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First Counselor Approved in Georgia

December 1, 2015

The Retreat at Guidestone Hills and The GreenTree Project are pleased to announce the first Licensed Professional Counselor has been approved by the Georgia Board of Professional Counselors.

Sarah Nichols, previously licensed in the State of Texas, received her counseling license from the board this week and will begin immediately working with children, families, couples, teams, and leaders in a variety of therapeutic settings including educational, non-profit, religious, and business environments.

The GreenTree Project offers counseling therapy at their office in downtown Newnan and at The Retreat at Guidestone Hills in Chattahoochee Hills.

Sarah is co-founder of The GreenTree Project and The Retreat and manages the recruitment, selection, training, and coordination of all personnel for the charity and the retreat.

 

Founders Relocate to Atlanta

October 21, 2015

In October 2015, the Nichols family relocated from Dallas, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta is home to the world’s busiest airport which allows more people to easily access the nonprofit’s retreat center. The Retreat at Guidestone Hills is located just 20 miles from Atlanta Airport and is a strategic initiative of the charity which supports the next generation of leaders.

With direct flights to 225 world cities, the move streamlines travel for the GreenTree team both within the US and around the world.

The Retreat at Guidestone Hills is an initiative of The GreenTree Project. The GreenTree Project was originally the idea of 7-year-old Madison Nichols after seeing the pain that her family experienced. She wanted to “start a company to help people get the help they need – even if they can’t pay for it.” So, with the help of her mom and dad, she launched The GreenTree Project in 2015. The work of The GreenTree Project is all about developing the next generation of leaders.

 

Retreat Unveils Design of New Villas

August 6, 2015

This week The GreenTree Project released the design of their next building project which will be constructed at The Retreat at Guidestone Hills. Located just 23 miles from Atlanta airport, the Retreat is one of the most accessible executive retreat centers in the world.

The building and elevation was designed and donated by Bryan Moore of DBA Architects in McKinney, TX. DBA Architects is a full service architecture, master planning, and interiors firm specializing in mixed use projects all over the United States.

The GreenTree Project is an Atlanta-based nonprofit, founded by 9-year-old, Madison Nichols. The GreenTree team is excited about the having a great long-term design partner like DBA Architects.

The new villas will be built at The Retreat at Guidestone Hills, an executive retreat center developed by the nonprofit to support leadership development programs for the next generation of leaders.

The Villas at Guidestone Hills will feature fully accessible private guest accommodations thoughtfully located lakeside and in the wooded areas of the Retreat.

Distinguished, yet casual, The Villas will offer the utmost in comfort for groups and families. Each Villa will include two guest accommodations.

The guest accommodations include four master bedroom suites each with a well-appointed private bathroom, a reading area, and loft. The dining and living areas will also accommodate 10-40 for retreats, meetings, and events.

DBA also designed and donated the master plan for The Retreat at Guidestone Hills.

The GreenTree Project is able to accept many different types of tax-deductible charitable donations. Click here to see all of the different ways and “stuff” you can donate.

For the most updated list of giving opportunities and needs for the Retreat, click here.

 

Gay Construction donates vehicles to Guidestone Hills

April 8, 2015

This week the Gay Construction Company (Atlanta, GA) donated 2 vehicles to The GreenTree Project, an Atlanta-based nonprofit, founded by 9-year-old, Madison Nichols.

Gay Construction Company has been a family-owned and operated commercial construction company since 1948. For over two generations, they have developed an excellent reputation in the construction industry as well as in Greater Metropolitan Atlanta.

The donated vehicles are in great condition and will be used in day-to-day operations at The Retreat at Guidestone Hills, a retreat center developed by the nonprofit to develop the next generation of leaders.

The GreenTree Project is able to accept many different types of tax-deductible charitable donations. Click here to see all of the different ways and “stuff” you can donate. You might be surprised!

For the most updated list of giving opportunities and needs for the retreat, click here.

 

The Guidestone Hills team purchases 52 acres in Atlanta

March 31, 2015

Members of the Guidestone Hills team met today in Carrollton, Georgia to close on the purchase of a 52-acre piece of property in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. The property located at 12000 Hutcheson Ferry Road and formerly known as Foxbrier Farm has served as a family equestrian farm for the past 15 years.

The new Retreat at Guidestone Hills will serve as an coaching, training, mentoring, and counseling retreat for the next generation of leaders. The purchase of the property was funded primarily by donations through The GreenTree Foundation, a nonprofit whose primary purpose is to develop the next generation of leaders.

