WORLDWIDE ONLINE RETREAT

APRIL 26-28 (with 30 day access)

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PERSONAL SPIRITUAL RETREAT

APRIL 27-30 2017 / ONLINE WORDLWIDE

JOIN WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD

For a Personal Spiritual Retreat that Comes to You Right Where You Are

Do you want to make spiritual retreat part of the rhythm of your year?

Do you long to get away with Jesus, but you wonder what you would actually do?

What if you could have a guide for a soul-filling, life-giving retreat?

What if you could do that retreat right where you are?

That is just the kind of experience that Velvet Ashes want to offer you.

Women around the world make it a priority to set aside this time to connect with God through the Velvet Ashes Online Retreat. We do this right where we are, experiencing the Retreat that comes to you. In this one-of-a-kind experience, you receive multiple Retreat elements for experiencing God including…

  • Personal stories from women around the world
  • Music for a powerful worship experience + downloadable album
  • A Retreat Guide for encountering God in Scripture
  • Guided spiritual formation practices
  • Resources to help your heart, mind and body experience renewal, includig barre exercise video and pedicure video.
  • A special gift for you!

Check out the details below! 

"I did the retreat last year and was so moved by it that I've been thinking about it all year, and looking forward to another one this year."

"I consider this an essential part of my refueling each year."

“I didn’t even know an (online) retreat was what I needed. But it was. You know that feeling when your lips are dry & cracked and you finally put some lip balm on them? Aaahhhhh…. It was like that but for body, heart, and soul.”

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Simply find a place where you want to experience the Retreat. Women retreat in hotels, guest houses, Air BnB’s, homes, tree houses, even your own bedroom. You’ll just need a computer (you may want to connect to a large screen) and a few simple supplies (we’ll email you the list). We’ll provide the rest! You’ll simply log in to access all materials.

Do this alone as a personal retreat or gather a group of women and retreat together.

The global community will retreat together the weekend of April 25-28.

Retreat access remains open for 30 days until May 28, in case you can’t do it that weekend.

How long should you retreat? 

The Retreat is designed in a flexible way so that you can find an option that best works for you:

Two nights – It’s truly ideal to get away for two nights. We highly recommend you take two nights, arriving in the afternoon on the first day, departing late morning on the third day. We’ve found that having at least one full day no travel (even short travel) involved is key to a renewing experience. It allows your brain to unplug from any details or to-do’s for a whole day. This two-night format is the best fit for the flow of the Retreat.

Full day – If an overnight experience doesn’t work for you or your group, you can enjoy a morning to evening retreat. You won’t be able to fit in all of the Retreat elements, but, don’t worry, you’ll have 30 days to access the Retreat elements on your own after the Retreat.

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 will be able to do the core components of the Retreat, and it will still be a special time.

Small chunks of time – if getting away truly isn’t possible, this can still happen for you. You have access from April 18 – May 28, so you can spread it out and use the Retreat materials over that time if needed.

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.

We raise funds so that we can keep the cost of this retreat very minimal for you.

$10 – Early bird registration (One week only!)

$15 Registration

We have a limited number of Retreat Scholarships available if the cost would prevent you from participating, you can request a scholarship here.

If you’d like to help make the Retreat possible for others, you can give a donation to the Retreat Scholarship Fund.

Glad you asked! Gather a group of women in your area and experience the Retreat together. Sign up to be a Retreat host. The Host Guide will have it all planned for you, so you don’t have to stress. As a Retreat Host, you’ll get to join a private Retreat Host Facebook group where we’ll share ideas, answer questions and pray for each other. The Host Guide will help you plan a Retreat that is just right for you and your group, and it will show you how to have a Retreat that provides both solitude and community.

Check out our Community Map to find women in your area. Reach out in the comments and see if anyone is planning a Retreat near you! Be sure to add yourself to the Map so others can find you.

All 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. All are invited to retreat and experience God’s presence.

The Retreat is designed in a flexible way so that you can find an option that best works for you:

Two nights – It’s truly ideal to get away for two nights.This is a new recommendation for this year, because experience has taught us this is the what works best, especially for groups. We’ve found there is real value to arriving at your Retreat location in the late afternoon. Then you can begin the Retreat in the evening followed by a whole Retreat day the next day. Then you don’t have to worry about packing up and leaving until the following morning. There is something about having a full day with no travel (even short travel) involved that is especially renewing. It allows your brain to unplug from any details or to-do’s for a whole day. This two-night format is the best fit for the flow of the Retreat.

Find a hotel or guesthouse 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 an overnight experience doesn’t work for you or your group, you can enjoy a morning to evening retreat. You won’t be able to fit in all of the Retreat elements, but, don’t worry, you’ll have 30 days to access the Retreat elements on your own after the Retreat.

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. Again, you won’t be able to fit everything in, but it will still be a special and renewing time.

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.

Retreat access will open on April 18 (6pm EST), so you can have time to print the Retreat Guide and download any videos (Downloading is only necessary if you will not have fast internet at your Retreat location).

We’ve made the materials downloadable so that you don’t have to stream them. Retreat access will open April 19, so you will have time to  download everything before you head to your Retreat. If videos are too difficult for you to download, we have everything available in audio files. Because we love all you ladies in the bush of Africa!

Part of what makes the Velvet Ashes Retreat so special is that we’re doing it together all across the world. So if you can’t do it April 25-28, you’ll miss out on that dynamic. But we know not everyone will be able to participate then. So here is the plan:

Retreat access will open on April 19 and remain open until May 28. You can do your Retreat any time during this window. If you would like access to the Retreat after May 28, it will be available for lifetime access for $25.

If downloading is difficult/expensive in your area, you are welcome to have one person download and share the materials with others via flash drives or other means. However, each person still needs to register and pay for the Retreat. We want to be able to continue offering this retreat for you and payment for the Retreat makes this possible. When each person registers they receive the preparation and follow up emails as well as access to the community interaction that happens on the Retreat site.

Yes!

If you are leading/hosting a group, pay for a group here.

If you are a church/org/individual who wants to pay for women, you can gift the retreat here.

Nope, definitely not! This Retreat is for everyone, whether you are in a season of thriving or struggling. It’s a special time for you to dig into God’s Word and encounter his presence, something you need in any season of life. The Retreat provides tools and ideas to help you continue to grow spiritually and emotionally.

We’re excited to offer English closed captions/subtitles for all of our videos to aid those who are not native English speakers or are hearing impaired. At this time we are not able to offer the retreat in other languages.

There is a blue chat box in the lower right hand corner that says “Hello”. Use that to ask our team any questions you have. We’re here to help! If no one is available at that time (our Retreat team is based in the U.S.), you can always email us here. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Question for you!

How can our Prayer Team be praying for you?

What’s going on in your life right now? We want to lift you in prayer both as you prepare for the Retreat and during your Retreat. Please let us know how we can pray for you. Check out our Prayer Wall where you can post a prayer request or submit a request by email. Let us cover you in prayer!

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