Beginning Experience is a great resource that I wish I had used sooner.
After my divorce, I thought that I should be able to work through my loss on my own. I read some books, did some journalling and thought that should be it - I just need to move on.
Many years later a friend asked me to fill in for her at this retreat that needed a pastor to come pray with people. It was the Beginning Experience retreat. I really didn't know much about it, but I came for the Saturday evening time and prayed with people.
It was an awesome experience just praying with these folks. I could see that they were in the middle of a great transformation - people were really being healed and working through their stuff. As I was leaving the evening, the leader walked me to my car. He asked me about myself, and I revealed that I was divorced too. He invited me to come to the next retreat and I resolved to do so.
On my retreat weekend I came with a very healthy bit of skepticism. I thought I would just go through it so that I could help lead the next time, I didn't really need to be there, I was ok. But after our first couple sessions a lot of anger came out of me all of a sudden. Issues that I had stuffed deep down inside came bursting out. I was shocked, the other people on the retreat were shocked, but they accepted my feelings and helped me work through them.
At the end of the retreat I felt such relief. I felt freer and more myself than I had been in a long time. By putting the past to rest, present day issues in my life became clearer.
I'm really grateful for the Beginning Experience program, and I encourage anyone who has gone through a divorce or has been widowed to go on the retreat. It is a life-changing retreat.
Check out our website for more info on how to get signed up. Our next retreats are Nov 4-6 and then in March