WomenCircles: A Guided Retreat for Women

August 25-30, 2018   Register Here


Since it began nearly 40 years ago, WomenCircles has woven a container of many women, diverse in lifestyles, cultural backgrounds, ages, sexual orientations, and spiritual paths.   

 In coming to WomenCircles, you will be entering a liminal, beautiful, sacred space. Rowe provides a retreat setting away from the busy world, where you will join with a group of amazing women and experienced staff to deepen your own spiritual journey. Come and share deeply in circle, explore your spirituality, practice walking meditation in the labyrinth, lie in the sun, hike in the woods, create in the fabulous art space, enjoy good food, and have the chance to slow down and connect with your deepest self.  

  Women need women. We’ve gathered for millennia and found comfort, support, courage, laughter, and tears to support each other on our journey. Women talk while doing crafts or gathered around the dining table, and the conversation is the binding force. That’s where the deep sharing takes place. No topic is taboo, too frivolous, or too deep. From talking about our sexual needs to our favorite movies, conversation is at the heart of our connection and all is sacred.

Each day you’ll have a chance to sit in circle, weaving the threads that hold this dynamic group of women together. In addition, each woman will have the option to meet individually with a spiritual guide throughout the retreat. There will be workshops to choose from, but the structure will allow for plenty of free time. In this safe and supportive space, among the company of women, you will have a chance to find deeper meaning in your life and to expand your awareness of the many ways the sacred manifests in all our lives. You’ll leave refreshed and renewed through sisterhood, beauty, and joy. All women are welcome!

This retreat is a project of the The Rowe Center Certificate Program in Spiritual Guidance and is rooted in circle work. It will be co-led by graduates and by second-year students in the program.


Em became a Unitarian Universalist minister following her first career as a clinical psychologist. She witnessed in her own life the power of soul work, individually and with others in community, to awaken us and transform our sense of belong and blessings in our lives.  She offers guidance in contemplative practices, spiritual autobiography, deep listening, and compassionate activism to open soulful pathways to lead life’s journey forward. 



Cheptu is a former interdenominational Associate Pastor who currently utilizes Archetypal Dreamwork as a form of spiritual practice, inner direction, and pathway to inner healing. Following 20 years of dreamwork self-study and guided learning in transcultural spirituality and Wisdom studies, Cheptu furthered her learning under the tutelage of Christa Lancaster at North of Eden Center for Archetypal Dreamwork, where she has been affiliated since 2009. A music educator and board-certified music therapist, Cheptu also enjoys sharing music inspired by her dreams and leading others in the joy of oneness, vulnerability, and spiritual presence through group-singing. 



Sarah has just completed the two-year Certificate Program in Spiritual Guidance Program at The Rowe Center, has been a yoga/ meditation teacher for 12 years, and her interests involve dance and movement, music of all genres, walks in nature, journal writing, and poetry. She loves helping others to find their creative talents, brings focus to women’s empowerment, and has a playful spirituality.



Sunsue holds a Certificate in Spiritual Guidance from The Rowe Center. She is currently working in elder and hospice care. She worked as a Unitarian Universalist Educator for 24 years and has produced and choreographed two intergenerational dance DVDs to be used in worship and ritual. Sunsue has led various workshops, including Women’s Circle Dancing and Spirit in Motion at Star Island Conference Center. She is a trained facilitator in SoulCollage and the Dance of interPlay, both disciplines drawing on the creative spirit.



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