RCWMS offers a wide variety of programs with a feminist approach to creativity, spirituality, and social justice. Freedom of expression is an important ingredient in any free society. Providing space, guidance, and encouragement for people to make art, write, or develop their unique spiritual practices strengthens our democracy and the various movements for social change. Read on to learn more about our programs and visit our Events page to see what’s coming soon.
The feminist rediscovery of the labyrinth in recent years offers an opportunity to experience this powerful form of walking meditation. The serpentine path suggests a metaphor for life’s journey. Walking the labyrinth can be a way to center oneself, open the heart, experience the presence of the holy, and attend to life’s questions. RCWMS hosts several labyrinth walks each year. We have three portable labyrinths that can be rented for programs and retreats. Learn more here about our labyrinth programming.
RCWMS programs develop in response to needs in the community as we support women and LGBTQ folks at the intersection of contemplation and action. We currently offer workshops on writing and art, spiritual practices, dismantling racism, art and the environment, younger women’s spirituality, elder women, end-of-life, and bereavement. We offer interfaith celebrations and host readings and film screenings. We host the annual Homegrown: NC Women’s Preaching Festival in October. Be in touch to find out more or visit our Events page to see what’s coming soon.
Anita McLeod was our former board chair and founder of RCWMS’ elder women’s project. In her later years, Anita began to work intergenerationally and supported younger women in developing and expressing their voices. When she died in 2017, her husband Mike made a generous gift to create a paid internship. At RCWMS it is important to us to work across generations and support women and LGBTQ folks at the beginning of their journeys. Each year we recruit a student or early-career individual to intern with us. We will pay special attention to equity, diversity, and inclusion in recruiting and selecting interns. Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now closed. Details for 2020-2021 will be posted in Spring 2020. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
When the grandmothers speak, the earth will heal. – Hopi prophecy
More women are entering their 60s, 70s, and 80s with better health, higher levels of education, greater work experience, and more resources than ever before in history. We have time and choices our mothers and grandmothers never dreamed of, and we can now ask, with poet Mary Oliver, “How do I want to live the rest of my one wild and precious life?” Each of us was born with a gift to give to the world, and as we grow older, we have an opportunity to “give back.”
The RCWMS Elder Women project offers programs on elder women’s spiritual and creative development and encourages their ongoing engagement in the world. Programs and workshops focus on spirituality, meditation, writing, vital aging, the natural world, and end of life issues.