Seven Holy Women & You: Walking with the Saints - An Online Ancient Faith Women's Retreat (U.S. Registrants)

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Seven Holy Women & You: Walking with the Saints - An Online Ancient Faith Women's Retreat

This year, the beloved Ancient Faith Women's Retreat is moving online for a special journey into the lives of seven women saints and the ways they foster our own spiritual identity. Created as both a deeply personal and enriching communal experience, our live, interactive webinar retreat will feature the writers of Seven Holy Women: Conversations with Saints and Friends. A copy of the book is complimentary with each registration package and will be automatically added to your order.

The retreat will be hosted by Melinda Johnson.


Online! Registrants will receive login credentials via email several days before the retreat. You will receive an order confirmation immediately after checkout.


Saturday, November 14, 2020
11:00 am - 6:00 pm ET
Sunday, November 15, 2020
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET


Stone: Finding strength and softness in a world of hard edges

In this session, led by Laura Jansson, we explore the role of vulnerability in faith and friendship for us as Orthodox women. Like St. Morwenna, we are called to be courageous and strong in building the church, stone by stone, in our own lives and communities. But, as she discovered, we cannot always be superwomen, and it is at the place where our own resources fail that we encounter Christ the Cornerstone, the one whose strength is made perfect in our weakness.

Song: Finding Your Voice as a Woman in the Orthodox Church

In this session, led by Georgia Briggs, women from the St. Symeon Orthodox Church Choir will come together to discuss the joys and difficulties of participating in corporate worship. They will explore the particular challenges of being a vocal Orthodox woman in the church, how those challenges fit into the broader experience of Christianity, and the prototypes revealed to us by the famous female hymnographer St. Kassiane.

Leaf: A Resurrection of Hope

St. Ia experienced heartache and dejection watching her plans and dreams sail away from her, abandoning her on the shore. What can her story teach us about suspending disbelief and courageously trusting God in the face of great disappointment? This session, led by Molly Sabourin, will reflect on resiliency, faith, and the transformative power of hope.

Dream: Stepping out into the Beautiful Mystery

Discerning and being faithful to God’s callings in life, both small and great, is an intimidating process. In this session, we will walk with Anna Neill through the life of St. Nino, the woman who dared greatly to bring the Gospel to the Georgian people. We will contemplate the delicate dance between spiritual vision and the ascetical practice that is necessary to reveal God’s love for others through us.

Dragon: Needling the Beast into Submission

Katherine Hyde will talk about the Dragon of Depression and various weapons we can employ in combating it - including knitting and other prayerful crafts. Special appearances by Saint Margaret and her dragon may not be ruled out!

Flower: Finding Joy in Navigating the Pivotal Moments in Our Lives

In this session, Melissa Naasko will talk about how it is that we can navigate the joys, fears, and grief we experience when we process the most significant changes in our lives.

River: Settling Down With God in Troubling Times

St. Piama models for us how prayers of the hands, home, and heart help us settle down with God. In this session, led by Summer Kinard, we'll explore the ways that heart prayers exercised with embodied actions help us to hold fast to what endures, love and forgive impartially when we go through suffering and conflict, and recognize God when He speaks to us. Bring your crochet, knitting, or doodling pens to this practical session on entering the impartial mercy of God.


Saturday, November 14

Note: All times are given in Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5).

11:00 AM – Welcome (Melinda Johnson)

11:10 AM – First session: Stone – Laura Jansson

12:00 PM – Break

12:10 PM – Second session: Song – Georgia Briggs

1:00 PM – Lunch break

1:30 PM – Third session: Leaf – Molly Sabourin

2:20 PM – Break

2:30 PM – Fourth session: Dream – Anna Neill

3:20 PM – Afternoon break

4:00 PM – Fifth session: Dragon – Katherine Bolger Hyde

4:50 PM – Break

5:00 PM – Sixth session: Flower – Melissa Naasko

5:50 PM – Dinner break

7:00 – 9:00 PM – Evening social time (optional) – Summer Kinard and Melissa Naasko hosting

Sunday, November 15

3:00 PM – Seventh session: River – Summer Kinard

4:15 PM – Break

4:30 PM – Panel discussion (All speakers)

5:45 PM – Closing: Melinda Johnson

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