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What is UUWomenspirit?

UUWomenspirit Logo 1UUWomenspirit is a biannual spiritual retreat for women from all walks of life. We gather recognizing that we have journeyed on varied paths to Spirit: earth-based, indigenous tribal, Christian, Hebrew, Wiccan, Buddhist, and more. We gather to honor the manifestation of the Feminine Divine in our own deep beings, in each other, and in the world around us.

We recognize and celebrate the four ages of Woman: the Maiden, whose curiosity and boundless energy propel her towards discovery; the Mother, whose endurance and nurturing comfort all; the Warrior, whose passion and strength protect what is vital for the greatest good; and the Crone, whose wisdom and patience bring a wise perspective to us all. Each passage teaches us and those around us.

UU Womenspirit is a group of volunteers who have been holding retreats for 35+ years. They were launched by the UUW&R chapter in their district way back when. Volunteers publish a nesletter 8 times yearly. The latest issue of "She Speaks" is always on this page: https://www.uuwomenspirit.org/newsletter

Continental UUW&R Store

  • Becoming Women of Wisdom

    Marking the Passage into the Crone Years
    a curriculum in thirteen circles by Melody Lee with Karen Edwards & Dorothy Emerson

    • Marks with ritual and celebration the rite of passage into menopause and beyond
    • Explores the transition into the crone years through art, story, poetry, drama, music and dance
    • Encourages women to share their stories and claim their inner wisdom
    • Empowers women to share their wisdom with the world and live their ideals
    • Includes a CD with handouts and resources that are also available as digital download

    Read Melody's seasonal Blog at www.cronecurriculum.net

    You might also be interested in CRONE STONES by Carol Campbell or
    Guide to Crone Rituals by Meg Bowman

  • Cakes for the Queen of Heaven

    The classic women's circle study course!
    by Rev. Shirley Ann Ranck, PhD

    The resources (not the Facilitators Guides) from both volumes are now available to download! Log-in information is included in the package when you buy the curriculum. If you have already purchased the set and would like access to the files, please email store@uuwr.org.

    IN ANCIENT TIMES: This five-session Volume I of the popular adult religious education curriculum includes an introductory section featuring author Shirley's Ranck's "Statement of Feminist Thealogy," Elinor Artman's "Brief Herstory of Cakes," and Nancy Vedder-Shults, "Baking Cakes for the Queen of Heaven."


  • Goddess Gatherings

    By Melinda Morris Perrin. Thirteen sessions for a year of study in a circle of friends.

    Melinda Morris Perrin is a leader of Prairyerth, an Earth-centered Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Earth Circles at UUSS. She is a Plant Spirit Medicine practitioner and a teacher with the Seneca Indian Historical Society and Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge. She was a presenter at the 1999 Parliament of the Worlds Religions in Cape Town South Africa. Some of her books include: Goldenrods; Prairie Smoke; Winterberries andA New Day Dawns.

    For more information or permissions, contact: melindaperrin [at] msn.com

    To obtain a copy of Priscilla Herdman's CD, "Into the Stars," go to www.priscillaherdman.com

    2021 - now published by and all proceeds going to UUWR. Thanks, Melinda for your generous donations.

    Quantity discounts: 6-11 $13 each / 12-17 $12 each / 18+ $11 each. Discount will apply at checkout.

  • Meetings at the Moon

    By Rev. Joanne Giannino. A six-session spiritual journey for pre-teen girls and their mothers

    Meetings at the Moon is an opportunity for mothers and daughters to hear and tell sacred stories, create sacred artifacts, sing and dance together and to share a new relatedness based on our developing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves.

    Rev. Joanne Giannino is a Unitarian Universalist minister who has served congregations in Massachusetts, Illinois, Vermont and Arizona. Inspired by the class Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, she wrote Meetings at the Moon while serving as Director of Religious Education at the First Parish Bridgewater, UU in Bridgewater, MA.


  • Rise Up and Call Her Name FULL KIT

    A Woman-honoring Journey into Global Earth-based Spiritualities by Elizabeth Fisher
    Originally published by the UUWF in 1995, and revised in 2007, this multicultural and multimedia course has been experienced by thousands around the world. Many have been profoundly moved by its exciting exploration of sacred narratives that honor the cross cultural female divine, as well as the many diverse and creative activities included. This re-release contains all the original content but is more flexible. RiseUp website has many more resources!


  • Rise Up DVD

    A Woman-honoring Journey into Global Earth-based Spiritualities by Elizabeth Fisher

    • Two hour DVD of woman-honoring sacred art, both ancient and contemporary, that is sensitively narrated in 11 individual segments with full color menu.
    • DVD is included when you buy the FULL KIT, but you may like to get the DVD separately. It stands alone well as a group viewing, and a preview of what's in the course.
    • When you buy the FULL KIT you now have access to mp4 video files.
  • Rise Up DVD - download

    A Woman-honoring Journey into Global Earth-based Spiritualities by Elizabeth Fisher

    • When you purchase, you will be sent a login and code to download them.
    • If you already own the kit or DVD and want access to these digital files, please email store@uuwr.org.
  • Rise Up Music CD

    A Woman-honoring Journey into Global Earth-based Spiritualities by Elizabeth Fisher. Music CD of chants, songs, stories, and instrumental selections which express the emotional essence of the journey. CD is included when you buy the FULL KIT, though you may like the Music by itself.

     Listen to samples of all tracks


  • Rise Up Music CD - download

    Musical resources for the Rise Up curriculum in downloadable mp3 format!

     Listen to samples of all tracks

  • Rise Up Sourcebook

    A Woman-honoring Journey into Global Earth-based Spiritualities by Elizabeth Fisher

    • 385 page Sourcebook in a PDF e-book searchable file comprised of background and resources.
    • It is recommended that each participant have a copy of this file or a printed version of this Sourcebook to use for home study.
    • E-book can be shared with participants or additional copies can be purchased.
    • INCLUDED when you buy the FULL KIT; no need to order separately.
  • Unraveling the Gender Knot

    Challenging the System that Binds Us

    Topics in the seven two-hour sessions include gender, religion, feminism, economics, invisibility and denial, and how to challenge the patriarchal system.

    Participants and co-leaders:

    • Examine religious writings that influence our beliefs about women and men
    • Study how the patriarchal system shapes women and men
    • Identify and practice confronting patriarchal actions by organizations, other people, and ourselves