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Honoring Ourselves and Our Community
UU NNED Women & Religion Fall Retreat

October 4-6, 2013

Geneva Point Conference Center, Moultonborough, NH

Our theme this year “Honoring Ourselves and Our Community” builds on our theme of “Gathering our Community” from last fall. The schedule, although not completely finalized, features our usual community gathering ceremonies – Closing and Opening the Sacred Circle, The Water Ceremony, Entertainment by Us, and The Worship Service – as well as a range of art, movement, acupressure and meditative workshops. As always, there is time for personal reflection and the flexibility to participate in as many or few workshops as you wish. Remember this is your weekend and we want it to work for you. I look forward to the positive energy and the connections I enjoy during the retreat and the gifts they provide me when we all depart.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. UU women will get first preference.  Cost is $130 to $190 depending on room -outlined on registration form. Cancellations before Setpember 8 will be assessed a $50 fee. There will be NO refunds after September 13, 2013.

If you have any questions about the programming or Geneva Point, please email Faith Barnes. Any questions about registration should be emailed to Joy Blanchette, Administrator, NNED-UUA

All spaces at Geneva Point  have heat.  Bedding and bath towels are provided.  You may want to bring a beach towel if you plan to swim or kayak/canoe.  Meals and room assignments: Friday night dinner will be a pot luck provided by us and served in Gibbes House. Please bring your own plate, cup and flatware. The remainder of our meals Saturday- 3 meals and Sunday breakfast will be served in the Meeting House Dining Area. Munchies from our traditional “grazing table” are provided by us. We have been assigned Gibbes House and the Chapel Line Cabins. Gibbes House has ten rooms and is where we will be holding many of our events. The Chapel Line Cabins are a short walk to Gibbes House. If you have mobility issues you will be assigned a first floor room in Gibbes House.Registration is on a first come, first served basis.  UU women will get first preference. The Registration Deadline has been extended to September 13, 2013.  Cost is $130 to $190 depending on room -outlined on registration form.  Cancellations before Setpember 8 will be assessed a $50 fee.  There will be NO refunds after September 13, 2013.  SCHEDULE

Participation in scheduled activities is optional. This is your weekend and we hope that you will share your gifts and talents with our community of women. Become involved by helping with setting up/cleaning up, organizing or leading an activity, offering your skills in healing, whether it be massage, a listening ear, music, or whatever!! Each of us makes community.The “4 Goddesses Dancing” banner will be available all weekend to be added to and enjoyed, we invite you to decorate this beautiful banner with a personal contribution.

Friday October 4th
2:00-4:00 PM        Retreat Planners arrive
4:00-6:00 PM        Registrants arrive and settle in: Check in at the Gibbes House with one of our greeters and settle into your room, pick up your nametag. Set up Blanket Bazaar, Trash & Treasures, Clothing Swap, Potluck donations,  Grazing table and Altar; walk to the lake, explore Geneva Point Conference Center
6:00-7:00 PM       Potluck Dinner in Gibbes House Meeting Room
7:00-8:00 PM       Orientation,  Gibbes House -- Faith Barnes
                             Brief Intro of workshops and their leaders 
                             Review retreat ground rules regarding respect and speaking for oneself
                             Review site rules and regulations by Geneva Point staff member Introductions &
                             Ice Breaker -- Faith Barnes
8:00-9:00 PM       Creating Sacred Space in Gibbes House – TBA
                             Singing led by Chris Chance
9:00-10:00 PM     Socialize, head to bed or drumming at the fire pit (upper lawn) (weather permitting)Saturday, October 5th 
7:00-7:45              Tai Chi, Lawn or Gibbes House  -- Debbie Merrick
8:00  AM              Breakfast Meeting House Dining Area
9:00-9:15             Gather Together, Gibbes House -- Faith Barnes
9:30-10:45           The Work that ReConnects, Gibbes House – Reeva Murphy
10:45-12:15          Sacred Circle Dancing, Gibbes House -- Barbara Jabaut, Ronda LeCompte
12:30                    Lunch Meeting House Dining Area
1:30-4:00              Kayaking or swimming
1:30-3:30              Wild Women & Warriors Art Workshop , Shaw House – Nantz Comyns
3:30-4:30              Drumming Circle, Upper Lawn or Shaw House -- TBA
2:30-4:00              Yoga Dance, Upper Lawn or Gibbes House -- Chris Chance
4:00-5:15              Foot Soak and Pampering – Gibbes House– led by whoever wants to get things started!
6:00                      Group Photo Gibbes House Stairs or porch. Dress up in your fun or fancy outfit nothing is too outlandish! Bring your camera.
6:30                      Dinner – Meeting House Dining area
7:30-8:30              Water Ceremony led by TBA
A Women’s Retreat tradition. Bring your vial of water, your stories, poems,      experiences, challenges, and successes as we share with one another the spiritual meaning of our lives. While no event is mandatory at Retreat, we hope all women will attend this very special time of sharing, healing, and      hope. (Remember, we have many women who would like to share, so we’ll all      appreciate it if you keep your sharing brief.)  
8:30-9:15              Entertainment by Us! – MCed by TBA 
Share your writings, a silly skit, songs, read a poem -- any entertainment, silly or serious is welcome…or just be part of the audience. A sign up sheet will be posted to signup so acts can be scheduled. 
9:15-10:30           BONFIRE on the upper lawn for singing and drumming (weather permitting)

Sunday, October 6th
7:00-7:45              Tai Chi on lawn or Gibbes House with Debbie Merrick
8:00                      Breakfast – Meeting House Dining Area
9:00                      Discussion -- Where are we and what do we want to become? – Led by Faith Barnes - See how you can contribute to this caring and nurturing organization
10:00                    Worship Service, Gibbes House – Reeva Murphy
                             Opening of the Circle -- TBA and dance “Listen, Listen, Listen to My Heart Song” a very special tradition you don’t want to miss.
11:30 AM             Clean-Up of our common space by all. 

Departure           Safe Journey until we meet again!


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