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Women’s Connection 2022

Claimed for More: Wholehearted Living When We Are All Out of Sorts

August 12–14, 2022AdultSummer
A Montreat Conference Center event

Housing for Assembly Inn, Glen Rock Inn, and Glen Rock Apartment is full. Please contact the registrar if you want to be put on the waiting list for Assembly Inn housing. susana@montreat.org | 828.419.9829

These days, we feel all out of sorts in all sorts of ways: physically, emotionally, spiritually, relationally. And yet, God claims us for wholehearted living with wholehearted faith. Come join us as we explore together what it means to be Claimed for More: more joy, more beauty, more community, more peace.

Women’s Connection 2022 will be a time for women to connect with old and new friends, a time to care for yourself; a time for space and Sabbath. As in years past, we will do this together through powerful and authentic worship led by women, space for honest and faithful conversation, and allowing time for discernment and renewing rest. Our hope is you will experience spiritual nourishment, inspiration, and discernment.

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Rates & Registration

You may register for a comprehensive package which includes your conference fee, room, and meals, or if you have your own housing, you may register for the commuter rate (see below). If you are bringing a large group, please contact the registrar at susana@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829 for assistance.

Comprehensive Package

Comprehensive rates below include the Women’s Connection conference fee, room in Winsborough, meals in the Galax Dining Room (Friday supper through Sunday breakfast), plus a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis. After June 28, these rates will increase by $25 per person. Room check-in AFTER 3:00 pm on Friday. Room check-out BEFORE 11:00 am on Sunday.

Housing Waiting List

As Conference Center housing fills up, the registrar will maintain a waitlist for people who would prefer our housing. Please contact the registrar at susana@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829 to be placed on the waitlist.

Assembly Inn

Housing for Assembly Inn is full. Please contact the registrar if you want to be put on the waiting list for Assembly Inn housing. susana@montreat.org | 828.419.9829
  • Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $406.00 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $511.00 per person
  • Double Occupancy, Shared Bath: $391.00 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Shared Bath: $481.00 per person

Glen Rock

  • Double Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $356.00 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $411.00 per person

The Winsborough- Please note that the Winsborough does not have central AC or elevator access.

  • Double Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $356.00 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Shared/Private Bath: $411.00 per person

Commuter Rate

Commuter rates below include the Women’s Connection conference fee plus a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. This rate DOES NOT include room or meals. After June 28, this rate will increase by $25 per person.

  • On or before June 28: $242 per person
  • After June 28: $267 per person

Alternative Housing Options

For more information about alternative housing options in Montreat and neighboring Black Mountain, please check our Other Housing page.

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by June 28 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after June 28 but on or before August 5 will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee and payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable) less $40. No refunds will be issued after August 5. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Contact the Registrar

Questions about conference registration, housing, or meals? Please email the registrar at susana@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

Workshops

Know Doubt? No Doubt led by Natarsha Sanders
What happened to all the questions you asked as a child? Were they answered? Did someone tell you "Because I said so?" In this workshop, we will examine how learning to ask questions again leads to further understanding and increases our knowledge. We will use the scriptures to guide us on a quest for a curious Christianity and examine how our lives embody our curiosities. Each participant will leave with "entering" questions and "exiting" questions.

Offered in the AM session only. Limit: 100+ 

Bible Study led by Anna Carter Florence
The workshop will expand on the Saturday morning plenary Bible Study, prompting further reflection on faithful wrestling with challenging texts and on the authority of Scripture.

Offered in the PM session only. Limit: 100+ 

Wholehearted Faith book discussion led by Donna Chase
At the time of her tragic death in 2019, Rachel Held Evans was working on a new book about wholeheartedness. With the help of her close friend and author Jeff Chu, that work-in-progress has been woven together with some of her other unpublished writings into a rich collection of essays that ask candid questions about the stories we’ve been told—and the stories we tell—about our faith, our selves, and our world. Come join us for a discussion about this beautiful important book.

Both workshops are now FULL. If you are interested in being placed on a waitlist, please email our Adult Registrar, Susan Akduman at susana@montreat.org.
Offered in both AM and PM sessions to different participants.
Limit: 25
 

Art for an Algorithm of Hope led by Hannah Garrity
In this art workshop, we will watercolor and hand letter to create social media ready artwork that holds space for hope on our newsfeeds. You will take home your creation as a meaningful piece of wall art! Bring a word, quote, or bible verse that has helped you stay hopeful during these difficult years.

Offered in both AM and PM sessions to different participants. Limit: 40 

Beauty: Your Sacred Center led by Jeannie DuBose
In our culture, we often confuse beauty with glitz, glamor and polish — but true beauty is about becoming who you were born to be. Using John O’Donohue’s observations as our springboard, participants will explore the notion of wholehearted living from their own particular sacred center. With the complement of images and music, women will be invited to consider their thresholds to beauty; not mirror-image beauty, but the beauty of becoming who you are.

Offered in both the AM and PM sessions to different participants. Limit: 25 

Wholehearted Living Through the Lens of Children’s Picture Books led by Pat Tuttle
As parents and grandparents and church professionals with young children, we know that time spent reading with our youngest is valuable. We can make that time even more meaningful as we share picture books, tune in to facial and body expressions, answer questions, and make connections each time we read.  Come explore classic as well as newer children’s picture books and learn ways you can more wholeheartedly connect with young children and share in their growth of love of self and love of neighbor.  PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN FAVORITE PICTURE BOOK TO SHARE.

