Torah Sisters Retreat, "Women of Shalom!"

December 9-11, 2019 | Grass Lake, Michigan

 

You’ve been asking for a ladies retreat, and it’s finally here! Fellowship with other Torah Keeping ladies who love Yeshua, and learn more about how we should be “Women of Shalom.” Come ready to learn and make friends. Leave refreshed with new friends and ambition to make your life at home be a life that you don’t need a vacation from!

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“Women of Shalom”

Leave stress and responsibility at home to join us for this special ladies-only retreat where the focus of the speakers will be to help you become a woman full of shalom, joy and contentment. Keep reading to see the sessions being taught at this retreat!

Monday Evening

Seize Your Season with Kayte Abaffy

Overcoming Depression with Christy Jordan

Whether you or someone you love struggles with depression, there is hope and there is a way out. In this session Christy will share the tools she has used to combat depression and maintain that victory as well as the wisdom she’s gleaned from fighting this battle with the help of the Father. We will also discover well intentioned forms of help we offer to struggling loved ones that may do more harm than good. The session ends with sage wisdom we can all use in our lives in order to train ourselves to be happier, joyful people in all situations.

Tuesday Morning

How to Have Peace AND Hard Conversations with Kayte Abaffy

Being a Light without Starting Fires with Christy Jordan

The shingles have fallen, you’ve seen the light of His truth, now what? In our zeal and earnest love for the Father, we often send people into attack mode against us, or worse, running in droves from the Word. In this session Christy will give us tips on how to maintain a loving relationship with those around us, keep ourselves in His Shalom, and still live a life that is a witness to others.

Tuesday Evening

An Organic, All-Naturally Peaceful Home with Kayte Abaffy

How we Sabotage our Own Shalom and Kingdom Work Part 1 with Amy Guenther

We each have ways in which we create our own stress and circumstances that rob our shalom. With the help of scripture and a practical checklist, these two sessions will focus on practical ways that we can change our circumstances, or look at them and react to them differently. Thus, becoming women of shalom.

Wednesday Afternoon

What’s Your “Even Now?” with Kayte Abaffy

How we Sabotage our Own Shalom and Kingdom Work Part 2 with Amy Guenther

We each have ways in which we create our own stress and circumstances that rob our shalom. With the help of scripture and a practical checklist, these two sessions will focus on practical ways that we can change our circumstances, or look at them and react to them differently. Thus, becoming women of shalom.

Speakers

Christy Jordan

Christy Jordan is a best selling author of three cookbooks, and publisher of SouthernPlate.com. She’s appeared on/in The Today Show, Food Network, The 700 Club, The Hallmark Channel, GSN, Southern Living, Woman’s World, Guideposts, and more. She also contributes articles and recipes to Torah Sisters Magazine.

As a whole Bible believer, her passion is in encouraging people to get into the Word and each day she leads a daily Bible study of over 10,000 people. In addition to encouraging Believers to develop a daily relationship with the Word of God, Christy has spoken around the country on how she overcame depression and the strategies she developed to maintain that victory.

She is a ninth generation Alabamian and lives just miles from where she was born with her husband of 20+ years, their children, and an assortment of rescue dogs.

Kayte Abaffy

Kayte Abaffy is an accidental documentary producer, contributor to Torah Sisters Magazine and a new mama to 1-year-old Max. She recently convinced her husband to build a tiny house after he’d convinced her to sell everything and travel the world, which didn’t take much convincing on his part.

Growing up, Kayte acted in commercials and on TV shows such as Law & Order: SVU, HBO’s The Wire and Gossip Girl. In college, her original songs were featured by YouTube as the “Unsigned Pick.” Now her videos have more than 700,000 views, she’s released several albums, gone on three national tours and her music has been praised by the Washington Post.

But the most surprising turn of events came when her journalist husband told her he wanted to make a documentary telling the story of believers trying to live more like their Savior – a film that mirrored their own recent journey. That film, The Way, changed their lives and she’s fallen in love with being on the other side of the camera.

