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 Response to COVID-19

As a community, we will face this situation together and support one another to stay as safe and healthy as possible during this difficult time.

Responding to the shelter in place order, Women in Recovery Speaker Series and Book Groups will be meeting virtually until further notice.

These efforts are consistent with community and global efforts to curb the transmission of the novel coronavirus and support social distancing. Women in Recovery remains committed to our mission to create a caring community that provides education and spiritual growth opportunities for women in 12-step recovery programs.



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. Refreshments and fellowship begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m.


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


Wednesday, October 28, 2020 from 7-8:30 PM


with John MacDougall

There are two problems in alcoholism: the powerlessness over alcohol, and the unmanageability of our lives. When we stop drinking, the powerlessness over alcohol is immediately reduced; the unmanageability of our lives is not automatically changed. It appears that unmanageability is outside of us. People, places, and things are unmanageable. Our lives are unmanageable because we don’t have a basic set of instructions for how to get through the day: what to do, moment by moment in the face of chaos. Steps three and eleven, which have to do with seeking God’s will, moment by moment, offer a solution. We can stop trying to force our will, and implement the A.A. concept of letting go and letting God guide us.

Virtual Meeting Information
Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96253168010?pwd=blJsZnFFN2Vvd0lFUmUyVFVoaGVDUT09
(link has meeting ID and password embedded, one click access)

If you’d rather call into the meeting:
Meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/96253168010
Phone Call IN: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 96253168010
Password: 761726

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Women in Recovery Book Groups

Our Book Groups meet in Wayzata on the SECOND WEDNESDAY of each month and in St. Paul on the SECOND THURSDAY of each month from 6:30-8:00 pm between January and October.

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

**Due to COVID-19, our Book Groups are meeting virtually on Zoom until further notice.**


Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 6:30-8 PM

The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning

by Ernest Kurtz and Katherine Ketcham

This insightful work draws on the wisdom stories of the ages to provide an extraordinary wellspring of hope and inspiration to anyone thirsting for spiritual growth and guidance in these troubled times. By seeking to understand our limitations and accept the inevitably of failure and pain, we begin to ease the hurt and move toward a greater sense of serenity and self-awareness. Beyond theory and technique, inside this remarkable book you will find a new way of thinking, a way of living that enables a truly human existence.

Virtual Meeting Information
Meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/962869844
Meeting Password: 089114

If you’d rather call into the meeting:
Phone Call IN: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 962869844

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 6:30-8 PM

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery

by Ian Morgan Cron & Suzanne Stabile

Ignorance is bliss - except in self-awareness. Do you want help figuring out who you are and why you’re stuck in the same ruts? The Enneagram is an ancient personality type system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively. This book is a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of God and of ourselves.

Virtual Meeting Information
Meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/173471544 
Meeting Password: 866738

If you’d rather call into the meeting:
Phone Call IN: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 173471544

Click Here for More Info


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 during our October book groups. Hope to see you there!



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