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Women's Retreat

A time of rest and reflection for women from all congregations of The Austin Stone

date/Time
Mar 3, 2023
Mar 3, 2023
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Mar 5, 2023
5:00 pm
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11:00 am
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Location
Camp Tejas
cost
$85 - $240
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What is Women's Retreat?

It’s not hard to fill our time up. Between obligations and the things we opt into, weekends can fly by leaving little behind but the feeling that it’s time to gear up for another week. We all need rest and connection, but much of life pulls us away from attending to those needs. We want a retreat, but what we really need is a refuge. We’re inviting you to both. Women’s Retreat 2023: Refuge is a weekend away for refreshment with other women, but it’s ultimately about finding our refuge in Jesus.

When we peel back the layers, we all feel it—the need for safety. We mask our weaknesses and build up our facades, believing this will give us the security we need to be fully known and fully loved. But the threats that face us every day—sin, brokenness, and a very real enemy—are no match for defenses of our own making. We cannot avoid them, and we cannot overcome them on our own.

This is where Jesus meets us. His faithfulness becomes ours when we are honest about our frailty. His provision becomes ours when we come empty-handed. His strength becomes ours when we lay ourselves down. Everything we need is found in embracing that we have nothing. Peace, freedom, and joy are ours only when we hide ourselves in Him. He is our protection and our abundance. Jesus is our refuge. We hope you'll join us!

It’s not hard to fill our time up. Between obligations and the things we opt into, weekends can fly by leaving little behind but the feeling that it’s time to gear up for another week. We all need rest and connection, but much of life pulls us away from attending to those needs. We want a retreat, but what we really need is a refuge. We’re inviting you to both. Women’s Retreat 2023: Refuge is a weekend away for refreshment with other women, but it’s ultimately about finding our refuge in Jesus.

When we peel back the layers, we all feel it—the need for safety. We mask our weaknesses and build up our facades, believing this will give us the security we need to be fully known and fully loved. But the threats that face us every day—sin, brokenness, and a very real enemy—are no match for defenses of our own making. We cannot avoid them, and we cannot overcome them on our own.

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Schedule

We could always plan more. And, we could always plan less. But we prayerfully designed the schedule for this year’s retreat somewhere in the middle—hoping to create an environment that fosters relationship-building and worship with a good mix of fun and plenty of options to rest or play.

Friday

5:00pm: Gates Open
6:30pm: Dinner
8:00pm: Session 1
10:00pm: Late Night Activities

Friday

5:00pm: Gates Open
6:30pm: Dinner
8:00pm: Session 1
10:00pm: Late Night Activities

Saturday

9:30am: Session 2
11:00am: Brunch
12:00-3:30pm: Free Time/Breakout Sessions/Retreat Activities
3:30pm: Session 3
4:30pm: Free Time
6:00pm: Dinner
7:15pm: Session 4
9:15pm: Optional Morning & Late Night Activities

Sunday

9:00am: Breakfast
10:00am: Session 5
11:00am: Retreat Ends

Teaching

This year we’ll study a collection of stories from the gospels that show us how Jesus is our refuge from the penalty of sin, the condemnation of shame, the destructive rule of self, the accusations of the enemy, and the eternality of suffering.

Shanda Anderson

Clinical Care Director

About: Counseling Center Director of Clinical Care, Travel/adventure seeker, Lord of the Rings nerd, audio book lover, and board game strategist.

Breakout Session: Self-Image: When You Seek Refuge in Yourself

Amanda Brown

Equipping and Women's Ministry Director

About: Equipping & Women’s Ministry Director (St. John Congregation), boy mom, retired marathon runner, quilter, and glitter lover.

Breakout Session: Self-Image: When You Seek Refuge in Yourself

Purshia Gambles

Equipping and Women's Ministry Director

About:  Equipping & Women’s Ministry Director (South Congregation), young-adult single, Ja Morant super-fan, and lover of iced almond milk lattes.

Main Session: Refuge from Satan

Val Hamilton

Central Equipping Program Manager

About: Central Equipping Manager, Irish twin mom, game show enthusiast, unsweet tea snob.

Breakout Session: Codependence: When Relationships Are Your Refuge

Annette Haralson

Equipping and Women's Ministry Director

About: Equipping & Women's Ministry Director (North Congregation)

Pre-Session: Seeking Refuge with Sabbath Practice

Becca Harris

Central Family Ministries Director

About: Central Family Ministries Director, adoptive mom, Crossfit enthusiast, DJ, and alter-ego of Barbar Barker.