Kayte gets excited about connecting the wisdom of God’s Word to the details of our daily lives. She believes believers should be the most hopeful people on the planet and prays that she can keep creating things that breathe fresh hope into God’s people. Learn more about The Way documentary: www.thewaydoc.com and follow her adventures: www.instagram.com/kaytegracemusic.

Amy Guenther

Amy Guenther is the publisher of Torah Sisters Magazine and owns and manages TorahSisters.com. Her passion for connecting people and encouraging women have driven her to create the magazine, printables, social media fun and more.

She lives in a small town in Michigan where she is raising and homeschooling her three kids. Her main job is working as a Quality Improvement registered nurse for a local hospital. She’s blessed to have a day job that allows her to mostly work from home while making a positive difference in healthcare using her clinical skills.

Her greatest passion is connecting and networking people to each other in meaningful ways, whether it’s a customer to a business or helping women to build relationships. Making introductions is her favorite thing to do.

Where

Faholo Conference Center

3000 Mt. Hope Road

Grass Lake, MI 49240

When

December 9-11, 2019

Check-in begins at 2:00 on Monday. The retreat begins with dinner at 5:30.

The retreat ends at 4:00 on Wednesday.

Save your spot!

I want you all to come, but the fact is that I have to be on a contract with Faholo camp. If I sell out the rooms I currently have on contract, I’ll call the camp and ask to add more rooms to my contract, but it depends on if they have already sold the rooms to another group. So, please, plan ahead and buy your ticket right now. The meeting room has limited space, too, which is why even if you are staying off camp, you should buy your ticket now.

Full package

$250

  • Retreat Ticket for 3 days
  • Lodging 2 nights in bunk rooms
  • All meals included (six total)

Sleep off camp

$155

  • Retreat Ticket for 3 days

 

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Tentative Schedule

This schedule may change, but it will give you an idea of what the retreat will be like. The start and end times won’t change.

Monday, December 9

2:00-5:30 Check in, move in, marketplace open, fellowship time

5:30 Dinner

7:00 Chapel

9:00-10:30 Snacks in the Lodge lounge

Tuesday, December 10

8:30 Breakfast

10:00 Chapel

12:30 Lunch

1:30-5:30 Fellowship/free time! 

2:00 Optional breakout sessions to be announced

5:30 Dinner

7:00 Chapel

9:00-10:30 Snacks in the Lodge lounge

Wednesday, December 11

8:30 Breakfast

10:00-12:30 Fellowship/free time

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Chapel

4:00 Pack up & go home renewed and refreshed!

We must all be moved out by 5:00.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need to cancel?

I’d be so sad if you are not able to come for some reason! However, I cannot give refunds. You may sell or give your ticket to someone else. Just please let us know if you transfer your ticket or cannot come.

Can I bring my daughter?

If your daughter is 18 or over, I’d love for her to join us!

Can I bring my nursing infant?

No, we do not have accommodations for nursing infants and we want to create an atmosphere for just adult women.

Can I pay for just one or two days?

No, I’m selling tickets for the entire event only. You can come for just part of the event, but you must buy a ticket for the entire thing, even if you are unable to come. If you need to arrive late, please let me know.

Can I come but stay somewhere else?

Yes! You can come just for the days but sleep in a hotel, at home or anywhere. Buy the appropriate ticket above.

Will there be coffee?

Most definitely! The camp will provide free coffee all day. Please bring your favorite travel coffee mug to help with their costs.

Will it be winter? What if it snows?

It will likely be winter, since it is December in Michigan. However, my experience living in this area is that could be 45 degrees and raining, or 20 degrees with a little snow. If there is snow, bring boots and a coat for walking from building to building. A little snow will not affect Michigan travel. In the case of a big snow or ice event, watch your email just in case I postpone the retreat, although this is very unlikely. But if you are investing a lot into your travel plans, you may want to consider buying travel insurance just in case. I, myself, buy travel insurance anytime I book airfare.

What should I pack?

Some ideas of things to pack: Bible, boots, coat, gloves, travel coffee mug, water bottle, swimsuit and a tote bag for carrying your stuff around during the day. If you’re staying at the camp, be sure to pack twin size bed sheets, blankets, towels, washcloths, and toiletries. You can pay extra to have linens provided when you buy your ticket. Packing earplugs and a sleep mask might be a good idea if you’re a light sleeper. Another smart thing to pack might be a small extension cord with extra outlets since you’ll be sharing outlets for charging your phones.

