Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Open again


We are now open again and hosting retreaters.  Some things have not changed - but some things have, and we know that people are glad to be able to come, retreat and have some silent time to "just be" ...

We are holding things loosely, and paying attention to how things change within our province of Manitoba.  We have good reference people that we can go to for advice.  We book with the understanding that we may have to cancel a booking on short notice.  We appreciate the understanding in this area as far as our restrictions we have chosen to put into place (see tab above for more info)

Ultimately we are looking to host in the best way that keeps everyone safe.  We welcome your email to us for more information, or to inquire about booking.   Currently we are booking into the new year, Feb and beyond.  

For more info - email Joy

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Reopening and the decision to make some restrictions for the ministry

This is to let you know that we will be reopening in September 
and look forward to having you back with us.

We are trying to figure out the best thing for everyone and realize that is tough to do.

Some are anxious about coming if other people are not vaccinated.
Some people want to come and are very openly against vaccines.
Some people are wanting to book and tell us right away that they are double vaccinated.

Some will continue to wear a mask regardless of what restrictions say.
Some others are glad to kiss the mask good-bye.

This is a tough time 
and I will be honest
it is a time that is hard for people
 to be open
 to listen 
and to not judge.  

I am sure we can all agree with that.

Reopening will be with some restrictions that we have chosen to put into place:
and we are reopening at a limited capacity of 3 rooms at any given time.  
So, unfortunately this means currently we are not taking groups.

We are asking people to continue to wear masks inside of the house
 when you are out of your room
except to take them off during meals
This is not optional, but mandatory if you retreat here at this time.

We know that things may change as we head into fall and we the 

above decisions will be reviewed month to month.

Thank you for your understanding in this area!  

Currently, we are booking into the last half of November

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Restrictions eased however unfortunately we are still closed


We know that Covid has been hard - and this past year

 has been a challenge in many ways.  

We know that many of you would like to book in for a retreat.

Thank you for your phone calls and emails.  

For your notes of encouragment and your financial support.

Manitoba eased some restrictions today,

 however we are still closed.

Our situation here is complex and 

we fall first of all under the restrictions 

for private residences.

We will have to remain closed to hosting retreaters 

until such time as we can entertain/host people inside our home, 

for more than "essential" reasons ie washrooms.

Once we are able to reopen - we will post that information here

and on facebook, and instagram.  

Until then, it is our hope that you will be able to find a place 

where you can breathe deeply and be still.  

regarding the garden & prayer path: 

Under the current restrictions - 

we are allowed to have up to 10 people in our yard.

If you would like to come and walk our garden, that would be fine.

but Please call first to see what time slots are available 

since we have to make sure we ahere to the regulations for outside visits

for more info

please email Joy :

or call 204-416-3531 but make sure to leave a message

Thank you

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Due to current restrictions ...

We realize that this past year has been a hard one, and people are looking to retreat.  

Thank you for your phone calls and emails.  

Due to current restrictions we are still closed.

Once we are able to reopen,  we will post that information here, and on facebook, and instagram.  

Until then, it is our hope that you will be able to find a place where you can breathe deeply and be still.  

for more info

please email Joy :

or call 204-416-3531

Thank you

Friday, April 16, 2021

A Hug & a Thank-You ~ Virtual Fundraiser Reflections


Joy Writes:

As I sit here so many thoughts are flooding through my mind and heart.  Our virtual fundraiser is not done.  We continue to get comments from people, as well as pictures.  Our team that planned this event which consisted of : Janet Fast (one of our Board co-chairs) and her daughter Kara Carson; Phoebe Robinson (who has been on this planning team for a while now, and has been a supporter since before we opened) as well as our daughters Leah Klassen, and Ashley Thiessen.  It takes a team to do what we did - and I could not do it without these lovely ladies whom I love dearly!!  

Ashley is also the one that put the virtual together.  This took many hours and some great skill.  So a huge thank you to Ash for all your hard work. 

The theme for the event was the one we had chosen last year.  HE RESTORES MY SOUL

We had it all in place for last year - and we had to cancel.  However, God knew that, and we felt that it was even more applicable for this year and for how we are still going through this "Covid time" and it it has held and continues to affect.

Last year - Kristin from Inner City Youth Alive, did the videoing of our testimonials by Luanne & Rick Hill, Jennifer Kornelson and Lorne & Heather Korol.  We got the clips and put them away in our "vault" awaiting to use them.  Thank you to each one of you for sharing!!  A few people have said that your sharing gave the best insight into what happens here at The Well and we agree.

Paula Warkentin waited on God for the Spoken Word and was prepared to do it in person last year.  The process of writing that really is a process of waiting on God.  When she asked me for the names of our kids and grandkids, and the name of the architect Jerald Peters ... even then I had no clue what she was writing or should I say "receiving from God".  We have heard great feedback about how that has blessed people.  Thank you Paula, and Emily the violist, and Joey Sanchez for doing the videography.

Faye Hall was another real God-thing in all of this.  I talked with her about painting a picture.  She shared that she had been in a real dry spell, and she also was waiting on God for some clarity and inspiration as to her painting.  So when she said she would do this, taking this as an answer from the LORD, we were so pleased.  We are excited to see where the painting will hang.  There is a starting bid of $600 and if you want to bid on it please send your bid to    We are taking bids until April 24th.

