For a Personal Spiritual Retreat that Comes to You Right Where You Are

You’re invited! An entire spiritual retreat has been designed just for you. Join the worldwide community and retreat wherever you are. Process the season of your soul and discover God’s personal invitation for you.

What’s included?

  • Entire series of short videos to guide you through the spiritual seasons
  • Printable/digital retreat guide to lead you through intimate times with God
  • Worship session including new and old favorites
  • Instrumental music: We’re re-releasing Velvet Ashes’ favorite instrumental music by Eine Blume with all new songs! Perfect to listen to throughout your retreat.
  • Art video and project with a simple supply list
  • Movement video led by @create_space_melissa
  • Testimony videos of stories from women around the world
  • Digital goody bag to make your retreat extra special
  • Private Retreat Facebook page access for sharing in community
  • Debrief webinar to process your retreat experience


Sign up to get the host guide.

Our host guide provides everything you need to know to lead a virtual or in-person group retreat. Offering a retreat has never been simpler. Sign up to receive the host guide and access our special Retreat Host Facebook Group.

NOTE: Hosts still need to register for the retreat separately.

Velvet Ashes Retreats are so encouraging and relatable. I love hearing people’s stories!! It helps me put my focus on God and find contentment. - Stacey

I love the “Come as you are” element of Velvet Ashes Retreats. - Lauren

The Retreats invite me to “slow down, sit with Jesus, and take honest stock of how I’m doing” - Emily

These retreats allow me to rest and reflect with very little planning needed on my part! - Megan


Frequently Asked Questions

Simply find a place where you want to experience the Retreat. Women retreat in hotels, guest houses, Air BnB’s, homes, tree houses, even your own bedroom. You’ll just need a computer (you may want to connect to a large screen) and a few simple supplies (we’ll email you the list). We’ll provide the rest! You’ll simply log in to access all materials.

Do this alone as a personal retreat or gather a group of women and retreat together.

The global community will retreat together the weekend of April 23-25.

Retreat access remains open for 30 days, until May 23rd in case you can’t do it that weekend.

We raise funds so that we can keep the cost of this retreat very minimal for you.

$20 – Early bird limited registration (One week only!)

$25 Limited Registration

$10 Lifetime Registration upgrade available May 21st for those who purchased limited access.

Season Pass- If you have a Velvet Ashes Season Pass this retreat, as well as our Unplugged retreat and 4-quarterly webinars are included in that purchase. You can purchase a Season Pass here.

We have a limited number of Retreat Scholarships available if the cost would prevent you from participating, you can request a scholarship here.

If you’d like to help make the Retreat possible for others, you can give a donation to the Retreat Scholarship Fund.

Limited Access: When you purchase Limited Access, you will have access to all of your Retreat content during the download window of April 9- May21. If you plan to do your Retreat or download all Retreat content within this time period, this is the only access you will need. Once the access period has ended the retreat will no longer be available for download. 

Lifetime Access: After the retreat you will have a limited opportunity to upgrade to Lifetime access for $10. With Lifetime Access your retreat will always be available to you in your Velvet Ashes account and there is no time limit to download your content. We encourage you to use this option if storing downloaded content is an issue, or if you like the peace of mind of knowing you can always revisit this retreat at any time in the future.

Glad you asked! Gather a group of women in your area or host a virtual group and experience the Retreat together. Sign up to be a Retreat host. The Host Guide will have it all planned for you, so you don’t have to stress. As a Retreat Host, you’ll get to join a private Retreat Host Facebook group where we’ll share ideas, answer questions and pray for each other. The Host Guide will help you plan a Retreat that is just right for you and your group, and it will show you how to have a Retreat that provides both solitude and community.

If you would like to join a virtual group and get to know other women as you retreat, just  click the “I’m interested in a Velvet Ashes virtual group” button at registration.  We will do our best to pair you with a host in your time zone. We recommend this option if you would enjoy some elements of group interaction mixed in with elements of personal retreat and you don’t know of a virtual group that is already meeting.

All are welcome! While the Retreat is crafted especially for women who are serving overseas or who have returned from life overseas, so much of the Retreat content is universal to all women. All are invited to retreat and experience God’s presence.

The Retreat is designed in a flexible way so that you can find an option that best works for you:

Two nights – It’s truly ideal to get away for two nights.This is a new recommendation for this year, because experience has taught us this is what works best, especially for groups. We’ve found there is real value to arriving at your Retreat location in the late afternoon. Then you can begin the Retreat in the evening followed by a whole Retreat day the next day. Then you don’t have to worry about packing up and leaving until the following morning. There is something about having a full day with no travel (even short travel) involved that is especially renewing. It allows your brain to unplug from any details or to-do’s for a whole day. This two-night format is the best fit for the flow of the Retreat.

Find a hotel or guesthouse where you can retreat. We know that won’t be possible for everyone. But do try. Use the VA Retreat as an invitation to care for your soul in a way that you normally wouldn’t allow yourself. Because chances are, you need it.

One night retreat – If two nights is not possible, it can be done as a one night retreat. 

Full day – If an overnight experience doesn’t work for you or your group, you can enjoy a morning to evening retreat. You won’t be able to fit in all of the Retreat elements, but, don’t worry, you’ll have 30 days to access the Retreat elements on your own after the Retreat.

Retreat access will open on April 9 (6pm EST), so you can have time to print the Retreat Guide and download any videos (Downloading is only necessary if you will not have fast internet at your Retreat location).

We’ve made the materials downloadable so that you don’t have to stream them. Retreat access will open April 9th, so you will have time to  download everything before you head to your Retreat. If videos are too difficult for you to download, we have everything available in audio files. Because we love all you ladies in the bush of Africa!

Part of what makes the Velvet Ashes Retreat so special is that we’re doing it together all across the world. So if you can’t do it April 23-25, you’ll miss out on that dynamic. But we know not everyone will be able to participate then. So, here is the plan:

Retreat access will open on April 9th and remain open until May 21st. You can do your Retreat any time during this window. If you would like access to the Retreat after May 21st, it will be available for lifetime access for $35.

If downloading is difficult/expensive in your area, you are welcome to have one person download and share the materials with others via flash drives or other means. However, each person still needs to register and pay for the Retreat. We want to be able to continue offering this retreat for you and payment for the Retreat makes this possible. When each person registers they receive the preparation and follow up emails as well as access to the community interaction that happens on the Retreat site.

Nope! When you purchase a Season Pass you are done registering for the entire year! Each time a new Retreat or Webinar becomes available, it will automatically show up in your Velvet Ashes account when you log in. Well done! You got the best value for this Retreat!


If you are leading/hosting a group, pay for a group here.

If you are a church/org/individual who wants to pay for women, you can gift the retreat here.

Nope, definitely not! This Retreat is for everyone, whether you are in a season of thriving or struggling. It’s a special time for you to dig into God’s Word and encounter his presence, something you need in any season of life. The Retreat provides tools and ideas to help you continue to grow spiritually and emotionally.

We’re excited to offer English closed captions/subtitles for all of our videos to aid those who are not native English speakers or are hearing impaired. At this time we are not able to offer the retreat in other languages.

There is a blue chat box in the lower right hand corner that says “Hello”. Use that to ask our team any questions you have. We’re here to help! If no one is available at that time (our Retreat team is based in the U.S.), you can always email us here. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Question for you!

How can our Prayer Team be praying for you?

What’s going on in your life right now? We want to lift you in prayer both as you prepare for the Retreat and during your Retreat. Please let us know how we can pray for you. Check out our Prayer Wall where you can post a prayer request or submit a request by email. Let us cover you in prayer!