You’ve been waiting for it.
Our team has been hard at work getting it ready for you.
Today we get to unveil what the Velvet Ashes Online Retreat has in store for you this year!
Our Retreat Registration page is open now. Check it out and see all that will be offered to you for a meaningful time of renewal.
The Retreat will be open April 14-17 (U.S. time). We’ll open it a few days early so that those with slow internet can have time to download everything. Also, audio files will be available for everything, if your internet won’t allow for all the video. (Ladies in the bush of Africa, we love you!)
During the Retreat you’ll receive:
- A Retreat Guide that will take you step by step through the Retreat experience.
- Original music, written by Eine Blume just for Velvet Ashes. You get to download and keep the album! Perfect to listen to as you pray, journal and meditate on Scripture in the Retreat Guide.
- Stories from women serving around the world. We are absolutely awed by what these women have offered.
- A Holy Yoga video for a holistic worship experience. If you’ve never done yoga in your life, we encourage you to give this a try. Anna Feagans of Glorious Ruins Yoga will help you connect to Christ in a beautiful new way.
- Coloring pages from Lorien Atwood for you to download and print and a custom page by Duco Divina. Enjoy creative, relaxing fun.
- A Session video where the Velvet Ashes Leadership Team invites you into a transformational conversation on becoming closer to Christ and farther from fear.
We’ll give you lots of ideas for how to tailor this Retreat time to what you need, and we’ll invite you to process your experience in a live-stream conversation with the VA Leadership Team and in the comments.
New This Year!
Last year some of you took the initiative to gather a group of women to do the Retreat with. We loved hearing what a sweet time of connection and sharing that was for those groups. This year we’re providing a Host Guide to help anyone who wants to host a Retreat gathering. A gathering can be anything from 2 – 100+ people!
The options for hosting are as flexible as the Retreat itself. You can host an overnight, full day, half day, or two hour gathering. We’ve crafted it so that a Retreat gathering can provide solitude and community. When you sign up to be a host, you’ll be invited to a private “Retreat Host” Facebook group, where we’ll share ideas, answer questions and pray for each other.
Gather a group of ladies you know or find and connect with other women in your area through our Community Map. Put yourself on the Map so others can find you!
We figured some of you may still have questions. So here are some answers. Feel free to ask more questions in the comments.
“What exactly IS an online retreat?”
It’s a time for you to get alone with God. To step away from busyness and responsibility and serving others. It’s a time for you to get filled up. Velvet Ashes provides you with the resources (listed above) to walk you through a meaningful time of connection with him. You’ll be inspired and challenged from videos. And you’ll be invited into rest and renewal.
“Who is it for? I’m not a woman serving overseas, but this sounds like something I need!”
You are welcome! While the Retreat is crafted especially for women who are serving overseas or who have returned from life overseas, so much of the Retreat content is universal to all women. We all want to be closer to Christ and farther from fear.
“How long should I plan?”
Overnight – Ideally, we’d love for everyone to get away for a whole night and day. Find a hotel or guest house where you can retreat. We know that won’t be possible for everyone. But do try. Use the VA Retreat as an invitation to care for your soul in a way that you normally wouldn’t allow yourself. Because chances are, you need it.
Full day – If you can’t do an overnight, a full day will still be a wonderfully renewing time. This will give you space to relax, go slowly and enjoy.
Half day – A half day will allow you to participate and take in the Retreat. And you will be blessed. So if a half day is what you can manage, do it. You may feel a bit rushed to get through all the videos (you don’t have to do them all, but we have a feeling you’ll want to). You’ll still be able to have an hour for Scripture meditation and journaling, a little over an hour of testimonies, an hour of yoga, and a final hour of the session video.
“But I have small children!”
Then you are definitely in need of this Retreat. Can we gently nudge you to ask for help so you can have this time? Ask your husband to be on kid duty. Swap babysitting with another mom. Entrust a local friend. Maybe you stay close enough to nurse the baby who won’t take a bottle. Maybe you retreat to your bedroom and lock the door. Whatever it looks like, this can happen for you too. You just need to ask for help.
“How much does it cost?”
We’re running this Retreat on a “give what you can” policy. We’re suggesting a $10 donation to help cover the Retreat costs. But also, don’t let money prevent you from participating. If you’d like to make a larger gift, that will help sponsor other women.
Are you tired? Worn down? Wondering where that light and easy yoke is that Jesus talked about? Get away with him and find out. He’s prepared a table before you, and he’s inviting you to come and commune…
So does this sound like something you need?
Tell us, where in the world will you be Retreating?
For the ladies that participated last year, what did you most enjoy about the Retreat? What are you looking forward to about this year’s Retreat?
Help us spread the word so that other women can experience this time with God!