Registration is now OPEN for the Annual Women’s Retreat May 4-6 at the Mountain Springs Lodge near Leavenworth. All woman and those who identify as female, 18 years or older, are welcome to this wonderfully connecting, nurturing weekend away from our busy lives.
WUUC Women’s Retreat 2018 FAQ
What: The Annual WUUC Women’s Retreat
When: May 4 – May 6, 2017 (Friday to Sunday)
Where: Mountain Springs Lodge, Plain WA (Leavenworth area; about a 2-hour drive) http://www.mtsprings.com/cabins.htm
Who Should Come: Anyone who identifies as a woman and is at least 18 years old is welcome at this retreat. This is an especially wonderful opportunity for women who are newer to WUUC to make real connections with other women at our church. If you’ve never attended before, we hope you’ll make this year your first time.
Accommodations: Two lodge buildings near each other. The main lodge, Ponderosa, includes a large gathering space, kitchen, rooms upstairs and downstairs (2-8 women/room) and a loft. The smaller lodge, Pines, is just across the field and is good for those who prefer a quieter space to park their pillow. Beds are singles, and most people report finding them comfortable. Bathrooms are generally shared among roommates or just down the hall, depending on your specific room assignment.
Cost: $230 for the weekend, including three meals in the lodge dining room. Need-based, confidential partial or full scholarships are available.
Food: Friday evening is a potluck, usually Mexican food. Saturday morning is a breakfast buffet we put together in the Ponderosa lodge kitchen, paid for out of retreat funds. Saturday lunch and dinner as well as Sunday breakfast are all prepared for us and served in the lodge dining room. Most special dietary needs can be accommodated. Some women bring snacks to share which are available in the Ponderosa kitchen.
Activities: All women who have attended agree that the main appeal of the retreat is getting away from regular life to spend time with a group of amazing women. That’s the bottom line. Some women love the structured activities; others just lounge around in pajamas, visit with people, read, draw, nap and otherwise relax. Or a combination of both!
There will be a variety of optional activities open and available all weekend, like jewelry-making, decorating bottles for sacred water, and massages (at extra cost). And, of course, the hot tubs! (There are two: one at each lodge) Throughout the weekend there will be “playshops,” where anyone can lead an activity they think others would enjoy. In the past these have included an off-site hike, discussion about nutrition, henna painting, tarot card readings, doodling, and much more.
On Friday we all make some sort of crafty name tag (or, if you’re not in the mood to be crafty, get someone to make one for you) and an all-group opening circle generally involving a rather scary number of candles. Saturday morning there may or may not be a central program, yet to be determined.
Playshops take place Saturday afternoon, and we have a variety of gatherings Saturday evening after dinner. On Sunday morning we have a worship service with our sacred water, group singing, a discussion of next year’s retreat, and then everyone helps clean up and pack. Some women join in on a rafting trip Sunday early afternoon (at extra cost).
As always, participation in activities is 100% optional. This is your retreat, make it what you want it to be.
How to Register: Registration forms are online here and also available in the lobby. If possible, we urge you to register and pay by March 15. Scholarships are available, we don’t want a lack of funds to keep you from experiencing this amazing weekend. Space is limited so don’t delay in registration! We want you there!