A women's retreat at Wellspring Retreat Center
February 2-4, 2024
Friday 3 pm - Sunday 2 pm
Wellspring Retreat Center, Germantown MD
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Deep in the heart of winter women gather on the feast day of St. Brigid, February 1. Also known as Imbolc, Brigid’s feast day is an ancient Celtic festival midway between Solstice and Equinox, one that marks a deep turning toward the hope of spring. The women gather around a sacred fire, a flame that burned for millennia in Brigid’s monastery of Kildare, rekindled now with revived interest in the figure who is both Irish saint and Celtic goddess. Brigid encompasses healing, art, music, poetry, fertility, midwifery, cultivation, untamed nature, and more. She is the embodiment of the Sacred Feminine, inhabiting the centuries both as Fire Goddess and incandescent Celtic Saint. In this dark time when all we have known and loved seems to be unraveling, what might this wise, wild, loving, powerful and holy woman be saying to us? Who is she calling women to be today?
An online event by The Guild for Spiritual Guidance
January 3, 2024
7:30 - 8:30 pm
Online
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An opportunity to "hold grief" with community. We will sit in silence with each other and on behalf of the world's pain for 30 minutes.
Choosing Fierce Love in a Time of Catastrophe
October 13 - October 15, 2023
Arrive by 3:30 on Friday and depart by 2:30 on Sunday
Rolling Ridge Retreat House
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Restorying the Heroine’s Journey 2023
June 2-4, 2023
Friday 4 pm supper - Sunday 2 pm
Rolling Ridge Study Retreat
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Through time in the wild mountain forest of Rolling Ridge as well as gathered times of ceremony, and soulful conversation, we will immerse ourselves in the realm of story and deep imagination, cultivating women’s wisdom to recreate personal and cultural consciousness in this time of turmoil and transformation. This annual retreat includes openings for wandering in solitude, sharing dreams and stories, the rhythm of drums, and sacred circle dance. Come with us to rediscover your journey of belonging to the living Earth and all her inhabitants.
Igniting the Sacred Feminine with Brigid of Kildare, Goddess and Saint
February 3-5, 2023
Friday 5 pm supper - Sunday lunch
Shepherd's Spring Retreat Center, Sharpsburg MD
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Deep in the heart of winter women gather on the feast day of St. Brigid, February 1. Also known as Imbolc, Brigid’s feast day is an ancient Celtic festival midway between Solstice and Equinox, one that marks a deep turning toward the hope of spring. The women gather around a sacred fire, a flame that burned for millennia in Brigid’s monastery of Kildare, rekindled now with revived interest in the figure who is both Irish saint and Celtic goddess. Brigid encompasses healing, art, music, poetry, fertility, midwifery, cultivation, untamed nature, and more. She is the embodiment of the Sacred Feminine. Yet her story is woven in mist and mystery. Who is this wise, wild, loving, powerful and holy woman? What might she be saying to women today?
Invitation to Transformation and New Possibility
October 14-16, 2022
Friday 5 pm supper - Sunday lunch
Rolling Ridge Study Retreat
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Do we seek to somehow survive and find what solace we can until things change? Or maybe we see this as a time of new creation, prelude to a beautiful new world our hearts know is possible? Is it a time filled with complaint, or one filled with gratitude for small acts of kindness and small wonders? In the midst of all this uncertainty do we grow more fearful, or do we see that embracing uncertainty and unknowing is a path that opens us to deep spiritual growth and wisdom?
Restorying the Heroine’s Journey at Rolling Ridge
June 3-5, 2022
Friday 5 pm supper - Sunday lunch
Rolling Ridge Study Retreat
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After years of being apart, we invite women to come together once again on sacred land to recollect ourselves in this threshold time between what has been and what may yet unfold. Join Lindsay McLaughlin, Julie Gabrielli, Lisa Bardack, and Katy Gaughan for a weekend’s immersion following the Heroine’s Journey deep into the heart of the Sacred Feminine and the animate Earth. Participate in guided circles of story and ceremony, dance, drumming, and council. Go for wanders in the forest looking for what is in danger of being lost (our scattered bones), and listening for guidance for ourselves and for our community: the wisdom whispered by stream and oak, stone and hawk, squirrel, fox, turtle--all the wild inhabitants of the thousand special acres called Rolling Ridge.
A return to chant, nature and soul
April 22-24, 2022
Friday 5 pm supper - Sunday lunch
Rolling Ridge Study Retreat
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Standing tall in majesty and wildness, the trees beckon. Moving in rhythm with wind and rain, these strong and pliable pillars flow with a song of life that offers wisdom and joy. In this place where language fails, music invites us into an ever-deeper relationship with all beings – and with our heart’s longing. Join us as we sing and chant, listen to the music around us, and walk in the companionship of trees. You need not consider yourself a singer nor even feel that you can carry a tune; all are welcome to join in!
Restorying the Heroine’s Journey
September 25-27, 2020 (optional Zoom gathering on September 24) or September 29-October 1, 2020 (optional Zoom gathering on September 28)
Online
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In this time of cataclysm and change, the weavings of soul and the strands of a woman’s life remain essential for wellbeing, even as they must be experienced apart from one another and within separate boundaries of place. Indeed, the crises all around us can be understood as a full-throated call to discover the deep resources of the soul and the hidden possibilities for healing, both personal and universal, in each of us.
Chant, Nature, and Soul with Leah Rampy, David Rampy & Lindsay McLaughlin
April 24-26, 2020
Friday 5 pm - Sunday 2 pm
Rolling Ridge Study Retreat (near Harpers Ferry WV)
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Standing tall in majesty and wildness, the trees beckon. Moving in rhythm with wind and rain, these strong and pliable pillars ;low with a song of life that offers wisdom and joy. In this place where language fails, music invites us into an ever-deeper relationship with all beings – and with our heart’s longing. Join us as we sing and chant, listen to the music around us, and walk in the companionship of trees. You need not consider yourself a singer nor even feel that you can carry a tune; all are welcome to join in!

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