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August 7, 2017, Monday, 7:00-9:00 pm
GATHER THE HARVEST: A Writing Workshop

1202 Watts St., Durham, NC
Late summer in the northern hemisphere is a time of abundance and harvest as well as a recognition that the heady days of sunshine and activity are on the wane. Let's pause to recognize the beauty of this moment and gather our inner harvest. By writing from prompts and sharing together, we'll practice gratitude for the stories we unearth.
Leader: Rebecca Welper, MFA
Cost: $10-$25 donation

August 19-20, 2017, 9 am-5 pm Sat., 9 am-4 pm Sunday
ACTIVATE YOUR RESILIENCE: A Weekend of Doing and Being Resilient

2726 Croasdaile Drive, Suite 210 Durham, NC
Access the meditative, physical and energy benefits of Restorative Yoga, improve your sleep with the practical skills of Sounder Sleep® lessons, create greater comfort and ease in Awareness Through Movement®.
Leaders: Debra Brazzel, M. Div., 500 hour certified EmbodiYoga teacher, and Betty Wolfe, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner CM, Authorized Sounder Sleep System® Teacher
Fee: $200 prior to August 15; $225 after 8/15 or on site.

September 12, 2017, Tuesday, 7:00 pm
FINANCIAL FITNESS FOR YOUNG WOMEN: Smart Strategies for Managing Your Money

RCWMS Office, 1202 Watts St., Durham, NC
Take charge of your financial future, create a workable budget to pay down debt of all kinds (student loan, credit cards, etc.), save, and invest wisely for today and tomorrow. This will be an opportunity for young women (40 and under) to discuss money matters with a seasoned financial professional.
Leader: Lisa Gabriel is a certified financial planner with over 30 years of financial services experience designing integrated, strategic solutions for individuals and families.
Cost: $10, free for students/low income. Click HERE to register.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

September 16, 2017, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
REFLECTIONS ON WATER: A Retreat in Honor of the Life of Anita McLeod and the Waters of our Lives

Timberlake Earth Sanctuary, Whitsett, NC
The natural world will be the setting for a weaving together of our love for Anita McLeod and for the waters of the earth that she loved. The retreat will include reflections, prayers, ceremony, and a silent "water walk" around the lake and ponds of the earth sanctuary.
Cost: There is no charge, but donations to the Ocean Conservancy in honor of Anita will be gratefully accepted. Lunch will be provided; indicate meal preference when registering.
Registration: Free. Deadline: September 1. Click HERE to register.
Sponsors: Mike McLeod, Chris McLeod, Carolyn Toben, Sherylyn Pitt, Timberlake Earth Sanctuary, and RCWMS
Questions: Sherylyn Pitt, 919-749-3646

September 18, 24 & October 2, 2017, Mondays, 7:00-9:00 pm
NATURAL GROWTH: Writing from Your Roots

RCWMS Office, 1202 Watts St., Durham, NC
In this prompt-based workshop, we will look closely at the natural world we find around us. We will write about what we see, as well as how the wild world around us informs who we are. We hope you will join us for three evenings of exploration.
Leaders: This class will be taught by essayist Meghan Florian and environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck.
Cost: $60. Click HERE to register.

September 24-October 1, 2017

Trinity Center, near Morehead City, NC
Wouldn't you like a week full of quiet days to think and write? Come spend a week of quiet and writing with a supportive group of women in Pelican House, at the beautiful Trinity Center on Emerald Isle, NC. We observe silence in the daytime so participants can read, write, or rest. In the evenings we gather to reflect on the day and often share our work with one another. Room and meals are included. Everyone gets her own room. Her own space. Her own time.
Cost: $800, includes lodging and meals.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

October October 7, 2017
RCWMS 40th Anniversary CELEBRATION

The Scrap Exchange, Durham, NC
Potluck lunch at noon followed by afternoon workshops and cake.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

October 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2017, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm (4 Mondays)

The Mothership, 401 W Geer St., Durham, NC
Fear can be a constant companion to a writer, looking over your shoulder, creating doubt and reluctance, holding you back. In this class, we will learn to recognize the many forms fear takes, how it interferes with writing, and techniques to move past each roadblock. Whether you've never written before but want to start or have experience writing nonfiction, fiction, or poetry, this class will help you learn how to write (and maybe even live!) more bravely. Back by popular demand, this class will include new prompts, exercises, and discussion topics - a great jump start for writers at any stage.
Leader: Julia Green holds an MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. To learn more about Julia, visit her website HERE.
Cost: $125

