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UU Women's Connection Summer Retreat - SW Michigan Friday, August 18, 2017

Summer Retreat 2017 - NEW!!

Connection Summer RetreatComing Home to Our Selves

August 18-20 at Ronora Lodge and Retreat Center in Watervliet Michigan

We'll gather in Trilogy Lodge, a dorm-style lodge that sleeps up to 25. Two or three twin beds per room, and bathrooms down the hall. Catered gourmet Vegan meals, nourishing workshops, wildflower walks and worship circles will make up this weekend "back to the land" on the 400+ acres of woodland and lake within the spirit-filled place called Ronora. A few workshops, plus time to explore, relax, drum, sing and commune with nature and each other.

BONUS: Our chefs Josh and Kerry would like to offer an experience on their farm for a picnic lunch on Sunday the 20th. Pick your own organically grown Blueberries, enjoy a guided tour, intro to permaculture discussion and demonstration, as well as lunch. They are asking $25 for those who want to join them on Sunday afternoon.

Cost is $200, including 3 meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. Snacks will be provided Friday evening as people arrive.

REGISTRATION OPENS JULY 9th! www.uuwomensconnection.org


  • Wildflower Walk – led by Jenny Ross. She will put together a handout so that the walk can be self guided.  If people are interested, she will guide a walk and provide photography tips.
  • Solar Cooking - led by Diana Mendelsohn. Learn to cook using the power of the sun!
  • Body Care Basics - led by Gina Ruthe. Make your own hand cream using ingredients that avoid all the chemicals.
  • Dyeing Workshop – Jenny Ross. Dye your own silk infinity scarf using Dharma Acid Dyes and Japanes Shibori techniques. Create your own unique hand-dyed 11” x 72” infinity scarf. These scarves are pre-sewn in a light weight silk Habotai which has a slightly shinny finish. The workshop will include an introduction to wrapped and sewn Shibori techniques and a short discussion of color theory.  We will then wrap and dye our scarves, steam them to set the color and then unwrap and dry our colorful masterpieces. $30.00 class fee (bring with you) includes all materials, although you should bring old clothes or an apron. You can view examples on my website www.whatjennymakes.com (If you are interested in experimenting with left over dyes on pieces of silk, wool or nylon that you already own, bring them with you. Items have to fit in a gallon sized zip lock bag to steam and set the dye. My dyes are not suitable for plant fibers and I do not have the mordants to make them work so no cotton, linen, or rayon.)


Friday 4 - 7 pm CHECK IN
Friday 8 - 9 pm OPENING CEREMONY

Saturday 8 - 9 am BREAKFAST
Saturday 9 -10 am MORNING CIRCLE
Saturday 10 - noon WORKSHOP 1 or Free Time
Saturday noon - 1 LUNCH
Saturday 1:30 - 3:30 pm WORKSHOP 2 or Free Time
Saturday 3:30 - 6:00 pm Free Time
Saturday 6 - 7 pm DINNER
Saturday 8 - 9 pm GATHERING

Sunday 8 - 9 am BREAKFAST
Sunday 9 - 10 am CLOSING and Farewells
Sunday 10 - noon Free Time (if you're staying for Lunch)

Sunday BONUS (+$25) LUNCH AND TOUR at Josh and Kerry's Permaculture Farm down the road from Ronora!

Photo by Karin Janowski

Ronora Lodge and Retreat Center, 9325 Dright Boyer Rd, Watervliet, Michigan summer@uuwomensconnection.org
UU Womenspirit at The Mountain, NC Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Rise Up Sisters! Embody HER Power!

