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Welcome! The Women and Religion Movement is alive and well in the 21st Century. A grassroots project started by lay leaders in the 1970s as an effort to promote examination of religious roots of sexism and patriarchy within the UUA and beyond, UU Women and Religion officially began as a task force following the unanimously-passed WOMEN AND RELIGION RESOLUTION at the 1977 UUA General Assembly. Although the Task Force was eventually sunsetted, the movement still exists in UU communities that hold Women & Religion programs and gatherings for those who identify as women. It exists at the UU General Assembly, where UUW&R brings our Store to the Exhibit Hall and occasionally hosts a gahering. And it lives in the hearts and lives of people who have been touched by the many changes inspired by this movement.

"We do not want a piece of the pie. It is still a patriarchal pie. We want to change the recipe!" -- Rosemary Matson


September 30 - October 2, 2011

Geneva Point Conference Center
Moultonboro, NH

The Women & Religion Committee of the NNED will be offering its fall retreat entitled Creating Connections at Geneva Point Conference Center in Moultonboro, New Hampshire, on the shores of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. Whether you are a regular attendee or a new comer please join us for camaraderie, inspiring workshops, sisterly pampering, feminine energy, fun, and the opportunity to deepen connections with women from your home congregations as well as from across the district. For more information regarding the schedule, please contact Faith Barnes. Registration questions should be directed to Susan Gorman.



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.

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.

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 at nned-uua@comcast.net.

Online Registration

More information about Geneva Point Conference Center.

Dear Ladies,

I’m sorry to have to tell you that the Northern New England District Women and Religion Spring Retreat scheduled for May 20-22, 2011 is canceled due to a lack of coordinator and liability issues.  We have put several requests out to the group, starting at the Fall Retreat, to fill the role of coordinator but no one has come forward.  I’ve coordinated most of the retreats for the past 5 years or so and it has been an amazing experience.  It has helped me professionally by improving confidence in public speaking and organizational skills, but also personally by giving me the opportunity to get to know so many amazing women.  Although I have no intention to leave the group altogether, it is someone else’s turn for the responsibilities and rewards of leadership.  Another issue is the subject of liability as we currently are not under the umbrella of the District, there is personal financial risk to the organizers.

Susan Gorman, Jen Civiello, Sue Buckholz, Faith Barnes, Barbara Jabaut, and Marjorie Young are meeting with Rev. Mary Higgins of the NNED on April 8th to work out details of re-affiliation with the district.  This will mean working in some new ways with the district, including administrative support and liability coverage.  We hope this meeting will allow for a fall retreat at Geneva Point Conference Center on Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2.  In order for a fall retreat to happen, we will need a retreat coordinator and perhaps other women to serve as part of the Women and Religion NNED committee.  More details will be available after the April 8th meeting.

If retreats have been important to you in the past, think about how you might become involved to allow them to continue.

Yours in faith and friendship,

Leslie Bayers


2:00-4:00         Retreat Planners arrive

4:00-6:00         Registrants arrive and settle in:

Check in with one of our Greeters (See Housing Chart)

Set up Blanket Bazaar, Trash & Treasures, and Clothing Swap, Grazing Table, Altar

6:00-7:00         Dinner

7:00-8:00         Orientation Inn

Welcome by Susan and Faith

Brief introductions of workshop leaders

Review site rules and regulations by Geneva Point Staff member

Introductions & Icebreaker - kything led by Susan Gorman

8:00-9:00         Creating Sacred Space Inn Lobby

Casting Our Circle led by Barbara Jabaut

Singing led by Chris Chance

9:00-10:00       Socialize, drumming at bonfire  or head to bed                                                  



7:00-7:45         Tai Chi led by Deb Merrick     

8:00                 BREAKFAST           

9:00-9:15         Gather together, talk about workshops for Crones-2-be and Sisters

                         – Reading about Wise Women – Barbara Jabaut Inn Lobby

9:30-10:15       Sisters meet with Crones -2-Be  Inn Lobby

10:30-12:15     Sisters – Gift making led by Debbie Merrick, Anna Myers & Reeva – Inn Lakeside Room

10:30-11:15     Crones-2-Be – Intention setting led by Susan Gorman – Inn Lobby

11:15 – 12:15   Crones-2-Be – Bookmaking & discussion led by Crones – Inn Lobby

11:00-12:15     Writing Workshop for the less Crafty Inclined – Sue Buckholz – Chapel Line Cabins

