April 22-29, 2023 | Antalya, Turkey

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  • Location: IC Hotels Santai Family Resort, ÜçKum Tepesi Mevkii, 07500 Antalya, Türkiye
  • Start Date: Saturday, April 22
  • End Date: Saturday, April 29
  • Onsite Attendee Cost: Once you arrive at the hotel, MedSend will be paying for your expenses related to MedRefresh
  • Registration Deadline: March 10, 2023
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Celebration: We will gather at 10:45am on Sunday, April 23, for song.  If you sing or play an instrument and would like to participate in the song leadership, please  contact Stan at
Our goal is to provide you a place of rest, an opportunity to create friendships, and a time to gather with like-minded individuals. We will address the professional and relational challenges you face and will also provide you and your children an opportunity to reflect and debrief with trained debriefers. We have a professional staff prepared to care for your children while you are participating in the conference in the mornings. Your children and teens will be brought back to join you for lunch each day, and you will have them in the afternoons unless you are participating in a reflective debriefing.
Please direct any questions to Randy via Signal at +1 630-926-6308.
  • Location: IC Hotels Santai Family Resort, KUNDU Mahallesi, YAŞAR SOBUTAY Bul. IC Sit. No: 430/1 AKSU/ANTALYA
  • Start Date: Saturday, April 22
  • End Date: Saturday, April 29
  • Onsite Attendee Cost: Once you arrive at the hotel, MedSend will be paying for your expenses related to MedRefresh
    Registration Deadline: March 22, 2023
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • What to Bring: Worship and if you play an instrument - We will gather at 10.45 a.m. on Sunday, April 23, for song. If you sing or play an instrument and would like to participate in the song leadership team, please contact Stan at
Please direct any questions to Randy via Signal at +1 630-926-6308.


Subject to change.

All group sessions will be in the Akdeniz Room unless otherwise noted.

Hotel Information

IC Hotels Santai
Hotel arrangements will be made on your behalf.
IC Hotels Santai Family Resort, ANTALYA
If you want to arrive earlier or stay later, make arrangements directly with IC Hotels Santai. Call the hotel at +90 242 725 4102 or contact Agency Reservations at

Arrivals & Transportation


Plan to fly into the Antalya, Turkey airport. Take a taxi or Uber* from the airport to the hotel: cost is roughly ~250 TL ($20 USD). Plan on a 30-minute drive. Obtain local Turkish Lira cash from the airport bank machines inside the building before exiting. You will be able to locate taxis or meet your Uber on the curb as you exit the airport terminal building. Please show them the following address: IC Hotels Santai Family Resort, ÜçKum Tepesi Mevkii, 07500 Antalya, Türkiye.

You or your driver may call Sojourn’s customer service line for assistance if needed: +90 539 100 7135. There will be help available to coordinate transportation for departures back to the airport on April 29 (Saturday) per your travel plans.

*Uber is new to Turkey since November 2022.  Rates may vary from taxis, please confirm your fare prior to accepting your ride.

MedRefresh Retreat Staff


President & CEO: Rick brings an extensive background in business to his role. With a degree in finance and marketing, he spent 25 years as a corporate executive, where he was instrumental in the rapid growth and turn-around of several high-tech businesses. In addition, Rick served as Campus Leader in Stamford, Connecticut.

Dr. Jim, MD

Senior Vice President, The Longevity Project: Jim was an emergency medicine residency director when he developed an interest in medical ethics and the psychological aspects of trauma relating to physicians working in difficult and under-resourced environments. He later taught widely on the subject. Upon retiring, he moved to a hospital in rural Kenya, helping to start a family medicine residency. In 2021, Jim and his family moved from Kenya to Virginia, where he now oversees The Longevity Project.


Senior Vice President,  Development & Global Ambassador:  Randy works for his current organization that serves global workers. He has a passion to serve healthcare professionals and has helped many realize their dreams for over 2 decades. He has been with his current organization for 22 years. Randy now lives in Port Angeles, WA with his best friend and wife Beth as they offer hospitality and a place of respite for those in global service who are traveling in the Pacific Northwest.


Program Manager, The Longevity Project:  Kim served 26 years in the hotel industry in the US, UK and UAE, she retired early to begin her second career as a global worker in Haiti. After Haiti, she served at a counseling center in Pennsylvania addressing whole person healing of global workers. These combined experiences bring Kim to work on The Longevity Project, a two-phase, self-care model focusing on the unique needs of the healthcare workers.