I also want to thank Josh and Leah Klassen - my kids - for doing the MC'ing of the event each time.  We think they are a great mix to do this, with creativity and they make it fun.  Thanks again you two.

And to our board co-chairs Allan and Janet Fast - you closed the evening for us.  You made me laugh, and I am sure others, with your "hey you are taking my lines" and other banter.  You two have blessed the ministry since its inception, and we appreciate your love, friendship and support.  Thanks.

The food was great - huge thanks to Mona Lisa Restaurant at 1697 Corydon - they were so easy to work with!  In the end we delivered 187 pizza's!!  To those who spent the day delivering-Allan and Janet Fast,  my husband Alvin Klassen with grandson Maverick keeping him company,  Dakota Friesen and Harley Friesen,  Jeannette Thiessen, Josh and Leah Klassen,  Kim and Kevin Hampton, Phoebe Robinson, Shawna Hayes, Tracy Reimer, and my daughter Ashley and I - THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU ...  this was after the snow, and things were icy in places especially the out of town drives.  Thanks all! 

Thank you to Michelle Bloom at for the tea favors and Ashley Thiessen/Don't Forget Cake for the cookies.  These were delivered with the pizza packages.

Now the spread sheets are almost ready to take a rest ... they have been highlighted and checked off and rechecked, and counted and now I will take the time for some personal email thank-you's.

We will be putting the Sponsors logos up here within the next couple days - and encourage you to support them!  

It has been a whirlwind week.  Our "reach" was farther than it has ever been before.  And financially it looks to be a really good one as well.  We are thankful for that.  

The days were long, and nights were short but it was worth it.  Some of you may have gotten the emails after midnight.

We had 189 people getting pizzas (I say we delivered 187 as we were two short, so our family just had 2 less so lol ) and then we had 5 couples/groups who did not want pizza.  I had a big "miss" here as I missed sending the link to one couple within this group.  (Spreadsheets checked off, but seems my midnight emailing missed this family.)  That was my biggest fear, so missing one has laid heavy on my heart and again I am so sorry about that.  I am glad they emailed to ask at 9 pm, and that the link was able to be watched, but felt so bad.  😟   In hindsight we should have also sent an email version of the program to all those who did not want the food delivery.  

What will next year hold?  Hmm ... this may be a hard act to follow BUT we will entrust next year to God.   

With that, I am going to sign off and get to work on some thank-you emails.  For those who have sent cheques via mail, or done PayPal, or e-transfer ... THANK YOU.  You have blessed us with your support.

This is written with great love and an overflowing heart of thanks,  Joy

Friday, February 12, 2021

Your invitation to our VIRTUAL Evening of Celebration & Giving - April 15, 2021

                                      YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US:  APRIL 15th, 2021

Please join us for our 
Virtual Evening of Celebration and Giving as we CELEBRATE what God has done at The Well during the past two ministry years.

Last year due to Covid-19 we had to postpone, and then reschedule our annual fundraising banquet. That was so disappointing for us (as it has been for all non-profits) as we navigated uncharted waters.

Today, we are excited to invite you to join us virtually, from the comfort of your own home, with those in your family bubble, or if restrictions allow, possibly an extended bubble.

Our theme for this virtual banquet is: “He Restores My Soul” This is the same theme we had planned for our 2020 banquet and we believe this theme is even more applicable this year than it was a year ago. We are excited to share the evening with you!

GIVING is an essential part of the evening and we ask you to consider sponsoring the banquet in one of the following ways   

Bubble Host Sponsorship - $1000

 Sponsor a group of 8-10, and we will be providing their Take Home Pizza Kit from Mona Lisa, delivered                         to their door(s). Watch with the link that we will send you via email for the virtual banquet, in your own homes or together if restrictions allow on April 15, 2021.

  •   Company name and logo featured in slideshow at the beginning of the virtual event

  •   Verbal recognition during the banquet

  •   Sponsorship designation here on our website with a link to your company website, in our spring newsletter and on our Facebook page

  •   Written recognition in package delivered to guests if chosen.

Banquet Sponsorship - $500+

Sponsor our Virtual Banquet, receive a Take Home Pizza Kit from Mona Lisa, delivered to your door. Watch with the link that we will send you via email so that you can join us from the comfort of your own home on Thursday, April 15th.

  •   Company name & logo included in slideshow at the beginning of the virtual event

  •   Sponsorship designation on our website  

    Individual Sponsorship - $100/person. 

             Receive a Take Home Pizza Kit from Mona Lisa, delivered to your door. Watch with the link that we will send you via email so that you can join us from the comfort of your own home on Thursday, April 15th.

As in past fundraisers,  all sponsorships will be tax receipt-able, less the value of the meal(s) included in your sponsorship.   

We will be following up in the next weeks to hear your response and to answer any questions you may have, unless you have the opportunity to respond earlier by emailing or calling 204-223-5467 (Joy Klassen).

Women Refreshed at the Well - aka The Well

5839 Henderson Highway, Narol, MB R1C 0B5 

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