Hosted by Nina Utne
Rachel Carlton Abrams, M.D., MHS
Rachel Bagby, JD
Patricia Weaver Francisco
NOVEMBER 16 – 19, 2006 The Crossings - Austin, TX
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From stay-at-home mother, to founder of a school, to graduate student, to yoga studio proprietress, to editor-in-chief, spokesperson, and owner of a national magazine, Nina Utne’s journey has had perhaps more twists and turns than the average. But all women, by virtue of our biology, are accustomed to dramatic life shifts, from menstruation to pregnancy, lactation to menopause. We are intrinsically endowed with the creativity and power to create new, dynamic, continually evolving life stories.
By accessing our innate life force and creativity, we can consciously re-imagine our own life stories. When we move purposefully into these new stories, and share them with others, we align ourselves with our true path, our purpose.
Join Nina Utne in this conference-as-community-exploration, designed to bring women together in a celebration of re-imagining ourselves. Together with Nina, who has recently sold Utne Magazine and is deep in the process of re-imagining her own story, we will experience the growing pains and joys of creating new stories. Come together in the spirit of a festive bazaar to explore, share, and encourage. Trade stories, celebrate, play, try something new, stretch your definition of yourself—and leave this “community marketplace” with a bountiful supply of inspiration for stories yet to be lived.
Come to Re-imagining Ourselves to:
- share the unique experience of Nina Utne and other extraordinary facilitators in a close, personal setting
- re-imagine our stories through movement, dialogue, music, writing, art, and much more
- replenish ourselves in the world-class spa & breathtaking setting of The Crossings develop personal and professional bonds
Other presenters include:
- Performance Artist Thandiwe Shiprah
- Drummer/Songwriter Frē Atlast
- Visual Artist Serena Hazard
Nina Utne, former chair and CEO of Utne magazine, is a writer, political activist, mother and community-builder. A vegetarian at three (a meat-eater at 48) and a yoga practitioner from age 15, Nina holds a BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University and a masters degree in Human Development from St. Mary’s University.
Rachel Carlton Abrams is a physician specializing in women’s health and complementary medicine. She and her husband have published three books on Taoist sexuality, the most recent being The Multi-Orgasmic Woman: Discover Your Full Desire, Pleasure and Vitality. Rachel has three kids and loves to get away and play with groups of women.
Rachel Bagby empowers women world-wide to bring their voices to life. She is a renowned vocal artist with the CD Full, and author of Divine Daughters: Liberating the Power and Passion of Women's Voices. Bagby teaches vocal practices for leveraging collective wisdom in your personal and professional lives.
Patricia Weaver Francisco is a writer, and a coach specializing in the creative process. She’s author of the award-winning TELLING: a Memoir of Rape and Recovery, the novel Cold Feet, the essay collection Village Without Mirrors, and Lunacy, a one-act play. She teaches graduate creative writing at Hamline University.
Marcela Lorca, Movement Director for the Guthrie Theater, has choreographed or coached more than 120 productions. Her work has been seen internationally at the National Actor’s Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The National Opera of the Dominican Republic, US/European tours with Jonathan Stone’s Dinner and many more.
Nina Simons is a social entrepreneur, communicator and producer who is co-executive director of Bioneers/Collective Heritage Institute and has co-produced the Bioneers Conference since 1990, and was named an Utne Reader “Visionary” in 1996. Between 1989 and 1994, she served as marketing director and then as president of Seeds of Change, the organic biodiversity garden seed company that was the first to sell seeds in health food stores.
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In November of 2005, dozens of powerful women from all walks of life converged at The Crossings Wellness Center in Austin, Texas to dance, sing, speak, hear, reimagine, and recharge. After a long weekend, speakers and participants emerged transformed, refreshed and ready to be a force for good in the world. (Click here to see last year's program.)
What the rEVOLUTIONary women of 2005 had to say about their experience....
"I obtained the strength of 1,000 goddesses. I have exchanged molecules with 1,000 unreasonable/powerful women. I will make sustainable change within me. I 'belong.'"
"Hearing (and being inspired by) the stories of women who pushed through their fear and feelings of not being able to have a real impact -- who then went on to do great and wonderful things, big and small."
"Trust/movement exercises. Hearing how other women accomplished goals -- overcame fear."
"Movies, massage & spa, rooms, laughter, space between groups, groups singing, moving, learning!"
"I have delighted in the company of so many tremendous women, all of them kindred spirits. I leave the retreat feeling much less alone in my quest to become who I was born to be."
"Peace & quiet from my home life amongst a very interesting group of women who are and/or are planning to change some aspect of the world in a loving way."
"Singing, dance, intimacy with incredible, amazing women. Life affirming and transformational."
"The call to personal action -- the call to love."
"Communion with great ideas & truly receiving strategies to apply to my life! I'm in awe."
Images from rEVOLUTIONary Women 2005....