- February 16, 2018 - February 18, 2018
7:00 pm - 1:00 pm
“You have to find a mother inside yourself. We all do. Even if we already have a mother, we still have to find this part of ourselves inside.”
– Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
Motherhood is a transforming event in a woman’s life, a path you travel forever. There are different seasons of motherhood beginning with pregnancy and the early months of finding your footing through stages of trying to do it all in childhood to letting go during the teen years. Finally when it seems to get easier, your children leave home, and you are left with an empty nest.
As a mother, you are used to tending to your children’s ever changing needs. But how do you tend to your own developmental needs during each stage of motherhood? As one season ends, how do you intentionally bless what has been so that you can create space for what is to come? All along the journey, how do you find and nurture the mother inside yourself?
Depending on your own experience of being mothered, you may not know a lot about nurturing yourself. The first step is to say “yes” to packing your bags, leaving home (just for a weekend) and entering a time apart, a time of retreat with other women at all different stages of the mothering journey.
There will be time to reflect on where you are and where you want to be and best of all time “to just be”. This retreat is limited to 10 mothers, so if you feel a nudge to be one of those ten, do not delay. We’ll spend the weekend at Pelican House – a beachfront home that is part of Trinity Center. You will enjoy a private room and the gift of having all your meals prepared for you. Please note that registration fees are non-refundable.
Your retreat leader is Marjorie Donnelly, mother and stepmother to six adult children and Nana to six grandchildren. In 2015, she made a pilgrimage to New Mexico to mark the end of 34 years of active mothering and to ask, “What’s next?” Marjorie works as the Director of Christian Formation at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greensboro. She is a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Spiritual Guidance and received her M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Virginia. Marjorie has 14 years of teaching and counseling experience in public education, and has provided spiritual direction and led retreats and workshops since 2000.