2. Go on a retreat
Another way to find women you connect with on a deeper level is to attend a retreat. This may be a church retreat, with women from your congregation, or a retreat related to a hobby, such as writing, running, knitting, etc. Everyone at the retreat will have something in common, which creates a ready foundation for you to build upon.
Spending an extended period of time with a group of people inevitably strengthens bonds more than a passing conversation after church. A weekend away allows time to disconnect from your typical patterns and distractions, creating space for new connections to form or old relationships to grow.
Attending an organized retreat may seem intimidating, but it is worth the risk.
My church organizes an annual Women’s Retreat. We rent a house for the weekend that is only an hour from home, but in the land of no cell phone reception. This is unsettling at first, but ultimately a blessing. The weekend consists of a mixture of scheduled events (bible study, group projects, and small group discussions), but also builds plenty of free time for fellowship and relaxing.
We take long walks up hilly gravel roads past horses, then gather around a crackling campfire at night. With no TV or social media, knitting projects and coloring books emerge. It is a respite from the world but also a bonding experience, like summer camp for adults. I leave feeling spiritually renewed and with a firm sense of community.
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