At Girl Trip, it’s our greatest mission to welcome women into a space of rest; to listen, empathize, and empower them to live a life more connected to the Father, themselves, and to others. For three years we have pioneered intimate women’s retreats on the West coast. It’s been an honor to welcome over 60 women at our retreats and countless more at our monthly dinners! With over 150 women on our waitlist waiting to attend a retreat, we aim to pioneer a second branch of Girl Trip so we can provide twice the number of trips each year!
We’re excited to introduce you to the Paton family who will be launching our East Coast branch! Cody is a huge pillar on our GT team and her husband Jack is a big support to us as well. Here they are to share their story and vision to create more gatherings in Charlotte, North Carolina:
"I had the opportunity to attend Girl Trip number 003 in Jefferson, Oregon the summer of 2018. I was pregnant with our third baby boy and burnt out on everything. I was met with beauty in every definition of the word – in the women, in the meals, in the setting, in our conversations. It was a space where I could quiet everything and experience Jesus in a way I never had before. Girl Trip allowed me to rest, reconnect, and lay down the baggage I had been carrying. I wanted more! And I wanted to give this to other women.
"Flash forward to the fall of 2019. My family and I went out to Charlotte, where we had previously lived, to visit friends. Shortly after the trip, we felt so strongly that the Lord was asking us to uproot ourselves and our lives in Oregon and move back to Charlotte. After many hard conversations and a whole lot of prayer, we said yes to what God had in store for us. During this process, we’ve had a lot to be excited about and a lot to mourn as well. Being called away from many people and things that I love didn’t and still doesn’t make all that much sense but Girl Trip was one thing that I felt called to continue to pursue. After telling Vanessa and Anna about our move, I asked them to pray about me starting a Girl Trip out in Charlotte. We hope that by expanding Girl Trip, more women will have the opportunity to find rest and feel seen and cared for by The Father. My husband and I feel overwhelmed that we get to play a role in the Girl Trip team and in God’s greater story."
- Cody Paton
In meeting our $50k goal, we will be able to continue our Girl Trips on the West Coast and also offer trips on the East Coast as soon as April 2021! Would you please consider giving and joining us in our mission to create healing retreats for women?