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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

5th Annual Florida Unitarian Universalist Women’s Retreat

March 20 - 22, 2015

Cedarkirk Conference Center, Lithia Florida


Through structured and unstructured activities, attendees will discover ways to2015 simply connect connect to themselves as they are today, see others in new light, and delve into the spiritual and natural universes. Take a new look at the labyrinth, create a private centering display, and experience mental and possibly physical challenges with leaders through Pathfinders. Spend time with some new others or see old friends in a deeper way. Such will compose the weekend. See you there.

Registration is limited to 40 Participants – reserve your space now !

The retreat is moving to Cedarkirk as DaySpring is not available.

The retreat begins at 5pm Friday afternoon and concludes at noon on Sunday.

Both private and semi private rooms are available. Meals included in your registration fee are Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast. Our new location is less expensive! $155 semi private room with $20 deposit $175 first floor semi private room $20 deposit – limited number available $200 private room with $30 deposit – limited number available

Final payment is due by January 15, 2015

For more information and a registration form contact: Helen Leddy helen.leddy@gmail.com

We look forward to another great retreat and hope you will be able to join us this year!


The 2014 program is being planned by women from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Myers.

The theme is Women and Power.

During our weekend together we will share stories and inspirations and explore the many aspects of power in our lives and in the lives of women of the world.

DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, located conveniently off I-75, offers a wooded setting on a cove of the Manatee River.

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$220 per person covers expenses, including semi-private room and six meals. A non-refundable deposit of $20 will reserve your place.

Final payment is due by January 15, 2014.

For more information and an application, contact Rita Sizemore:
rsrsizemore@gmail.com or call 239-437-1014.

FL2013 1Third Annual Florida UU Women’s Retreat, March 15-17 - The weather was perfect, the setting attractive and the energy warm and welcoming for the forty women who gathered in retreat last month at the DaySpring Conference Center in Ellenton, Florida. For the past three years this gathering has brought UU women together from congregations as far north as Georgia to as far south as Fort Myers. The goal of the retreat is simply to strengthen connections and enjoy time together in a comfortable setting.

JBConover's Fl UU Women and Religion Conf album on Photobucket
photos by JB Conover

Florida District Women
are invited to join together in retreat

March 15-17 2013
Annual Florida District Women’s Retreat, DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, Ellenton, FL

DaySpring, located conveniently off I-75, offers a wooded setting on a cove of the Manatee River. Bring UU women together in a setting which provides opportunities for conversation, sharing herstories, laughter and music, add nature trails, rocking chairs on screened porches, bicycles, a campfire, drumming, more laughter and conversation and you create a memorable experience! We gather together to create and enhance our connections to one another. We will also enjoy good food. Special dietary concerns can be met with prior notification.

Quoting an article from TampaBay.com:
"The University of South Florida, which leases the 160-year-old house north of Brooksville and runs it as a conference center, will shut it down July 1. The facility loses about $100,000 a year, said spokeswoman Lara Wade, "and we can no longer afford to subsidize it.'' 
That means no more retreats or weddings, no more jobs for the Manor House's five employees, and, most importantly, an uncertain future for what may be the county's most historically significant and scenic property."

What this means to us is that we currently have no place to host this fall's retreat. Those of you who may know of a suitable site, please contact Michelle Gilberrt-Gregg by email: mmgyoga2go at yahoo.com

Michelle has been working on a retreat for October 9 - 11, 2009, to be titled

Peace through Yoga.

Using the science of Yoga to create Peace within & share it with others.
Explore the 8 limbs of Yoga; including chanting, meditation, and breathwork & much more.
Enjoy the cuisine and culture of India, the land of Yoga's origin.
Save the date and plan to Breathe!
There are some facilities that may be available, but that could involve more rustic facilities, or greater expense, or reduced privacy. If you are interested in attending a UUWR retreat this fall, please let Michelle know your thoughts on this.


Yoga - Join us for gentle Yoga and experience a peaceful session whereby you work to integrate yourself with the environment, the body, the mind, and the spirit. Michele Gilbert-Gregg will lead this early morning workshops on Saturday and Sunday to get you started on the day.

Nature Walk Meditation

The Chinsequt grounds have wonderful nature trails.

Immerse yourself in the Dao by moving thoughtfully through the woods. Notice the subtle changes that mark our Florida autumn season. Walk alone or with others, in early morning or after dinner.

Write First, Think Later -

 Several short exercises in getting words down with no worry about write or wrong.  We'll read and share.  A possible tool for combating writer's block. Lynn Montgomery will lead this workshop.

Community Art –

Mary Wickensheimer will teach you how to make your own reusable LED lights which can be used to illuminate balloons, paper lanterns, or other art and party projects.

Materials from this workshop will be used in the evening program.

Astrology -

Explore Chinese astrology with Leslie Rigg. Chinese astrology is based on 12 animals and 5 elements. We will also learn, in this system of divination, our outer, inner, and secret selves.

Art Memorial Piece

Join a group of women to laugh & share stories as we shore up the art memorial piece. Originally all the pieces were ironed on.  Unfortunately, many are coming off. Join us to add your personal stitches & send this work on to inspire other women to change their lives.  

The Villain-hitter –

This traditional spiritual guide will help you ward off negative influences and attract positive ones. More will be revealed about the role of this mysterious personage.

Fitness for the Not So Physically Fit Female

This is a series of full body exercises organized to be done in 20 minutes.  If you are a “couch potato” who has wanted to start exercising, then this is the class for you!  Emphasis is on basics with guidelines for more advanced exercises.  Participants will need a yoga mat to exercise on.

An Overview Of Domestic Violence

Our WomenSpirit group lost two beloved sisters (and two babies) as a result of domestic violence recently. Perhaps this workshop may help you understand why a woman gets into, stays or returns to a relationship that is emotionally,spiritually, verbally, and/or physically abusive. Or perhaps you (or someone you know) has been or is involved with "Prince(ess) Harming," and would like to have a better understanding of why and what to do.
Domestic Violence is a very big topic. I have listed some of the points below that I hope to be able to cover in the time allotted. I have worked with victims of domestic violence for many years. Many wonderful, valuable women I have met through this ministry are forever woven into my heart.

  • The bait used to hook her
  • The need to be needed
  • Fear as fuel
  • Denying/minimizing reality
  • Broken "danger" compass
  • Q&A topic: What can we do?


We may have other activities that didn’t make the press deadline.




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