In addition to our weekend retreats for couples and singles, we also host "While We're Waiting" Mini-Retreats for Moms. These are one-day events, held on Saturdays at various times throughout the year.
These retreats are usually held at the While We're Waiting Refuge in Hot Springs, Arkansas, but are occasionally held in other locations. Moms who attend will be treated to a day of pampering, delicious food, and some much-needed fellowship with other bereaved, but believing, Moms. We'll have some fun, too -- receiving private massages and enjoying a 5-course gourmet meal prepared and served by our own chef! (Massages and gourmet meals are offered depending upon the availability of our massage therapist and chef.) Each event is beautifully decorated according to the season of the year. The mini-retreat will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude by 6:30 p.m. Lodging will be available for Saturday night only at the While We're Waiting Refuge for the events held at that location.
You can see our upcoming dates and register for one of these events by clicking here.
There is no cost for our mini-retreats; however, a voluntary love offering will be received to help offset the expenses of hosting these events. Registration is limited to six women, because we want to keep our time together intimate and personal. Preference is given to moms who have never attended a mini-retreat before. If the event is full when we receive your registration, we will put you on a waiting list and notify you if an opening becomes available.
We have found so much comfort from drawing near to other women of faith who understand what it is like to lose a child. We believe you will, too. We also believe that life-long friendships will be formed as we support and encourage one another in a way that no one else can.
Here's what a few of our moms had to say after attending a mini-retreat:
"I was very apprehensive about attending this retreat in the beginning, mainly because I was unsure about talking about my son and his death with strangers. I could not have been more wrong in my feelings. From the moment I arrived, I felt like family. We were all kindred spirits. We share a common bond and it was the absolute best experience I have had since Matt died. I would highly recommend attending a WWW retreat any chance you get! You will be better for it. I was sad when it was over. It was an unbelievably amazing experience. I loved it so much, my husband and I are attending the WWW couples' retreat in the fall!" -- Matt R's mom, June 2011
"The While We're Waiting moms' retreat was so refreshing to me. I was nervous about being with strangers and wondered if it would be depressing, but that was definitely not the case. It opened my eyes to the fact that parents lose their children to circumstances other than cancer. The topics and conversations between the moms were so uplifting and good for my personal morale. The best part about the retreat was that we all shared the hope in Christ that we will see our loved ones again." -- Joel's mom, September 2011
"This is the first event I have attended pertaining to the loss of my Lauren. I can't believe I have waited so long to be a part of these precious ladies and share what we have in common. I absolutely loved it." -- Lauren's mom, January 2013
"I know without a doubt that the Lord brought me here!" -- Matt's mom, September 2013
"I feel very blessed to have met this group of ladies. I walked in with some anxiety and walked out with new friends and a sense of peace and comfort. We all share a special bond while we wait to see our children again. Thank you all for such a wonderful experience." -- Jacob's mom, June 2014.
"This was the best grief support event I've attended. I feel truly blessed to have been a part of it. I am leaving a little more healed and comforted." -- Ryan's mom, March 2016.
"But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance." Romans 8:25