October 13-15, 2017, Friday evening to Sunday afternoon

Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 3011 Academy Rd., Durham, NC
Are you invested in conscious living, wondering about conscious dying, seeking peace in the midst of change, someone who doesn't plan on living forever? Rev. Stephen Winton-Henry, hospice chaplain and grief educator, and Cynthia Winton-Henry, cofounder of InterPlay, are dying to live. With decades of helping people get into and out of their bodies, in the Dying to Live Tour and Cabaret they honor the lessons and questions of community around the biggest dance we do: Live and Die.
Sponsors: RCWMS &Triangle InterPlay
Leaders: Cynthia and Stephen Winton-Henry. Stephen has served as a hospice chaplain, spiritual care manager, pastor, and grief educator since the 1970's. Cynthia is the cofounder of InterPlay and host of the Hidden Monastery, a virtual community of prayerful mystics and artists, and has taught at Pacific School of Religion.
Cost: $200. Scholarships available.
Questions: Ginny Going at

October 26-27, 2017, Thursday-Friday
HOMEGROWN: 6th Annual NC Women's Preaching Festival

Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC
Theme: Her Prophetic Voice.
In an ecumenical spirit of collegiality, we'll lift up the voices of local clergywomen to inspire, learn, and hone our craft. We'll hear wonderful preaching and discuss the art of proclamation in all its forms. We'll pray, eat, worship, and celebrate together.
Leaders include: Rev. Shyrl Hinnant-Uzzell, Rev. Dr. Carolyn Sharp, Yale Divinity School, Rev. Chalice Overy, Dr. Sharon Schulze, and Yolanda Santiago.


January 2-9, 2018
May 6–13, 2018
September 23–30, 2018

Other Events of Interest

August 28-September 1, 2017

Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC
Workshop leaders: Abigail DeWitt, Phillip Shabazz, John Claude Bemis, Judy Goldman, Darnell Arnold, and more
Cost: $745

September 16-17, 2017

Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN
This conference will bring together people of diverse spiritual traditions to create an atmosphere for sharing ideas about traditions and spiritual growth. Participation of all people from diverse cultural, spiritual, racial, and ethnic backgrounds is encouraged.
Registration is open:

October 6-8, 2017
WRITING WORKSHOP with Lynn Hinton during the Balloon Fiesta

Norbertine Center, Albuquerque, NM
A writing retreat during the Balloon Fiesta to bring folks to the area to enjoy both a meaningful retreat and the balloons! It's a fabulous time to be in New Mexico. It will be a time for writing and reflection and even building community with other writers on an intentional spiritual path.
Cost: around $350-$400 includes room and meals. (Extra nights are $45.) There will only be room for fifteen participants. More details to come.

October 20-21, 2017, 7:00 pm Friday-4:00 pm Saturday
THE LABYRINTH: Sacred Circles for Prayer, Meditation & Creative Journeying

The Oratory Center for Spirituality, Rock Hill, SC
Join us to learn about labyrinths, their history, meaning and purpose.  Explore the sacredness of circles, forms of prayer, and meditation used in labyrinth walks, and spend time walking the labyrinth at The Oratory. A variety of hands-on art projects and writing prompts will be used, and you'll receive instruction in drawing your own tabletop-sized labyrinth.
Leader: Claudia Fulshaw
Questions: or 919-306-2919.

October 23-25, 2017
WOMEN IN MINISTRY: Telling Our Stories - Breaking the Mold, Taking Risks, Paving the Way

Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
This conference will connect women in diverse ministries from around the world and bring together a renewal of response to God's call to all people to minister in Christ's name. This conference is not simply an academic series of presentations, but an opportunity for networking, sharing the joys and challenges of ministry, and lifting up the powerful and effective ministries of women around the world. The book, Faith of Our Mothers Living Still: Princeton Seminary Women Reshaping Ministry, will debut at the conference.
Cost: Early Bird (Before August 15): $195.00, General Fee: $225.00. Click HERE to register.

October 31-November 2, 2017
ROLLING THE STONE AWAY: Ecumenical Christian Conference

St. Louis, MO
A conference for LGBTQIA saints and prophets - generations past and present - to honor our history and empower our future.
Includes: Mary Hunt, Janie Spahr, Carter Heyward, Jimmy Creech, Jan Griesinger, Gene Robinson, Troy Perry, Karen Ziegler, and more.


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