Women in Recovery

Our backgrounds are unique, our stories vary, and our programs may differ, but we are all women in recovery and we come together to heal, transform, and connect. 

"The mission of Women in Recovery is to create a caring community that provides education and spiritual growth opportunities for women in 12-step recovery programs." 

Join us each month as we nurture, renew, and transform not only our programs but our lives.

 


 

Women in Recovery Speaker Series

Our Speaker Series is held on the FOURTH WEDNESDAY of the month between January and October at the National Center for Women’s Recovery at The Retreat. From relationships to spirituality, meditation to co-dependency, sexuality to self-care, speakers cover topics of universal concern to women seeking to supplement their programs of recovery.

 

Due to COVID-19, our Speaker Series is meeting virtually on Zoom until further notice

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2021 WIR Speaker Series Schedule Graphic

 

 

July 28, 2021 7-8:30 PM CST

FORGIVENESS: A LIFE SKILL, A GOOD HEALTH HABIT, AND THE KEY TO INNER FREEDOM Mary Hayes Grieco

Thousands of studies in psychology and medicine now prove what ancient wisdom has always taught: that holding onto resentments is hurtful to us and that forgiving ourselves and others will bring us peace of mind and better health. For those of us in recovery, forgiveness is an essential action to take, because our resentments toward others and our disappointment in ourselves represent a real threat to our sobriety. But if forgiveness is so good for us, why does everyone resist doing it? And how do you do it?

It’s actually not hard to forgive. You just need to get over a few misconceptions and learn what it really is—a powerful healing for yourself. You need to learn how it is accomplished, step-by-step, just like you learned how to drive. And then... do it! The experience of real forgiveness is so freeing and refreshing you’ll wonder why you waited so long to feel better.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn a new definition and an 8-STEP model of what forgiveness is and how it is done.
  • Understand the connection between 12-step recovery and healing resentments through forgiveness.
  • Connect with the Higher Power and gather the focus and ability to forgive a story that is holding you back.
MARY HAYES GRIECO is the Director and Lead Trainer of The Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training, and the author of Unconditional Forgiveness—A Simple and Proven Method to Forgive Everyone and Everything and The New Kitchen Mystic—A Companion for Spiritual Explorers, both published by Simon & Schuster. She has been teaching her potent 8-Step method of forgiveness to the general public as well as to counseling professionals for 30 years, and her work has taken her around the world. Mary worked at Hazelden Betty Ford’s Dan Anderson Renewal Center for 16 years, and she has a private practice at The Well Healing Arts Center in Minneapolis.

 

Virtual Meeting Information
Meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/93507558272
Phone Call IN: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 93507558272
Password: 259602

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Women in Recovery Book Groups

Due to the ongoing need to gather virtually, WIR has consolidated our Book Groups. We now will meet virtually on the 2nd Thursday of the month through 2021.

Join other women in recovery for lively book discussion and fellowship!

 

Thursday, July 8, 2021 from 6:30-8 PM

WILD MERCY: LIVING THE FIERCE AND TENDER WISDOM OF THE WOMEN MYSTICS

by Mirabai Starr

With Wild Mercy, Starr shares the subversive wisdom and fierce compassion of the feminine mystic across cultural boundaries and throughout history. From saints and sages, to goddesses
and archetypal energies, to contemporary teachers and seekers—you’ll meet women who blazed a path that will illuminate your own.

 

Virtual Meeting Information
Meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/96019870049
Meeting Password: 285289

If you’d rather call into the meeting:
Phone Call IN: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 96019870049

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Thursday, August 12, 2021 from 6:30-8 PM CST

REAL CHANGE: MINDFULNESS TO HEAL OURSELVES AND THE WORLD

by Sharon Salzberg

From a prominent guru in meditation comes a guidebook for how to use mindfulness to build our inner strength and balance, and help create a better world. Salzberg, a leading expert in lovingkindness meditation, shares indispensable techniques to help free ourselves from negative feelings. Meditation is not a replacement for action, but rather a way to practice generosity with ourselves, break through boundaries and have the energy to stay active.

 

Virtual Meeting Information
Meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/96019870049
Meeting Password: 285289

If you’d rather call into the meeting:
Phone Call IN: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 96019870049

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Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 6:30-8 PM CST

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?

by Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce Perry

Through deeply personal conversations, Oprah Winfrey and renowned brain and trauma expert Dr. Bruce Perry offer a groundbreaking and profound shift from asking “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?” Winfrey and Dr. Perry focus on understanding people, behavior, and ourselves. It’s a subtle but profound shift in our approach to trauma, and it’s one that allows us to understand our past in order to clear a path to our future—opening the door to resilience and healing in a proven, powerful way.

 

Virtual Meeting Information
Meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/96019870049
Meeting Password: 285289

If you’d rather call into the meeting:
Phone Call IN: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 96019870049

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Thursday, October 14, 2021 from 6:30-8 PM CST

FROM STRESS TO STILLNESS: TOOLS FOR INNER PEACE

by Gina Lake

Most stress is created by how we think about things. From Stress to Stillness will help you to examine what you’re thinking and change your relationship to your thoughts so that they no longer result in stress. Drawing from the wisdom traditions, mindfulness meditation, psychology, New Thought, and the author’s own experience as a spiritual teacher and counselor, this book offers many practices and suggestions that will lead to greater peace and equanimity, even in a busy and stress-filled world.

 

Virtual Meeting Information
Meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/96019870049
Meeting Password: 285289

If you’d rather call into the meeting:
Phone Call IN: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 96019870049

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We want to hear from you! We use group conscience to pick our reading materials. If there is a book you’ve always wanted to read, please submit your thoughts to our email at wir@theretreat.org.

When proposing books, please consider the following criteria:

  • Books should be 300 pages or less.
  • Books should relate to spiritual growth, and in a positive manner to recovery, specifically 12-Step programs. Texts that disparage a particular faith tradition or recovery approach are not appropriate for this setting.
  • In order to ensure an open discussion, books should not be authored by attendees.
Voting of the submitted choices will be done next during our October book groups. Hope to see you there!

 


 

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