Woman’s retreat designed for spiritual growth

Published 10:14 pm Saturday, March 21, 2009

It’s a chance to pull away from the frenetic pace that women who work outside the home and in find themselves in. That’s the purpose for the upcoming Women’s Retreat at Scioto Hills Camp in South Webster.

“It is open to any woman who is interested in attending to her spiritual condition,” The Rev. Sallie Schisler, vicar of Christ Episcopal Church, said.

Schisler is the coordinator of the one-day retreat slated for Saturday, April 4.

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“One of the ways we experience the holy is in silence and in quiet time,” she said. “Most of us lead such hectic lives, we don’t experience that kind of peace and quiet. This is a special day set aside to do that.”

To aid a woman’s spiritual growth, there will be workshops on the following topics: Women and Loss; Women and Power; and Women and Forgiveness. Participants can choose one of those for the morning and afternoon sessions. Also offered for the afternoon session will be a workshop on journaling. Presenters come from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

“These are topics that have been of particular interest to me and these women who will be speaking will have a lot of experience in each one of those fields,” Schisler said.

Presenters include Mattie Burton, chair of nursing at Shawnee State University and associate dean for health sciences; Maggie Selby, a palliative care nurse who also teaches at Shawnee State; Tracey Henderson, an ordained Methodist deacon and college professor; and Richelle Thompson, a former reporter for The Cincinnati Enquirer and currently director of communications for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio.

The day will be divided into seven segments starting with a morning worship and music at 9 a.m. Then will start the morning workshop to be followed with an hour of solitude and reflection.

The afternoon begins with lunch and conversation followed by the second workshop. A second hour of solitude and reflection will start at 2:30 with closing worship at 3:30.

The venue is eight miles off U.S. 52 West that was a one-time fishing camp that was purchased by a group of churches for a camp.

“It is really non-denominational,” Schisler said.

The cost for the retreat, including lunch, is $15. Reservations will be taken up through Friday, March 27, and checks will be accepted at the door. Those not attending with reservations will be billed. When making your reservations note your selection for the morning and afternoon workshops.

To make reservations or for more information contact Schisler at (740) 353-7919.