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Retreats for 2018-2019

General information: Please register for all retreats at office@uufhc.net at least two weeks prior to the event. Payment, if any, is required to the office at that time as well. Please note that childcare is not offered for retreats at UUFHC.

Coffee Talk with the Retreat Committee

Date: Sunday, September 23

Time: 11:45 AM after service

Location: Sanctuary at UUFHC

Come and find out what it means to go on a retreat. Get your questions answered.

Quiet Days at UUFHC

Facilitators: Laura Paligo and Jacqueline Cunningham

Dates: Jul 14, Aug 11, Dec 8, Jan 12, Feb 9

Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: UUFHC

Exchange: None

Join us for a Quiet Day at UUFHC. There will be no special agenda—just time to be together, relax and practice simply being for a while. We will have soothing music to listen to, and tables and chairs set up in the sanctuary. You can bring a book, a craft project or pick your quiet subject. We'll also have some coloring books available. Bring your own snacks and beverage—this is a self-care practice retreat! Make time for you. Enjoy. (Note: Quiet days are not silent—for that, see Silent Retreat below.)

Contact: Laura Paligo (lauramypal@yahoo.com) or Jacqueline Cunningham (jcunni13@gmail.com).

Silent Retreat

Facilitators: Cindy Curry and Jacqueline Cunningham

Date: Saturday, September 22

Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: UUFHC and Grounds

Exchange: This retreat is free to all participants. Bring a bag lunch and something to drink. Coffee and tea will be provided.

You may wonder why on Earth you would need or ever want to be a part of a silent retreat. Well here are a few reasons. In this hustle and bustle world it is necessary for our emotional health and wellbeing to completely unplug from devices, distractions, and even conversations with others to settle our minds into a space where we can get in touch with ourselves again. Our brains are becoming wired to crave the constant feedback of social media, and the expectations placed on us by the outside world have tremendously increased due to the fact that most of us are connected in some way almost 24/7 to bosses, colleagues, friends, and family. While having those connections to others is important, it is also just as crucial to take some contemplative time away to nurture one’s self and reconnect with the you who lies dormant inside. Why do this in a group? There is the obvious benefit of having carved out this time for the sole purpose of self-care—something none of us do enough of. In addition, there is an almost visceral connection you feel in this group dynamic to others who are there partaking in the same inward journey as you. I hope that many of you will come join us for this peaceful, spiritual, and joyous time together.

Contact: Cindy Curry (vcurry@ccps.org) or Jacqueline Cunningham (jcunni13@gmail.com).

Music and Memory

Facilitators: Brenna Kupferman and Cindy Curry

Date: Saturday, November 17

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: UUFHC

Exchange: None

Music can help us to deepen our relationship with ourselves and with one another, and can help us remember who we are, where we come from, and what is important to us. Join us for a day of reflection, connection, and rediscovery, as you experience (and take part in!) free-form music, meditation, and conversation. Bring a journal, a yoga mat, cushion, or blanket and a bagged lunch.

Contact: Brenna Kupferman (brenna.kupferman@gmail.com) or Cindy Curry (vcurry@ccps.org).

Movement and Meditation

Facilitator: Beth Wood-Roig

Date: Saturday, October 13

Time: 10 AM to 3 PM

Location: Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, Marriotsville, MD

Exchange: $50 payable to UUFHC by October 1

In the quiet setting of the Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center, we will explore the relationship between movement, body awareness and mindfulness meditation. For those who have always struggled with sitting still to meditate, this retreat will offer several different movement practices to quiet the mind and pay attention more deeply to the moment to moment experience. Bon Secours has a labyrinth, as well as a peace garden, and a koi pond, and we will take full advantage of this lovely setting during our time there. Lunch and snacks are provided. Join us for a relaxing and peace-filled autumn day!

Please Note: Carpooling option is available and will be arranged upon request through Beth Wood-Roig at bwoodro1@gmail.com.

Dietary Restrictions at Bons Secours will be met, based on our ability. A special form is needed. Some severe restrictions cannot be met, since we do not have an allergen free (gluten, sugar, nuts, etc) kitchen. At times if the restriction is severe we recommend supplementing with their own food. There is a refrigerator and microwave for our guests' use.

Contact: Church office (office@uufhc.net | 410-734-7122).