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RCWMS Events

December 11, 2017, Monday, 7:00-9:00 pm
MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS AT THE HOLIDAYS: A Writing Workshop

RCWMS Office, 1202 Watts St., Durham, NC
This time of year can be especially challenging for anyone who has lost her mother, whether it's been one month or many years. Honoring the waning light and making holiday preparations can bring back memories and trigger grief. To honor complicated feelings and search for some peace, let's gather to write, share, and remember our mothers. This workshop is open to all who have experienced motherloss, whether through death, abandonment, estrangement, aging, or illness/incapacity.
Leader: Rebecca Welper has an MFA in playwriting from Catholic University of America. She lost her mother in 2012.
Cost: $10. Workshop is currently full.
Questions: welper.rcwms@gmail.com

December 12, 2017, Tuesday, 11:30 am-2:00 pm
ART OF CONSCIOUS AGING: A Group for Women

Parlor in Carr Building (enter at door by playground off Gregson St.)
Trinity Avenue Presby. Church, 927 West Trinity Ave., Durham, NC
Topic: We the People 2.0 (film and discussion)
Leader: Rosemarie Sawdon
Bring a bag lunch and something to drink. Newcomers welcome. No fee to attend. No need to register.

December 17, 2017, Sunday, 7:00 pm
INTERFAITH CELEBRATION

Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts Street, Durham, NC
We gather to reflect on the fading of the light and the promise of its return, on community and connections, on loss and love. All spiritual paths and religious traditions are welcome. Please join us to celebrate with song, readings, dance, and ritual designed to include and connect us all. Bring a candle.
Suggested donation: $5-10
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236, rcwmsnc@aol.com

January 2-9, 2018
WEEK OF QUIET & WRITING FOR WOMEN

Trinity Center, near Morehead City, NC
Cost: $800 (includes a private room and meals)
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236, rcwmsnc@aol.com

January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 2018, Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 pm
THE ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY

Margaret Atwood says, "If I waited for perfection... I would never write a word." In this workshop, we'll practice writing imperfectly and learn new craft techniques and skills for revision. Using prompts, exercises, and examples from other essayists, we'll play and experiment together in a warm, encouraging environment. Come ready to write, and leave with tools to help you continue developing as an essayist.
Leader: Meghan Florian is the author of The Middle of Things: Essays, and teaches writing at William Peace University.
Cost: $100. Click HERE to register.
Contact: meghanrcwms@gmail.com

January 15, 2018
RCWMS ESSAY CONTEST

Theme: Essays should focus on the theme "Roots & Branches." We invite submissions that consider this theme in creative ways. What grounds you? What helps you reach out? What sustains you in your personal or professional life? How does spiritual community help to nourish you? Where might you need pruning in order to thrive?
Details: Women 18 years of age or older may submit up to 2 nonfiction essays, 1,400 words or less. Submit online only: https://rcwms.submittable.com/submit. Previous first-place winners and current RCWMS Board members not eligible. No sermons, please. Do not put your name on your essay(s). Fill out the online cover letter form with the essay's title, your name, address, phone, and email. Submissions open November 1, 2017 and close January 15, 2018.
Prizes: $300 for first place, $200 second, and $100 third. The winning essay will be published in the RCWMS newsletter, South of the Garden, March 2018.
Notification: Winners will be notified by email.

Jan. 28, Feb. 11 & 25, March 4, 2018, Sun., 1:30-4:30 pm
READING & WRITING MORTALITY: Reflecting on the End of Life

In a private home with a cat, Durham, NC
This workshop will use Nina Riggs' 2017 memoir, The Bright Hour, along with other prose and poetry to reflect on our personal assumptions about and experiences of grief and loss. Riggs, 38 with two young children, was treated at Duke for terminal breast cancer. Her memoir helps us redefine what hope means in a situation that is not fixable. Each week we will discuss and write about the gifts and challenges of loss and mortality. In the last session, we will also complete Advance Directives. Open to people of all ages and genders.
Leaders: Jehanne Gheith, PhD, LCSW; Carol Henderson, writer, editor; and a Duke student
Cost: $100. Scholarships available. Click HERE to register.
Contact: rcwmsnc@aol.com

