We are so happy that you are considering a stay at Hidden Springs.
It is our hope that you would experience a mental and spiritual
This Chalet has been the product of Neil Edward White's deep
desire to build a space that would "show forth the transforming
power of God in a lost world " In 1999, while staying
in L'Abri community in Switzerland (a mountain retreat founded
by Francis Schaeffer in 1955) he was exposed to shelter, hospitality
and God's mysterious love. Neil was struck by the correlation
between a place that is surrounded by peace and its inhabitant's
capacity to reflect it. And so he set out to replicate this feeling
here at the farm.
Perhaps it was meant to bring home a reminder of those beautiful
places and beautiful people that he had seen, perhaps it was
to transport Neil back to those Swiss Alps. In either case, the
vision was fully formed in his mind long before he began logging
in the south bush for mature wood with which to construct the
guests were hosted in 2004.
spring, the water on the north hillside is released out onto
the driveway, and we are reminded that there is new life in those
hidden springs. And when Neil was at L'Abri he remarked, "If
God intends to build character in us over time, then definitely,
this place is a metaphor for the process."
find shelter and renewal here.
hope to make your time at Hidden Springs wonderful and meaningful.
We are open to discuss any questions you may have.
Neil and Barbara married in 1975 and moved to what has become Hidden Springs in 1977.
After Neil's sudden death in 2013, Kelsey, the youngest of four adult children, moved back home.
The other three are married, live nearby in Central Alberta, and have blessed Barbara with
eight wonderful grandchildren.
(B Ed, U of A) has taught school for over 30 years in private
and public schools in the district. She is experienced in almost
all grade and subject levels including counseling and Special
Education administration. If she's not gardening, playing the
piano, or reading, she enjoys a relaxing canoe time on Twin Lakes
and is learning to imitate the call of the loon!
Neil held a Land Resources Diploma (Olds College '73), and a
Diploma of Christian Studies (Regent College '91), a Master of
Divinity (Edmonton Baptist Seminary '99), and an MA in Counseling.
He was an ordained minister and served as a local church pastor
for 14 years. He worked as a personal, marriage and family counselor
in Drayton Valley (www.burdenbearersdv.com). He loved hiking in the mountains almost as much
as living in the country.
Even though Neil is gone, his craftsmanship and creativity can be seen throughout the property. He built the farmhouse and outbuildings, barn and guest chalet with lumber from the property, and was working on a network of walking and ski trails throughout the 156 acres.
Our two dogs, Jack (Pyranees) and Mona (border collie) think you are coming just to spend time with them. They will welcome you, greet you cheerfully every morning, accompany you on your walks, and receive any attention you are willing to give them.