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2024 Workshops

Morning Workshops       Afternoon Workshops       Late Afternoon Workshops       Special and Ongoing Activities

Morning Workshops

Designing with Nature in MindBetty Struckhoff, Master Gardner
This presentation will show how to design with native plants, creating a habitat appealing to critters as well as to you and your neighbors. It demonstrates how a native landscape can reflect your tastes while still supporting our ecosystem.

Fee: $5.00
Class minimum: 10       Class maximum: 20
Location: Barn


Chair YogaMilli Matronia
This workshop will move your body through a complete series of seated yoga poses, standing balance exercises and end in complete relaxation. Designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement and promote relaxation.

Fee: $5.00
Class minimum: 10       Class maximum: 20
Location: Cramner Upstairs


What are your true colors?Claudia Jean Potts
True Colors is an entertaining way to learn about your unique personality style. Is there someone in your life you would like to understand or get along with better? Would you like to find out how others see you? Would you like to create win-win relationships with people in your life? Join in a fun way to learn a tool to enjoy success in your personal and professional life.

Fee: None
Class minimum: 4       Class maximum: 10 (This workshop is full.)
Location: Cramner Downstairs


PapermakingSuzanne Obeholtzer
Participants will learn to make sheets of paper using plant fiber pulp and water. Plain sheets can be made to be used for writing, drawing, etc. We will also use several methods for decorating the sheets. Participants should wear non-slip-soled shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting slightly wet.

Fee: $4.00
Class minimum: 4       Class maximum: 8 (This workshop is full.)
Location: Cottage


Afternoon Workshops

Zhineng QigongJoan Meier
Zhineng (Wisdom) Qi(life energy) gong (practice) is an ancient eastern practic to improve and maintain physical, emotional, and mental health by gathering and improving qi flow. This is accomplished using physical movement, chanting and your consciousness. This practice can be accomplished from a standing or seated position. At a beginning level, movements are very gentle and look like reaching and bending with feet firmly on the floor. Qi is gathered and flow is induces via movement into the physical, emotional and mental centers of the body. This results in feeling relaxed and invigorated.

Fee: $10.00
Class minimum: 2       Class maximum: 20 (This workshop is full.)
Location: Cramner Upstairs


Zen and 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 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. You are welcome to bring a picture of your own favorite animals to include.

Fee: None
Class minimum: 0       Class maximum: Unlimited
Location: Barn


Mehndi-Inspired Temporary Body ArtJulia Berger​
Are you interested in temporary body art but not sure where to start? This workshop can help! We’ll use Bic Bodymark Temporary Tattoo Markers to learn how to create mehndi-inspired designs on ourselves. Bodymark Markers are designed for drawing on skin, and adhere to US FDA cosmetic regulations (but have not been tested on sensitive skin). Participants will each receive two Bodymark Markers to take home (cost of the markers is covered by the workshop fee).

Fee: $7.00
Class minimum: 2       Class maximum: 10
Location: Cottage


Phone apps for Mindfulness and HealthJennifer Stewart
How can I build healthy habits? Why are there SO MANY apps claiming they can help? How do I push through the overwhelm and choose an app to use? If these are questions that run through your mind, you are not alone. There are millions of people sifting through over 2500 apps just about meditation!! Attend this workshop to learn about the most fun, most recommended, easiest to use, and safest apps to support your mindfulness and health. We will discuss apps for building habits, meditation, sleep, tracking your health, and much more.

Fee: None
Class minimum: 2       Class maximum: 25
Location: Cramner Downstairs


Late Afternoon Workshops

Qigong MeditationJoan Meier
This meditation balances the emotions using the 5-organ method (heart, spleen/pancreas, lungs, kidneys, and liver). This practice is particularly helpful to many people for “winding down” or to “slow the mind from racing thoughts”. Participants will receive a link to download the meditation used during this session for their own use.

Fee: $10.00
Class minimum: 4       Class maximum: 20
Location: Cramner Upstairs


Pocket HeartsJulie Charles​
Pocket hearts are small, heart-shaped items crafted with care and sentimentality. They can be made from various materials , but we will be making them using felt and various embellishments. Create one (or more) as tokens of love, comfort, or support. Give them to loved ones or strangers as a reminder of their affection or as a source of emotional comfort during times of separation or difficulty. Each homemade pocket heart is unique and special. All supplies will be provided. Hearts are appropriately 2 inches x 2 inches. There will also be lavender and polyfill available as stuffing for the hearts. This allows the heart to be used as a sachet…in a drawer or in a purse!! Appropriate for all skill levels. Be sure to bring your reading glasses! A picture is worth a thousand words!

Fee: None
Class minimum: 5       Class maximum: 8 (This workshop is full.)
Location: Cottage​


Time for OurselvesKate Magrath
This workshop is a time for you to gather with some talkative--or quiet--friends and work on something you have not had time to get to on your own. Got a list of Works-in-Progress? This is a time to work on it.

Fee: None
Class minimum: 1       Class maximum: 20
Location: Cramner Downstairs


Targeted TappingGail Rock, MA, M’Div
Tapping uses an understanding of meridian endpoints, the basis of the ancient Chinese practice 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 into their own healing potential. For an introductory video, please check out https://www.thetappingsolution.com/ As a practitioner of Tapping for 8 years, I have used a wide variety of guided "meditations" for different stresses on my body. In this session, I would like to take requests by the participants. In this session, I would like to take requests by the participants. What area in your body holds anxiety and stress? What blocks the energy flow in your life? If you would like to work on a specific part of the body, please email me at womensweekend@eliotchapel.org with your suggestions. This session will give you a variety of resources to help participants find guides and resources to benefit a personalized and growing program in your life.

Fee: None
Class minimum: 8       Class maximum: 15
Location: Sunroom


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.
Bring 1 - 3 nice quality treasures from home (i.e. books, DVDs, kitchen items, plants, home decor), a typed description of a service to be provided (i.e. dinner for a group, music or craft lessons, professional service), home-baked goods or preserves. Please 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). Tax receipts are available on request.
Bidding begins at 3:00pm and ends at 7:30pm Saturday. Pay for your items 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 - 3:00 pm-10:00 pm Friday and 10:00am-5:00pm Saturday; $1.50 per minute

Two massage therapists will be providing massages throughout the weekend. Sign up in Wilson Lodge.
Friday night there will be regular massage available from 6:00 - 10:00.
Saturday all massage therapists will be available at varying times - check the signup sheets.
Massages are 20 to 60 minutes.


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 and Puzzles - 8:30pm

Board Games, puzzles, 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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