12:30               LUNCH

1:30-2:30         Sacred Circle Dancing led by Ronda Lecompte and Barbara Jabaut - Chapel

2:30 – 4:00       Crones-2-Be – Bookmaking & discussion cont’d led by Crones – Inn Lobby

1:30 – 4:00       Sisters – Gift Making cont’d led by Debbie, Anna & Reeva – Inn Lakeside Room

3:30 - 5:00       Decorating Chapel or Inn Lobby for Croning Ceremony

5:30                 Group Photo – Inn or Chapel

6:00 - 7:00      DINNER

7:00 - 9:00ish   Croning Ceremony – Emceed by Faith & others – Chapel or Inn Lobby         

9:00 – 10:30 Drumming, Dancing, celebrating new Crones – Inn, Chapel or around the fire Pit



7:00-7:45         Tai Chi led by Deb Merrick

8:00                 BREAKFAST

9:15 - 10:15     Business Meeting led by Susan and Faith

10:30-12:00     Worship Service including Water Ceremony led by Kathy Engle – Inn Lobby or Chapel

12:00- 12:30    Opening the Circle led by Barbara Jabaut

12:30               LUNCH 

1:00                 Everyone help pack up and say goodbye


Schedule and Program Subject to Change

Sign ups available for hike, kayak or swim

A book that has helped some of our sisters for the inner work in the journey to being Croned was Crones Don't Whine, Concentrated Wisdom for Juicy Women by Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D.


UU W&R Spring Retreat, June 11-13, 2010


Registration DEADLINE: May 14, 2010 for June 11-13 weekend.
Registration is on a first come, first served basis. UU women will get first preference.

Cancellations before May 14th will be assessed a $50 fee. There will be NO refunds after May 14th.

COST per person: Includes 2 nights and 6 meals (Friday dinner –Sunday lunch) and all retreat activities. INN beds include blanket, comforter, and pillow. Linens $10 extra-include sheets, bath, face, and wash towels; or you can supply your own.

Wood stove in first floor lobby supplies building’s only heat. Shared toilet/shower rooms. Retreat  gathering area will be 1st floor Inn lobby. Also use of 2 lower level rooms and porch for retreat activities. Dining in nearby building.

Check payable to: NED Women and Religion
Send this form and check to: Barbara Jabaut, Registrar 23 Stackpole Rd. Durham ME 04222
Contact: registrar@uuwomenandreligion.org or (207) 784-2261.

W&R strives to make our retreats available to all women who wish to attend, regardless of
ability to pay. Preference is given to UU women. For more info, contact Barbara Jabaut (info, above)
We welcome your tax deductible donations to our Scholarship Fund.

June 11-13
Geneva Point Conference Center

Download registration form:· Registration Form

Informational Poster:· Poster

Attention Women!  Especially those who may be interested in being croned this year.

We have two very special UU Women & Religion retreats planned in 2010 for the women of the Northern New England District.  The spring retreat will be June 11-13; during which we will explore the role of rituals in our lives.  Our daily rituals like morning coffee or meditation practice and the rituals that mark important transitions like entering the “wise woman” phase of our lives.  Some of the workshops will include Sacred Circle Dancing, Shamanic Journey to the Upper World, and discussions on bringing rituals into our families and daily lives.  Current Crones will meet with the women who intend on participating in the fall Croning ceremony to help them decide what elements they want in the ceremony and to assist in setting intentions.  It is not mandatory to attend the spring retreat if you are planning on being Croned in the fall but it is highly recommended.

You may wish to save the dates for the fall retreat as well—September 24-26, as it is the Croning retreat which is held only every 5 years.  This weekend is about preparing and celebrating the transition of women from the Mother aspect of the Goddess to the Crone aspect of the Goddess.  The Croning retreat offers a unique opportunity for all women to learn and grow by its focus on womanhood in its entirety and feel rejuvenated by immersing in the connection with the feminine divine.

To be eligible to be Croned you should be at least 56 years old and past menses.  There are many resources available on the web and we hope to have a resource section for that soon on this site.  In the meantime, a favorite book of many of our women is "Crones Don't Whine" by Jean Shinoda Bolen       .

Both retreats will take place at the Geneva Point Conference Center on Lake Winnipesaukee in central New Hampshire.

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