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.

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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.


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


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Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 7-8:30 PM


with Paula Hutchinson & Abby Sue Fisher

Women in Recovery will start the new year with what has become a tradition— intuiting and experiencing our personal Letters from God. Paula Hutchinson and Abby Sue Fisher are back to lead us through this powerful spiritual practice.

This January, as we continue online, we are using the platform Futureme.org to write or upload and submit our letters for future email delivery. While we are not able to physically share our sacred space this year, participants are encouraged to create their own sacred space that evening. (Futureme.org is free of charge and an orientation will be provided during the program.)

Join us as our journey into the Great Reality continues—healing our past and blessing our future!

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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Click here to view resources from past Women in Recovery speakers




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, February 10, 2021 from 6:30-8 PM

20 Things I Know for Sure: Principles for Cultivating a Peaceful Life

by Karen Casey

Casey shares the wisdom she has gathered over the course of her 40 years of membership in Alcoholics Anonymous in this perceptive exploration of how to create a happy and fulfilled life. Casey uses her life story and spiritual evolution to illustrate a path for finding happiness. She discusses the importance of valuing relationships and ways of “letting go and letting God,” stressing throughout that readers should release the need to be right and embrace new perspectives. This wise offering follows in the footsteps of Each Day a New Beginning, Casey’s 1982 classic of addiction literature.

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, February 11, 2021 from 6:30-8 PM

Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives

by Pia Mellody, Andrea Wells Miller, J. Keith Miller

Pia Mellody creates a framework for identifying codependent thinking, emotions and behavior and provides an effective approach to recovery. Mellody sets forth five primary adult symptoms of this crippling condition, then traces their origin to emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, and sexual abuses that occur in childhood. Central to Mellody’s approach is the concept that the codependent adult’s injured inner child needs healing. Recovery from codependence, therefore, involves clearing up the toxic emotions left over from these painful childhood experiences.

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 next during our February book groups. Hope to see you there!



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