Women’s Retreat Ideas

Taking time away from home to a serene environment is every mother’s dream but most of them aren’t willing to take the risk. This is because they have their families’ needs to cater for. A women’s retreat is an opportunity for these women to get time away from home activities. The purpose of this is to help them deepen their relationship with God and bond with each other through shared experiences and various other activities. Instead of planning your women’s retreat in the routine and traditional manner, we have put together a small list of women’s retreat ideas. Try one or more of these ideas to bring life your next retreat. I hope this helps!

Women’s Retreat Ideas

Making a women’s retreat come alive is not an easy thing to do. You need to have an all-engaging schedule that feeds the women spiritually, emotionally, physically and helps them bond with each other on a personal level.

The theme of the women’s retreat should be one that helps them recharge, feel encouraged, and be spiritually fed. Before choosing a theme, it is important that you have a defined goal for the retreat. It is advised that you choose an idea targeted at challenges women face and how they can live out their God-given identity in every area of life. For instance, the theme of the retreat could be centered on prayer, healing, discovering their identity, true beauty or any other appropriate theme. Network with other people who have experience at planning women’s retreat and ask questions on theme ideas.

The activities done at women’s retreat should help them bond with each other, reduce stress from home activities, reflect on their lives, worship God, deepen their relationship with Him, receive further instruction and also encourage them on issues that women commonly face. Icebreaker games, morning exercises, and even sports activities can be part of the itinerary, helping the ladies express themselves freely and get to know each other. Other activities like seminars, group discussions, Bible studies and other spiritual growth tools can be a part of your schedule.

The curriculum to be used for study during the retreat should be rich with Bible studies content that addresses challenges women face during large and small group times. You can do an online research yourself and develop the curriculum. or you can purchase pre-written curriculum studies. Alternatively, the resource persons for the program can also provide their own material for both large and small group times. If you have the luxury of a skilled curriculum writer who can produce material for your retreat, that’d be great.

There are a wide variety of gift bag ideas for women’s retreat. The idea of gift bags is to make the women feel appreciated and take that feeling home with them. Be sure to fill these gift bags with things that are valuable; not things that can be easily disposed of. Make it personal. The retreat gift bag should speak for itself and its content as well.

To help come up with additional ideas, you can share the ideas you have with your team and church elders. Listen to their own idea. Who know, you may hear ideas different from what is included here. Remember; one can chase a thousand and two can chase ten thousand.


Planning a women’s retreat

Planning a women’s retreat is usually exciting at first but it can become quite challenging as you go on. Whether it is a weekend getaway with a few sisters in your local church, a group of female friends or a larger retreat organized through your church, It is important that you pay attention to every little detail even those you think are insignificant. We put this resource together to help you plan better and take the edge off.

Reason for Planning a Women’s Retreat

First things First! You need to establish the purpose for a retreat before moving forward to plan one. A retreat allows women to bond with each other through shared experiences as well as deepen their relationship with God. You get to deliberately focus on growing your relationship with God, renewing your mind with the Word and interactive sessions with other women. Jesus who is our model, engaged in personal retreats often times and this really helped His ministry. One of the benefits of engaging in this type of retreat is that you come back with a renewed sense of direction for living. It is a great way to get to know each other on a more personal level.

Tips on Planning a Women’s Retreat

While planning a women’s retreat, there are several things to keep in mind. The first and most important thing you must bear in mind is this: You cannot pull this off alone. Delegating work to other members of your team – you should have one- is key so that you do not end up frustrated. Don’t hesitate to ask for ideas that work well or considerations from anyone you know is capable in that area.

Here are some guidelines on that will be of great help to you while planning a women’s retreat:

  • Pray

A lot of people have underestimated the essence of prayers as the foundation in whatever thing you engage in. For you to succeed, you need to lay the right foundation. It is never too early to start praying. Begin by praying for members of your team, those who will attend the retreat. Pray against all that the devil may use to prevent them from coming – health, finances… It is important that you ask God for wisdom- for you and your team- even as you plan.

  • Get a Venue

If you do not have a venue in mind yet, you can add it to your prayer list so that God will lead you there. However, there are a couple of places you could consider while planning a women’s retreat.  You could hold it at your Church, recreation center, hotel, someone’s home, vacation home, a retreat center, or you can use a summer camp in the offseason. Just make sure that the location fits the activities you would want the women to engage in. For instance, a place without sports facilities or a nearby one automatically cancels out sports from the itinerary.

  • Choosing your team

This is a very crucial stage. It is important that you lay the foundation of prayers before going ahead to make your choice. You will need a general co-ordinator unless you want to assume the responsibility yourself. It is important to let the Holy Spirit guide you in these matters. Here are a few helpful tips: When choosing your team, seek out people who have a passion for connecting Women to God and bringing them closer to each other. The coordinator – if it is not you – should be one with great administrative gifts and people skills. These are just guidelines. Just trust the Holy Spirit to guide so you can discern accurately who is supposed to be on your team.

  • Cover all the Bases

    It is important that you pay attention to detail. For instance, when it comes to feeding the women, you need to have a plan. Are you having your event catered or is there another plan for food? Is your host providing food? It is important you pay attention to these details so you don’t have hungry and angry women on your plate. If your ladies will bring their own food, consider having a sign-up list so you’d know what each person is bringing. You ould also assign menus to them so 2 or more people do not end up bringing the same thing. Do not forget to put plates, bowls, cups, utensils, and napkins on the list.

