A Sacred Journey: Healing a Mother’s Heart Retreat

Support for Mothers of Daughters with Same-Sex Attraction


What is it?
A Sacred Journey is a three-day small group experience with up to ten other mothers of daughters with same-sex attraction. Because of Janelle’s extensive experience with women with same-sex attraction, she is uniquely positioned to help mothers (and fathers) understand their daughter’s life as well as heal or strengthen their relationship with their daughter.

What Will Happen?
Starting on Friday evening and ending on Sunday afternoon, time will be spent in teaching, personal reflection, sharing, learning, inspirational readings, dialogue, fellowship, training, processing, eating, praying, crying, and laughing.


Specifically, mothers in attendance will:

  • Share their own personal history and story as it relates to parenting and current relationship with their daughter.

  • Hear a personal story from a woman who has same-sex attraction.

  • Hear a personal story of healing and growth from a mother of a daughter with same-sex attraction.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of her daughter and why she may act or communicate in the way she does.

  • Receive training on communication techniques that will help to secure and stabilize a strong, warm attachment with her daughter.

  • Receive personal coaching on her special relationship with her daughter.

  • Obtain practical tips in handling other family relationships and concerns in light of their daughter’s same-sex attraction.

  • Discover how to build a personal support system.

  • Gain personal insight and experience hope and joy in the midst of sorrow and loss.

  • Be encouraged, refreshed, and strengthened for the journey ahead.

April 12 – 14, 2019
Dec 6 – 8, 2019

Lectures, group experiences, and meals for the retreat are held at the Residence Inn Denver North/Westminster. Breakfast is included with stay at this hotel. A block of rooms have been reserved under “Desert Hope Retreat”. To make a room reservation, call 303-427-9500.

Residence Inn Denver North/Westminster
5010 West 88th Place
Westminster, CO 80031

Other hotels within walking distance of the Residence Inn Denver North/Westminster:

Please note: Breakfast may not be included at the below hotels; it is included at the Residence Inn.

Doubletree Hotel Denver North
8773 Yates Dr
Westminster, CO 80031
800.222.TREE; 303.427.4000

Hampton Inn & Suites Westminster
5030 W 88th Place
Westminster, CO 80030

$525 per Mother
This includes a light dinner on Friday evening, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and lunch on Sunday. Travel and lodging are not included.

Friday evening: 
6:00 pm – Introductions and Paperwork – Drinks and a light dinner will be provided.
7 pm – 9:45 pm – Formal Evening Schedule
8:30 am – 9:45 pm
8:30 am – 2 pm
Plan on one hour to drive to the airport after lunch on Sunday. You should not schedule a return flight earlier than 5:00 pm on Sunday afternoon.

Each mother must complete and mail in an Application Form with a $200 down payment. The remainder of the fee will be collected at the time of the retreat and can be paid either with cash, check or credit card.

If you would like an application form mailed to you, please email Janelle’s office at info@deserthope.com. Advance registration is required. Space is limited. Applications will be accepted on a space available basis.

Payments can also be made via Paypal:

For more information on individual or family counseling for mother and daughter relationships please visit Janelle Hallman & Associates


Quotes and Endorsements from A Sacred Journey: Healing a Mother’s Heart

"The retreat was worth every dime I paid. My peace of mind and the quality of life that I am experiencing because of the retreat is phenomenal. There is so much more love and acceptance coming from my side for my daughter. The retreat is a must for all moms."

/ Mother from Oregon /

"I have received healing of a broken heart…I was very fearful that I would be condoning my daughter’s lifestyle if I showed her love. But I let go of that fear and chose to love her unconditionally. This was huge for me. The retreat helped me understand more about my daughter and myself. I now am excited to use the tools that I have learned."

/ Mother from California /

"I would encourage mothers of gay daughters to attend this valuable and practical retreat. I almost didn't come and am so glad that I didn't let anything get in my way. I was utterly blessed to have attended. The sessions changed my life for the better in so many ways."

/ Mother from Washington /

"Janelle is wholly engaging, full of understanding and compassion, and completely thorough in her academic research and biblical knowledge on the subject of same-sex attraction."

/ Aram Haroutunian, Chaplain /

"This retreat was beyond my expectations!"

/ Mother from Colorado /

"I was so sad and shocked to discover that my daughter has Same-Sex Attraction, but the education I received at the Mother's retreat was so enlightening and enriching that it gave me great hope. I would like my husband and many other dad's to have that same hope. Once again, thank-you for your valuable work in this unique ministry."

/ A Mother /

"Thank you for all the love and support and the freedom to be where I am. I feel renewed. I feel more capable to be there for my daughter."

/ Mother from California /

"God has equipped Janelle in a mighty way and I shall be forever grateful for her spiritual wisdom."

/ Mother from Ohio /

"Wow! What an eye opener. At the retreat, I was able to get a view of the bigger picture. First, get myself healed so that I can be available for my daughter. Second, be available to hear her, be attuned to her needs. I realized I had building blocks missing in my life and that I need to be a whole person so that I can love my daughter well."

/ Mother from New Jersey /

"This retreat helped me to understand the importance of my own healing in order to improve my relationship with my daughter."

/ Mother from California /

"My daughter and I have a very close and no longer ‘awkward’ relationship, thanks to you. We both have learned to love like Jesus and are now past the judging and hurt of our differing beliefs."

/ Mother from the Midwest /