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February 23-25, 2018, Friday, 2:00 pm-Sunday 2:00 pm
FINDING YOUR MEDIUM: A Weekend of Art at the Beach with Sue Sneddon

Emerald Isle, NC
"I can't draw a straight line." Well, who said you should? Sue Sneddon will lead you in exploring various media for painting and drawing. These will include: pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, pastel, oil pastel, watercolor, gouache, acrylics, and some mixed media options. Let's find the ones that float your boat! Sue will provide all art supplies needed for the workshop. You may also bring any art supplies you have. Read more about it HERE.
Leader: Sue Sneddon has been a full-time painter since 1984. Much of her work has concentrated on the ocean, especially the NC coast, where she now lives.
Cost: Workshop & some meals, $375, plus housing in beautiful beach house, $125 double or $225 single.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

March 2-5, 2018, Friday, 7:00 pm-Monday 10:00 am
MAKING YOUR ART: An Advanced Workshop with Sue Sneddon

Emerald Isle, NC
For those who've taken Sue's "Finding Your Medium."
Leader: Sue Sneddon (See February 23-25.)
Cost: Workshop & some meals, $400, plus housing in beautiful beach house, $125 double or $225 single.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

March 3, 2018, Saturday, noon-4:00 pm
GET YOUR BEST NIGHT'S SLEEP EVER! A Sounder Sleep System® Workshop

2726 Croasdaile Dr., # 210, Garden View Offices, Durham, NC 27705
Learn to work with the wisdom and rhythms of your own living, breathing body to create more peaceful awake time, a more pleasurable approach to sleep and more restful and restorative sleep.
Leader: Betty Wolfe, MDiv, BCB, GCFP cm authorized Sounder Sleep System Teacher
Cost: $75 with registration prior to 2/28/18; $95 after 2/28 and on-site. Cash or checks preferred, major credit cards accepted on-site. Limited class size.
Contact:, 919-794- 4139

March 6, 2018, Tuesday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Duke Chapel, Durham, NC
Walk the RCWMS Labyrinth. Please wear clean socks. Allow about half an hour for your labyrinth walk.
Free & open to the public.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

March 11, 2018, Sunday, 2:00-4:00 pm
THE MINISTRY OF BLACK WOMEN'S SELF-CARE: Setting Free the Suffering Servant

Kings Daughters Inn, Durham, NC
Self-care is often the component that remains a form of intervention (after the break or the medical emergency) rather than a preventative measure. When we allow our bodies, minds and/or spirits to break down in the course of doing this work, we are not only putting ourselves at risk but we are putting at risk the integrity of the work for which we are laboring. This work is a work of self-love, communal love, Womanist Ethicism, it is multi-generational, multicultural and is not finite, but is instead as infinite as the beauty in the divinity that is Blackness. Come and share in this life's work! This program is specifically designed to offer practical tools for everyday self-care to Black women-identified individuals doing all forms of ministry, in church and community.
Leader: Kimberly Gaubault (McCrae) is an intentional lover of humanity and actively lives the self-care life about which she teaches and advocates. Her personal philosophy of interpersonal interaction is, "If I've not positively influenced someone everywhere I've gone, I've not walked in my purpose."
Cost: $10-40, sliding scale. Click HERE to register. Scholarships available.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

March 16-17, 2018, Fri. 7-9 pm, Sat. 9:30 am-3:30 pm
LOST AND FOUND: Finding Yourself in Your Words with Carol Henderson

In a lovely private home with a cat, Durham, NC
In her book A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit talks about the importance of allowing yourself to get lost-both in life and in writing-in order to become more fully conscious. In this workshop, we will explore several writing techniques to illuminate not only things we have lost but also ways in which we have been lost-physically, emotionally, spiritually, on the page, and otherwise. We will also write about what we have found. Come prepared to write a lot and leave with stories that matter, deeper self-awareness, and a trove of possibilities for further writings. Open to writers of all levels and genres. For women only.
Leader: Carol Henderson is a writer, editor, workshop leader, and the author of Losing Malcolm, and Farther Along: The Writing Journey of Thirteen Bereaved Mothers, and editor of Wide Open Spaces: Call Stories. More:
Cost: $125. Click HERE to register.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236,

