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For Attendees Thrive retreats are a four day gift to an oasis of refreshment for North American women serving cross-culturally. Our retreats provide a safe place for you to be yourself and share your unique challenges outside of your church and agency. Retreats are hosted at conference centers or hotels to provide an environment for physical, spiritual, and emotional renewal. Imagine being invited to come as our guest to a resort for 4 days of self care! Couple that with the opportunity to
Who gets waitlisted?
Who gets waitlisted? There are a few reasons your application may be waitlisted. Repeat Attendees - women who have already had the Thrive retreat experience and are applying to attend again, if it has been less than 5 years since you've joined us. Because we are fully donor supported, it is Thrive’s primary focus to allow space for all who desire to attend at least once. If 2-3 months prior to the retreat, we find that there is still space available we will invite
How much does it cost to be a Retreat Attendee? What does my cost cover?
The value of your retreat experience is approximately $780. However, the only cost to you is a registration fee of $150 USD* and any transportation expenses to and from the retreat. We provide your hotel stay in a shared double room, all meals, meeting expenses, gratuities and other miscellaneous expenses. All other personal expenses incurred while traveling will be yours to cover (such as tourist activities, personal shopping, extra snacks, etc.). A $150 USD registration fee _will
Who can attend a Thrive Retreat?
Thrive retreats are for U.S. and Canadian women who live and work cross-culturally. Retreat attendees must currently be a full time, support based, cross-cultural worker living overseas (or in your first two years since coming off the field). We would like to reach as many women as possible with this generous gift! Because our goal is to provide a time of rest and encouragement for every woman who attends the retreat, we are unable to accommodate babies or additional family members at the re
Why should I submit church referrals?
We would like to contact your key supporting church(s) to to let them know about your upcoming retreat experience as well as introduce them to Thrive and the resources we provide to support and encourage cross-cultural workers. In addition, we ask that they pray for you as you attend the retreat and invite them to financially partner with us. In order to provide this time of refreshment for you, we are continually seeking full funding for each attendee, as we trust in His provision. Our experie
Why are retreats only for North American women?
Why only North American Women? As you may be aware, the mission of Thrive is to encourage and empower North American global women serving cross-culturally. While we would love to have the resources to be able to invite women from other sending countries, we must face the realities of our limitations. This is a difficult policy to communicate. We dream of a day when we might have unlimited funds and an expertise in how to deeply impact women from other cultures. In fact our CEO is currently wor
What happens at a Thrive Retreat?
The retreat will include many opportunities for: Self care Fellowship with 50+ women working cross-culturally Worship and praise Encouragement through the teaching of the Word Connecting with new friends in discussion groups During your afternoon free time, you will be encouraged to choose activities that relax and refuel you: Enjoy extended quiet time with the Lord Pray with a member of our Prayer Team Meet with a counselor to process life Take a nap / rea
It is VERY common for our retreats to fill up before the registration deadline. Therefore, once you have been accepted into the retreat, your registration fee is due within 15 days. Should you need to cancel, out of consideration for those on the waiting list and for the donors who have provided this gift, please notify us of your cancellation as soon as possible. This will allow time to notify the next woman on the waiting list of the opening so she can make travel arrangements to join
Can I bring my newborn (or kids)?
Unfortunately, we have attempted this in the past and have this policy in place because of multiple circumstances. Our Thrive retreats are a once-in-a-career opportunity and past attendees in your situation have realized that they wished they would have waited to attend without the distractions of a newborn to receive the full benefit. Even more so, we have found that having a newborn present can be really difficult for the other attendees. Miscarriage is highly prevalent on the field due to la
How long are the retreats?
Our retreats are four days. Registration and check in is from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please arrive as close to 1:30 p.m. as possible since that is when you will be able to sign up for afternoon activities! Our first session will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m. The retreat concludes at 1:30 p.m. on the closing day. Please make your travel plans to enjoy the entire retreat experience!
Retreat Attendee Application Status
Application Received. We received your application, thank you for applying to attend! Pre-Approved. We have reviewed your application, to secure your spot please pay your registration fee. Approved. Your registration fee has been received. We are thrilled to have you join our retreat! Waitlisted. You didn't meet one of our criteria, your application has been waitlisted and will be reviewed again 2-3 months prior to the retreat. You will receive notification if there