You’ve seen the Instagram posts, read the blog, and checked out the Facebook page, but still aren’t sure if a Re:Treat Ministries UK retreat is right for you? Are you wondering what a retreat is, and if it could be right for you? Then this is the blog post for you! 🙂
What is a retreat?
The Oxford English Dictionary defines retreat as:
“Withdraw to a quiet or secluded place.”
The Bible describes it like this:
“There were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his disciples didn’t even have time to eat. So he said to them ‘Let us go off by ourselves to some place where we will be alone and you can rest a while.’” (Mark 6:31 GNT)
A retreat is a break. It is a time away from all the chaos and stresses of life, of being a daughter, and a sister, a wife, and a mother, a cook, a cleaner, a taxi service, a counsellor, and an activities coordinator, and, and, and… Never mind your official 9-5 job! A retreat offers a small escape, a place of calm and peace. It allows you to recharge yourself, fill up your cup once more, and just be you without all the labels and the worries. It offers a quiet harbour in the storm of life, allowing you, at the end of it, to return to your duties refreshed and better able to face your day-to-day life, whatever that might involve.
There are many types of retreats out there. There’s different lengths of time: a week long, weekend long, day long… There are large, conference-style retreats with 30+ people in dormitories and small six people retreats where lifelong friendships are formed. There are retreats for different crafts like writing, sewing, or painting. And there are yoga retreats, walking retreats, and even food crawl retreats where you travel around trying local dishes.
What can you expect from our retreats?
At Re:Treat Ministries UK, we focus on one type of retreat: weekend-long, luxury, small-scale Bible study retreats for women.
What does a Re:Treat Ministries UK Weekend look like?
On arrival on the Friday, you’ll find your room and meet your roommate(s) if you have any and settle in before the programme begins. We’ll start with a short welcome that leads into a lovingly-prepared dinner with all of the women at our retreat.
After a break to clear the kitchen and dining area, everyone gathers together for a short time of worship before the first group Bible study session. Then you’ll have free time to relax before bed. You’ll find a selection of activities, such as DVDs, books, board games, and crafts to do during relaxation time.
Breakfast is self-serve with food that’s ready when you are. After breakfast is the second group Bible study. After this you’ll have free time until lunch. An optional discussion group or skill session may be offered depending on the retreat’s theme and interest. After lunch may be another optional discussion session, skill session, or free time. Dinner and evening activities follow the same pattern as Friday.
Sunday morning’s schedule is similar to Saturday’s: self-serve breakfast, Bible study, and free time until lunch. After lunch we’ll come together for a last worship session before we say goodbye.
Retreat Discussion Sessions
Discussion groups and skill sessions vary depending on the retreat and are always optional. Discussion group topics may include tips on homemaking, personal Bible study, and parenting, as well as the chance to dig deeper into the weekend’s theme. Skill sessions may include baking, Bible journaling, crafts, or other opportunities depending on the attendees skills and interests.
We hope that this introduction to our retreat weekends has shown you how a Re:Treat Ministries UK retreat can provide you with that “quiet or secluded place” to rest. Our low numbers mean that finding somewhere to be alone is easier than at a larger retreat, and our Christian focus offers a level of peace and understanding that you might be looking for.