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.What do you talk about in your classes or workshops? Our workshops are based on the book Captivating by Staci and John Eldredge. We discuss how God created his daughters to be strong, powerful, tender, loving, joyful, and captivating. We explore the attributes of God that He placed in each of his daughter’s hearts–the desire to be romanced, to play an irreplaceable role in a great adventure, and to unveil her own beauty. We review God’s grand design for his children and the individual role He has created for each one of us to play in His great adventure.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 need to come to 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, and overwhelmed. Heart of a Woman is an opportunity for us to spend the time with God that we wish we could have every day. It is also a dedicated time we give to God so that He has time to speak to our hearts and to reveal to us his deepest desires for us individually. At retreat we access the tools to help God have greater access to our hearts and power in our lives. Connecting with other beautiful women is an added bonus.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.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.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.
How can I get the most of this experience? Commit to stepping away from the world and tap into God’s purposes for you in your life.