Dr. Charlie, PhD, LP

Dr. Charlie is a licensed psychologist in North Carolina who serves with his wife Dr. Frauke as staff in an organization which exists to encourage and strengthen those in cross-cultural service and their families. He serves as part of the team that developed MedRetreats, which cares for the needs of global healthcare providers, and he provides counseling and teaching during these events. Charlie has lived in West Africa and served global workers there in addition to Europe, Central Asia, East Asia, and the Middle East. In addition to his ministry with his current organizations, Charlie has a private practice where he primarily works with people engaged in global service.

Dr. Frauke, MD

Dr. Frauke grew up in Germany, where she trained in family medicine prior to serving at a hospital in Nepal. After several years in Nepal, she had realized the stressors in cross-cultural environments and their effects on workers and so she decided to return to Germany and receive training in psychotherapy. She is married to Dr. Charlie, an American psychologist. Since 2006, she has worked in private psychiatry practice, and she is engaged in supporting global workers through telemedicine and through her involvement in several organizations, including the one that developed MedRetreat. Having been a global healthcare provider herself, she is passionate about contributing to the health and wellness of global workers, coming alongside them in their strengths and challenges.

Dr. Stan, MD, MPH

Dr. Stan and his wife Deb served in in healthcare in West Africa, working with their organization for the better part of two decades. His experience of burnout, recovery and return to international healthcare has given Stan a strong desire to help others learn the rhythms of work and rest that the greatest healer in history so perfectly modeled. As the Director of the MedTeam of his current organization, Stan enjoys frequent opportunities to teach about wellness to healthcare providers and other groups.

Dr. Barney, MD

Barney is a psychiatrist whose primary work is provision of care and consultation to members of the global worker community. He has interests in geriatric, consultation-liaison, and neuropsychiatry but has also had considerable experience in addressing the more personal and relational issues that are commonly encountered in cross-cultural work settings.

Susan, M.Ed.

Susan delights in accompanying others on their journeys. In her work, she seeks to hold space for others, listening and looking for the ways in which he may be moving, inviting and speaking into one’s life and soul. Because of her own healing journey, Susan is particularly drawn to how life’s disorienting events can affect one’s most important relationship. Through contemplative practices, Susan encourages a more embodied approach in our most important relationship, moving beyond simply what we can know into how we can more fully experience presence and healing. Susan has lived overseas for 15 years and is currently based in Málaga, Spain. She is married to Mark, who counsels global workers, and is proud mom to three, perfectly in process adult TCKs. Susan enjoys swimming, Pilates and loves learning about the intersection of belief and neuroscience.

Dan & Marjie

Dan and Marjie have been married for 40 years and love working with couples as they navigate the challenges of vocation and family relationships in a healthy way.  Both Marjie and Dan have been engaged in teaching and counseling individuals and couples for the past 34 years.  Marjie is the artist and Dan is the athlete -- both enjoy making connections between an individual's interests and passions with life-giving practices to help grow and develop character and maturity.  Dan and Marjie have three adult children and still enjoy tackling any kind of adventure together.

Scott, D. Min, LCSW

Scott is a licensed counselor who began serving with his wife Lisa in 1997 in West Africa. In 2010 they moved to Asia where Scott became the director of a counseling center before their eventual return to the US. They have a deep love for global servants and the difficult work that they do in many very tough areas of the world. They strongly believe in preventative care and some of their focus areas are on transition, marriage, team building, and spiritual strength.

Child and Adolescent Counselor: Melissa, LCPC, RPT

Melissa is a licensed therapist who specializes in kids and teens and who has completed her training at the graduate level. She is the child of global workers who served in England, Ukraine, and Austria. She loves supporting children of global workers through all the ups and downs of their unique lives. She soon plans to relocate overseas to work with children through a counseling organization.

Children’s Program Director: Kristin, BA

Kristin spent 16 years serving in her local assembly in full-time service to children. She has led many teams on short-term service trips around the world. Kristin has also worked with local communities to recruit and support foster families, and she is passionate about supporting kids who have been impacted by trauma and adversity. Kristin’s years of service experience have given her a clear understanding of both the joys and challenges of serving. It is Kristin’s desire to welcome the children who come to her current organization’s campus and help them experience a sense of joy, peace, and healing.

Early Childhood Coordinator: Elise

Elise holds a B.A. in Youth Service. She believes that her passions, her heart for service, her desire to work with children, and her personal family history of hurt while serving all make her current organization the perfect fit for her. Elise loves seeing our maker through the eyes of a child. The way children love him so freely reminds her why he calls us to come to him like little children.