A strong woman is one who feels deeply and loves fiercely.
Her tears flow just as abundantly as her laughter.
A strong woman is both soft and powerful.
She is both practical and spiritual.
A strong woman in her essence is a gift to the world. – Ritu Ghatourey

UUWomenspirit Fall 2017 RiseUpThis year the Divine Feminine comes into Her full shining power to create positive change on the earth and in the universe. Now is the time too that we all must embrace our own power and embody the Goddess. During times of uncertainty and despair, the Goddess and Womyn have been the ones to truly change everything they touch with compassion, intellect, and strength.For our Fall 2017 Event, we will explore the power we bring to this world when we engage all we touch with the Power of the Goddess. Gaia herself is unleashing her mighty powers to sweep away that which no longer serves us. We must be in service during these turbulent times, each of us bringing our unique abilities as we aid in midwifing this evolution of energy. Now is the time for us to examine and develop our strengths as individuals and as the collective.Come stand tall in your Divine Feminine Power with your sisters! Come be in community, ritual, and worship at our beloved Mountain. Let the Goddess remind us of who we really are. Allow Her to kindle our creative fire, and inspire us to action in every facet of our lives during this time of planetary awakening.

Here’s a one page event flyer to share with your friends: pdf UUWomenspirit Fall2017 Flyer (2.54 MB)

The Mountain, just outside of Highlands, NC http://uuwomenspirit.org/contact-us
UU Women's Connection Retreat - Racine WI Friday, October 13, 2017

October 13-15 Fall Retreat at DeKoven Center in Racine Wisconsin

shelley graffThe amazing Shelley Graff returns!

A feminist singer, songwriter, guitarist, and Singing In Sacred Circle facilitator, Shelley has been sharing her songs with audiences during the past twenty-plus years. Her folksy, personable approach to performing and facilitating Singing In Sacred Circle workshops, draw her audiences down a path of political inquiry, peace, healing, and transformation. Whether she is sharing her music at political events, women’s conferences, coffeehouses, or music festivals, Shelley charms her way into her listeners’ hearts!

smcominghomcoverShelley's third CD is Coming HomeIt includes many new songs and chants as well as songs that Shelley has written over the past twenty years. The Coming Home CD starts with a spoken word piece called "Hope" and continues with songs/chants rich with women’s voices as well as, on some pieces, accompaniment of guitar, piano, flute, and cello. As one might expect, there are many women’s voices on this CD. The following women, who Shelley calls her Amazing Spirit Sisters, lovingly added their soulsounds to this recording: Ruth Barrett, Amy Carol Webb, Kathy Crocco, dorrie andermills, Lee Hoffman, Leslie Bevans, Cherie Ackerson, Rachel Alexander, Elizabeth Bolen, Jennifer Powers, Linda Smith Koehler and Women With Wings, the Columbus Singing In Sacred Circle, and the Cincinnati Singing In Sacred Circle. The amazing and inspiring Mary Southard shared her beautiful artwork on the CD cover as well on the back of the Coming Home CD.

Download, print and share: Connection Fall 2017 flyer

Save the date and plan to join us! Registration will be open soon.

DeKoven Center, Racine, Wisconsin info@uuwomensconnection.org
Prophetic Sisterhood sermon and workshop in Coralville IA Sunday, October 15, 2017

"Prophetic Sisterhood" this October

On Sunday, October 15, 2017, at our new location in Coralville, IA, the Iowa City Unitarian Universalist Society will host a workshop focusing on the role of women in liberal religion, and featuring author Cynthia Grant Tucker.

Dr. Tucker’s Prophetic Sisterhood: Liberal Women Ministers of the Frontier illuminated the struggles of early Unitarian women ministers. Building on this, the workshop -- “Prophetic Sisterhood: Now More Than Ever” -- will examine the ways that UU women worked to raise feminine consciousness in the past, and whether they still advance a meaningful feminism today. How have women’s roles changed? How did misogyny hamper women's ministries, lay and ordained, and how did they handle it? How do the UUA, theological schools, and similar institutions address women’s interests today? This workshop will focus on taking stock of how far we have come -- and how far we have yet to go as we shape our mission and define our challenges here in the 21st century.

Dr. Tucker’s Sunday sermon on the morning of October 15 will be followed by a luncheon, with the workshop immediately after. Registration will be required. To learn more, please visit “Prophetic Sisterhood” at http://www.uusic.org/prophetic-sisterhood.

