‘Tis the Season to Retreat
You know how kids love Christmas because it make them feel warm and fuzzy and they get loads of presents? That’s how I feel about the Exponent Retreat. I’ve been known on dark February days, filled with long division homework and mountains of snow and laundry to be dealt with, to close my eyes and imagine I am in a magic circle of friends and strangers, wondering what treasures will be shared.
Last weekend was my “Christmas.” Here are some of the gifts I received at this year’s retreat:
Watching a certain sassy redhead wrap her “Heavenly Body” in a pink feather boa;
Realizing Jezebel got a raw deal simply because she wasn’t on “Team Yaweh;”
Having kind kitchen staff make all my meals (the beef and barley soup rocked);
Coming away from a homemaking workshop and NOT feeling guilty (Presenters Who Know are good at this);
Realizing I am the heroine of my own story, every single day and have Mentors to guide me;
A lecture on leadership that actually helped me let go of a grudge;
But as my wise roommate shared, there are times to vote people off the island;
Bottomless bowls of fun size candy bars;
Spontaneous conversations with wicked smart and funny women;
A quilt that made me weep from joy (still tearing up);
And Jana Freakin’ Riess. Our keynote speaker was wonderful. Her workshop on tweeting the Bible was a riot. Here’s a sample of her Twible verses:1 Isa 15: “G prophesies vs Philistines. They’ll be ruined by famine, war, & a complete failure to value opera or use the correct fork.” Or Ex 20: “G’s Top 10. No gods, idols, blasphemy. Keep Sabbath holy & love Mom. Don’t kill, cheat, steal, lie, or look @ Xmas catalogs.”
I can honestly say I came home with everything I need to get me through another year. At least until February.
If you attend women’s retreats, what gifts are most valuable to you?