Did you know that there is not a gender neutral or gender opposite of the word, “fellowship”?
Anyway, I have, long, been wanting to develop and execute a women’s retreat. The idea is that women would gather on a Friday evening to begin and, perhaps, end on a Sunday. The goal would be loving support of one another, providing a space for creativity, meditation, worship, and “fellowship”. Here’s a possible agenda. Let me know if it’s too restrictive or academic. Would you participate in such a retreat? Make suggestions on the topics. These are not “set in stone”.
“Women in Worship and Fellowship”
Purpose: We retreat to strengthen emotional bonding, spiritual growth, and sisterly support while promoting understanding of human ecological systems that influence who we become.
6:30 p.m. – 10-ish:
- Bring a snack to share for a light meal
- Introduction to Ladies’ Retreat: Why? Objective, and Intended Outcomes
- “Getting to Know You” exercise
- Group nature walk
- Bedtime stories – and lights out
7:30 Morning Prayer to Welcome the Day
8:30 – Breakfast Smoothie and Breakfast Cookie Demonstration by Debra Bolton
Let’s eat the outcomes of the demonstration!
9:45 – Stretching 10 minutes
10:00 – Let’s take a nature walk to learn about:
Other flora and fauna
Noon – Sandwich and Salad Luncheon
1:30 Nap or MeditationTime
2:45 Aroma Therapy and Foot Reflexology
3:45 Free time to explore, write, visit, or anything…
6:00 Dinner time
7:30 Story time, Chants, Music, Bonfire
10-ish – Bedtime
9:30 – Worship time (to be planned)
Noon – ??? (go home?)