After I wrote my post on yearly retreats, a dear friend emailed me and essentially asked, “What about those who haven’t been budgeting for a yearly retreat and don’t have the extra cash to take one now? And what about single parents?”
Such great questions.
6 Tips For Making A Yearly Retreat A Reality
We brainstormed and came up with a few solutions for both the financial and child care issues, so I thought I’d share them with you:
- Daytime retreat. Leave before the kids awake, spend some time at a coffee shop, the library, the park, a local college campus, go to a movie and then just come home late in the evening. Do the same thing the next day.
- Family. If you have family nearby, ask them if they’ll help with the kids for the weekend. Or stay at their house for your retreat.
- Friends. If you have a friend who might want a retreat, offer to watch her children and have her watch yours while you take your retreat.
- House sit. If you know someone going on vacation this summer, offer to housesit for them for all or part of the time. Hey, you might even get paid for your personal retreat.
- Adopt-a-mom. If you are in leadership at your church, consider organizing older families with a guest room or two who might like to host a young mom for her weekend away.
- Share your retreat. Four moms + one hotel room = low cost and lots of fun. Just make sure you are intentional about actually retreating.
- Gifts. If anyone asks what you’d like for your birthday, Christmas etc. ask for (small) gift certificates to a local hotel or B&B.
I know some of you are frugal geniuses. What other ideas do you have for overcoming the financial obstacles of taking a yearly retreat?Leave a Comment