Here’s the latest list of tentative workshops:
Asya Lesly, a talented artist, will do a workshop on Zentangle, a trademarked method of abstract drawing created using repetitive patterns. Zentangle is intended to make the act of drawing pleasurable, meditative and accessible to all.
There were many requests to repeat MaryAnn Davis’ workshop, ”Foil Figure Power Women” that was offered two years ago. Now, “Foil Figure Power Women– Foil Figures Return”! After a brief time of reflection and meditation, attendees will create an easy-to-follow figurative sculpture made from aluminum foil, following this year’s theme. No artistic confidence or experience is required. If time allows, there will be a second, journal-making project.
SPRITUALITY, THE SUBCONSCIOUS AND EMOTIONAL FREEDOM
Sylvia Jones’ workshop, “ Crossing Bridges: Interfaith Connections,” is based on a Chautauqua she attended, presented by Meadville–Lombard Theological Seminary. She will also tell us about Chautauquas generally, and what fun they are!
“You Too Can Haiku!” Jean Embree will show you how to write great descriptive passages in the ancient Asian 17-syllable Haiku form which emphasizes nature, the four seasons, and the connections among people and the universe.
Geri Kennedy and Barbara Schonborn will do a workshop on the history of Women and Religion, the organization within the American UU church that fought patriarchy within the denomination and nationally, and created this retreat.
“Tarot—The Way into Your Subconscious and Out into Your Life!” Jean Embree will do a workshop on Tarot, explaining the significance of the cards and doing Tarot readings for workshop attendees. She will also do personal readings for others who request it if a mutually convenient time can be arranged.
Ellen Doerfer is offering a workshop on “EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique.” a universal healing tool that can provide impressive results for physical, emotional, and performance issues. EFT operates on the premise that no matter what part of your life needs improvement, there are unresolved emotional issues in the way. Even for physical issues, chronic pain, or diagnosed conditions, it is common knowledge that any kind of emotional stress can impede the natural healing potential of the human body.
“INTERACTIVE SALON: UU WOMEN AND RELIGION MOVEMENT—PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE Its social impact, historical importance, and personal healing potential” will be facilitated by Liz Fisher, UUWR activist, author, enthusiast.
Mary Ann Dahl’s workshop is “Align Your Body’s Energies to Boost Your Health and Vitality.” Come and learn a feel-good daily energy routine and get your energies humming! Simple, easy and fun way to restore your body’s natural energy flows.
Joan Mancuso will offer a session of “Luk Tung Kuen,” a 30– 40 minute routine of gentle exercises, similar to Tai Chi, but possible for anyone and everyone no matter what your abilities.
As always, there will be morning yoga on Saturday morning.
MUSIC, LITERATURE, HISTORY AND THE INTERNET
Patricia Lewis is offering a workshop on the music and poetry of feminist/activist icon Ani Difranco, who identifies herself as a bisexual atheist but once married in a UU church. Ani has received many grammys and grammy nominations for her music, a blend of folk, rock and jazz influences.
Bring your laptop or tablet for the workshop on “Mysteries of the Internet: How to have a Kindle without Buying One, Sign Up for the W&R retreat, Publish your Memoirs for FREE, and Perform other Online Marvels.” Our web maven Megan Brooks will officiate with help from Mary Ann Bernard and anyone else who cares to contribute their tips and time to those of us who are still learning to use this useful new tool.
Meg Bowman and Mary Ann Dahle will offer “Who was Sally Hemings? Should a 45-yr-old man [Thomas Jefferson] bed and impregnate a 15-yr-old girl? What if she’s his dead wife’s half-sister? What if she bears him 7 children? What if he is elected President of the USA?”
Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club was chosen as the retreat’s featured book because of our theme, ” Generations of Women.” This award–winning novel consists of sixteen interlocking stories about the lives of four Chinese immigrant mothers and their four American-born daughters. Workshop attendees will discuss the book and our retreat theme.