The Olive Branch Retreat is the place for things that matter most – your loved ones and you.

Welcome to your place to connect. We’re honored and thrilled to provide a place where people come together to be inspired, nourished, and even enlightened. It’s a playful, joyful, soulful destination built for you, your family, and your friends. Take advantage of this opportunity to disconnect from every-day pressure and stress, and to connect with your guests and with yourself.

With love and joy,
Marla & Jessica

Dreaming & Planning
Here's What We Like To Hear
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Nix Wurdak

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The most incredible site I could have imagined for my wedding reception. Words can't describe my gratitude!

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Kenzy Nugent

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Such a great venue. Had an amazing time at the Olive Branch!

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Trista Glover-Olson

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Marla and Jessica were incredible to work with and made our wedding incredibly special by allowing us to use this incredible space. It was beautiful, tranquil, and a great place for our friends and family to gather both before and after the wedding thank you! We hope to make our visits and annual thing - love Grant and Trista

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Weddings

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It is the day after our wedding and I have to say that I could not have asked for a more beautiful, serene and amazing place to hold our special day! You have made it that much more special. Thank you so much!

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Families

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3rd annual family reunion… Once again – we had a wonderful time! Memories made, calories consumed, and not enough sleep – and we can’t wait to do it again! So great to be able to get everyone under one roof – thank you for the beautiful space!

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Families

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Beautiful, cozy ~ so quaint! Very welcoming and clean. We appreciate all the efforts to make everything so perfect. All the small details – the coffee bar, the décor, toys for the kids – we noticed it and loved it all. Thanks for everything! We really love it here from the 80 year olds to the 3 month old. Big discussions on life, love, and more. We will all be back.

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Families

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This was our second year we did Grandma/Grandpa camp at the Olive Branch. All of our 5 children and 7 grandchildren attended. 4 of the grandchildren caught fish. When one of the Grandchildren was asked “what was your favorite part of the weekend?” He replied, “Eating fresh fish.” Many comments were made about how good it was getting together in this large private setting. We enjoyed everything.

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The Cassidy family

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We had our family reunion here and had such a wonderful time. The home is full of character and surprises. The views of the lake were amazing and we enjoyed our time outside. The kids loved playing with the toys. We couldn’t ask for a better weekend. Thank you for all you did to accommodate us!

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Families

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We had a great time spending family time together. We hope to come back again. My son caught his first fish! Very exciting! Thank you!

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Families

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The location was wonderful for our family reunion. There was always something new to be discovered in the rooms, the scenery was beautiful, and the area for the campfire was well thought out. The atmosphere was serene and beautiful.

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Family

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What a wonderful place! It worked great for all of our activities – the family reunion, family pictures, outdoor meals, and all the outdoor games. It turned out to be so much more than we expected. We had a total of 14 adults, 2 kids, and 3 babies here. It worked perfectly! 39 more family members came for a meal, family pictures and fun! Great memories.

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Shirley

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We love it here! Everyone wants to come back next year. The love, laughter and fun we have together can’t be better. Thank you for a beautiful place to reunite and rediscover each other every year. 4 years of great Olive Branch reunions… so fun! Love, Shirley

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Families

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Everyday was a perfect day! This was our first family reunion. It was a make or break event and because of the lovely accommodations it was definitely a “MAKE” experience. The total privacy allowed the 15 of us to play hard. Thank you for being here. May God bless everyone as he has blessed us this past week. Perfect weather as well. Life is good! God Bless.

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Friends

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Everyone was totally satisfied. We had such fun using all the boats and enjoying the swimming on Fuller Lake. This is a perfect place for the renewal of friendships and one’s spirit.

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Friends

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Today we’re leaving your wonderful Olive Brach. It was even more beautiful and accommodating than we expected! Thank you for sharing this great peaceful place with us.

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Friends

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Thank you for providing such a wonderful, peaceful place for us all to stay. We had a fantastic time cooking yummy meals, playing games, running outside and laughing – A LOT! We all enjoyed our rejuvenating experience together! Thank you for such a special place! God Bless!

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Spiritual

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I love your space of heaven. Very calm and relaxing.

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Thank you for creating this beautiful sacred space. Blessings.

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All of the farmers driving by saw us practicing Tai Chi Sword and were very …. amazed? (In the morning it was warmer by the road!) A perfect setting for a peaceful interlude.

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The peace and tranquility that surrounds this obviously blessed place has truly made the past several days an experience we will always cherish.

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Thank you Olive Branch for all the love, support and a safe place to grow.

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Julie

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Enjoyed the Olive Branch. What a unique and spiritual oasis. We laughed, cried, sang, worked, and played. The sacred space and peaceful relaxed surroundings were charming and loved the scene for great personal introspection, creative idea generation and calm spiritual growth. Thank you for creating an oasis in the country! Namaste.
A piece of heaven

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Retreat

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This was my first and most memorable retreat. I could never have expected this place to be so beautiful. I’ve had such a wonderful, peaceful and amazing time. Thank you!

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Retreat

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I absolutely LOVE this place. It is so peaceful and serene. This is my second time here and we have created so many memories and much healing. Thank you!

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Andrew Wiens & Faith Lutheran Church Youth

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17 young people met with God and God met us here this week. What a wonderful spot to leave behind distractions, clear our eyes, and open our ears and hearts. Many memories were made, and every inch of this place was explored. The floating dock got a workout, and the home was so cozy, particularly during rainstorms. Everything we needed and much more was available.

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Grief Healing

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Thank you for allowing us to quiet ourselves in your beautiful chapel as we feel the presence of God who is with us during our grieving process. We are taking with us God’s strength, mercy and love as we continue our journey.

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Grief Healing

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We came to the Olive Branch Retreat to do just that – to retreat. Our son died 9-24-09 from H1N1 and myocarditis (enlargement of the heart). A very unexpected and tragic loss to us. If it were not for our unwavering faith in Christ, I don’t know how we would survive this. The Olive Branch has allowed us to regroup, and reshape our broken family. It has been hard to keep going at times; however, tears, laughter and love have allowed us to stay strong. Leaving the Olive Branch with new memories has enlightened us. Thank you.

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Grief Healing

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Thank you for having such a wonderful place for us all the come and spend time together. From 16-day-old baby girl to Nana and Papa, and special friends. Thanks. This is our second time here. The first we came to grieve our dear 6-year-old Nathan, this time to remember him and his adventurous spirit. I love this place!

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Artists Unlimited

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What an awesome wonderful place for an “arts Group” retreat. There were 12 of us this year, and may be back next year with a few more. Lots of room for us to set up our painting spot and paint all day into the evening. This was such an inspirational place to be creative.

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Jill and Randy

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Thank you for providing the hospitality and place of relaxation and serenity.

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General

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This place is a hidden treasure! Thank you so much. Had an incredible time.

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The Wiken Family

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The Wiken Family was back! We made our first visit here in the summer of '15. Our return trip was wonderful. We loved the new paddleboat and pontoon. The kids spent many hours swimming, canoeing, floating, fishing, and other non-electronic things. We are very glad there is no Wi-Fi here. Keeps everybody unplugged. Thanks for the lovely space that works great for our extended family gathering.

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