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Women's Retreat with Dr. Lauren Winner, September 17-19

Women's Retreat with Dr. Lauren Winner

Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God

September 17-19, 2015  

Women of all ages are invited to join Dr. Lauren Winner this fall in the beautiful North Carolina mountains for renewal of soul, mind, and body.  Dr. Winner, a professor at Duke Divinity School and acclaimed author of Girl Meets God and Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, will lead the discussion pulling on themes from her latest book, Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God.

The retreat will be filled with a combination of fellowship, learning, and Sabbath rest in our NEWLY renovated Terrace. Gathering together for meals is an important part of the retreat experience, so lunch and dinner are included for those not staying in Lake Junaluska housing. 

Package Rates: (Includes 1.0 CEU Credit)

$337/person Single Occupancy (Includes 2 nights lodging, dinner on Thursday through breakfast on Saturday, and program fee.)

$273/person Double Occupancy (Includes 2 nights lodging, dinner on Thursday through breakfast on Saturday, and program fee.)

$140/person Commuter Rate (Includes program fee and dinner on Thursday and lunch and dinner on Friday.)

Childcare available with advanced registration. Childcare rate: $75/child for the event. Download Childcare Registration Form or contact Jennifer Martin for details. Children under the age of 11 are not charged for rooms when staying with a parent or grandparent.  Meals are $29 for the weekend for ages 5-11.  Children under 5 years of age eat free.  

Program Questions:

Jennifer Martin,, 828.454.6716

To Register:

Anna King,, 828.454.6682; Download Registration Form.


Lauren F. Winner (speaker) is the author of numerous books, including Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath. Her recent memoir Still: Notes on a Mid-faith Crisis has been named a “Best Book of 2012″ in the religion category by Publishers Weekly and a 2013 Book Award winner in the spirituality category by Christianity Today. Her book on overlooked biblical images of God, Wearing God, will be published by HarperOne in the spring of 2015. She has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has written for The New York Times Book ReviewThe Washington Post Book WorldPublishers WeeklyBooks and Culture, and Christianity Today. Winner has degrees from Duke, Columbia, and Cambridge universities, and holds a Ph.D. in history. The former book editor for Beliefnet, Lauren teaches at Duke Divinity School, and lives in Durham, North Carolina. Lauren travels extensively to lecture and teach. During the academic year of 2007-2008, she was a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, and during the academic year of 2010-2011, she was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. When she’s home, you can usually find her curled up, on her couch or screen porch, with a good novel. 

Martha Bassett (worship leader) was raised on the bluegrass and gospel of her native West Virginia farmland. Classically trained, Martha is blessed with a crystalline tone, a remarkable range, and sultry delivery. Her performances are known for their emotional honesty and visceral impact, making everyone in the room feel she’s singing directly to them.  Her musical inspiration moves effortlessly through swing, jazz, folk, country, and rock guaranteeing playful variety at her live shows.  Mixing originals with choice covers, she navigates sexy torch songs, rip-your-heart-out ballads, and slinky groove tunes with ease supported by a band equally comfortable in acoustic and electric settings. 

Regularly seen on stages at Merlefest, the Eastern Music Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and concert venues throughout North Carolina and Virginia, she’s opened for Lyle Lovett, Tony Bennett, the Avett Brothers, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jim Lauderdale, and Chuck Prophet.  Martha contributed music to the Sony Classics film, “Junebug,” as well. She also leads worship regularly for the Roots Revival Service at Centenary United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, NC.


Thursday, September 17 (Dinner followed by evening session.); Friday, September 18 (Breakfast, Morning Session/Breakouts, Lunch, Free Time, Dinner, Evening Session); Saturday, September 19 (Breakfast, Morning Session, Communion, Hotel Check-Out by 11:00am).

Register today!