Are your women’s retreats in a rut?

The same women, same traditions, same locations? It’s time to step outside those routines and experience a fresh perspective! Try one or more of these ideas to revitalize your next retreat.

What a Difference a Day Makes
Getting away for 24 hours is wonderful, but some women aren’t willing or able to leave their families and jobs for that long. Consider a one-day retreat that lasts only eight hours. Even a shorter break can be a rest from the routines of everyday life. When you plan a one-day retreat, you’ll include more women, keep costs affordable, and make planning simpler.

An Experience You Won’t Forget
When women experience what they’re learning, biblical principles stick with them up to nine times longer. Consider out-of-the-box activities that can be debriefed with discussion and Scripture. Do a ropes course together and then dig into the topic of trust. Embark on a one-day service project and talk about putting faith in action. One group went on a dog-sledding trip—it challenged women physically and then helped them consider challenges God had in store.

Smarter, not Harder
Why reinvent the wheel when there are retreat resources that have already been tested and fine-tuned? Take advantage of ideas and resources that are already available. Involve new women to join in as you plan—and be open to the ideas they bring.

Make it Relational
Women like to talk! Throughout your retreat, plan for plenty of discussion in small groups, with no more than five women per group. This allows everyone to go deeper, grow closer, and build more lasting relationships.

Step out of those retreat ruts and revitalize the women in your church. Freshen things up and be refreshed yourself!


Amy Nappa, former and much-loved Champion for Women’s Ministry at Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado.