July 21-25, 2015  – Was an amazing time of solitude, contemplation and peace found at Step Ahead in Silence – Andros Island, Greece.

Our hopes are one day you too will join us there!

For more information on future Step Ahead in Silence Retreats email silentretreat@stepaheadmed.org


A peek back at 2015.silenceretreat


 “Come with me, by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”  Jesus

During a 2013 sabbatical in Ireland and Greece, John & Kim discovered that silence, quiet contemplation, and prayer- while seeking to follow Jesus as he called- was really somewhat missing from their lives.

Today, the Quinleys are joyfully following Him in this “new and living”, but ancient way. Indeed, John and Kim are now finding it an exciting calling to help others find quiet paths as they follow Jesus.

Since 2013, John experienced many days away in silence on the Andaman Sea in Southern Thailand, at Seven Fountains Retreat Center in Chiang Mai, as well as, in the mountains of Khao Yai in the Northeast of Thailand.


Greekcoffee and yogurt with walnutsIn the future, the Quinleys plan more retreat opportunities to walk together in silence and stillness, seeking God, along with times of fellowship, good food, corporate prayer, and debriefing. Hopefully, in years ahead, retreats will be led in the USA, Thailand, Ireland, and Greece.

“It was an unforgettable time- staying on a scenic hillside in a 200-year-old restored farmhouse,  amidst numerous Greek Orthodox monasteries, with prayerful treks over quiet goat-filled, and rosemary covered mountainsides.”

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”

(David; Psalm 23:1-3)

“Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”

(Luke 5:16)

 “Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee… ‘Come, follow me,’ he said.”

(Mark 1:16)