In Returning and Rest

In Returning and Rest


Please Join Us on April 1, 2017 –
Register Now for the Women’s Retreat

As women, our lives are filled with expectations and responsibilities – for family, for work, for community and for the church. Oftentimes, we are the chief nurturers and doers in all of these areas, so the question becomes, “In the midst of doing for others, how do we stop, rest and refill our souls?”. If this is your question, or if you are feeling that you have given much of what you have to give and need to be refreshed and refilled by the Sacred, this retreat is for you. Women gathering for this retreat will have opportunities to sing, to listen, to pray, to dance, to meditate, to journal, to share, to visit, to eat, to rest, to create, to be still in God’s presence and in the presence of friends and to fall into the Sacred. Join us for a day of worship and learning, a day that we hope will be so special that it will quite literally, never leave you.

Retreat Schedule

8:30 a.m. Registration, Coffee, Refreshments
9:00 a.m. Opening Session with Worship
9:30 a.m. Keynote Address – Rev. Y. Dianna Wright
10:00 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Rest Stop Sessions (choose one – see below)
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Rest Stop Sessions (choose one – see below)
1:30 p.m.  Break
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Closing Worship

What’s Included

All women are welcome! Whether you are a member of FPC, another faith community, or are seeking a spiritual path, we invite you to participate in this special day. Cost of registration is $30 and includes refreshments, lunch, and all materials. Retreat participants must be at least 16 years of age. Childcare is also available at no cost for children 6 weeks to 10 years of age (parents must provide lunch/snacks for children). Please wear comfortable clothing as some Rest Stop sessions include physical movement.

Register by March 7, 2017

Please click here to register online by March 7, 2017 to reserve your space or call 336­-228-­1703 to request a registration packet. Payment may be made by check, online, or by electronic bill payment through your bank.

Registration sponsorships are available for those in need; for more information, contact Charlotte Allbright at

Rest Stops

Please Note: Participants will select one Rest Stop in the morning and one in the afternoon. Registration for Rest Stops will take place during event check­-in on the day of the retreat. Participation in specific Rest Stops is available on a first-­come, first-­served basis. Due to space restrictions, some sessions have a limited number of participants.

In Returning and Rest: Falling Into the Sacred
Reverend Y. Dianna Wright, Associate Presbyter, Salem Presbytery

Stilling the Self: Yoga and Meditation
Julie Lellis, Associate Professor / Associate Department Chair at Elon University, Writer, Artist, and Yoga Instructor

Simplicity as a Spiritual Discipline
Mandy Ealy, Christian Educator at Hawfields Presbyterian Church, Mebane, NC

Praying on Paper: The Spiritual Practice of Journaling
Beth Hayes, Director of Congregational Resources and Ministry, Moravian Church in N. America, Winston-­Salem, NC

Sacred Steps: Walking the Labyrinth
Dee Irwin and Pat Bailey, Experienced Retreat and Pilgrimage Leaders with Stillpoint Ministries and Healing Ground

Visio Divina: Divine Seeing with a Fresh Vision
Trina Holt and Nan Perkins, Seekers and Small Group Leaders

Simple Embodiment of Prayers and Psalms: Bringing Scripture to Life through Sacred Movement
Jane Wellford, Retired Dance and Choreography Professor at Elon University and author of Moving Liturgy: Dance in Christian Worship


About the Keynote Speaker

Rev. Dr. Y. Dianna Wright is the Associate Presbyter for Equip and African American Ministries with Salem Presbytery in North Carolina. In addition to being an Educational Consultant, she founded the Kuumba Center for Christian Education and Spiritual Growth. Dianna chairs the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations for the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is the past president of the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators. A graduate of the Presbyterian School of Christian Education and Columbia Theological Seminary, she serves as the curriculum writer for “These Days” devotions and the Bible Study titled “God’s Unity…Our Journey.” She is committed to the ministry of education and using creative ways to teach the gospel story.