Our Big Announcement

We are thrilled to announce that early bird registration for the 2019 Velvet Ashes  Online Retreat is NOW OPEN! It’s the retreat that comes to you, wherever you are. The early bird rate (just $10) is available for one week only, so grab your spot now and save!

Get your sneak peak to what this year’s retreat will hold for you. 

Many of you have made the Velvet Ashes Retreat part of the rhythm of your year, and you’ve been looking forward to it again. It’s a time for you to step away, to clear space for you and God to meet. It’s a pause for your soul to come to him and experience his tender care. 

Maybe some of you are saying, “Yeah, that sounds amazing, but…” You’re questioning whether you canshow up. You want to, you really want to, but then you look at the craziness of your life. Being able to get away for a retreat? That’s a dream, not a reality. 

Spiritual retreat is for people who have their life together, and that’s not you. It’s for people who are disciplined with their time, who plan ahead, who aren’t over-committed and super busy. It’s for people with healthy spiritual rhythms. It’s for the mom whose baby is on a schedule and will take a bottle. It’s for the mom whose child will go to bed when she’s not there.  It’s for the wife whose husband is more available. It’s for those who are not in the throes of transition. It’s for people who have more help with ministry.  

The list goes on. As you mentally check off your reasons for why this retreat can’t happen for you, you spiral into shame and self-pity. Rather than a life-giving invitation, the retreat feels like an annual reminder that you can’t even get away for more than two hours at a time.  You can’t even do the “retreat that comes to you.”

If you resonate with any of these feelings, we’ve got news for you. This retreat IS for you. It is especially for you.

We would love for every single one of you to have two nights away in a serene location. But we know that is not reality for everyone. And that’s exactly why we’ve designed the retreat the way we have. That’s why we give you an entire 30 DAYS to do this retreat (until May 28). Maybe your spiritual retreat won’t look like 48 hours over two days. Maybe it looks like 30 minute chunks spread over 30 days. Is that the ideal? No. There’s a unique power in stepping away and experiencing an extended time of retreat. That’s why we strongly encourage you to take two days away.

But if that truly is not possible for you, do you have to say, “Well, too bad for me. I guess I just have to miss out”? 

There are times in life when we have to miss out. THIS IS NOT ONE OF THEM. This retreat is for you. Offer this retreat the nooks and crannies of your life, and watch God meet you there.  Remember the widow who offered her two mites? God cherished her. Remember the boy’s two fish and five loaves? God made it more than enough. 

God has this gift called “shalom.” It’s for you. 

He has this rhythm that he’s made. It’s called spiritual retreat. It’s for you. 

Come experience it. With him. With us. 

Wherever you are, whatever you have to offer, this retreat is for you. 

If you have more questions, we’ve got answers. Check them out here

We are so excited to see how God will meet each one of us! It’s the highlight of the year for our community, and we hope you’ll join the rhythm of this global sisterhood in spiritual retreat.    

Does anyone relate to this list of reasons why the retreat can’t happen for you? Do you have a sense of hope now?  

Who is excited and joining in the retreat? What are you most looking forward to? Share with us in the comments. 

And join us in book club as we prepare for the Retreat by walking together through “Sacred Rhythms” by Ruth Haley Barton. It’s going to be so rich! 


  1. Alice February 26, 2019

    Oh my goodness do I relate to the “baby won’t take a bottle, don’t nap consistently, and I can’t get away for more than 2 hours at a time” feeling. I’ve always looked forward to the Velvet Ashes retreat, and have been trying to come up with ways I could actually retreat and somewhat relax for this year’s for a while. No great solutions yet, but it’s so nice to see that even the retreat coordinators know that feeling.

    1. Danielle Wheeler February 26, 2019

      Oh we for sure know that feeling!! That’s why it’s designed like it is. Praying for you, that some form of relaxing and retreating will happen for you. May you be surprised by the way He meets and fills you.

  2. Sarah Hilkemann February 27, 2019

    I’m so excited to dig deeper into the theme of this year’s retreat! Thank you, Danielle and team, for all the amazing work you’ve put in to this!!! I can’t wait. 🙂

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