February 9, 2018, Friday, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
THE STORY OF NOW: An Intergenerational Songwriting Experience with Carrie Newcomer

Have you lost heart in this season of politics or become overwhelmed by activist possibilities? Do you long for life-giving skills to sustain you and an intergenerational community to inspire you? Join folk singer Carrie Newcomer and friends, old and new, of the Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South as we reclaim songwriting as a democratic experience of the heart. In this two-hour workshop, we will work though the steps of weaving together our individual stories with a common theme, developing language and music that compels us, and creating a group song that speaks to the story of now. The entire process happens in one fast-paced, fun and inclusive experience. No prior songwriting skills necessary. Open to ages 12 and up.
Cost: $50. Register: HERE.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236, rcwmsnc@aol.com

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, rcwmsnc@aol.com

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, rcwmsnc@aol.com

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

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, rcwmsnc@aol.com

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

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: www.carolhenderson.com
Cost: $125. Click HERE to register.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236, rcwmsnc@aol.com.

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

Future WEEKS OF QUIET AND WRITING

May 6–13, 2018
September 23–30, 2018

Other Events of Interest

December 10, 2017, 1:00­­-5:00 pm
HOLIDAY SALE

1202 Watts Street, Durham, NC
Handmade cards, books, and jewelry by local artists.
Contact: Jeanette Stokes, stokesnet@aol.com

December 28-31, 2017, Thursday dinner-Sunday lunch
NEW YEAR'S UNTENSIVE

Summit Retreat Center near Greensboro, NC
A New Year's InterPlay retreat in a beautiful setting with time to dance, sing, tell stories, eat, have fun, rest, reflect on the old year and anticipate the new.
Cost: $275 for housing and food (double) or $350 (single) plus donation for the leaders.
Leaders: Ginny Going & Tom Henderson
Register: Send a $100 deposit to Colleagues, 400 S. Boylan Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603.
Questions: Ginny or Tom, 919-821-3723, colleagues.interplay@gmail.com

December 30, 2017, Saturday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
CREATING MINDFUL INTENTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR

McKay Healing Arts, 4916 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington, NC
This workshop will guide you in the process of creating mindful intentions for your life and learning strategies for successfully following through. We will use guided meditations and journaling exercises to help you clarify your intentions and then we'll create an Intention Board, a creative collage with words and images to serve as a visual reminder of your intentions.
Leader: Jen Johnson, Mindfulness Teacher, Coach and Counselor.  
Cost: $50. To register contact jen@jenjohnson.com, 910-208-0518
Info: www.jenjohnson.com

January 12-14, 2018, Friday 6:00 pm-Sunday 11:00 am
A WINTRY MIX: Art, Spirit, Rest

Avila Retreat Center in Durham, NC
ART, SPIRIT, REST - three things we really don't get enough of! Welcome 2018 by giving yourself a weekend to consciously immerse in all three. This weekend allows the time and space to experience a joyful mix of Art, Spirit/spirit and Rest! No art experience is required for this guided and exploratory retreat! Gentle encouragement and support is always available in this fun, sometimes funny, and safe environment. Snacks, coffee/tea and all art materials are provided.
Sign up for Friday through Sunday or Saturday only.
Contact: Claudia Fulshaw, 919-306-2919 or cfdesign19@aol.com

January 12-14, 2018, Friday 6:00 pm-Sunday 11:00 am with option of Saturday only 9:00 am-5:00 pm
A WINTRY MIX: Art, Spirit, Rest

Avila Retreat Center in Durham, NC
ART, SPIRIT, REST - three things we really don't get enough of! Welcome 2018 by giving yourself a weekend to consciously immerse in all three. This weekend allows the time and space to experience a joyful mix of Art, Spirit/spirit and Rest! No art experience is required for this guided and exploratory retreat! Gentle encouragement and support is always available in this fun, sometimes funny, and safe environment. Snacks, coffee/tea and all art materials are provided.
Contact: Claudia Fulshaw, 919-306-2919 or cfdesign19@aol.com

April 20-21, 2018
CHANGING THE RACE DANCE: An Interplay Workshop
Chapel Hill, NC

CURRENT Studio @ Carolina Square, 123 W Franklin St, 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.
Contact: marie@itisinyou.org

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