2355 Oakdale Road Coralville, IA 52241 319-337-3443
UBarU Women's Retreat in Texas Friday, October 20, 2017


The UBarU Autumn Women's Retreat out in the beautiful Texas Hill Country is just a few months away. Join us for a wonderful UbarUweekend.  Bring a friend - ALL ARE WELCOME!

The cost for the weekend is just $130 (Early Bird registration.)

Need More Information about the weekend?  log on to : http://ubaru.org/home/Womens-Retreat  
See you in October!

UBarU Camp and Retreat Center, 277 U-Bar-U Drive, Mountain Home, TX, 78058 donnaharrison@yahoo.com
Women's Retreat at Murray Grove NY Friday, November 03, 2017

Murray Grove Womens RetreatMurray Grove Campground has an annual Women's Retreat


431 US Hwy. 9 at Church Lane Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734-0246
WomanSpirit in Evanston IL Friday, February 02, 2018

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February 2nd - 4th, 2018

Unitarian Church of Evanston

image by Irene YoungCome join us to hear Holly Near speak of music and activism in her keynote, “I Am Willing”.  She will lead an all-conference workshop on Saturday morning and be in concert* on Saturday night — “Singing For Our Lives”.  And that’s not all!  Holly will lead our worship service on Sunday morning.

* Separate ticket is required for entry to the concert Saturday night.

"I do not separate my music from my heart nor do I separate my ideas from my daily life. ...  It is from this personal place that I write my songs."  Holly Near

Image courtesy of Irene Young

Register now; price increase to $175 on September 4, 2017

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1330 Ridge Ave Evanston, IL 60201 womanspirit@womenandreligion.org
SWUUW Conference in Austin TX Friday, February 23, 2018

SWUUWCon 2018

Plan now to join us in Austin Texas
February 23-25, 2018



Keynote Speaker: Texas State Representative Donna Howard.
Featured Musician: Kiya Heartwood
Featured Minister: Rev. Meg Barnhouse

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Austin, TX conference@swuuw.org
Pacific Central WR Retreat in Napa CA Thursday, March 08, 2018

"Sharing Light”
the 2018 W&R Pacific Central District Retreat

March 8 – 11, 2018 at
Enchanted Hills Retreat

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Join a wonderful group of women for a time away from the everyday world, with beautiful surroundings in a nurturing community. The retreat offers delicious meals, workshops for mind, body, and spirit, conversations with new and old friends, and a boutique, silent auction, and book swap.



Enchanted Hills Retreat, Napa CA
UU WomenSpirit at The Mountain, NC Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spring Institute and Gathering!

What can you look forward to experiencing at our events?

Take a look at the About Events page.

Do you want to sell items at Brigid’s Bazaar?

Anyone attending the event may request space to sell woman-made creations or items from her woman-owned business. Artists keep 90% of the sales and give 10% to UUWomenspirit. You will be responsible for selling your items during the scheduled times. Check back here a couple of months before the event for the link to the agreement form.

Would you like to offer massage therapy services?

If you are a licensed massage therapist, you may offer massage. You will need to provide your own table and find your own space. PLEASE check with cabin mates before offering massage in your cabin. You can reserve a space in the sales area where women can sign up. Therapists keep 90% and give 10% to UUWomenspirit. Check back here a couple of months before the event for the link to the agreement form.

Do you need financial assistance to attend?

UUWomenspirit is proud to offer some financial assistance to those who need it. Check back here a couple of months before the event for the link to the application form.

Where will the event be held?

UUWomenspirit Institute and Gathering are held at The Mountain, just outside of Highlands, NC. Please use these links to get more information.

Directions to the Mountain
Information about coming to the Mountain

If you have any questions about UUWomenspirit, please contact our Membership Coordinator.

Plan way in advance!

Fall: October 10-14, 2018
Spring: May 15-19, 2019
Fall: October 16-20, 2019
Spring: May 13-17, 2020
Fall: October 14-18, 2020

The Mountain, just outside of Highlands, NC http://uuwomenspirit.org/contact-us