Women’s Mini-Retreat: Gleanings from winter lead us into spring

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Women’s Mini-Retreat: Gleanings from winter lead us into spring
ON Saturday, March 1, women will gather for a mini-retreat, at Unity Church of the Hills, Austin, centered around the theme of “gleaning.” Specifically, “gleanings from winter lead us into spring.” A free preview will be held Sunday, Feb. 16, between services, 10:50-11:25 AM. I have always liked the word glean or gleaning. It seems to indicate a type of process that is focused and methodical and somehow, important. It reminds me of a middle ages block print I probably saw in Sunday school, showing women going into the wheat fields, after the wheat was harvested, and finding more wheat to gather. When I looked up some definitions, I found: To glean is to “gather in a gradual way, ” the kernels of grain left after a main harvest. That brings to mind the phrase, “kernels of wisdom,” also another favorite of mine. I see pictures in my head of women and possibly children, being the “gleaners” as a family, and also in larger communities of women and children. Now, I see this rather cold Texas winter, as my wheat field, and in spite of the fact that part of me would like to believe that winter is just about complete, and I can get on down the road to some spring and summer, I have a feeling that there is a little more harvesting from this winter to be done. What if there are some real “kernels of wisdom” waiting for me by carefully and gradually going through the pathways this winter has offered me? What might I see, feel and learn? Could that possibly bring more warmth and color to my spring and summer? If we as a community of women choose to “retreat”, leave behind for an afternoon our routine activities and take the time to explore within ourselves and together, will that allow these kernels and gems of wisdom to gain our attention? What new perceptions and richness might be added to our daily lives? I truly believe there is a purpose in going inward–the hibernation process attributed to winter– in order to come out into the light of day in a new, more fully formed way–a springtime bud or blossom. And that is another rebirth, isn’t it? gleaning-apples In the Mini=Retreat we will allow ourselves to explore through breathing, moving and stillness meditations and small group listening and sharing. Please bring a yoga mat, two pillows, a covering, journal and pen. Wear comfortable clothes that feel delightful to you! If you are elsewhere than Austin, I invite you to create your own gleaning retreat and let me know what you find. This is certainly a rich winter worthy of exploration!