Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Widows Journey Retreat Reviews

Have you registered for the retreat yet? (see yesterday's post).
If you're like me you'll want to read some reviews before deciding. Marcia and Donna, widow friends of mine who went last year wrote the following to me last March and I'm re-posting their comments today. But please visit this link too, to see what others also had to say.

You had asked my thoughts on the Widows Journey weekend at Sandy Cove. I am 4.5 years out from my husband's death and my friend is 6 years out from her husband's passing. (She also lost her son 6 months after her husband). We weren't sure about attending thinking maybe it would bring back too much of the sorrow of the early years. I emailed Gayle and asked. She assured me that there would be women there in all stages of widowhood and that the weekend would emphasize the positive. So we signed up thinking if nothing else it would be a weekend away at a nice location. Gayle was certainly right. The first night we met widows of 3 weeks (cannot imagine!) to 26 years. There were women from California, Texas and Missouri and most East Coast states. Both my friend and I felt so at home with everyone in our small groups right away. It was such a relief to be among "friends" who understand and a relief to not be around couples and be odd woman out. We sat with different women at almost every meal and had great conversations. The worship time, led by Kathy Benjamin, was inspiring. The speakers were uplifting. The food was delicious and the accommodations were lovely. We are planning to return next year -- not that we really need so much comfort anymore but that we both feel like we can be used to help other widows not as far along. We would also like to explore the lovely grounds at Sandy Cove. This year the weather was very cold and windy but the views of the Chesapeake Bay is amazing even from inside. I would just like to encourage anyone thinking about the weekend to come! I'm thankful I did.  ~ Marcia S. T. Pennsylvania

What a great weekend. Thanks for recommending Widow’s Journey! I met up with Kathy H. (another widow who knows Ferree) on Saturday and we were able to meet several times at lunch and supper. On Sunday, Gayle Roper had women that were either leading a  group or those interested in starting a group for widows meet at breakfast. A table for 8 was reserved, but quickly grew to 14. We moved to the auditorium after breakfast. We exchanged emails and hope to keep in touch with one another. Two ladies in that group follow your blog--and they are in the process of starting their group, Naomi’s Ministry.

Sandy Cover was the perfect, serene setting for this weekend. Would love to attend next year. ~ Donna H. (California)

Will you attend A Widow's Journey? March 2 - 4 (Friday - Sunday). Please email me at wcplace@gmail.com and let me know when you are registered. Over 100 other widows will be there along with several who follow this blog and my Facebook groups too, so you will be among friends. I hope you'll come too. Wouldn't it be great to meet in person all of us who are already friends online?
♥ ferree

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1 comment:

  1. We did have a wonderful time at the Widow's Journey weekend. Thanks so much, Ferree, for encouraging your friends to come next year. I promise a time of encouragement and friendship.


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