There’s no doubt that going to a retreat in a beautiful location can offer respite, inspiration, and empowerment. But not everyone has the time or money for such retreats. Since the Holy Women Icons Project believes that everyone should have access to respite, inspiration, and empowerment, we’ve created a variety of online retreats accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Drawing from the lives, legends, and legacies of revolutionary holy women, these retreats cover a range of topics and time frames. All can be accessed directly from your computer or mobile device!
Retreatants receive a 20 minute daily online retreat for the allotted days. Each day includes an image of an icon depicting the woman featured, a brief essay describing her life, questions for contemplation, a guided writing exercise, inspirational quote, ritual exercise, and an action step. The only supplies retreatants need are an internet connection, paper, and pen (though you can use markers or colored pencils if you wish). While 20 minutes is the intended amount of time, some exercises provide opportunities to linger longer if you choose.
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The wintry season of Advent can be challenging as the nights grow longer and you search for light amidst the chaos of the holidays. Advent Daily Reflections: Bearing the Light invites you to pause for a few moments each day to ponder the ways different holy women bore the light in our world.
Advent Worship Series
With over fourteen years designing worship as a pastor, five years of teaching Introduction to Worship as a professor, publishing numerous books on worship and ritual, and a lifetime as an artist, our Executive Director, Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber, has designed a worship series and set of daily reflections for the season of Advent.
Based upon the theme, Bearing the Light, Dr. Yarber offers four liturgies and “worship scripts” for the season of Advent.
7-Day Self-Care Retreat
This online Self-Care Retreat is the opportunity for activists and caregivers to care for themselves for a change. To pause. Relish. Learn. Grow. Care. Because you deserve to be cared for. In this 7-Day Self-Care Retreat, Lilith teaches us to care enough to leave; Pauli Murray teaches us to care enough to hope; Isadora Duncan teaches us to care for our body; Frida Kahlo teaches us to care for our reality; Virginia Woolf teaches us to care for our space; Anna Julia Cooper teaches us to care for our voice; and Sojourner Truth teaches us to care enough to resist.
7-Day Women in Scripture Retreat
This online Women in Scripture Retreat is the opportunity to explore seven often overlooked women from scripture and see how their stories impact our lives today. Miriam, the dismembered woman, Deborah, Jephthah’s daughter, the Shulamite, Salome, and Mary Magdalene teach us about liberation, violence, leadership, injustice, passion, misunderstanding, and belonging.
10-Day Queer Spirituality Retreat
This online Queer Spirituality Retreat celebrates the LGBTQ+ community when many churches and religious traditions would rather vilify and exclude. Honoring the beauty and bravery of what LGBTQs offer communities of faith, this retreat highlights ten queer women who lived, loved, and believed subversively, passionately, and faithfully: the Shulamite, Perpetua and Felicity, Sappho, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Isadora Duncan, Pauli Murray, Jane Addams, Mary Daly, and Emily’s Transgender Day of Remembrance.
5-Day Interfaith Retreat
This online Interfaith Retreat offers retreatants a brief window into the five major world religions through the lens of some of their primary female figures. Sarasvati introduces us to Hinduism; Guanyin introduces us to Buddhism; Miriam introduces us to Judaism; Mary introduces us to Christianity; and Fatima introduces us to Islam.