What is Heart of a Woman Retreat?
Why Attend Heart of a Woman Retreat?
We all know what it takes to have a closer relationship with God, but with all of the demands placed upon us it is hard, sometimes even impossible to fit in “time for God”. So often, women are:
Exhausted Numb Overwhelmed
We totally get it and are right there with you! Heart of a Woman was designed just for you to spend time with God that you wish you could have every day. It is also a dedicated time you give to God so that He has time to speak to your heart and to reveal to you His deepest desires for you individually.
At retreat, you'll learn how access tools to help God have greater access to your heart and power in your lives. Connecting with other beautiful women is an added bonus.
What is the Weekend Like?
Each day consists of:
Three to four spiritually-based sessions inspired by Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge.
45-60 minutes following each presentation for: journaling, reflection, and prayer.
Adventure each afternoon. Enjoy archery, shotgun shooting, yoga, crafts, giant swing, relaxation, and more.
Enjoy the strength of women gathered together to learn of Christ. Some of the deepest friendships have been kindled at retreat.
What Will You Learn?
WOMEN’S CORE DESIRES
Deep within the heart a woman is the yearning to be loved, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, and to unveil her beauty.
Come learn how to have these needs validated by God.
YOU ARE LOVED
A fundamental need as women is to feel loved. This yearning fuels just about everything we do.
Learn how to receive love from God - the source of love.
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL
The world's shallow definition of beauty is fueled by Satan's lies.
Learn how to identify those lies, replace them with God’s truths, and feel uniquely beautiful every day.
We long to feel needed, valuable, irreplaceable. We long to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.
Learn how to turn to God to understand the role He has for you that only YOU can fulfill!
WOUNDS AND HEALING
You were born into a world at war, a spiritual war. Your heart will get wounded.
Learn to identify your wounds, to see the beautiful purpose in them, and to accept the healing Christ offers.
“You cannot defeat your enemies until you know who they are.” Anthony Horowitz
Satan attacks women in a unique way. Come learn how to partner with Christ to find the strength and power to overcome the enemy.
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Meet the Presenters
Melanie is a wife, mother, grandmother, certified professional coach, business manager, and avid music lover. With a master’s in education, Melanie has spent her adult life providing women and couples with opportunities to learn and develop skills to improve their lives, their relationships, and their families. As co-founder of Heart of a Woman, Melanie is passionate about helping women develop a profound connection with God, restore their feminine heart, and rediscover who God created them to be.
Shawnee McDowell lives in Salt Lake City with her amazing husband and 2 beautiful daughters. She enjoys outdoor adventure, the beautiful mountains, cooking (and tasting), and reading. As an MSW, LCSW Shawnee loves helping families in her work as Neonatal Social Worker at Primary Children’s Medical Center. Both Shawnee and her husband, Danny, have been members of the Heart of a Woman/Warrior Heart teams since 2011. She is excited to be sharing at the Heart of a Woman retreat.
Celeste M. Jensen
Celeste Jensen has spent her entire adult life ministering to women of all ages. She is passionate about helping each woman identify themselves as a daughter of a king and letting that knowledge transform them. She has spoken to groups and taught group discussions on developing a closer relationship with God regularly since 2006. She is excited to be working with the Heart of a Woman team to help women uncover who they truly are and turn their hearts towards Him who made them.
At the age of 19, the Lord reached out His hand to rescue Kristy from a life without Him, and she took it. She has been walking the path of life with Jesus ever since. In 2013, she attended Heart of a Woman for the first time and was humbled and astonished at this second, deeper way that God asked for her heart. She has worked on the team for Heart of a Woman since then. Seeking (and finding) God and helping others do the same has been the passion of her life. “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
Amanda is a mother, adoption advocate, crossfit coach, outdoor enthusiast, lover of the arts. Amanda lives life passionately and with her whole heart. She loves the time she has spent teaching, counseling, and being with women and girls of all ages over the past 15 years. She has deep compassion for people and loves to hear the stories and journeys of others. She looks forward to spending time with the many amazing women that come to retreat.
