What: The Annual WUUC Women’s Retreat
When: May 4 6, 2017 (Friday to Sunday)
Where: Mountain Springs Lodge, Plain WA (Leavenworth area; about a 2-hour drive)
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 jewelrymaking,
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 and also in the lobby. 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!