In summary, here is a  checklist for planning a women’s retreat.
  • Reasons for having a retreat
  • Define the goal for this retreat
  • Choose a Theme for the retreat
  • Pick the Date range
  • Choose a suitable venue
  • Who are the Leaders and your team members?
  • What activities will the women engage in and what comprises the program?
  • Have Contingency plans in place in case of any eventualities
  • Create a Meal Plan
  • Finances: Expenses to be covered
  • Daily Schedule for the retreat
  • Transportation Plan
  • Policies: Rules and regulations to be adhered to by the women during the retreat
  • Publicity: Getting the word out!!! Social media, Handbills, and word of mouth are great ways to publicize the retreat.
  • Plans for Registration

This list is not exclusive. However, they will help you get started on planning a women’s retreat.

Women Preachers in History of The Church

Throughout history, God has used women as vessels of His work of revival on earth. These women ministered with great success at a time in history where women preachers were an abomination. They rose above the status quo of women of that time and remained faithful to God’s call. Their steadfastness, courage and deep relationship with the Holy Spirit is of great encouragement to every woman in ministry today.

Some of these women preachers include:

Kathryn Kuhlman:

Kathryn Johanna Kuhlman was an American healing evangelist and televangelist. She was one of the most influential women preachers that walked the face of this earth. Born May 9, 1907, in Concordia, Missouri, she was one of four children. She was converted, when she was 14, at an evangelistic meeting held in a small Methodist church. 

1947 was the beginning of the Healing Revival (sometimes referred to as the Latter Rain Revival). Kathryn had a weekly TV program in the 1960s and 1970s called I Believe in Miracles that was aired nationally. She had a 30-minute nationwide radio ministry of teaching from the Bible where she frequently featured excerpts from her healing services. She was diagnosed with a heart problem in 1955 and she died on February 20, 1976, in Tulsa. More of her sermons here

Ida B. Robinson:

Another one of the pioneer woman preachers Ida B. Robinson, paved the way for Pentecostal woman to preach. She was the first African American woman to start a denomination to ordain women. Born in Hazlehurst, Georgia on August 3, 1891, she was an American Pentecostal-Holiness and Charismatic denominational leader. When she was 17 years old, she heard the Gospel for the first time and gave her life to Christ. She was the founder, first Senior Bishop and President of the Mount Sinai Holy Church of America, Inc. Robinson formed the organization in response to her vision and divine call. She secured an organizational home where women preachers would be welcomed and encouraged. She became very sick in April 1946 and died on April 20, 1946. 

Aimee Semple McPherson:

Aimee Semple McPherson [Sister Aimee] was the most publicized Christian evangelist in her time. She was a Canadian-American Pentecostal evangelist, famous for founding the Foursquare Church. Born on October 9, 1890, she disappeared mysteriously on September 27, 1944. She put on theatrical church services and used ground-breaking radio broadcasts to teach the gospel.

Elizabeth Hooton:

Elizabeth Hooton was an English Dissenter and one of the earliest preachers in the Religious Society of Friends. She was born in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire in the 1600s. Elizabeth Hooton suffered a lot of persecution as the first Quaker minister. Quaker ministers were people who based their message on the religious belief that Christ has come to teach his people Himself. They stressed the importance of a personal and direct relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Beaten and imprisoned for propagating her beliefs, she kept pressing on. She challenged those who were unjust and using the opportunity to preach the Gospel to them. On January 8, 1672, she passed on peacefully.

Ivey Glenshaw Campbell:

Ivey Campbell was born on November 15, 1874, at Raccoon Township, Beaver County Pennsylvania. She was a seamstress, who became an early Pentecostal evangelist. She was one of the greatest women preachers, leader and revivalist to come out from the Azusa Street Revival in the summer of 1906. Campbell had experienced God personally in a life-changing way. After her encounter with the Holy Spirit, she traveled around ministering to others about their need for salvation, sanctification and baptism in the Holy Spirit. Negative rumors about her seemed to arouse the interest of people and bring them to her meetings where they encountered Christ. She preached and ministered in revivals throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania. Ivey Campbell died in Los Angeles on the 26th day of June 1918 at the age of 44.

Alice Belle Garrigus:

Born in Rockville, Connecticut on August 2, 1858, Alice Belle Garrigus was a Pentecostal evangelist. She founded the Pentecostal Church in Newfoundland and Labrador. The theme of her preaching was personal salvation through Christ and his imminent return for His people. Alice Garrigus remained in Newfoundland for the rest of her life. She continued to be a principal figure in the Pentecostal church. Alice died on August 30, 1949, at Clarke’s Beach, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter:

She was born on July 22, 1844, in New Life Lisbon, Columbiana County, Ohio. Marie was an American healing evangelist. She became born again at the beginning of the Third Great Awakening at the age of thirteen. Maria immediately heard the call of God and began preaching the Lord’s divine will in healing. Her ministry style served as a model for Pentecostalism. In 1912, she joined the young Pentecostal movement and preached widely in Pentecostal circles until her death. She helped in founding the Assemblies of God in 1914. In 1918, she founded what is today Lakeview Church (Temple) of Indianapolis, Indiana. Her health declined, and she died on September 16, 1924, honored as a woman of God.