At times, it can feel intimidating to try something new. Whether that’s joining a book club, picking up a new hobby or going to an event, your senior years are a great time to step out of your comfort zone. That’s one of the best parts of living in a vibrant senior living community. Events in your community, such as a senior retreat, are a great way to meet new people. Interested in signing up for an event, but still feeling a little hesitant? Here are three reasons why you should consider attending a senior retreat this year.
When attending a senior retreat such as the Winter Retreat at Advent Christian Village, you can expect to enjoy a number of learning opportunities. This will include talks from keynote speakers, workshops, bible studies, and other valuable teachings. Depending on who is coming to speak at the event, you can read books or materials by the speakers in advance and come prepared with any questions you want to ask.
Attending a workshop or breakout session is a great way to learn something new, start interesting conversations and connect with other like-minded people. Don’t be afraid to speak up, ask questions, and chat with the other attendees. It doesn’t matter if you’re a scholar on the topic or it’s something completely new to you. There’s always something you can learn.
Sometimes, the first introduction is the hardest part when it comes to making a new friend. That’s why it can be great to attend an event like a senior retreat. You’ll be surrounded by new faces, or even a few you recognize, and it’s the perfect time to strike up a conversation without feeling awkward. You might find that there’s been a wonderful new friend living right next door to you this entire time, but you’ll never find out unless you say hello. Senior retreats provide the perfect opportunity to do so.
Smaller breakout sessions or bible study groups are another good opportunity to connect with other attendees, especially if you are softer-spoken. Try to connect with at least one or two other people in your group and ask them questions about their lives. Finding common ground, or similar interests is a great way to spark a long-lasting friendship.
Attending a senior retreat isn’t just a great way to get out and do something different – it’s a way to have fun! Many retreats feature musical acts, comedians or other forms of entertainment in addition to teaching. Check out the lineup of events for your retreat to find if any spark your interest. Even if the conference features a genre of music you’ve never listened to or a speaker you’ve never heard of, you never know when you will discover a new favorite.
At the end of the day, attending a senior retreat is something you do just for you – to learn, meet new people and experience new things. Even if you’re living in a wonderful senior living community, you’ll never experience all it has to offer if you don’t step out of your comfort zone every now and again. If you’re still feeling nervous, try bringing a friend with you. It can help you feel less intimidated and ready to jump in and get started. Who knows – the retreat may just become your new favorite annual tradition.
Advent Christian Village offers a number of opportunities for its residents to live their senior years to the fullest. This includes social events, exciting concerts, and meaningful senior retreats. To learn more about conferences, retreats, and other events, call 1-888-606-3035 or contact us today!
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