Applications are now Closed


When is it?     
Check-in: 5:00 pm on Friday April 29, 2016
Check out: 2:00 pm on Sunday May 1, 2016.

Ages: 15 to 19

Tuition: $200 - This tuition covers all food, lodging, supplies, and classes.

The Cageless Birds are excited to host a weekend specifically for young women who are excited to chase after the heart of Jesus and discover His delight over them.  Get ready for a weekend full of creativity, friendship, worship, teaching and a whole lot of fun!  This weekend is a time for us to unpack what it means to be daughters of a loving God and discover the joy of being relentlessly loved by our Father!  Molly Skaggs and Phyllis Unkefer of the Cageless Birds will be leading worship. Guest speakers include Erin Gravitt, Justina Stevens and Jessie Miller of the Cageless Birds.

What to Expect:
This weekend is set apart for…

  • experiencing community, and encountering the inexhaustible love of God
  • learning to hear the voice of the Lord
  • building inspiring, God-centered friendships with other girls your age
  • taking risks in creativity in a safe and encouraging environment
  • exercising and exploring our identity as daughters made in the image of a Creator
  • celebrating, championing, and encouraging every heart
  • sharing home cooked meals around the table
  • discovering Jesus inside one another
  • times of worship and adoration in the presence of the Lord

We have experienced first hand how powerfully the Father can meet our hearts in a simple weekend. Each day's schedule is full and intentionally designed and  to pursue Jesus' heart together. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill youth camp.  This is two days carved out for you to fall deeper in love with Jesus, have a collision with your true identity in Him and to be inspired by what amazing, healthy friendships can look like!  You will receive deeply from both His presence and from the joy of engaging new friendships during the retreat.

A Place for the Heart
4228 Beckerdite Rd. Sophia, NC 27350

The 18 Inch Journey Retreat is held on our beautiful 52 acres called A Place for the Heart.  This land is great for coming away from the noise of the world and hearing the voice of the Father. This is where we host the 18 Inch Journey and where the Cageless Birds live and work year round.


You will be staying in great cabins and bunkhouses that hold many amazing memories from the 18 Inch Journey schools.  The cabins both have a ground floor and a loft with a bathroom located inside the cabin. Each cabin sleeps eight. The bunkhouses each have two rooms that sleep five per room and there is a short walk to the bathroom. All linens and towels will be provided in your cabin or bunkhouse.


All attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the retreat.

We will be providing one complimentary shuttle service run for pick-up at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTI) on Friday, April 29 at 3:00pm, that will arrive at A Place for the Heart at 3:30pm  and one drop-off shuttle run on Sunday May 1 that will depart at 2:00pm and arrive at the airport at 2:45pm. If you would like to use our complimentary shuttle service, please make sure that your incoming and outgoing flights fit within this window and designate your desire on your application.

Registration process:

We have 36 spots available for this retreat. Applications will be available March 4 - March 18. All applicants will know if they have been accepted by March 25.

We realize that three days is a very limited amount of time.  One of our highest values is community and it is our desire that you would step into family as soon as you step onto the land.  We want you to immediately feel how loved and seen you are by those around you and by the Father. It is our desire to get to know you a bit before your arrival and a short video application will empower us to get to know you better than we would be able to do with a blind registration process.  

Upon being accepted you will receive an e-mail including the payment method, packing list for the weekend and parental release form. 

Cancellation by Registrant

To reserve your spot for the Young Women’s Retreat, we request that you make your payment within 10 days of your acceptance, April 8. Full payment is required at the time your reservation, and your spot will not be held until the full amount is received.  You may cancel your registration and receive a refund however, you will be charged a $50.00 handling fee upon the cancellation of your registration. Your registration is not transferable to another event, date, or person.

Cancellation by the Young Women’s Retreat

If the event is made impossible by any act of God, war, earthquake, fire, strike, sickness, accident, epidemic, act of government, its agencies or officers, or any other legitimate cause beyond our control, we will cancel the event and will gladly refund you in full.


You can reach us at with any questions about the retreat, in the subject write "Young Women's Retreat".