How to Plan a Women’s Retreat
Each year about six months before I plan a women’s retreat, I go through several stages. First, I begin to get excited. God whispers to me, “It’s time.” And I say, “Yes, yes, Lord. It’s time! I’m so happy.”
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And then… THEN, I begin to think about it. To analyze and consider all that will have to be done. Scary stuff. I’m too busy, right? I work full time, have a family, like to read…and sit in my recliner. And do nothing. If I take on planning a retreat, I’ll have no free time. My evening and weekend hours will be filled with forms and phone calls, flyers and emails. I’ll be tweaking agendas and fine-tuning speaking slots, breakout sessions, icebreakers.
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I start to worry and wonder if I can do it, and I come up with reasons I can’t. “No, God. I can’t. I’m too busy. It’s too much work…” But I know I’m only making excuses. I could fit it all in if I wanted to. Priorities. I wonder at myself sometimes. Am I trying to convince God with my excuses? He knows better.
And He doesn’t let me off the hook. Not when He knows where my passions lie, what I can do for Him. Through Him. Within me, I continue to hear Him. “Julie, plan a retreat. Bring the women together. Let them share My love with one another.” And I listen because I love Him, and I love retreats for Him.
When my partner-in-crime (Not really, crime…just kidding about that. Really. Promise.), Brooke, and I began planning our first retreat in the Fall of 2012, we hadn’t a clue what to do. We just jumped right in. Over time, I began fine-tuning the details. As the organizational process became more familiar, I developed checklists and forms to help us along. Soon, I truly had no excuse in giving excuses to God (not that I didn’t still try on occasion).
Many women have contacted me hoping I’d put together a how-to, but I never had. Finally, I pulled together all my files and folders to begin sharing all I know (and I’m still learning so see how much you’ll have to look forward to!) with all of you.
I want every woman to understand her worth in Christ. I pray she never feels alone. I know that together we – me, you, Him – can make a difference.
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First 10 Things You Need to Do to Plan a Women’s Retreat
1. Define Your Purpose.
2. Find a Location.
3. Set the Date and Time.
4. Decide on Budget/Cost
5. Do you Need Insurance?
6. Choose a Team.
7. Decide What Food to Serve
8. Plan the Music.
9. Hire a Speaker.
10. Pick Your Icebreakers and Activities.
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Check back to find much more information on planning and preparation for Christian women’s retreats. Feel free to comment below with questions or suggestions. And always remember, when God whispers to you to pull women together to worship Him and support each other, listen to Him!