Will the food be clean?

Yes! The kitchen staff at this facility will accommodate our Biblically clean diet (not kosher) and have done this for other groups as well.

What are the rooms and bathrooms like? Can I request a roommate?

See the gallery of pictures above to see images of the insides of some of the rooms. The rooms are shared with a few to several other women. Some women may have to use the top bunks. (Let the young ladies have that privilege.) You’ll need to bring your own twin size bedding and towels. This is a camp, not a hotel. I took a tour of the camp and found it to be very clean and tidy. Sharing rooms allows for ladies to become close friends fast! We are here to build relationships more than anything, right? You can request a friend(s) to have in your room when you buy your ticket, and I’ll do my best, but I cannot guarantee it will work out.

The bathrooms are camp bathrooms, so they are shared. Some of you will share a one-seater and one shower bathroom with five other women. Some of you will share a multi-stall and multi-shower bathroom with several women. All the showers have privacy. All of the bathrooms are either attached to your sleeping room, or in the same building. You do not have to go outside to get to a restroom. Bring your own towels and toiletries.

Will the sessions be recorded?

The sessions will be recorded and access to the audio and/or video of the sessions will be available for sale after the event. You are not allowed to record the sessions in any way.

Will there be a marketplace?

Yes! You will have the opportunity to browse and shop products, services, and ministries from your Torah Sisters. Come with a list of upcoming gifts you need to buy for loved ones. If you have a business, click here to learn more about having a marketplace table.

Will there be walking?

Yes, this is a camp, so there will be a little walking. The main places you will walk to are your sleeping quarters, the dining hall and the meeting room. It’s all close together, though. Your car will stay parked. If you have a disability, there are some parking spots at each of these buildings for a few of our Sisters to drive back and forth. Most of us will walk.

Can I buy a ticket at the door?

No, I’m sorry, but I will not be able to sell tickets at the door.

Will there be Christmas decorations there?

It’s very possible there will be some Christmas decorations at this camp as I cannot control what they do. I did ask and they assured me there will be no Christmas decorations in the room where will we meet to worship and teach.

Does the camp have any rules?

Yes, indeed, the camp facility does have some rules we must abide by. There is no alcohol or smoking allowed on the property.

What about pronunciation of the name and other controversial matters?

At Torah Sisters, I’ve always insisted that this be a place of shalom and no arguing or hurt feelings, and the Retreat will certainly be the same. There are a wide variety of beliefs among Torah Sisters who will come to the retreat. All of us believe the Yeshua is Messiah and the source of our salvation and that as believers, we are to keep Torah. But beyond that, there are differing interpretations of scripture in several matters.

Some of these matters that many of us interpret differently are:

  • how to say the name of YHWH
  • which calendar
  • Judaism
  • head coverings
  • women wearing tzittzit
  • what the word “Christian” means
  • taking medication
  • which kinds of food ingredients are clean
  • and so on.

You’ll find that even I sometimes say “Lord,” or “God,” and even “Jesus.” If any of these types of matters are so important to you that it would hinder peaceful fellowship, then this may not be the retreat for you. However, the Father has shown such astounding grace to us that surely it is an easy matter for us to be able to show that grace to others. Please remember that while we may have our differences, we are of one accord in many things and this retreat is to be one of shalom and grace among us.

A portion goes to the poor, widows and orphans

A portion of the revenue from ticket sales for this retreat (and all Torah Sisters magazines and products) goes to help the poor, widows and orphans around the world. I’m committed to giving some of what we spend on ourselves at this retreat back to YHWH by giving it to an organization that is run by Torah keeping folks at King’s Ransom Foundation who make sure every penny goes to the poor. I’ve met some of the folks who run this organization and they are the real deal. They love Yeshua and the poor.

Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors for making this event extra special!

Interested in being a sponsor? Email me at Amy@TorahSisters.com.

There are also opportunities for attendees to have a vendor table and put something awesome in the swag bag.