Offered in both the AM and PM sessions to different participants. Limit: 25

What Blocks Your Heart from Receiving Love? The Enneagram Map Offers Clues led by Sandra Smith
Participants need a working understanding of their Enneagram type for this workshop. During our time together we'll explore what the Enneagram is and is not, then dive deeper into the patterns and inner narratives of the nine types that deny us the love that surrounds us. We'll engage in dyad inquiry and type groups to mine the gifts of our Enneagram type and use those gifts to support us on the path to receiving love.  If we can't receive love, our offering of love is diminished.  Bring your curiosity and your open hearts.

Offered in the PM session Only. Limit: 75 

Care Beyond Casseroles: Faithful Grief Care for Ourselves and Others led by Zeena Regis
In my work as a hospice and bereavement chaplain, I have been honored to care for and companion people in the sacred spaces of dying and grieving. In this workshop, we will explore faithful practices to grieve well and model good grief, while supporting others in this season of pronounced individual and collective grief and loss.

This workshop is now FULL.
Offered in the AM session only. Limit: 25
 

Naming the Unnamable: Using Art and Poetry to Navigate Grief & Loss led by Zeena Regis
The complex feelings of grief and loss are often difficult to capture in our everyday vocabulary. In our workshop, we will use visual art and poetry to discuss how the language, metaphors, and images connect to our own grief stories. No art or poetry experience is required. We will spend most of our time together sharing and exploring poetic and artistic expressions of loss in an effort to give us new tools and resources in our journey toward healing.

Offered in the PM session only. Limit: 25 

Intuitive Art Making led by Gwen Heginbotham
Through a meditative process, you are invited to practice creating mixed-media art (art made using a variety of different materials). We will create without a plan or predetermined ideas about the final product. We will then sit with our pieces, learning from our creative, unconscious minds. What can we discover about ourselves through the art we make?

Offered in both the AM and PM sessions to different participants. Limit: 30 

Walk in the Woods led by Margie Boyd
We will take a close-by Montreat trail for about 2 miles at a slow pace, so we can have conversations and admire the wildflowers! Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle.

Both workshops are now FULL.
Offered in both the AM and PM sessions to different participants. Limit 25+
 

Listening Within: A Meditative Yoga Practice led by Martha Nelson
During this 90-minute workshop, we'll use yoga practices of breathwork, postures, and meditation to tune up our listening skills and connect with the still voice within. Martha Nelson's seasoned teaching techniques will guide you at your own pace into and out of poses to gently open the heart and mind in preparation for inward listening. Come prepared to relax and open through movement and self-inquiry!

Both workshops are now FULL. If you are interested in being placed on a waitlist, please email our Adult Registrar, Susan Akduman at susana@montreat.org.
Offered in both the AM and PM sessions to different participants. Limit: 25

Writing from the Heart led by Julie Hester
Come spend some time using writing as a way to embrace whole-hearted living. We’ll take our inspiration from poetry, pictures, objects, and more, and write from our memories and imagination. We’ll listen for what God has to tell us about our hearts—robust, fragile, broken, resilient, and called to expand. We’ll write a lot, and read and share a little, as we explore writing as a spiritual practice. No experience is necessary, and grammar and spelling don’t count!

Offered in both the AM and PM sessions to different participants. Limit: 25 

Celebrating Sabbath: Accepting God’s Gift of Rest and Delight led by Susan Jackson-Dowd
Come learn about Presbyterian Women’s new study for the 2022-2023 season!   Join Susan for an overview of the 2022–2023 PW/Horizons Bible study by Carol Bechtel. The workshop will include lesson summaries and key points as well as suggestions for engaging and teaching the study.

Offered in both the AM and PM sessions to different participants. Limit: 25+ 

Women's Connection Choir led by Jasmine Evans
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord! Join the Women's Connection Choir which assist in music leadership for worship on Sunday morning.

Offered in the AM session only. Limit: 50+

Schedule

Tentative Schedule

Friday, August 12
4:00 - 6:00 pm - Registration and Check In
5:30 pm – Dinner
7:30 pm – Opening Worship in Anderson Auditorium
9:00 pm – Social Gathering

Saturday, August 13
7:30 - 8:30 am- Breakfast
9:00 am - Morning Gathering
10:15 am - Break
10:30 am - Workshop session I
12:00 pm - Lunch
2:00 pm - Workshop session II
3:30 pm - Free time
5:30 pm – Dinner
6:00 pm – Will Call Lobby of Anderson Auditorium
7:15 pm – Doors to Anderson Auditorium Open
7:30 pm – Keynote Presentation
9:00 pm – Social Gathering

Sunday, August 14
7:30 - 8:30 am – Breakfast
9:00 am - Closing worship in Anderson Auditorium
11:00 am - Check-out time

Lunch is on your own. Safe travels, and see you next year!

More Information

Scholarships

Limited scholarships are offered for this conference.

The Mary Katherine “K.K.” Scott Cooper Endowment

The Mary Katherine “K.K.” Scott Cooper EndowmentThe Mary Katherine “K.K.” Scott Cooper Endowment provides support for women’s programming, leadership development, spiritual nurture and scholarship assistance at Montreat. Funds from this endowment help women with financial need to afford Montreat conferences and retreats, help Montreat provide programs that equip women for ministry, and help Montreat feature national quality speakers and conference leaders, who are themselves women leaders in the church. Download the K.K. Cooper Endowment Commitment Form to support this ministry or donate online through our giving form and include "K.K. Cooper Endowment" in the additional information section at the bottom of the page.

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