Photo Blog: Namesake Retreat

We hosted our third Namesake Retreat in Cape Town in July. It was Yebo Life's fifth retreat ever and was held at the coolest location so far! The Klein Slangkop Guesthouse is ideally situated on Long Beach in Kommetjie, and as you'll see from the photos, the house was an immense blessing to all of the retreat participants — beautiful, peaceful, and serene.

Each participant shared a room with an old friend... or a new one. Don't worry. Only the dearest of friends split the king-sized beds! Haha. 

One of our goals for every retreat weekend is to create safe space — physically and emotionally — so that people feel at ease opening up and being vulnerable with one another. That's why we limit the number of participants to six to eight, plus two leaders.

(Four leaders were present for this weekend. Kelvin and Simone are rising up as retreat facilitators for Yebo Life in Cape Town.)

I prepared all of the food for the weekend. I think it's important to stay healthy and to eat plenty of yummy, home-cooked meals! Vegetable soup, spaghetti bolognese, and American pancakes were on the menu. And there was and endless flow of coffee and hot tea.

Everyone arrived at the guesthouse around 5 p.m. on Friday, and once they found their rooms and got settled, we gathered for a group photo then dinner was served.

We chatted about the plan for the weekend, then played a quick get-to-know-you game. Oh and there was cake! The owner of the house brought us a giant chocolate cake and oranges. "Because it's fun," she said. I love that. I often wish I was as whimsical and free-spirited.

After the game, Tony and I gave an introduction to the Namesake workbook. We talked about the difference between purpose, call, and calling, and we asked people to remember that as we progressed in clarifying calling, their ultimate purpose is to glorify God. Their identities are found in Christ — not in their callings or in what they do.

We're so thankful that Brent and Nicola were able to join us on night #1 to capture these moments. The rest of the weekend was spent in discussion, introspection, prayer, and worship. Chains were broken, people were set free, and lasting friendships were made. (We also boiled countless kettles, and it looks like Tony snuck in a few surf videos too!)

If you're a young adult who's interested in attending an upcoming retreat, please click here to see the dates and locations.

All of the photos in this blog were taken by Brent Hill and Nicola Suttle of Knit Together Photography.