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2019 Workshops

Morning Workshops       Afternoon Workshops       Late Afternoon Workshops       Special and Ongoing Activities

Morning Workshops

FlowmotionErin Delaplain
In this hula hoop based workshop, we will be exploring fundamentals including tricks, and dance moves, leading up to exploring the flow state.  Flow is moving in a continuous stream and in our case, in a hula hoop stream. Among the benefits of hula hooping are stress relief, a full body workout, and a whole lot of fun! Leave your worries behind, I will be your guide as you give something a new try! :-) Erin is co-founder of Circle of Life Hula Hoop Organization LLC and has been teaching continuously for the past 4.5 years to both adults and children. She is currently working on her Associates of Arts in Teaching. *Hula hoops will provided, and you may also bring your own.

Fee: None
Class minimum: 3       Class maximum: 15


Bridge Over Troubled Times-Finding Your Peace and JoyCorinne Esneault & Julie Morreale
Cross the bridge with Julie and Corinne as they share proven spiritual practices which lead to peace and joy, especially during troubling times. Both are practitioners of "A Course in Miracles" " Attitudinal Healing " and "Choose Again." Come to learn and come to share what practices you apply in times of trouble to regain your inner peace. Julie Morreale is a licensed professional counselor and retired teacher. Corinne Esneault is a retired healthcare and early childhood education professional. Both are trained facilitators by Attitudinal Healing International and have been facilitating AH groups since 2011. 

Fee: None
Class minimum: 1       Class maximum: 30


Living the Plant-Based LifeSharon McCarron
Have you been hearing about famous people who have adopted a plant-based diet? People like Pres.Bill Clinton, Mayim Blalik, Tom Brady, Natalie Portman, Betty White, Beyonce and a growing list of others,including physicians and hospitals, are jumping on board. Hear from someone who has benefited from this science-based nutritional approach to eating that can slow and even reverse many of the top diseases killing us! Samples of whole-food, plant-based recipes will be available for tasting.

Fee: $5.00
Class minimum: 2       Class maximum: 15


MindstitchingKayci Combs Lueker
Gather together to meditate and create. Come Discover the power of stitched words. Thread, needle, fellowship and meditation. Kayci Lueker will guide a meditation that will bring out words to soothe your mind and spirit. This word or words are then stitched into an aida cloth for creating a beautiful piece of art to look at daily, put in your car or on your mirror, hold a crystal or share with a friend. No counting just back stitching - easy and effective Replace the negative thoughts by stitching into your brain new ones! allow open awareness to bring you back in a higher thought. No experience necessary and all materials provided.

Fee: $5.00
Class minimum: 10       Class maximum: 25


Afternoon Workshops

YogaCindy Fernandez
Come join Cindy Fernadez in a calming and centering yoga class that you can practice at work.  The class includes Chair Yoga postures that will work out the kinks and relieve your physical and mental stress and select hand mudras that will help you regain a positive outlook, relieve tension, increase ones concentration, reduce fatigue, and aid in keeping one grounded and free from negative thought. 

Fee: $5.00
Class minimum: 7       Class maximum: 15


Essential Oils Make and TakeKendra Sweezey-Errar
An introduction to the endless uses for essential oils; one of nature’s best gifts for health and wellness in your home for yourself, kids, babies and even for your pets. This is a fun and informative class where you will also make 2 DIY items to take home.

Fee: $10.00
Class minimum: 6       Class maximum: 16


One Stitch at a Time - Beginning NeedlepointJulie Charles
Join Julie and stitch a chalice. This project is being designed so that it can be finished over the weekend. We will mostly use a basket weave stitch, but if time allows, we will look at other stitch and embellishment possibilities. You may just find a new passion! All materials included.

Fee: None
Class minimum: 1       Class maximum: 25


Zen & Your Creative SelfLynn Murphy
This workshop is intended to combine the beauty of peaceful Zen spirituality and creativity. It is intended to be both relaxing and fun. First, we will start with a relaxing meditation to bring peace to our day. Then we will take time to savor the lusciousness of eating fruit mindfully. After feeling relaxed and focusing mindfully, we will next enjoy creating our own miniature Zen garden followed by gardening and enjoying the beauty of the garden we created. Last, we will use our creativity to create our own individual Zen animal/nature book (examples will be provided). Come enjoy the peace and beauty of Zen and a chance to explore your own creativity.

Fee: None
Class minimum: 3       Class maximum: 20


Late Afternoon Workshops

Creating PhotographsDotty Storer
Bring your camera and enjoy photography with Dotty as we talk about tips, spend time shooting and share our pictures. General knowledge of your camera is required. A digital camera is preferred but film or cell phone is ok.

