Undistracted Rest.

Undistracted Rest.

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We're a 100% crowd-funded nonprofit. Your monthly giving allows us to fight clergy burnout.



Nationwide Respite


Nationwide Respite

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About Us

Meet Your Hosts

Jesse and Lindsay Urban

Sitting in a pew in 2014, Jesse and Lindsay Urban observed a pastor deliver a parting message to his congregation before going on sabbatical. The Urbans questioned if this man would return from his sabbatical leave at all. The discussions and research that followed helped the Urbans better understand the toll of ministry demands and the very real risk of clergy burnout, leading them to discover their purpose in life. 

Be Still, Inc., a Wisconsin 501(c)3, was founded by Jesse and Lindsay Urban in 2015. The vision for Be Still: “A world without clergy burnout.” 

Leaving behind a successful career in the cranberry industry and selling everything they had, Jesse and Lindsay were able to self-fund the first phase of Be Still Retreats in November of 2016 with 5 overnight cottages. Jesse’s parents donated the use of their beautifully renovated barn for meetings. Be Still Retreats utilizes 170 acres of the Urban Family’s 580-acre hunting sanctuary with 3 miles of nature trails cut throughout the area. Guests are encouraged to leave their distractions behind and get alone with God in nature. Christian clergy who become members of Be Still Retreats can book up to a 7-night stay and use as many of the cottages as they need—all for FREE. 

Offered at Be Still

Meeting space for 5 to 30 guests

Urban Barn

Exclusively yours for the days selected, the Urban Barn is a unique venue for your next team meeting.


Up to 5 Guests


The Coastal sits on its own section of wildflowers, accessed down a wooded walking path and features a large deck.


Up to 5 Guests


Named in honor of Rev. Arnold Parker (1924-2013).  This cottage is vibrant and cheerful, just like Pastor Parker was.

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Up to 5 Guests


Drawing inspiration from Chip and Joanna Gaines, this cottage has a unique layout and Magnolia style.


Up to 4 Guests


This cottage has the "up north" vibe going!  Knotty pine, plaid and cozy.  Named in honor of our parents and the seeds they have planted.


Up to 5 Guests


All about Italy, specifically Tuscany.  The Tuscan cottage embodies romance and old-world charm.

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Just for 1

Day Cabin

Slip away for the day to a place custom built to host healthy rhythms without distractions.

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What Our Guests Say

“What you are doing here for pastors and others who serve in vocational ministry is true ministry.  48 hours may not seem like much, but when you create such a peaceful and inviting environment, it is a great amount of time to be recharged and rejuvenated.  Thank you for every detail you have taken; the fresh linens, extra snack treats, immaculate cleaning and every thoughtful touch.”  -K & M

“Back in July, I took my first-ever sabbatical, unsure of what to expect or if I even needed one.  Early on, I stayed at Be Still and it was JUST what I needed!  A blend of quiet nature and nice accommodations.  I will be back!”  -R

“These past few days have refreshed me!  I was able to meet with God, get direction on this book I’m writing- and then WRITE!  The walks I took on the property were peaceful; the colors are gorgeous!  Also, thank you for allowing me to use your piano.  I was able to pen another worship song for our church.  I cannot say ‘thank you’ enough!”  -S

“For various reasons, we were on 2 different continents for the last 7 weeks, so it was good to have time and space to reconnect.  The last time we were here was 3 years ago- months before moving to London.  Returning to Be Still was a wonderful way to mark God’s Faithfulness!”  -D & R

“After 42 years of ministry, we are passionate about those in leadership having opportunities to just “be still.”  Not programs, not even counseling (although those all have their place!) but time with Jesus- to listen, to rest, to learn, to breathe in His goodness- this is what is most important.  Just want to encourage you to keep being faithful- your hearts are right on target with His.”  -W & J

“We have been married 24 years and we had conversations and prayer time this weekend at a depth far greater than any we have had before.  The vulnerability and authenticity that we experienced this weekend was much needed and has taken our marriage to a whole new level.  Thank you for this place, it was absolutely perfect." -M & M

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