I just returned from three days and two nights on a retreat put on by our church. Here’s the recap of
what happens on a women’s getaway.
A few of our life group ladies talked my mom and I into going on this retreat. Retreats aren’t really our “thing” on account of the combination of rich foods, tight sleeping quarters and shared bathrooms, besides the bunk bed situation, being at the mercy of the planning committee and a variety of other factors.
I like to be in control and being in a retreat center three hours from home with 475 of my new best friends is a lesson in giving up control if ever there was one.
Here were some of the highlights.
One of our ladies planned an outing to the Grand Canyon “on our way” to the retreat destination. I hadn’t been in over 15 years! The weather was divine and besides, well, SEEING THE GRAND CANYON, we did a fun “trail of time” hike (a.k.a. stroll) along the south rim, had a prayer in the pines, took a lot of selfies and ended with ice cream.
After dinner at a cafe in Williams, we got to Lost Canyon just in time to check in, bring our stuff to our cabin, take hot showers and change into our pajamas.
No one slept well that first night. This is a given.
We woke up the next morning to discover that we were in paradise.
A yummy breakfast, a break-out session, worship and listening to the speaker led us to lunch and an afternoon of free time.
Our ladies all went on a prayer walk then Mom and I sat by the water, I had a cup of tea, we made a new friend and I took a walk in the woods with one of our ladies.
I haven’t been that relaxed in a loooong time.
There was dinner, another session of worship and the speaker followed by a very special baptism time–in the hot tub (I cried the whole time) then…PROM. We had so much fun dressing up and partying like it was 1999.
We all slept a lot better the second night.
Day three was breakfast, hearing our pastor’s sermon then packing up to go home.
Going home proved to be an adventure as we traveled the back roads and landed in Chino Valley, which led to Prescott where we had lunch and did a little shopping.
I still need to take time to process what I wrote down during the sessions. There were also a lot of stories and conversations I need to think over.
Here’s what I do know.
Retreats are hard for sensitive types like me. Sleeping, eating and socializing are challenging for me in the best conditions but when you add crowded rooms, noise, sharing sleeping space, cold and windy weather and all the other out-of-the-ordinary factors…it’s exhausting.
You learn a lot about people when you live, eat and play together for three days. I know the ladies learned a few things about me, too.
Retreating…getting out of your routine, focusing on your relationship with God, unplugging, having a change of scenery, getting up close and personal with people…is good for your soul.
Sometimes you need to get off the beaten path to remember that God always provides and there are still good people in the world.
Losing sleep, gaining a few pounds and being a little uncomfortable is totally worth the opportunity to connect with God, nature and your favorite life group ladies.
What about you? Do you enjoy going on a women’s getaway?