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, August 26, 2020 from 7-8:30 PM

ANGELS, SAINTS & SINNERS: PIONEERING WOMEN IN THE EARLY DAYS OF AA

with Kathleen Cook-Hunter

Let’s take a look back to the early days of the 1930’s and 40’s, a time when many women were seen and not heard: good homemakers, smart women who helped build our country, and some who just drank too much. The stigma of a drunken woman made it extremely difficult to admit to a drinking problem.

So who were these pioneering women in the beginning days of AA? And just how did AA become a fellowship of men and women? They are the women on whose shoulders we stand today. Join us as we hear their stories. We honor them and the contributions that helped build the fellowship of recovery.

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.**

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 6:30-8 PM

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

by Brené Brown

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Brené Brown PhD, LMSW, dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity.

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

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Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 6:30-8 PM

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals

by Rachel Hollis

#1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Hollis sounds a wake-up call. Many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people—whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee—instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.

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

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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