Where Is Retreat Held?
Big Canyon Ranch
Big Canyon Ranch is a non-denominational camping organization located near Park City, Utah. The entire camp experience is designed to connect with people in a natural environment and help them focus on what is really important in life, without the distractions of our hectic culture. With 1,300 acres of beautiful mountains, canyons, and meadows this is easy to do.
You'll be staying in the charming 46-bed mountain Aspen Lodge which has a lounge with a wood burning fireplace. The lounge also contains a kitchenette with an under counter refrigerator, microwave and sink. 7 spacious bedrooms in the lodge contain six beds.(3 bunks). There are a total of four bathrooms in the lodge, one serving 2 bedrooms each, and they are finished with solid surface counters and slate tile floors and showers. There are at least 2 showers and toilets per bathroom.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will anything at this retreat conflict with my personal spiritual beliefs and practices?
Absolutely not. Heart of a Woman focuses on reaffirming beliefs that are common to all women of faith. We come together and continue to grow in our own personal relationship with God, increase our dedication to Him, and feel more in tune with Him
How is this experience different from other women’s events I might choose to attend?
Perhaps the biggest difference is that you are able to truly unplug from the cares and distractions of your everyday life and give yourself time and space where you can focus on your personal relationship with God. After each presentation, you are given time for reflection, journaling, and prayer. Being in the beauty of the mountains amongst God’s creations naturally helps us feel closer to Him. Each woman's experience is personal and created for her by her loving Father.
How will this experience be unique for me?
Because you are unique and such an individual creation of our God, your relationship with Him is also very unique and personal. When you come to retreat with the desire to place your heart in His hands for the weekend, He creates an experience totally for you that will be a reflection of His love and personal desires for you as His beloved daughter
Is this group therapy?
No! There is no therapy, no self-disclosure, no advise giving, no sensitivity groups. In order to provide a safe, secure, and comfortable environment for all, we ask each woman to take her story, her deepest longings, and her most heartfelt cares to God alone. We find there is more power in your sharing your heart with God, than in sharing with the other women at retreat. This is your time for you to rediscover truths you already know and to recharge, renew, restore, and refresh your own heart.
Why do I feel so many reservations about attending this retreat?
Great question! Whether you realize it or not, women like you since the time of Eve have experienced opposition from the eternal adversary-- Satan. A common tactic is to whisper lies and evoke emotions within you using twisted half truths that seem so real. Common signs are:
Feeling it is too selfish to care for yourself in this way
Feeling one or more types of fear
Using family and friends to make you feel inadequate or convince you that you are attending this for reasons other than what you know in your heart.
Making you feel inadequate in God's eyes or that you will be judged inadequate by others at the retreat.
Feeling that you don't need a retreat to strengthen your relationship with God. That it is just fine where it is at, even though you often feel like you want more in your life.
Why should I invest this amount of money and sacrifice this amount of time to come?
As women we have a really hard time investing in self care of any type. However, we have no trouble investing in the care of those we love. The result is that we are often trying to care for others when we are personally just making it from one day to the next. We also inadvertently show others around us that we are not worth being cared for. As we care for ourselves, we are then empowered to reach out and enrich our relationships with those around us.
How will this experience be unique for me?
Because you are unique and such an individual creation of our God, your relationship with Him is also very unique and personal. When you come to retreat with the desire to place your heart in His hands for the weekend, He creates an experience totally for you that will be a reflection of His love and personal desires for you as His beloved daughter.
What should I expect in coming?
Come with a heart open to receive God's love. Come knowing that your experience will be totally different than any other woman’s there because you have a unique purpose that only you can fill and God wants to reaffirm that to you at this retreat. Come open to receive insight and tools that will help you deepen your relationship with God. Come prepared to relish the beauties of nature and spend quiet time reconnecting to your own heart and to God’s heart. Come ready to have fun, adventure and make new friends. Each woman's experience, whether she's coming for the first time or the fifth time, is completely individual.