For the past 11 years, CAP has hosted the annual Women’s Retreat at their Camp Andrew Jackson in Jackson, Kentucky. Over 45 women join together each spring to enjoy community living and spiritual growth. Many of these women return year after year. It is a heartwarming sight to see multigenerational families who come to grow together and enjoy the programs and sisterhood that unfold.
Each day starts out with an hour of devotion time followed by an afternoon of seminars and free time and an evening of worship and campfires. The seminars range in topics from couponing, stretches for relaxation, benefits of planting, hair, makeup and nails, stress management, and living with mindfulness. Free time is spent hiking, fishing, swimming, and overall enjoying the great outdoors.
The bond that these women share at the end of the week is amazing. While some women arrive in groups and others reunite year after year, some are here for the first time. They always leave feeling a part of something bigger. The few days that these ladies spend together rebuilds hope that many may have thought was lost and rebuilds self-esteem that may have been lacking due to a variety of life events. The annual CAP Women’s Retreat is truly a life-changing experience and one of the many ways that CAP restores hope and strives to rebuild communities in Appalachia one family at a time.