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2023 Workshops

Morning Workshops       Afternoon Workshops       Late Afternoon Workshops       Special and Ongoing Activities

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Morning Workshops

Mini Hoop EmbroideryJulie Charles
It is time, let us do this. Get excited and inspired to stitch up a tiny masterpiece that you can show off, gift to a loved one, or wear yourself. All supplies are provided. Mini embroidery hoops are 1 to 2 inches. Your stitching can be cross stitch or embroidery. If you are new to stitching, no worries as Julie will teach you. Easy peasy!

Fee: None
Class minimum: 3       Class maximum: 8 (This workshop is full.)
Location: Cottage


The Gifts of ImperfectionToni Saunders
Brene Brown, the author of the book The Gifts of Imperfection has become a household name. She is a social scientist and a kitchen table friend you can count on to tell you the truth. In her book she offers 10 guideposts to wholehearted living. The guide posts not only help us understand the practices that will allow us to change our lives and our families. They also walk us through the unattainable and sabotaging expectations that get in the way. Toni Saunders, PhD, a clinical psychologist will guide the participants in understanding the guideposts and applying them to their lives.

Fee: None
Class minimum: 0       Class maximum: 12 (This workshop is full.)
Location: Upstairs Cramner Hall


What Is Growing Here?Rev. Krista Taves
We will walk the grounds and examine the forbs, grasses, trees, bushes, and flowers. Bring your smart phones. Using apps like iNaturalist or other plant and wildlife identification apps, we will identify which plants and trees are native to the area, which have come from somewhere else, and what it means for the ecological balance of the land. If you can, please download a plant identification app onto your phone and practice using it. Here is a list of some good ones. https://brightly.eco/blog/best-plant-identification-app. If you are unable to do so, you are welcome to come 10 minutes before the start of the session for help. If you do not wish to use an app, come anyway. There will be many people around you and we will all be sharing what we have learned. Please bring umbrellas and/or raincoats in case of rain

Fee: None
Class minimum: 2       Class maximum: 13 (This workshop is full.)
Location: Meet outside Cafeteria


Afternoon Workshops

Introduction to the Appalachian DulcimerJeanne Sikora & Hilda Christ
Join Jeanne Sikora and Hilda Christ, members of the Gateway Dulcimer Society, and learn how to play an Appalachian dulcimer (also called a lap dulcimer or mountain dulcimer). A bit of the instrument’s history will be shared, but the main focus will be on learning to play some folk melodies. Each participant will have her own dulcimer to use during the workshop. Known for its sweet sound, this simple instrument will not disappoint!

Fee: None
Class minimum: 0       Class maximum: 20
Location: Barn


Yoga for Better LivingCindy Fernandez
Yoga to Improve your strength, flexibility, and mobility through standing and/or seated yoga poses specially at any level of health and fitness. The yoga class incorporates range of motion poses, alignment, strengthening, awareness, breathing and relaxation to develop better balance, core awareness and breath awareness. The class starts out with 5 minutes of breath awareness and relaxation. There is time at the end for quieting the mind to reduce anxiety and stress; and provide relaxation and renewal. You will leave the class feeling energized and refreshed. Please bring a mat, block, and strap for this class.

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


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: 15
Location: Cottage


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: Downstairs Cramner Hall


Late Afternoon Workshops

TappingGail Rock, M.A., M’Div
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: 0       Class maximum: Unlimited
Location: Sunroom next to Cafeteria


Basic Bead NecklaceKate Magrath
Join Kate for a fun exploration of color through making a "DNA Spiral" necklace. You will choose the bead colors and closure you want to use; the kit includes the thread, beading needle, and other items needed for your creation. The pattern is amazingly easy to do, and the result will amaze you!

Fee: $10.00
Class minimum: 0       Class maximum: 10
Location: Cottage


Tai chi for Arthritis and Fall PreventionJudy Plank
If you are looking for a way to reduce stress, and improve balance, consider Tai Chi. Originally developed for self-defense, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that is now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention is a form based on Sun style and is specifically designed to be gentle on the joints and to strengthen the muscles for balance and stability. Often described as meditation in motion, Tai Chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.

Fee: $7.00
Class minimum: 10       Class maximum: 20
Location: Upstairs Cramner Hall


Drumming as a Spiritual ExpressionLynn Murphy
The hand drum (djembe) has been used for generations as an integral part of music and rituals. Come explore the beauty of drumming as a spiritual expression. We will begin with basic, easy rhythms. We will first drum to familiar pop music/songs. Then we will progress to expressing our spiritual selves by drumming to familiar UU hymns. Last, new songs and chants will be introduced as we form our own drum circle. We will use our own unique energy created by the drum circle to tap into our spiritual expression. Those who want to dance around the circle as we drum are welcome to do so. Please bring a drum if you have one.

Fee: None
Class minimum: 3       Class maximum: 13 (This workshop is full.)
Location: Barn


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



Jam Session - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Bring your favorite instrument or just yourself and join Julie Charles and Lynn Murphy for a jam from 4:30 - 6:00.
Ukeleles, rhythm eggs, and drums will be available to share.

Location: the Barn


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



Book Swap

Bring 1-3 gently used books to trade with other attendees. Drop books off at the Book Swap table, and see if you see some you like, take home as many as you came with! Remaining books will be donated.

Location: Wilson Lodge



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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