Second Annual Women’s Retreat:
Finding our Belonging
For women of all ages and stages of life
Please note: The 2017 retreat sold out, so please do not wait to reserve your spot if you’d like to join us.
October 13th, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Swarthmore Friends Meeting House
Investment is by sliding scale:
Please pay what feels meaningful and comfortable to you.
If you’re able to pay a bit more, it will help another woman who can pay less
We invite you to join us for the second annual Gathered Women’s Retreat. This year’s theme is Finding our Belonging
We are offering a day to connect with yourself at a deep and authentic level, while also connecting with like-minded sisters.
This is a day to be seen and understood by a supportive community so that you can more clearly see yourself and all your greatness.
This is a day when there is room in your life and in your heart to be supported and inspired.
This is a day for you to give yourself the loving care you give to so many others.
This is a day to belong to yourself among others.
Through mindfulness, yoga, art, massage, + nourishment, we will spend the day exploring what it means to belong—to ourselves, the earth, the community, and the world.
In the morning, we will use reflection to recognize our shadows, the parts of each of us that we wish weren’t so. By bringing these to light, we allow them to belong even if they are messy, loud, needy, and uncomfortable.
We’ll then use art to help us let go of something that no longer serves us—something that perhaps prevents us from achieving the state of belonging we desire.
In the afternoon, we will explore food and nourishment as a way to belong to the earth, each other, and our shared humanity—across the span of time and culture.
Through massage and the power of touch, we will grow in our belonging to the community.
And in the movement of yoga and power of our bodies we will remember what it is to belong to the universe as a whole.
We will conclude the day with reflection and space to solidify what we have learned and see next for ourselves.
There will be time for deep work and space for reflection and quiet.
Lunch, dinner, and snacks are included, provided by Annmarie Cantrell, owner of Cucina Verde (dairy-free, gluten-free, and meat-free options available).
“Both in and out of the context of birth, women are the most powerful beings on this earth. Our ability to move mountains, nurture, heal, give, and restore is like no other force there is. That power can leave us inspired and energized, or exhausted and depleted, depending on what we receive back. We must, therefore, call upon each other as a source of care and rejuvenation. By reflecting on our ancestral roots that link us to all women that have come before us, and connecting to women within our circle and beyond, we are reminded of our strength and importance. I created this retreat to serve as a well of water for women that feel like they are running dry. I am humbled beyond belief by the love and devotion my co-hosts have given to planning this event, and by every woman that has graced us with her presence.”
From Kym Spalding, art therapist:
“The 2017 Women’s March in Washington, D.C. created some of the most profound memories of my life. Early that morning, while making our way toward the stage and still blocks and blocks away, we realized we couldn’t get any closer. We could neither see nor hear any of the official events taking place. Occasionally someone squeezing by us would grumble about this fact, but I would say, “Don’t be upset. This is a good thing; it means there are a lot of people here.” We had no concept of crowd size. No visuals. No cell service. I started to feel a bit claustrophobic, so we snaked through the crowd looking for the outside edge, only to realize there wasn’t one. We were able to find pockets of less density which offered some breathing room. Occasionally someone would pass by, almost in a panic, looking for the edge. I would say, “It’s OK. Stand in this space. This is a good thing.” But at one point I became so wedged in that I was no longer supporting my own weight. I might have begun to panic myself but then it happened, all the isolated chants that clashed together all morning as indistinguishable noise over the city now united as a single phrase, a single voice, “This Is What Democracy Looks Like.” A voice that sang out from miles in every direction, illuminating the enormity of what had been born. Soon, we were able to see the mall and the city streets overtaken by women who were rising up and being heard. It wasn’t until the following days that I was able to fully appreciate how women the world over helped support me in that vast congregation as I became one with the movement.
“For me, The Gathered Women Retreat was born of the desire to create something tangible of that powerful moment. Women came home ready for action, but became conflicted, overburdened, and exhausted by their newly adopted roles in our society that go way beyond party politics. Last year we saw a need for focus on grounding ourselves then rising up to meet the needs we see before us. This year the topic is finding our belonging in ourselves, our lives, and our changing communities. As an art therapist, I am often witness to the change that can happen to people who engage with art materials in a meaningful way. It is an honor to bring this practice to the retreat again this year.”
The Women’s Retreat is co-created + hosted by 6 local women from a range of wellness specialties
Diana Spalding, Women’s Health, Gathered Birth
Kymberlie Berrien Combs, Massage Therapist, Berri Healthy
Annmarie Butera Cantrell, Food Educator, Cucina Verde
Suki Kermes, Yoga Instructor, Practice with Suki
Gwenn Prinbeck, Life Coach, Gwenn Prinbeck Coaching
Kim Spaulding, Art Therapist