March 21, 2018, Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 pm

RCWMS Office, 1202 Watts St., Durham, NC
Snow days will be a thing of the past, and spring will finally arrive! Come out of hibernation and join our seasonal writing workshop to re-ignite earthy, messy creativity, excitement, and potential. What does spring hold for you? What makes you feel most alive? We'll use a variety of prompts to write and share about all sorts of springy possibilities. Brought back by popular demand, with brand new prompts. Everybody welcome.
Leader: Rebecca Welper, MFA
Cost: $10-$25 sliding scale.
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April 20-21, 2018, Friday 7-9 pm & Saturday 10:30 am-9 pm
CHANGING THE RACE DANCE: A Workshop in InterPlay Methods and Performance Forms

Chapel Hill, NC
This workshop is focused on building our creative toolkit as educators and learners, and our capacities as individuals-in-community to move out of systems of oppression, assimilation, and uneven methods of attending to racist violence and white silence. The workshop is rooted in InterPlay forms that center the body, breath, and intuitive story, movement, and song forms to create more ease, spaciousness, and respect in places where they can be of deep benefit. Changing the Race Dance uses fewer words and more body-based wisdoms to identify and practice ways of dislodging the harmful effects of a white supremacist social order that we face daily. Incorporating restorative and contemplative practices and the sometimes-radical act of improvisation, the workshop focuses on bolstering our skills to unpack inequity to its roots, and discern and celebrate what's working in people-based movements toward freedom and change. InterPlay forms are accessible to all physical mobilities and experience levels.
Leaders: Soyinka Rahim, founder and director of OurThing Arts Company, and Cynthia Winton-Henry, InterPlay cofounder.
Cost: Suggested donation $5-50, for those who are able. Participants must attend entire weekend. Free homestays can be arranged with advanced notice.

October 25-26, 2018, Thursday-Friday
HOMEGROWN: NC Women's Preaching Festival

Trinity Ave. Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC
Details TBA. Watch this website for details: HERE


May 6–13, 2018
September 23–30, 2018

Other Events of Interest

February 17-March 21, 2018
IMP, CRUSADER, DUDE, PRIEST: An exhibit about the life and legacy of 20th Century human rights champion Pauli Murray

Trinity Church Wall Street, New York, New York

February 25, 2018, Sunday, 11:00 am
REV. DR. EMILIE TOWNES: Guest Preacher

Duke University Chapel, Durham, NC
The Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes, Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School and E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society has been a pioneering scholar in womanist theology. Born in Durham, NC, she is an ordained American Baptist clergywoman and author of the groundbreaking book Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil.

February 27, 2018, Tuesday, 7:00-8:00 pm

Duke University Chapel, Durham, NC

April 5, 6, & 7, 2018
TO BUY THE SUN: A Play about Pauli Murray Play

Trinity Church Wall Street, New York, New York

April 6-7, 2018, Friday-Saturday

Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Rd, Richmond, VA
The Center for Womanist Leadership is a study and action center for womanist activists, academics, religious practitioners from all faith traditions, healthcare providers, artists, researchers, policymakers and students from a variety of disciplines. The CWL inaugural gathering will have three platforms: education/training, research, and community engagement.

April 24, 2018, Tuesday, 11:30 am

Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, NC
For the last few years, the Triangle Community Foundation has focused the What Matters community luncheon under the umbrella of "A Region of Opportunity." This year's theme of Women will explore gender inequality specifically as it relates to health, housing, education, and employment. Click HERE for more details.

June 16-19, 2018
YOUNG CLERGY WOMEN INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE - We: Embodied Ministry, Justice and Reconciliation

Christ Church Cathedral, St. Louis, Missouri
Dr. Karoline Lewis will lead a week of conversation about embodied ministry. We'll learn together what it means to live out embodied ministry as individuals and explore the collective "we" of ministry, embodied to work together for justice and reconciliation wherever we serve. For more conference details, click HERE.

October 5-7, 2018
THE VIEW FROM HERE: A spirituality and writing retreat

Norbertine Conference and Retreat Center, Albuquerque, NM
This is a small group writing and reflection experience with writing prompts and time and space to write. You do not have to consider yourself a "writer" to be a part of this spiritually uplifting and reflective retreat. The Retreat Center is located in the South Valley, a quiet and rural area with spectacular views and great facilities. As a part of this weekend, you will be able to attend the Mass Ascension at the Balloon Fiesta held every year in Albuquerque. (Ballon Fiesta tickets are $15.) There is space for 12 participants.
Cost: $385 with food, and airport transport; $250, food and retreat only

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