Together Again - Pilgrim Park June 2016
- Written by: Sage Hagy
Twice a year I look forward to getting together with a very special group of women, in the spring at Princeton Park and fall at DeKoven Center. Our last gathering was this spring in Princeton Park. It was a beautiful spring weekend where we spent time in groups and sometimes by ourselves.
On Friday we had dinner together and met two women who had driven from Nebraska that day to join us for the weekend. I love looking around and seeing familiar faces and new faces and to know I have a whole weekend to spend with them and get to know them better.
Fall 2015: The Red Tent
- Written by: Juli Cicarelli and Deb Czarnopys-White
featuring Special Guest:
Dr. Isadora Gabrielle Leidenfrost
October 9-11, 2015
DeKoven Center, Racine Wisconsin
The Red Tent: Women as Voices of Wisdom and Compassion
At the request of our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Isadora Liedenfrost, we had written down without signing our names, but with complete honesty, a deep fear or life issue we were dealing with. In our afternoon workshop we gathered together in the Red Tent and sat silently as we passed a paper bag around. In turn each of us stood up, drew out a slip of paper, and read of a concern or fear one of us was facing.
Spring 2015: Noticing, Acknowledging and Listening
- Written by: Susan Wilhelm
Once again, our Spring Conference brought us together at the Pilgrim Park Conference Center, with its cozy gathering spaces, sturdy porch furniture, and peaceful natural setting. Our keynote speaker, Marsha Forrest, spoke to us of noticing, acknowledging, and listening to every living thing, being close to the earth, and taking the time to understand our own path upon it. She led us in a self-exploration exercise that included a solitary walk, barefoot if we wished, around the grounds. We shared our symbolic hand drawn pictures and personal discoveries, and supportive and curious responses from others were much appreciated.
From Juli's Journal (Spring 2014)
- Written by: Juli Cicarelli
Every Spring, as I arrive at Pilgrim Park, peace settles over me. It seems to have the same effect on all of us, we just settle in. Pilgrim Park is set in farm country, with old stately trees, calm water, walking trails, a porch for just sitting, reading, or chatting. Every year I feel lucky to get away for this quiet weekend with no responsibilities: a time to relax.
For me, Pilgrim Park is a also a joyous place: old friends, lots of hugs, catching up , and new attendees, greeted and introduced.
I was up early Saturday, a beautiful day, and was out for a walk. By the lake I saw a woman I didn't know, moving slowly and peacefully in Tai Chi. (It was Kathy Salzano!) I stepped behind her and started following her slow flowing moves. I didn't know Tai Chi, and she didn't know me, but that didn't matter. She glanced at me, and continued. For fifteen minutes or so, in the quiet morning, with birds chirping, and frogs croaking, I was one with nature, moving slowly and gracefully. Later, when I told her how much I enjoyed it, I asked her if maybe she would do a Tai Chi morning workshop next year.
I could share the rest of my day... but you can read the rest in the Summer-Fall issue of Voices of Women!