engineer on the development of determining a Star Brightness tester and application.

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

Isaiah 40:26

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The sunrises and sunsets at the Retreat are breathtaking and will remind you God is great. They are most often photo worthy.  Your hosts often enjoy happy hour on the back porch, you are welcome to join us or enjoy them on your own.

The Mighty One, God, Yahweh, speaks, and calls the earth from sunrise to sunset.

Psalms 50:1


We’re happy to provide our guests with a full range of amenities. Have a picnic, take a walk or just sit and meditate on the goodness of God - do what you want! We don't have an agenda for you.


Fire Pits & S'mores

Retreat at Phoenix Nest allows time to contemplate deep thoughts by the fire. Though, roasting marshmallows is always a good option -- and, the fixings for S'mores will be ready for you when you arrive.

Camp Fire Marshmallows

Other Activities


Wildflowers and Cactus

Wildflowers and cacti are also good photo opportunities.  Please be very careful when walking through them or sitting in them since they can hide snakes and bugs.  And, the cacti can cause pain if touched and getting the spines out is very hard.

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Ranch Tour
and Animal Feeding

​Your hosts will tour you around the ranch.  Some of the cows, are happy to be on the tour providing we have food. And, each evening watch the deer come up to the feeder.

And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

Isaiah 11:7

Consider how the flowers grow; they do not work or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these!

Luke 12:27

Llano River

We are very close to the river. The “slabs” are very popular in Llano County. Slab seems to be a regional term for water crossing. Around the Retreat at  Phoenix Nest, we are near the Schneider Slab (another family connection) and the Castell Slab. The water is clear and you can feel the fish nibble on your toes.

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

John 4:14

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Kassell Cemetery

This ranch has been existence since 1883. The Kassell cemetery is a part of family history.  Headstones have been placed since the late 1800's. You are welcome to visit.  

By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, mentioned the exodus of the sons of Israel and gave instructions about his burial.

Hebrews 11:22

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Comin Soon and Other -

  • Riflery – Host Richard will offer you the basics of riflery.  He will go over safety and the general use of the gun.  A target will be set up for practice.

  • Fishing – in the past, the tanks have been used for fishing.  Depending on the severity of the previous summer, the tanks may have lost enough water for the fish to have died usually at the hands of a crafty raccoon. If you would like to try fishing or pretending to fish, your host can set you up.

  • Open fires – you are in a very dry part of Texas.  A lot of time, a burn ban is under effect.  Ask your hosts about your options to make roast hot dogs and make s’mores.

  • Other – off the ranch, there are a multitude of places to visit.  Quaint towns, Enchanted Rock, Longhorn Caverns and Bald Eagle tours are all within an hour drive.

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