Needs Met | 2019 Italy Retreat

Posted on: February 21, 2019 Written by
Needs Met | 2019 Italy Retreat
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Retreating: It’s a time for women to come and unplug from life for a few days to get recharged. A safe place to be real, authentic, and transparent with one another. And honest with God. A place where their needs can be met–whether physical, emotional, or spiritual.

The following attendees have been impacted by the Thrive retreat in Italy in a variety of ways:

“I haven’t gotten my hair cut in over a year. I feel like a new woman! What’s next on my agenda?” With a broad smile on her face, Casey moved on to her next self-care appointment.

Judy doesn’t like to cook. Now that she is living overseas, she finds herself snacking and eating out more than she used to. She hasn’t felt good about herself for some time and has wanted help to change her lifestyle. When she arrived at the Thrive retreat she was thrilled to discover one of the volunteers was a registered dietician and she could make an appointment to meet with her.

I also had a moment to talk with Meredith, and I asked her about her afternoon plans. “I wasn’t sure I needed a counselor, but I hated to turn down the chance to talk to one. We talked for a solid hour and it was so affirming. I guess I did need some outside input. So, in hindsight, I’m thankful I stepped outside my comfort zone for help I didn’t know I needed. It’s been a long time since I have felt this loved and cared about.”

So many women have expressed, in one way or another, “I can’t believe I get to be here. I’m so grateful.”

©2019 Thrive

About the author

Ally Holland is a lifestyle blogger and freelance writer. She writes for Publishous, The Ascent, and She has been a guest author for and for Thrive Ministry. Ally is a former Director of Ministry to Women and a former board member for Thrive Ministry. She and her husband, John, have been married 30 years and have five grown children. They serve together as leaders in Re-Engage at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas. Ally suffers from RSD/CRPS. She is passionate about God’s redemptive work in the lives of those who suffer with physical and emotional pain. You can connect with Ally on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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