Last fall, my small group decided to host our very own women’s retreat. We missed the bond and growth that happens over a retreat experience. One gal stepped up to help me organize everything and it was such a blessing for our entire community and I want to provide some details, so you can host one yourself. You don’t have to wait for a staff member or for a large conference to roll through town—you sisterfriend, are equipped to help women connect and worship the Lord.
Don’t try to do this all alone because there’s just too much to handle. Find some ladies who would be interested in helping out.
Location: We stayed at a family home and it worked great. We still brought sleeping bags and blow-up mattresses. But you could easily find an Airbnb. We just wanted something affordable.
Date: We took a poll with a few dates and chose the date that was most popular. We ended up having over 80% of our group attend so it worked out well to just commit to something and people came last minute.
Food: We assigned everyone to a meal group and that group was responsible for one meal during the weekend. You brought your own supplies and we even had a group assigned to just snacks because you know we were eating 24/7.
Clean-up: When we left, we did the laundry and remade all the beds. Vacuumed and each left $20 to pay for house cleaning.
Because we are all adults, we kept the schedule open. Some women went on a long walk, others needed to rest and napped in the afternoon. There were games and lots and lots of talking. I was concerned we wouldn’t have enough to do but we just talked for a solid 48 hours!
My co-leader and I brainstormed a common theme we had heard from the women and the largest theme that came up was feeling discontent. So, we focused our retreat time on learning to be more content. I led a morning bible study and provided some reflection questions for a quiet time. One woman led an evening testimony time for women to share what they had journaled that morning. The next morning, we had each girl write a letter to themselves and we gathered them to mail out at a future time. We wanted to remember the things we had learned over the weekend.
Ya’ll, this was really simple! I just want to encourage you that hosting a retreat is totally possible; it just takes some motivated ladies to see it through. The benefits are worth the effort.