UUWC Spring 2019 groupThe 2019 Spring Retreat was held on May 31, June 1, and June 2 at Pilgrim Park. It was an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Many of the women who attended are included in the group picture that was taken on Saturday afternoon.

Pat Hyams led us in ritual as we welcomed the directions and celebrated our element, water. Geri Schrab provided an informative keynote about rock art and her artistic journey as well as an opportunity for everyone to create a water color turtle of their own. Many women contributed their musical talents to the weekend, among them Kathy Salzano who taught a drumming workshop and Gretchen Ohmann who led us in chants and songs. Gretchen also facilitated a workshop on alternative methods of leading meetings and making decisions. We shared nourishing meals, played games together, and had time to shop from our vendors.

The grounds at Pilgrim Park are always inviting and provide many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Some people took advantage of the labrynth, others enjoyed the sun from one of the outside porches or took a walk. I encountered a living turtle on my walk. It was kind enough to pose for some pictures.We welcomed some new young women at this retreat and had an opportunity to enjoy the company of some of the older members of our community. They shared their stories and reflected on their roles in creating the UU Women's Connection and other women's groups and organizations associated with the UUA. It takes many people to put on a successful retreat like this one. If you are interested in helping with a future retreat, contact one of the Councilwomen. Planning is completed for the Summer Retreat at Ronora but Fall is just around the corner. ~ Jenny Ross

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