Attending the closing were Dr. Michael Nichols, Executive Director of The GreenTree Foundation, Rodney Agan, and Paula Agan, Real Estate Representative for the non-profit. The property was purchased from Ralph Boe, Chief Executive Officer of Beaulieu Carpets of America, and his wife Nancy.

 

Donors provide more than $300,000 to purchase new Retreat Center

March 15, 2015

The GreenTree Foundation and The Retreat at Guidestone Hills are pleased to announce that 12 donors have provided more than $300,000 to purchase a 52-acre piece of property for a new executive coaching and counseling retreat center in the Atlanta metro area. The Retreat at Guidestone Hills will provide training and resources for the next generation of leaders as well as offer a quiet, secluded place for individuals, teams, and families to rest, relax, and reflect.

On January 12, the Guidestone Hills team secured a contract on a 52-acre property west of Atlanta, Georgia. The team is currently conducting a feasibility study and is scheduled to close on the purchase of the property by March 31.

The future retreat will serve as the world’s most accessible inclusive retreat destination specifically designed to develop the next generation of leaders.

Envisioned and founded by Dr. Michael Nichols, an executive coach, and his wife Sarah, a professional counselor, The Retreat at Guidestone Hills will be a place where people can find rest, inspiration, healing, and direction – as individuals, families, or together as a team.

 

Charter Bank Partners with The GreenTree Project

March 3, 2015

Charter Bank (West Point, GA) has partnered with The GreenTree Project an Atlanta-based nonprofit, to provide funding for The Retreat at Guidestone Hills. The Retreat at Guidestone Hills is a retreat center being developed by the nonprofit to develop the next generation of leaders.

Charter Bank was founded in 1954 to help people with affordable financing for purchasing their home. For generations, they have developed an excellent reputation in local communities throughout the Southeast.

The GreenTree Project is excited about this new partnership which present many new opportunities for the charity as it develops The Retreat at Guidestone Hills.

The non-profit organization is able to accept many different types of tax-deductible charitable donations. Click here to see all of the different ways and “stuff” you can donate.

For the most updated list of giving opportunities and needs for the retreat, click here.

 

Michael and Rodney introduce Retreat to 200 in Dallas

February 20, 2015

This week Dr. Michael Nichols and Rodney Agan presented The Retreat at Guidestone Hills project to more than 200 church leaders from around the country at the XPastor Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Nichols and Rodney copresented the workshop, The Life and Work of the Church Leader, at the conference. They regularly speak at businesses, nonprofits, on university campuses, and churches. To learn more about having them speak at your organization, contact speaking@michaelnichols.org.

 

John and Christi Wynn provide lead gift for new Retreat Center

February 12, 2015

This week John and Christi Wynn provided the lead gift for the new Retreat at Guidestone Hills. John and Christi have served as missionaries in the Philippines for nearly 20 years. Today, their ministry includes a day school, a college, a regional camp, and churches throughout the Philippines and in several Asian countries.

The GreenTree Foundation and The Retreat at Guidestone Hills team is excited about this lead gift and looking forward to many more to come in the near future.

 

The GreenTree Foundation Partners with Guidestone Hills to Raise funding for new Retreat Center

January 24, 2015

The GreenTree Project announced its partnership with The Retreat at Guidestone Hills to provide funding for education and training programs for the next generation of leaders. The GreenTree Project is developing the next generation of leaders by connecting them with highly qualified mentors, counselors, and coaches.

The organization was founded by 9-year-old Madison Nichols after seeing the pain that her family experienced. She wanted to “start a company to help people get the help they need-even if they can’t pay for it.” So, with the help of her mom and dad, she did.

 

The Guidestone Hills team secures a contract on 52 acres in Atlanta

January 12, 2015

The Guidestone Hills team took a huge step toward their vision for developing a new retreat center by securing a contract on a 52-acre property west of Atlanta, Georgia. Over the next couple of months the team will complete a feasibility study and is scheduled to close on the purchase of the property by March 31, 2015.

The future retreat will serve as the world’s most accessible inclusive retreat destination specifically designed to develop the next generation of leaders.

Envisioned and founded by Dr. Michael Nichols, an executive coach, and his wife Sarah, a professional counselor, The Retreat at Guidestone Hills will be a place where people can find rest, inspiration, healing, and direction – as individuals, families, or together as a team.