The purpose of A Mother's Rest is to provide a quiet 3-5 night stay where moms can just SLEEP. Our private guest house (and other Fellowship Friends partners) are open year-round for whenever you need us.
Most special needs mom retreats are offered just once a year, for a single weekend. Some are faith-based, some provide spa-like pampering. Most involve one hundred other women in a convention hotel setting, with scheduled meals, conference speakers, and jam packed full of activities.
Sleep deprivation should not just be "part of the job". As primary caregivers, we should be putting as much effort into keeping ourselves healthy as we do our children. A Mother's Rest (and our network of other inns) provide an opportunity to heal our bodies and minds through fellowship with others and therapeutic, recuperative rest.
When you come to A Mother's Rest, you may feel out of sorts at first. You might spend the first day or two panicked in your sense of "non-productivity". Don't worry, this feeling will pass.
No restless children. No snoring. No pets tearing through the house at 2 am. No housework. The only thing you'll be interrupted by is the sound of the wind rustling through the trees. Hopefully a thunderstorm overnight. Maybe the scent of lilac wafting in your window.
The taste of fresh Southern sweet tea on the front porch...or a some Strawberry Mint Sangria from our #PowerofthePorch menu!
Mountain views, amazing sunrises and sunsets. NO CLOCKS. No appointments, no meetings, no schedule. No organized activities. Come and go as you please. Never get out of your PJ's. You don't even have to shower if you don't want to. Don't say a word to anyone while you're here. Feel safe enough to bare your soul to a complete stranger who truly "gets it". Make lifelong friends, or just revel in your solitude. Cry your eyeballs out. Smile so hard it hurts. Take deep breaths of fresh air. Feel the sun on your face. No shame. No guilt. Remember who you were before, and find that woman again. This is an investment in your own health...proof of your commitment to service and care of your family.
Enjoy the local wineries & historic venues year-round. Ski, hike, ride horseback, or do nothing. If you feel like being busy, come help us in the vegetable garden. We also hope to plant some peach trees....do some blackberries, strawberries....jazz up our "Porch Tea" a little. But by all means, drop whatever guilt or anxiety you're carrying right on the front porch.
You're probably thinking, "this all sounds fabulous, but I have no one to care for my kids while I'm gone". Let's talk privately about the logistics and options for that locally.
How could your extended family come together to cover for you, just for a few days? How can we help you coordinate coverage between your family, friends, church, and local therapeutic professionals?