55th Annual Spring Conference
June 7-9, 2013

Pilgrim Park Retreat Center, Princeton, IL

The Fabulous Face of the Divine Feminine
Embracing the Goddess Within

Teressena Bakens is a spiritual midwife helping people heal and transform through shamanic ceremony. Her path of shamanic study began with Ojibwe Grandmother, Woman of the Four Skies and Oneida Grandmother, Bright Day Star Woman, who shared their Native American wisdom with her. Teressena passes on the wisdom shared with her by conducting women's circles, shamanic ceremony, and facilitating workshops. She is also a full-mesa carrier in a Peruvian lineage of shaman and a graduate of the Healing the Light Body School. Over the past 13 years, she and her husband, Martien, have studied and received initiations with Mayan and Olmec elders. Together they facilitate sacred journeys to the Mayan lands. She is also the guardian of the crystal skull, Opheleah.
Teressena is a visionary artist and published author. She has been a keynote speaker and presenter at several conferences and symposiums in the United States and abroad. Teressena is a mother and grandmother and resides with her husband in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Workshops offer a variety of ways to explore and find YOUR unique voice. Sign up on arrival.
Example: Triple Goddess: Triple the Fun! Awaken and embody the primordial archetype of the maiden, mother, crone in a grand new way. This is an invitation to step into the triple goddess that permeates all life and reside within us. A fun playshop to inspire, enliven and express the divine feminine through movement, meditation and creativity. Participants will gain a new understanding, appreciation and confidence for themselves as empowered women and dynamic goddesses

Do-It-Yourself Activities will provide opportunities to make something yourself or Walk the Labyrinth, Visit with Sisters, Hike, Nap, Day Dream, Read, get a massage or spend time in the music, sights and sounds of nature.

Pilgrim Park offers a limited number of modest accommodations and well prepared, simple food.

Book Exchange/Sale Hardbound and soft bound book donations are sought for our bargain book tables.

Silent Auction Bring your gently used items to contribute to the Connection's only fund-raiser! The auction begins on Friday and ends Saturday Evening.

Don't miss Open Microphone!!

NEW THIS YEAR: There will be vending by the keynote speaker and a few other vendors.

Register by May 23 for the Early Bird rate!
If you are applying for a scholarship, REGISTER EARLY!


Registration Fees UUWC Member Non-Member
Full Conference $60 $75
Saturday Only (incl registration, use fee, plus lunch & dinner) $80 $95
Room and Board ALL  
Upper Conference Center -- Single (on the main floor, with private bath) $140  
Upper Conference Center -- Double $125  
Lower Conference Center (dorm type room with shared bathroom) $105  
Higgins Lodge -- Double Occupancy Only (a short walk from the main building) $120  
Tent Camping (bring your own tent and bedding) $55  


  • Rates listed are per person for the entire conference period, Friday evening through Sunday morning.
  • Meals included are Friday dinner (6-7 p.m.) through Sunday breakfast.
  • Check-in time is 4 p.m. Friday. Room checkout time is 10 a.m. Sunday.
  • Sheets, pillow, blanket, towel and washcloths are provided (except tent camping – you will need your own tent and bedding).

There are a limited number of rooms in the Upper Conference Center, so send in your reservations early!