Kids / Teens Programs

  • We will have an experienced child and adolescent counselor with us, who is well versed in concerns global workers encounter. If you are interested in addressing any specific concerns in this area, you will be able to address them in the upcoming survey. For any additional information you may contact Melissa at
  • Your afternoons will be open for the most part, prepare for that open space with your family. The counseling/debriefing sessions will be scheduled during this time as will childcare during your specific sessions.
  • We would like parents to complete this form for each of their children. This information is highly helpful to our Children's Program team in providing quality care for the kids. Below is the link to the Child Profile Form. Parents, please complete this form for each child, in advance of the event, so that we can prepare to care well for your kids.  Please take a moment to read through the Children's Program Orientation Packet to familiarize yourself with the program!  


There will be two reflection/debriefing sessions hosted by professional debriefers from Alongside, Barnabas and MedSend.  Pastoral Care, Spiritual Direction and Child Counselor  will also be available. 
What will the reflection/debriefing look like?
  • Every couple or single will receive two sessions during the retreat.
  • The first reflective session will be about your work experience in your environment, the highlights and challenges with an opportunity to process your challenges, especially those that still affect you in some way.
  • The second reflection/debriefing time can be used to go deeper in any area addressed during the first time, or to reflect on how the topics of the seminars play out in your life, and what you may personally need or want going forward.
  • We will send out a link with a brief survey to understand more about your hopes and needs for the debriefing (adults and child debriefing), pastoral care, and spiritual direction, when the time comes closer.
  • Here is a link to Google Drive that will contain helpful retreat materials.  
  • Here is the link to the Debriefing Survey.  Deadline to complete is April 5, 2023.  

Free Day


Choose from three Tour Options Randy has organized for the group on the Free Day!  If you choose to go out on your own, we've provide a list of Things to Do in Antalya below!  The Free Day Expenses will be reimbursed.  Please contact Randy for details on Signal at +1 630 926 6308.



“As one of the biggest aquarium complexes of the world, Antalya Aquarium offers inspiration, entertainment and education all at once. After touring the 40 thematic aquariums, you will come across the biggest tunnel aquarium of the world with a length of 131 meters and a width of 3 meters.”


Address: Dumlupinar Bulvari Arapsuyu Mahallesi No: 502 Konyaalti, Antalya, TR 07070

Phone: (0242) 245 65 65

Importance: This is the largest tunnel aquarium in the world.



Opening Hours: Winter: 9.00-17.30, summer: 9.00-19.00

Costs: No entrance fee, but a small parking fee for cars.

Address: Kepez Piknik Sahası İçerisi, Antalya, TR


KONYAALTI BEACH -It is a free public pebble beach, chairs /umbrellas for rent, western side of Antalya.


LARA BEACH  It is a free public beach, eastern side of Antalya.


PARKORMAN ANTALYA Fatih, Tramway Son Durağı, Hayvanat Bahçesi Karşısı, 3410. Sk. No:8, 07080 Kepez

Phone: +90 (0242) 322 95 95

It’s a huge park that includes games such as GoKart or racecourse on the trees etc. and other kinds of fun fair activities and at the top of that hill there is great view of all Antalya as well as restaurants that serve traditional foods of Turkey and Chai Tea.


SANDLAND is an open air sand sculpture exhibition featuring massive, professionally designed sand sculptures lit for night viewing.

Opening Hours: May 1-Oct 31: 09.00-23.00; Nov 1-April 30: 09.00-19.00

Entrance fee: Adults 24TL, children 10TL


Address: Guzeloba Mahallesi Lara Caddesi Lara Birlik Halk Plajı, 07230 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey



Adventure park and playground for families. Offers a high rope course, trampoline, zipline, big sandbox, festivals. Activities for children as young as two years old.

Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 9.00-18.00, Sat-Sun 10.00-18.00

Cost: About 20TL


Phone: +90 242 502 03 33



Address: Şırınyala Mah 1487 Sk No 26 Muratpaşa Antalya

Phone: 0532 286 87 10 (manager is Arda speaks English)  There’s soccer, tennis, yoga, basketball facilities there for very reasonable prices.



Address: Konyaaltı Cad. No: 88, Antalya, TR 07050

It is one of the important archeological museums in Turkey, it has a lot of ruins and statues of Roman, Helen and Byzantine statues of Mythological characters as well as emperors and empresses. It also involves some important parts about church history such like relics of St. Nicholas and icons from Byzantine Churches.



Aspendos was an ancient city in Pamphylia, Asia Minor, located about 40 km east of the modern city of Antalya, Turkey. Aspendos is known for having the best-preserved theatre of antiquity.

