Earlier this Summer, our survivor sisters at Grace House were invited to a survivor-centered spiritual wellness retreat. They were alongside another group of survivors from Riverside, and shared in fellowship, worship, and nurtured their connection to the other women who are also growing past something horrific that happened to them and working towards wholeness in their lives.
Spiritual wellness retreats encompass many facets of healing, including religious workshops, lectures, worship events, but often, retreats can be overwhelming, and back-to-back workshops all day followed by worship at night can be stressful, not relaxing. Some of our staff have even noted that they come home from retreats feeling tired, not rejuvenated. With this is mind, our partner, Marjorie Saylor, crafted a different kind of retreat.
Instead of working a busy schedule, survivor participants were encouraged to relax. On the first morning, they were pampered with facials. They listened to speakers, took a nature walk, worshipped in the evening, but other than those few commitments, fellowship was encouraged. The women spend the majority of their time at the retreat connecting with each other. Surviving exploitation is such a nuanced experience, so many survivors report that its healing to talk to others whom have been through similar trauma without having to explain, in detail, all the challenges that come with it. This is what happened, and it went extremely well, as many of the participants were conversing up until the wee hours of the morning.
“The unity shared between this year’s retreat participants was so organic,” Marjorie shares, “and we saw some real healing and rejuvenation.” We could not have asked for better results during this unconventional retreat. To support the spiritual wholeness of your survivor sisters at Alabaster Jar Project, please visit our website.