Main Session: Refuge from Self

Christine Hoover

Women's Ministry Associate

About: Women's Ministry Associate (Northwest Congregation)

Breakout Session: Numbing Out: When You Ignore Your Need for Refuge

Angela Suh

About: North partner, mom of four, bookworm, amateur yoga student, sushi eater.

Main Session: Refuge from Sin

Kate Terry

Equipping and Women's Ministry Director

About: Equipping & Women’s Ministry Director (Downtown Congregation), adrenaline junkie, spreadsheet lover, professional aunt.

Main Session: Refuge from Suffering

Emay Yeng

Accounts Payable Associate

About: St. John partner, mom of four, baker, closet violinist, CG Gladiator

Main Session: Refuge from Shame

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Tickets & Pricing

We have three ticket types available in order to accommodate a variety of budgets and schedules. Payment plans are available and we have partial scholarships for Day Passes and Bunkhouse tickets. You can see those details within the registration form!

Day Pass

No overnight accomodations, but all the Saturday content and community.

Bunkhouse

Camp-style cabins accommodating 12-20 women with bunk beds. Community bathroom. Linens not provided.

Semi-Private

Hotel-style cabin rooms accommodating 4-6 women with a combination of twin and bunk beds. Private bathroom. Linens provided.

Day Pass

$85

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Bunkhouse

$140

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Semi-Private

$240

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It’s not hard to fill our time up. Between obligations and the things we opt into, weekends can fly by leaving little behind but the feeling that it’s time to gear up for another week. We all need rest and connection, but much of life pulls us away from attending to those needs. We want a retreat, but what we really need is a refuge. We’re inviting you to both. Women’s Retreat 2023: Refuge is a weekend away for refreshment with other women, but it’s ultimately about finding our refuge in Jesus.

When we peel back the layers, we all feel it—the need for safety. We mask our weaknesses and build up our facades, believing this will give us the security we need to be fully known and fully loved. But the threats that face us every day—sin, brokenness, and a very real enemy—are no match for defenses of our own making. We cannot avoid them, and we cannot overcome them on our own.

Refunds are available through end-of-day February 10. Ticket changes are available through end-of-day February 26 (pending availability). If you need to request a refund, transfer, gift your ticket, or change your ticket type, let us know here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does my ticket include?

Overnight tickets (Bunkhouse and Semi-Private) include all lodging and meals (Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast). Semi-Private rooms also come with linens. Day-Pass tickets do not include lodging, but cover brunch, dinner, and snacks on Saturday. All tickets include a pre-retreat study guide, a rest and reflection guide for optional use at the retreat, the main sessions while at camp (Day Passes miss Friday and Sunday sessions), and a breakout session of your choice. Plus, you get access to all of the free-time activities and some swag to help you make the most out of the weekend!

How do I apply for a scholarship?

If you’d like to request a scholarship to join us for just Saturday (Day Pass) or to stay overnight (in a Bunkhouse), please complete the registration form and make the partial payment associated with that ticket type according to our payment plan. You can indicate when you register that you’re requesting financial assistance and we’ll send a short scholarship application via email. Upon completion, you’ll be notified of the scholarship amount available to you. Please note, we do not offer scholarships for the Semi-Private tickets in order to provide financial assistance to as many women as possible.

How does the payment plan work and when will my second payment be due?

A two-part payment plan (initial payment and second payment) is available for all of three of the ticket types. The initial payment (half of the ticket price) is due upon registering. The second payment is due on February 16. You’ll receive a reminder email and form to submit that payment.

Will the teaching content be available after March 3-5?

It’s our plan to film as much of the main session teachings as possible! However, due to technology limitations at Camp Tejas and the structure of the Friday and Sunday sessions, we can’t guarantee that all of the teaching content will translate well to that medium and be made available. Our primary effort is focused on creating a weekend experience for women that offers great teaching, but also emphasizes relationships with one another, so we encourage you to join us in person if at all possible!

What options do I have for free time?

The free time scheduled throughout the day on Saturday can be whatever you need it to be! Need to truly retreat and spend time alone and with Jesus? We’ll have a guide for rest and reflection for you and designated quiet spaces like a library and mini-spa. Want to spend some time finding refreshment through play? You’ll have access to all of the fun things Camp Tejas has to offer like a ropes course and giant swing, plus activities we plan just for you! This year, those include a timed selfie-scavenger hunt, an escape room you can do with a small group of friends, fireside chats with conversation starters, or an early-morning workout if you’re an early riser, and we hope everyone joins us for the famous late-night silent disco! It’s a memory maker. You can fill your time up with as much or as little activity as you like—it’s your retreat!

Still Have Questions?

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