Opening Hours: Summer (April 15- Oct 2): 8:00-19:00, Winter (Oct 3- April 14): 8:00-17:00

Entrance Fee: 25 TL

Address: Sarıabalı, Aspendos Yolu, 07500 Serik/Antalya, Turkey

Phone: +90 (242) 247 76 60

Importance: One of the best saved and biggest ancient theatres from Roman Empire and city around it.



Perge was an ancient Anatolian city, once the capital of Pamphylia Secunda. Today, it is a large site of ancient ruins 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) east of Antalya.

Paul and Barnabas came to Perge during their first journey, but probably stayed there only a short time, and do not seem to have preached there;  it was there that John Mark left Paul to return to Jerusalem. On his return from Pisidia, Paul preached at Perge.

Opening Hours: 09.00-19.00

Address: Barbaros, Perge Yolu, 07112 Aksu/Antalya, Turkey

Phone: +(0242) 426 27 48

One of the oldest and best saved ancient city, it is also mentioned in the Bible in one of Paul’s trip with Barnabas and Mark.



Address: Bayatbademleri, 07800 Döşemealtı/Antalya, Turkey       Phone: +90 (0242) 247 76 60

Termessos is one of the ancient cities founded at the top of a hill, at the top of the hill there is a theater which it has great view from there.


OLYMPOS was an ancient city in Lycia, situated in a river valley near the coast. Its ruins are located south of the modern town Çıralı in the Kumluca district of Antalya Province. Olympos is now a popular tourist area, ruins of the ancient city end in a valley that holds numerous pensions and guest houses.

The perpetual gas fires at Yanartaş are found a few kilometers to the northwest of the site.

Opening Hours: Summer (April 15- Oct 2): 8:00-19:00, Winter (Oct 3- April 14): 8:00-17:00

Entrance Fee: 20 TL   Address: Göynük, Atatürk Cd., 07985 Kemer/Antalya, Turkey


YANARTAŞ (KIMERA): THE ETERNAL FLAME is a geographical feature near the Olympos valley and national park in Antalya Province in southwestern Turkey. It is the site of dozens of small fires which burn constantly from vents in the rocks on the side of the mountain. About a 45 minutes hike from the parking lot. There is a kiosk for refreshments, but make sure you bring water on the hike.

Cost: Small entrance fee

Location: Ulupınar, 07980 Kemer/Antalya, Turkey


Address: Ulupınar, 07980 Kemer/Antalya, Turkey

Importance: It’s another old ancient city and its ruins there is also a museum that shows the stuff that came out of the city, it also has an ancient theatre.



Address: Selimiye Mahallesi, Çağla Sk., 07330 Manavgat/Antalya, Turkey

Phone: +90 (0242) 238 56 89

Importance: It’s another ancient city which is close to beach and one of the nice city for holidays Side, it also has an ancient theatre in it and other city ruins.



DÜDEN WATERFALLS  Address: Çağlayan, Lara Cd. No:457, 07230 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey

It is one of the beautiful and big waterfalls in Turkey and it’s turned into a park that people can walk around and behind of the waterfall as well as follow the waters as it makes a line. There are some restaurants and Cafe around that region that people can enjoy some coffee, tea or Turkish food.



Cable car to a mountain overlooking Antalya

Opening Hours: 10.00-18.00. Does not operate on Monday!

Cost: 1 person 15TL, 2 person 20TL



Address: Liman, Antalya Kemer Yolu No:10, 07130 Konyaaltı/Antalya, Turkey

Phone: +90 0553 935 38 39

It is a restaurant at the top of the hill which turns and has great view of the city.



Address: Kursunlu Şelalesi, 07119 Aksu/Antalya, Turkey

Phone: +90 (0242) 433 22 18

Importance: It is also a waterfall park that can be seen and fresh air is also good in here, at the end of the park there is Cafe near the water which is beautiful place to enjoy a cup of coffee.



Address: Tekirova, Tekirova Mahallesi, Kumluca Kemer Yolu, Tahtalı Teleferiği Yolu No: 2, 07995 Kemer/Antalya, Turkey

Phone: +90 (0242) 242 22 52

It is a cable car that from seaside takes people up to hill and there is a great view of the city both in the cable car as it goes up and also at the top of the hill, there is also a restaurant a lunch can be enjoyed while watching the city and the sky.



Address: Selçuk, Uzun Çarşı Sk., 07100 Muratpaşa/Antalya, Turkey

Kaleiçi is an old town in the center of Antalya it has its own little port and old ancient gates, city walls, old houses etc. Hadrian Gate, Elevator and port is nice parts to see.