About the Miracle Lodge at Ironwood
The Miracle Lodge retreat and conference center named itself after seven years of construction, 45,000 volunteer hours of labor, donations from fourteen states, and contributions from 1000 people and businesses. The expression, "If God's in your dream, no request is too extreme", was a poster hanging on our door to keep this dream going forward. Twenty-seven beautiful rooms all fully furnished are now being used and the word is spreading. We say, "Country and Calm, because City and Clutter are Taken". It is home to the National Wheelchair Sports Camp and Operation Welcome Home.
Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch which began as a non-profit in 1976, is on 200 acres in southern Minnesota along the Root River. Ironwood serves over 23,000 people annually. Our purpose is to provide an atmosphere and opportunity for adults and children to get to know themselves, others, and God better.
In short our mission is "Spreading JOY-changing lives".
Our current full time staff consists of Bob Bardwell as the founder and current Camp Director, Tracy Bashore as our Director of Operations, Laura Weiss as our Office Manager, Cathy Jo Avakian as our Adult/Youth Program and Hosting, Jan Odle as our Food Service Director, Yahna Zaharia as our Equestrian Wrangler Manager, Dan Ostergard as our Facilities Manager, Jode Bardwell as our Receptionist/Bookkeeper, Shelly McGulpin as our Housekeeper/Wrangler/Animal Caretaker, and Gary Froiland in Maintenance.
Ironwood's success is largely due to the many volunteers who come and "Serve from the Heart". In 2011, a new record was set for volunteers 15,500 hours.
Each room has been sponsored by a generous friend of the ranch. Click here for a list of Miracle Lodge room sponsors .
Ironwood serves a variety of groups from family reunions, quilters, corporate meetings, scrapbookers, pastor getaways, week-long camps, weekend retreats, church groups, team-building events, 4-H clubs, Scouts, or just your family looking for a place to camp.
We ask that you respect our request that there be no alcohol on the property and tobacco use only in designated areas. Weapons of any type are not allowed on Ironwood property.