Beauty For Ashes Retreats

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Small Gatherings for Women

There are a lot of wonderful conferences for women  with big name speakers. I love them. But I always come home feeling something was missing. You can get lost in the crowd. Those conferences aren’t designed for fellowship, and yet that’s what so many of us need. They’re also often only one day. I need a weekend!

But the mega church trend has made it difficult for women’s ministries to offer weekend retreats. That makes me sad. I’ll never forget how my first women’s retreat impacted my life and my family. The retreat enriched my faith which helped me become a better mom, wife, and friend.

That’s why we launched Beauty for Ashes Retreats.

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Women’s Retreats at the Beach

Limited registration for Beauty for Ashes retreats provides an intimate setting.

Women can share their struggles, receive prayer, and find healing in those deep places of grief and disappointment. Friendships are made. Bonds strengthened.

Our speakers aren’t famous. We’re ordinary women who share our testimonies of what God has done. Our stories aren’t pretty, but they are powerful.

Join Us

Could you use a weekend to catch your breath, sit on the beach with friends, and spend some time renewing your faith? Could you use some R.E.S.T.–Restoration, Encouragement, Strength, and Transformation? If so, come join us.

Our Wilmington retreat is March 2-3, 2019, at the beautiful Shell Island Resort in Wrightsville Beach.   (Shell Island has been under renovation, but it is on schedule to reopen Valentines weekend. We have been assured our retreat date is fine.)


Our theme for 2019 Beauty for Ashes is Testify! Come be encouraged by the reality and power of our healing, faithful God. Meet other women who have walked in your Nikes and can testify of God’s goodness on the other side. You are not alone.


Saturday Morning: We will begin the day (8:00 AM) with a wonderful breakfast provided by Shell Island after which we’ll worship together in our first session (9:00:AM) and hear our first Key-note speaker.

[Break out sessions after each Key-note will allow time for discussion and fellowship.]

Saturday Lunch: Lunch is on our own. We will provide a list of nearby restaurants, but we also recommend the food in the resort’s restaurant.  If you want to bring your own lunch instead, each room at Shell Island has its own kitchen and fridge. Staying overnight at the resort is optional, but it’s a wonderful place to stay, and a suite can be shared comfortably by four women.

Saturday Afternoon: Our second session will start around 1:30 PM for more worship, Key-note number 2 and a second breakout session to further apply what we’re learning and what God is saying to each of us.

After Session 2 there will be a couple of hours of free-time to take a nap, walk on the beach, make a craft, or whatever your heart desires. This is a retreat. We want you to have some down time!

Saturday Night: The evening will begin will another amazing meal provided by Shell Island. We will then gather for our third session of worship, teaching, testimonies, and break-out groups. It’s always a special time. Holy Spirit always shows up.

[If we’re up to it after the final session, we’ll put on our stretchy pants and pull out the board games and snacks. It’s a slumber party!]

Sunday Morning: The Beauty for Ashes team will provide a continental breakfast before our final worship service that includes communion. If the weather allows, we’ll do this on the beach. (Pray for good weather! But bring your cold weather gear even if it’s sunny!)

Register Now!

Registration is open on Eventbrite.  Deadline to register is February 19.

Cost: $90.00 (Includes 3 meals, 3 Worship sessions, multiple speakers, and priceless faith encouragement.)

Overnight Stay is optional and separate cost. Shell Island Resort has given us a special price of $119.00 a night which can be divided between roommates. These are suites with 2 double beds, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, and living room, and balcony that faces the beach. One or two night stays available. Make it a weekend and reserve a room for Friday and Saturday night!

!!Shell Island Has No More Vacancy!! 

Call to see if they’ve had any cancellations. Room Reservations: Call Shell Island @ 910-344-0888. Please tell them you are reserving a room for the Beauty for Ashes Retreat. We have a block of rooms for our group. They are holding this block for us until February 22. 

Kalos Ministries

Our BFA team partners with KALOS ministries to encourage women’s ministries all over the country. If you have a women’s ministry that could use some refreshing and encouragement, or if you need help launching a new ministry to women in your church, we’d love to help!

We offer resources, mentoring, and the BFA retreats in one day or weekend formats based on your needs and budgets.

KALOS is still in the launching stages, but we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested. Email Debbie at: for more info.

We Hope You Can Come!

Bring your small group, leadership team, or entire women’s ministry! We can’t wait to meet you. 🙂 Register Today for a Life Changing Weekend. 

. . . to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and the garment of praise instead of the spirit of despair. . . Isaiah 61:3

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4 thoughts on “Beauty For Ashes Retreats

  1. Andy, what is the deadline for registering for the retreat? I am trying to get some of my friends at my church to come!

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