Fee: None
Class minimum: 3       Class maximum: 20


An Experiential Experience with EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, or TappingGail Rock, M.A., M’Div & Verna Hopkins
Tapping uses an understanding of the meridian “endpoints”, the basis of the ancient Chinese medical system of acupuncture/acupressure, to balance or unblock the energy flow through each meridian. Tapping may provide relief from chronic pain, emotional problems, disorders, addictions and physical diseases. The studies show that cortisol, a stress hormone released during the stress response, drops significantly with Tapping. Tapping is simple, painless and gives individuals techniques to tap into their own healing potential.

Fee: None
Class minimum: 10       Class maximum: 20


Zentangling as Active MeditationNicole Nichols
Zentangles are miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art created through a specific method from an ensemble of simple, structured patterns called zentangles on a 3.5 inch square paper Zentangling is a form of artistic meditation as one focuses on "Anything is possible, one stroke at a time." $5 paid with registration covers basic materials used in the class. Nicole will also have starter kits for an additional $7 that you can pay her at the retreat. Nicole Nichols is a member of Emerson UU Chapel, mother of 2 boys and one big beautiful female rescue dog. She has tried various forms of meditation over the years, but always found herself yawning - or sometimes actually falling asleep - during the quiet or guided type of meditations. She has also been coloring for years, bringing copies of mandalas to conferences, along with colored pencils, markers, and other fun media. It was not until the last few years that it has become popular to color and do other types of "active meditation" - and a lightbulb suddenly turned on above her head! She has been meditating all along - "Actively meditating"! Upon that realization, she did a little research on active meditation and came across Zentangling. While not a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), she had been practicing this method for a few years and is happy to share it with others.

Fee: $5.00 basic materials
Class minimum: 5       Class maximum: 20


Taste of Belly DanceNisaa
Enjoy the health and fitness benefits of dance while experiencing the music and culture of the Middle East! In this “taster” class, Heather will:  Present an overview of the origins of belly dance  Guide you through a series of warm-ups to prepare your body for dancing  Introduce the basic posture and body alignment necessary for belly dance  Break down several of the hip and torso movements that form the foundation of the dance  Lead you through your first belly dance combinations to Middle Eastern music! Heather D. Ward (“Nisaa”) has been teaching Middle Eastern dance since 2003. Although specializing in raqs sharqi, Heather also teaches and performs a variety of Middle Eastern folkloric dance forms. Heather began her studies of Middle Eastern dance with several well-known dancers in Missouri and Illinois and now continues her dance education through master classes, seminars, and workshops with internationally-renowned dancers such as Mahmoud Reda, Sahra Saeeda, and Yousry Sharif. In the summer of 2008, Heather opened her studio in south St. Louis as a dedicated space for the propagation of Middle Eastern dance, music, and culture in the St. Louis area.

Fee: $10.00
Class minimum: 10       Class maximum: 30


Special and Ongoing Activities

There's no need to register for these activities:



Scholarship Silent Auction - 3:00pm to 7:30pm

Proceeds from this fun activity benefit the Women's Weekend Scholarship Fund.
Please bring 1 - 3 nice quality treasures from home (i.e. books, DVDs, kitchen items, home decor, quilt, etc.) or items to be added to an existing gift basket (i.e. gift cards, wine, lotions, etc.). Do not bring sized clothing.
Place your items on the "Donations" table when you arrive. If you wish to set a minimum bid, please attach that information to your item.
If your item does not sell, you have first dibs to take it back. Any other items that have not sold will be donated to charity (Miriam Shop, Goodwill, etc.). Tax receipts are available on request.
Bidding begins at 3:00pm and ends at 7:30pm Saturday. Pay for your items by check or cash by 8:00pm.

Location: Wilson Lodge


Name Button Making Table - All Day

Make a name tag button for yourself. The first button is free. Make more for $1.00 each. Remember to bring your old magazines and catalogs to share. This has been a favorite activity of many for years and years.

Location: Wilson Lodge



Massage - 6:00 pm-10:00 pm Friday and 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday; $1 per minute

Three massage therapists will be providing massage therapy in sleeping rooms connected to Wilson Lodge throughout the weekend. Friday night, Gina Taylor will be offering massage and Kayci Combs Lueker will be offering chair massage from 6:00 - 10:00. Saturday, Gina Taylor and Karen Gender will be offering massage - choose between 10 to 30 minutes.



New this year!

Reiki - 10:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday; $1 per minute

Kayci Combs Lueker will be providing Reiki sessions in a sleeping room connected to Wilson Lodge.
From www.reiki.org: Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.


Network Table - Business / Hobby / Special Event Table and Community Board

Put out your business cards, brochures, fliers promoting your hobby, special event or business. A community board will be available to post an interest or activity during Women's Weekend.


Campfire - 8:30pm

Enjoy a campfire (weather permitting)


BYOB Wine Tasting - 8:30pm

Bring a couple bottles of your favorite wine and all that are interested can participate in Wilson Lodge.


Board Games - 8:30pm

Board Games, fun, and Meriment in Wilson Lodge.



Time for Ourselves
Take a walk, munch on snacks, talk with a friend, make a new friend or work on an unfinished craft project while nurturing relationships with friends old and new. What have you been putting off?

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