The Saging cohort was born out of our desire to have a community of women who explore the sacred feminine. It has evolved into so much more. In this cohort, you will be invited to ponder themes around faith – including the impact of patriarchy, the role of women in church leadership, and the feminine side of God. You will also explore who was and is Jesus, and the wonder of Mary Magdalene and her role in the early church. You will consider different perspectives on theological concepts like Eve’s role in the Fall, the construct of sin, and how we can lean into Sophia – the Wisdom aspect of God.
You will be invited to wander into the landscape of what it means to be a woman and how to awaken to the beauty of being female. You will become more aware of what you desire as opposed to the desires others have for you. You will contemplate what it means to be a wise woman in a society that doesn’t value older women; how to live a life that is authentic; how to stay connected to the rhythms and cycles of nature; how to lean into and trust your intuition; how to embrace your softness and your strength; and how to find a community that will nurture you, encourage you, and walk with you.
If this sounds like something you’re being led to, please click on the schedule link for the latest information on when the next cohort begins…we’d love to have you come along for the journey!
Sophia – We explore how we have been reared in a “salvation” knowledge-based tradition rather than the wisdom-based approach of the Eastern Church. Looking at our faith through this lens impacts how we see ourselves, God and others. We consider topics including who Jesus was and is, the story of Mary Magdalene, the doctrine of original sin, and how we read the Scriptures.
The Patriarchy – How has living and learning under the umbrella of the patriarchy formed our view of ourselves and others? How has it impacted how we read and understand Scripture? What does it look like to emerge from this system and live a life that affirms ourselves as women?
The Sacred Feminine – Given that all of our learning in the church has come from our immersion in the patriarchy, we have few examples of the feminine image of God. We open up to considering a broader view of God that includes God’s feminine qualities.
Embracing the Beauty of Being a Woman – We spend time reflecting on the beautiful aspects of being female – the gifts of intuition, compassion, and power. We delve into female archetypes. We consider our “wildness” – being true and authentic, brave and courageous. And we spend time learning how to befriend our bodies and push back at conforming to what society says is acceptable. And we discover how to find our community – those women and men who will champion our growth and transformation.
1. There is no prerequisite coursework for this cohort – just an open mind and an open heart.
2. Once accepted to a cohort, participants will pay a $200 non-refundable deposit to secure their space in the program within two weeks of confirmed acceptance.
3. There is an expectation that participants will attend all retreats. Attendance is important for each individual for their own spiritual journey as well as for the health of the community they are entering into.
The cohort will meet via Zoom on the following dates from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Each day is comprised of a repeated rhythm of brief presentations via Zoom, private reflection time (on your own, off Zoom) and a return to our Zoom call for group processing. The next cohort with available spaces is scheduled for:
September 25-26, 2021
November 13-14, 2021
January 15-16, 2022
March 12-13, 2022
April 30-May 1, 2022
There is limited space (maximum of 6 women) as we feel this work is best done in small groups so there is the opportunity to build intimate community.
Prepare for this ONLINE cohort by ...
- Choosing and preparing a space to spend the retreat weekends: Ideally it will be quiet and comfortable, with splashes of beauty and perhaps some chocolate or other special treats.
- Communicating with others in your household: Clearly and graciously, let other household members know what space you will be using during the retreat days. Explain how very grateful you will be to them for respecting your retreat time by not interrupting you!
- Gathering your materials: You will want your journal (or something to write on if you don't have a journal) and any documents sent to you prior to the retreat weekend.
- Preparing for our Zoom calls: Set up your laptop or tablet in a place where it can remain plugged in for the duration of the call so that you don't get disconnected due to a dead battery. Adjust your device so approximately one-third of your upper torso and your head show on the screen. When the camera is further away, it is difficult to see your facial expressions and when it is closer, it is challenging to see your body language. Choose a spot where light from a window or lamp shines on your face. Avoid having your device's camera pointed toward a strong source of light; your face will be darkened and others will have a harder time seeing you. If you have never been on a Zoom call before, please download the free necessary software at https://zoom.us/download sometime before retreat day. You will receive a link to join the group Zoom one day prior to each retreat weekend.
"This course expanded my theological understandings in helpful ways and gave me the gift of learning to value more fully what I bring to the world as a woman."~ Nita Landis